Books and Authors
JIM AND KATE LEHRER -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. A double bill featuring the PBS anchor and his wife reading from their new novels "Flying Crows" and "Confessions of a Bigamist," respectively. Politics & Prose,
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
JENNY MCPHEE -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The author of "The Center of Things" reads from her new novel, "No Ordinary Matter," about the complexities of family relationships, desire, love and motherhood. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.
LEWIS H. LAPHAM -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Harpers editor reads from "Gag Rule," his new book
about the state of our First Amendment rights. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
BILL PRESS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" discusses his new no-holds-barred book about the current administration, "Bush Must Go!" Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free. 202-965-9880.
TED BOTHA -- Thursday at 7 p.m. After moving to New York from South Africa, where people construct homes out of materials discarded by others, the journalist furnished his apartment with furniture found on Manhattan streets. He discusses the rummaging lifestyle in "Mongo: Adventures in Trash." Olsson's,
2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.
SWING DANCE -- Saturday, 9 p.m.-midnight. Beginning lesson at 8 p.m. Dance the night away to the sounds of Flatfoot Sam and the Educated Fools. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $12. 301-320-7757 or 301-320-2330.
FOLK DANCE -- July 4, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Try traditional American folk dancing with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, including square dances, country mixers and waltzes. With live music. Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $9. 301-320-7757 or 301-320-2330.
WENDELL CASTLE -- Today at 3 p.m. The sculptor and furniture maker gives an illustrated lecture on his work, including the Renwick Gallery's Ghost Clock. Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
HOW DO THEY GO TO THE BATHROOM IN SPACE? -- Wednesday at noon. Cathleen Lewis, the Smithsonian's Space History Division curator, discusses Russian space toilets. National Air and Space Museum, at the Museum Seal, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
SUMMER FESTIVAL 2004 -- Today-July 27. A series of jazz, opera and classical music performances on Tuesday and Friday evenings, with organ recitals on Sundays. Today: Organist Joyce Jones at 5 p.m., Youth Cue Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday: A celebration of composer George Crumb, "The Cosmos According to Crumb, Part 1," at 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6216. For complete schedule, visit www.cathedral.org.
SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL -- Wednesday-July 4, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with evening events beginning at 5:30 p.m. The 38th annual program spotlighting folk culture from around the globe. This year's themes include "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture," with music and dance from El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and the United States on three stages. The arts, crafts and music of Haiti, along with those of mid-Atlantic maritime communities, are also represented. National Mall between Ninth and 14th streets NW. Free. 202-357-3030. Visit www.folklife.si.edu/festival/2004/index.html for a complete schedule.
VISIONARY PET PARADE -- July 4, 10 a.m.-noon. The Visionary Art Museum hosts its annual Independence Day celebration, with a pet parade and talent show. Prizes awarded to pets for best hairdo, congeniality, best costume, most patriotic, "Owner N' Pet Look-Alike" and more. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. Free with museum admission: $1. 410-244-1900.
HI! DHARMA -- Today at 2 p.m. A group of gangsters hides out at a Buddhist monastery, and a series of games between criminals and monks is proposed to decide how long they can stay. Closes the "Laughing Buddha" film series. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
AMORES PERROS -- Today at 4 p.m. A car crash in Mexico City links the stories of three city dwellers and their dogs. From "21 Grams" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Part of the "Milestones in Mexican Cinema" series. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
THE LAST DOCUMENTARY FILM -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. The history of documentary film is woven with the story of a fictional documentarian. Part of the series "Hybrid Forms: New Trends in Documentary Filmmaking." Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.
HONOUR OF THE HOUSE -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. A family drama by Gudny Halldorsdottir, based on a story by her father, Halldor Laxness. Closes the series "Nordic Cinema: The Women Filmmakers." National Museum of Women in the Arts,
1250 New York Ave. NW. $5-$6. 202-783-5000.
EL BARON DEL TERROR -- Thursday at 8 p.m. A baron burned at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition returns to earth 300 years later to seek revenge on the descendants of his killers. Part of the "Mexican Vintage Sci-Fi and Horror" film series. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
MISSISSIPPI -- Friday at 7 p.m. W.C. Fields stars as a hard-drinking riverboat captain, with Bing Crosby and Joan Bennett. Part of the "Films on the Hill" series. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Stanley Kubrik's dark satire of ultra-violence, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6. 202-452-7672.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. A princess, a peasant, revenge, true love, swordplay and Andre the Giant. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.
BIRDS OF PREY -- Today at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Get an up-close look at a variety of birds of prey, including the barred owl, great horned owl, red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, golden eagle and bald eagle. With bird-flight demonstrations. National Zoo, Lion/Tiger Hill, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-4717.
WILDFLOWERS IN SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK -- Today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Judy Reisman and John Witschey of Washington Photo Safari host a photo excursion. Meet at the Vienna Metro station exit. $139. For reservations, call 202-537-0937.
ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES OF KALORAMA HEIGHTS -- Saturday, 2:30-5 p.m. A walking tour of the art-deco buildings on Connecticut Avenue and back streets of Kalorama. Meet at the northwest corner of Kalorama Road and Connecticut Avenue NW. $39. For reservations, call 202-537-0937.
WORD OF MOUTH -- Monday, 8-11 p.m. Spoken word and open-mic poetry. Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW. Free. 202-667-0088.
KABBALAH: SECRETS OF ANCIENT JEWISH MYSTICISM -- Monday, 6:15-8 p.m. A seminar on the Kabbalah's teachings about meditation, dream interpretation, sexuality and prayer, taught by Robin Margolis of Beth Shekinah, a Jewish women's spirituality group. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $35. 202-797-5102.
BUDDHIST STORIES -- Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Enjoy tales from the Buddhist tradition related to the dramatic representations in the Sackler Gallery's "Return of the Buddha" exhibition. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
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