THE PONYS -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. Rock. With Thee Snuff Project. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

CARIBEAT -- Wednesday at noon. Salsa, calypso. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

LOS DEL BARRIO -- Friday at 6 p.m. Salsa, Latin jazz. National Museum of Natural History, Atrium Cafe, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $5, ages 12 and younger free. 202-357-2700.

TIM EYERMAN AND EAST COAST OFFERING -- Friday at 6 p.m. Jazz. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.


CHINESE FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Ancient Buddhist-inspired dances. Part of the "Art Night on the Mall" series. On the steps of the Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DANZA MARINA -- Friday at noon. Flamenco. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

CANCER RISING -- Saturday at 9 p.m. A birthday dance night. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Free. 202-667-7960.


THREAD -- Through Sept. 19. Collages, woven tapestries and framed multimedia pieces that incorporate thread, by Chad Allen, Susan Klebanoff, Joan Konkel, Amanda Richardson and Joanne Williams. Zenith Gallery, 901 E St. NW. Free. 202-783-2963.

For Children

GRIOT BABA C -- Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Ages 6-14. The storyteller shares traditional African tales. Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

STREET FIGHTER II -- Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Ages 12 and

older. Screening of the 1994

martial arts anime film directed

by Gisaburo Sugii. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

Lectures and Literature

EVAN WOLFSON -- Thursday at

7 p.m. The civil rights attorney discusses his new book, "Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry." Olsson's, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. 202-785-1133.

CAN CRITICISM RISE ABOVE CULTURE? -- Saturday at 1 p.m. A roundtable discussion with members of Cafe Philo DC. Brasserie Les Halles, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 703-751-5958.


WRITE YOUR CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK (AND GET IT PUBLISHED) -- Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Children's-book author Peter Mandel leads this workshop on how to send out your children's works and sell them to publishers. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $39. 202-797-5102.


POLLY -- Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. A musical about a woman left alone in an Iowa dugout to raise five children. Washington D.C. Temple Visitor's Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

DIONYSUS THEATRE COMPANY -- Saturday at 6 p.m. The young-adult players present vignettes highlighting social issues. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

GET LISTED. 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.