ABONESH -- Today at 6 p.m. Ethiopian music and dance. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

TRAVESSIA -- Thursday at noon. Brazilian. 202-312-1300. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

GEORGE BOTTS QUARTET -- Friday at 7 p.m. Jazz. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.

DIONNE FARRIS -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. R&B. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $16. 202-667-7960.

BURNING SPEAR -- Saturday at 9 p.m. Reggae. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $22. 202-393-0930.


SHOUT 'N FEEL IT -- Wednesday at 6 p.m. Afro-American dances from the 1920s to 1940s, including the Charleston, Big Apple and Lindy Hop. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.


CARMEN JONES -- Saturday at 2 p.m. Screening of the 1954 Otto Preminger film starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in an all-black cast. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

For Children

SCIENTERRIFIC SUNDAY: SHELLS AND SHELL ART -- Today at noon. Ages 3 and older. Learn how mollusks create shell patterns and make your own shell art. Capital Children's Museum, 800 Third St. NE. $7, seniors $5, ages 2 and younger free. 202-675-4120.

DIGITAL PAINTING -- Saturday at 11 a.m. and noon. Ages 3 and older. Learn to paint on the computer. Capital Children's Museum, 800 Third St. NE. $7, seniors $5, ages 2 and younger free. 202-675-4120.

Lectures and Literature

JUSTIN FRANK -- Monday at 7 p.m. The psychoanalyst discusses and signs "Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President," his book that tackles the question of whether Bush is psychologically fit to run the country. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

JR LANKFORD -- Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. The author reads from and signs "The Jesus Thief," her novel about an attempt to clone Jesus Christ from DNA associated with the blood of the Shroud. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

MARSHA ACKERMANN -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The author discusses "Cool Comfort: America's Romance With Air Conditioning," her book that explores how the idea of "cooling" became firmly embedded in the social perceptions and expectations of Americans.

Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

TRAVIS HUNTER -- Friday at 2:30 p.m. The author signs his novel, "One Woman Man." Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-238-2640.

DEBORAH SKELLY -- Friday at 7 p.m. The lawyer and author reads from "The Misadventures of Maria O'Mara," her novel about a 40-year-old talent agent living in New York who makes a last-ditch grab for a husband, baby and career. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.


WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH HYPNOSIS -- Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m. Clinical hypnotherapist Forbes Blair presents a workshop that explains how hypnosis can help you gain control of your appetite and become motivated to live a healthy lifestyle. Includes a lesson on self-hypnosis. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $39. 202-797-5102.

HAITI: VIBRANT ARTISTIC EXPRESSION WOVEN WITH VOUDOU TRADITION -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Clare Smith, president of Aid to Artisans, shares examples of contemporary jewelry, ceramics, textiles, basketry, glass, clothing and other hand-crafted items, and discusses how Haitian design is influenced by voodooreligion. Smithsonian, Ripley Center,

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $15. 202-357-3030.


CANDOMBE: TANGO NEGRO -- Through June 27. Gala Hispanic Theatre and the Washington Performing Arts Society present this original musical. In Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $28. 202-234-7174.

AMERIKA -- Through July 4. Scena Theatre presents an adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25. 703-684-7990.

GET LISTED. Events listed as space permits. E-mail or fax notices -- with dates, time, address, cost and phone number -- to or 202-496-3537. Deadline is two weeks before publication date.