Books and Authors

JASPER FFORDE -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The sci-fi and mystery writer signs the next installment in his fantasy-detective series, "Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel." Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

SUJATA MASSEY -- Wednesday at 1 p.m. The local mystery writer reads from "The Pearl Diver," the newest in her series featuring sleuth Rei Shimura. Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW. Free. 202-737-5553.

PAUL ROGAT LOEB -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Loeb discusses "The Impossible Will Take a Little While," a collection of 50 essays and stories from international civil rights and social justice workers, including Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel and Arundhati Roy. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

Fashion

TOAST AND STRAWBERRIES FASHION SHOW -- Aug. 22, 2-5 p.m. Featuring a new line of clothing by local designer Tomasine Spriggs and a presentation on knitting and crocheting. Toast & Strawberries, 1608 20th St. NW. $20. 202- 234-1212.

Gardening

TOMATO LUST -- Friday, 1-2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens' Cindy Brown shares her secrets on how to grow the best tomatoes, make gazpacho and more. With a taste test. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $11. For reservations, call 301-962-1451.

Health and Fitness

AND1 BASKETBALL CAMP -- Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 7-17, co-ed. Improve your game with coach Dave "MyBad" Orr. With daily drills, contests, games and prizes. Crossland High School, 6901

Temple Hills Rd., Temple Hills. $195. 800-974-2401.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE BASKETBALL CAMP -- Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 8-15. A co-ed camp hosted by Washington Mystics guard Kiesha Brown. Proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region and the National Capital YMCA. National Capital YMCA, 1711 Rhode Island Ave. NW. $125. 202-862-9622.

Lecture

JOHN PRADOS -- Thursday at noon. The former National Security Agency analyst and author of "Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War," makes his case. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.

Miscellaneous

BRICKFEST 2004 PUBLIC EXPO -- Today, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Indulge the grown-up Legomaniac inside and see what happens when adults play with lots and lots of the colorful plastic building blocks. George Mason University, Arlington Campus, 3401 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. $5. 703-993-8999.

GATEWAY'S PROGRESSIVE ARTWALK -- Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Local artists show at a variety of spaces: AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Rd.; Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Ave.; Mayorga Coffee Factory, 8040 Georgia Ave.; and Los Arrieros, 7926 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Free. 301-562-1400.

ORIOLES D.C. SUMMER FANFEST -- Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The sixth annual event features batting and pitching cages, free food, and autograph sessions with Orioles players and coaches, including shortstop Miguel Tejada and manager Lee Mazzilli. Farragut Square NW. Free. 202-296-2473.

Movies

LOST IN TIME -- Today at 2 p.m. A drama by Hong Kong director Derek Yee about a grieving widow befriended by a bus driver who was 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.

MAPANTSULA -- Today at 2 p.m. An anti-apartheid film from South African director Oliver Schmitz. Police suspect that a man named Panic has gone from being a

gangster to a revolutionary.

Part of the Smithsonian series "Looking at African Cinema 1979-2004." S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

STRANGE FRUIT -- Today 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 performed 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 -- Today 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.

THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES -- Today 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.

COMCAST OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL -- Today-Aug. 22 at 8:30 p.m. Grounds open at 6 p.m. Free movies under the stars; concessions benefit NIH Children's Charities. Today: "Jaws." Monday: "Casablanca." Tuesday: "The Princess Bride." Wednesday: "North by Northwest." Thursday: "Seabiscuit." Friday: "Chicago." Saturday: "Back to the Future."

Aug. 22: "The Wizard of Oz." Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540.

KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. Rudy and Martin, two patients in a

hospital's terminal ward, set

off on an adventure to the seaside. Opens the Goethe-Institut's "Summer Comedies" series. In German with English subtitles. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON -- Monday at dusk. An idealistic first-term senator takes on a corrupt Washington bureaucracy. Closes the "Screen on the Green" outdoor movie series. The National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. Free. 877-262-5866.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. A princess, a peasant, revenge, true love, swordplay and Andre the Giant. Closes 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.

MEN SUDDENLY IN BLACK -- Friday at 7 p.m. and Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. Four men scheme to cheat on their wives. They have only 14

hours to get busy philandering, and their spouses may be wise to the plan. 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.

SEVEN SAMURAI -- Friday-Aug. 22 at 7:15 p.m., Saturday and Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. In Akira Kurosawa's influential film, seven unemployed samurai are enlisted to aid a village besieged by bandits. An epic battle ensues. AFI National Theatre, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $7. 202-467-4600.

Parties

SNAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL -- Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Indulge your inner animal at the Friends of the National Zoo's Young Professionals party. With snacks, a cash bar and rockabilly music by Jumpin' Jupiter. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15. 202-673-4637.

COLUMBIA ISLAND BEACH PARTY -- Saturday at 5 p.m. With an all-you-can-indulge-in buffet, bathing-suit contest, volleyball, music and more. Columbia Island Marina, George Washington Memorial Parkway, South Arlington. $15. For reservations, call 202-347-0173.

Poetry

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

FOUNTAIN OF TRUTH -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. A weekly spoken-word series hosted by Joseph S. Briggs. Cada Vez, 1438 U St. NW. Free. 202-667-0785.

THIRD THURSDAY POETRY FEST -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A open-mic night. Starbucks, second floor, 800 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1576.

VERSE, VIBES & BITES -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Sistah Joy hosts an open-mic night featuring members of New York's Bread is Rising poetry group. With musical accompaniment by drummer Doc Powell. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

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