Books and Authors

JACOB SLICHTER -- Tuesday at

7 p.m. The former drummer of Semisonic and author of "So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star" discusses his new book and why you can't trust record companies. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.

ERIC JEROME DICKEY -- Wednesday at noon. The best-selling author reads and signs his 10th novel, "Drive Me Crazy," a story of fast money, femme fatales and family problems on the streets of Los Angeles. Borders, 14th and F streets NW. Free. 202-737-1385.

JAMES M. DAY -- Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The American University professor discusses his new book, "Oilmen and Other Scoundrels," an expose of the people who control the world's most contested natural resource. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

WALTER MOSLEY -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Unlicensed private eye Easy Rawlins is back: The Grammy-winning author reads and signs his new mystery, "Little Scarlet." Karibu Books, Bowie Town Center, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

JIM HIGHTOWER -- Saturday at 6 p.m. The NPR commentator and author of "Thieves in High Places" discusses his new book, "Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush," a humorous look at the Bush administration. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

Dance

WALTZ DANCE -- Today, 3:30-6 p.m. Lesson 2:30-3:30 p.m. An afternoon of Viennese waltz with music by Con Brio. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-7757 or 301-320-2330.

AFRICAN DANCE CLASS -- Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Becky Umeh of the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers teaches. All ages welcome. Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW. $10. 202-368-8677.

CAJUN/ZYDECO DANCE -- July 25 at 3:30 p.m. Lesson 3-3:30 p.m. New Orleans-style dancing with live music. Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-309-0895.

MILONGA -- July 25, 8-11 p.m. Tango lesson 7-8 p.m. A night of Argentine tango with DJ music. Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-229-8728.

Food and Drink

WINE BASICS 101 -- Tuesday, 7:30-9:15 p.m. Learn how to

identify different varieties of wine and pair wine with food. Includes nine wines available for tasting. Radisson Barcelo Hotel, 2121 P St. NW. $45. For reservations, call 202-244-3700.

Health and Fitness

FENG SHUI -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about the traditional Chinese approach to furniture arrangement, light and other environmental factors that can influence mood and energy. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $35. 202-797-5102.

CHARITY YOGA CLASS -- July 25, 1-2 p.m. Instructor Andi Franchini offers a class to raise money for orphan programs. All levels welcome. Georgetown Yoga, 1053 31st St. NW. $5 minimum donation. For reservations, call 202-342-7779.

History

SPEAKING OF FLIGHT: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN -- Today at 2 p.m. Learn about America's first black military pilots and meet the men behind the story. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $4, seniors $3, ages 18 and younger $2. 301-864-6029.

Knitting

BEGINNING CROCHET -- Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pick up the basics and get started on a new scarf. Bring an 8-ounce skein of three- or four-ply sport yarn and a crochet hook. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $39. 202-797-5102.

Movies

HORROR OF DRACULA -- Today at 1:15 p.m. Christopher Lee's Dracula and Peter Cushing's Van Helsing battle it out in the 1958 classic. Part of the series "Bloody Hell: British Horror Films." AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

SLOW FOOD ON FILM -- Today at 5 p.m. Short narrative and documentary films from Italy. Includes "Crapa Pansa," about a family's Christmas feast gone awry; "Voices of the Mountain," an anthropological study of two shepherds; "Uncle Luigi's Soup and Other Recipes," in which former soldiers talk about what sustained them during WWII; and "Diochlanda," a documentary about a folk-rock band performing in restaurants in Germany. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN -- Monday at dusk. Watergate, Woodward and Bernstein, and

the demise of the Nixon administration. Kicks off the "Screen on the Green" outdoor movie series. The National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. Free. 877-262-5866.

THE LOST BOYS -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Vampire slaying, rock-and-roll, Kiefer Sutherland and the Coreys (Haim and Feldman). Part of the D.C. Jewish Community Center's "Urban Drive-In" series, with a used book and movie sale at 6:30 p.m. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $4 suggested donation. 202-777-3208.

HOOP DREAMS -- Thursday at 8 p.m. The lives of two NBA hopefuls are chronicled from middle school to college in a documentary that addresses the stark realities of inner-city life. Part of the series "50 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, the Ongoing Role of Racism in a 'Colorblind' Society." George Washington University,

1957 E St. NW, Seventh Floor. Free. 202-994-6345.

THE SEVENTH SEAL -- Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. An allegorical story about a knight who returns from the Crusades to find Sweden ravaged by the plague. With judgment day approaching, the knight makes a deal with Death for time: They will compete in a game of chess. Part of the series "Ingmar Bergman: Early Work." National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

GOLDEN CHICKEN -- Friday at

7 p.m. and July 25 at 2 p.m.

When a prostitute is trapped

in an ATM booth with a would-be robber during a power outage,

she regales him with stories from her job. Part of the "Made in Hong Kong Film Festival." In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles.

Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson

Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

JOHN CASSAVETES -- Friday at

7 p.m. A portrait of the iconoclastic and controversial director,

shot during the making of his

films "Faces" and "Shadows." American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. Free. 410-244-1900.

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Gene Wilder stars in the cult classic. Five children win a tour of a chocolate factory. When they are tempted to steal, strange things start to happen. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.

Parties

'80s PRIDE PROM -- July 25 at 8 p.m. Dress to the theme and bring someone special to celebrate the District's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. Proceeds benefit the D.C. Women's Human Rights Action Team. The Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $10 suggested donation. 202-462-3213.

Photography

PHOTO PORTFOLIO CRITIQUE -- July 25, 10 a.m.-noon. Photographers of all levels are invited to share their work and receive feedback over coffee and bagels. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-229-7930.

Poetry

IN YOUR EAR -- Today at 3 p.m. The series focuses on alternative and avant-garde poetry. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $3. 202-462-7833.

WORD OF MOUTH -- Tuesday, 7:30-10:30 p.m. A night of

open-mic poetry and spoken word. HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-3700.

MOTHERTONGUE SPOKEN WORD SHOW -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

A women's poetry open mic.

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.

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