Astronomy

EVENING STARGAZING -- Saturday, 7:15-11 p.m. Enjoy the cosmos away from city lights with Einstein Planetarium astronomer Sean O'Brien. Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Free, parking $4. 540-592-3556.

Books and Authors

ROBERT ROSENBERG -- Monday at 7 p.m. The author reads from "This Is Not Civilization," a satirical novel about a well-meaning Peace Corps volunteer whose ambitions exceed what he can accomplish. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

ZANE -- Thursday at noon. The best-selling erotica author, who penned "The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth," signs her

new novel, "Nervous." Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

IRENE AWRET AND MERRILL LEFFLER -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Local artist Awret and her publisher, Leffler, discuss "They'll Have to Catch Me First," a book about her harrowing experiences coming

of age during the Third Reich.

Barnes & Noble, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington. Free. 703-248-8244.

Food and Drink

GREEK FOOD AND WINE TASTING -- Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Sample Greek delicacies with Susanna Hoffman, author of "The Olive and the Caper: Adventures in Greek Cooking." Best Cellars Dupont Circle, 1643 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-387-3146 or 202-785-1133.

MOVEABLE FEAST -- Saturday at 2 p.m. Taste half-smokes, bubble tea, ginger scones, cupcakes and more in a walking tour of local takeout restaurants. Meet outside Archives/Navy Memorial Metro, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $10 plus the cost of food. For reservations, call 202-484-1565.

Health and Fitness

CHARITY YOGA CLASS -- Today, 1-2 p.m. Taught by soon-to-graduate yoga instructor trainees. All levels welcome. Georgetown Yoga, 1053 31st St. NW. $5 minimum donation to benefit the Georgetown Senior Center. For reservations, call 202-342-7779.

Miscellaneous

14TH & U DOG DAYS OF AUGUST SIDEWALK SALE -- Today, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Check out local boutiques, galleries, eateries and more at the U Street corridor's fifth annual sidewalk sale. U Street between Ninth and 17th streets NW, and

14th Street between Florida Avenue NW and Thomas Circle. Free. 202-550-0769.

PUNCHLINES -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. The second annual joke swap presented by Washington Storytellers Theatre. HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. $5. 301-891-1129.

TRANSLATORS/INTERPRETERS DISCUSSION GROUP -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. A monthly meeting for translators and interpreters to network and talk shop. Newcomers welcome. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.

BRICKFEST 2004 -- Friday-Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Public expo Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Indulge the grown-up Lego-maniac inside and share your favorite creations with other enthusiasts. With workshops, presentations and more. George Mason University, Arlington Campus, 3401 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. $50 to participate, $5 admission to public expo. 703-993-8999.

BETHESDA ART WALK -- Friday, 6-10 p.m. Area galleries stay open late. Downtown Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660.

HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS THIRD ANNUAL GAY DAY -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Explore the museum's collection of French and Russian decorative arts, with performances by the Rock Creek Singers, an ensemble of the Gay Men's Chorus; tours of Marjorie Merriweather Post's home; a historical lecture on gay members of the Romanov family; and gardening advice from staff members.

Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15, younger than 18 $5. For reservations, call 202-686-5807.

Movies

CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER -- Today at 5:15 p.m. Swashbuckling swordsman Captain Kronos and his hunchback sidekick Prof. Hieronymous Grost are the only people who can save the young maidens of an English village from a youth-sucking vampire. 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.

VAGABONDING IMAGES -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. A collage of dreamlike experimental pictures filmed with a Super-8 camera over five years of travel by German filmmakers Nicholas Humbert and Simone Furbringer. A double feature with Volko Kamensky's "Divine Obsession," a trancelike journey through traffic roundabouts in France, accompanied by a soundtrack of opera arias. Closes the series "Hybrid Forms: New Trends in Documentary Filmmaking." In German with English subtitles. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.

THE THIN MAN -- Monday at dusk. A sophisticated husband-and-wife detective team solves murders between cocktails with the help of a nosy fox terrier. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Part of the "Screen on the Green" outdoor movie series. The National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. Free. 877-262-5866.

BRINK OF LIFE -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. A psychological drama centered on three women in a maternity ward who must reevaluate their lives and decide whether they will put their babies up for adoption. Closes the "Bergman's Women" series. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6; members, students and visitors older than 60 $5. 202-783-5000.

JURIED SHORT FILM FEST -- Friday at 7 p.m. A collection of outsider/visionary short films, including "Robot Ussin," about a young man who becomes delusional and thinks he sees robots after drinking a bottle of Robitussin; "Broadway Boogie Woogie," an animated short in which the ghost of Hieronymous Bosch haunts the paintings of Piet Mondrian; and more. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. Free. 410-244-1900.

LOST IN TIME -- Friday at 7 p.m. and Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. A drama by Hong Kong director Derek Yee about a grieving widow who is befriended by a bus driver, the last person to have seen her husband alive. Part of the "Made in Hong Kong Film Festival." In Cantonese with English subtitles. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES -- Saturday at 11 p.m. and Aug. 15 at 5:05 p.m. Black belts meet black magic in a cross between "Dracula" and a kung-fu flick. Trying his luck in Asia, the Count possesses a Chinese monk and leads an army of undead who terrorize a small village. 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.

STRANGE FRUIT -- Aug. 15 at 3:15 p.m. A documentary by Joel Katz about the song written by a Bronx schoolteacher that became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement after it was sung by Billie Holiday. City Museum of Washington, 801 K St. NW. $3; seniors, students and children $2; ages 2 and younger free. 202-383-1809.

FRENZY -- Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. A rebellious young man struggles against a repressive prep school in Ingmar Bergman's first screenplay. A double feature with "Crisis," his 1944 directorial debut, about a young girl who must choose between her foster and biological mothers. From the series "Ingmar Bergman: Early Work." National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Parties

PRINCE VS. MICHAEL JACKSON VS. RICK JAMES -- Aug. 8, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. The Purple One takes on the competition in LoveSexyDC's monthly fan event. Modern, 3287 M St. NW. $7. 202-338-7027.

Photography

LET'S GO OROZCO -- Friday,

1-3:30 p.m. A photo workshop

for teens. After touring the Hirshhorn's Gabriel Orozco exhibit, shoot images imitating his

style. Bring a 35mm camera

and two rolls of color film or two disposable cameras, along with

a few familiar objects. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-3382.

Poetry

WORD OF MOUTH -- Monday at 8 p.m. Spoken word and poetry open mic. Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW. Free. 202-667-0088.

POETRY WORKSHOP -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. Sharpen your skills with

local writer Cheryl Crockett.

Barnes & Noble, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington. Free. 703-248-8244.

THE BATCAVE -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Open mic for all forms of spoken word. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. 202-462-7833.

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