Books and Authors

BRAD HERZOG -- Today at 1 p.m. The California travel writer discusses his new book, "Small World: A Microcosmic Journey," about small American towns with big names, including Moscow, Maine, and Rome, Ore. Olssons, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. 202-785-1133.

JOHN B. JUDIS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The New Republic editor signs "The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn From Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

GRANT HILL -- Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The NBA All-Star signs "Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African-American Art." At 11 a.m.: Barnes & Noble, 1851 Fountain Dr., Reston. 703-437-9490. At 4 p.m.: Karibu Books, Bowie Town Center Mall, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. 301-352-4110. Both free.


SUNDAY NIGHT SWING -- Today and Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Beginner lessons 7:30-8 p.m. Swing the night away to the sounds of King James and the Serfs of Swing. American Dance Institute, 1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. $10, seniors and students $8. 301-984-3003.

M.A.D. SALSA PARTY -- Thursday at 9 p.m. Lessons 8-9 p.m. Make a Difference presents a night of salsa dancing to benefit the Growing Connection, a hunger-relief charity. With DJ music and a performance by Trabuco Dance Company. Cecilia's, 2619 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $15. 703-685-0790.


TOAST & STRAWBERRIES FASHION SHOW -- Today, 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. Free. 202- 234-1212.

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. Discovery Sports Center, 18031 Central Park Cir., Boyds. $195. 800-974-2401.


SEARCH FOR SUBSURFACE WATER ON MARS -- Wednesday at noon. Smithsonian senior scientist Thomas Watters discusses the hunt for H2O on the Red Planet using the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft. National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.


VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL -- Today, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sample wine from 45 local vintners and food from 30 restaurants. With music, talks on winemaking and more. Historic Long Branch Farm, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. $22, designated drivers $16. 888-435-9746.

BUSINESS CARD EXCHANGE NETWORKING EVENING -- Monday at 6 p.m. Make connections to expand your business or project. Toast & Strawberries, 1608 20th St. NW. $20. 202- 234-1212.

PENN QUARTER FRESHFARM MARKET -- Thursday, 3-7 p.m. Fresh produce, with a cooking demonstration and tasting with chef Bryan Voltaggio of Charlie Palmer Steak at 5 p.m. Eighth Street between D and E streets NW. Free. 202-362-8889.

CAT VACUUMING SOCIETY WRITER'S GROUP -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Participants discuss the writing process and critique one another's work. Includes writing exercises. Barnes & Noble, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington. Free. 703-248-8244.

SIMONE D TOUR -- Friday, 3-9 p.m. A teen event featuring a performance by singer Ryan Cabrera and a fashion showcase presented by Elle Girl magazine. With a DJ workshop and more. The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Free. 702-415-2400.

MARYLAND STATE FAIR -- Opens Friday. Through Sept. 6. Exhibition buildings open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; midway open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and weekends, noon-10 p.m. Country singer Sara Evans performs Friday at 7 p.m. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. $6, ages 12 and younger free. Rides priced individually. 410-252-0200.


JOHNNY DEPP: MASTER OF QUIRK -- Through Sept. 6. Today: "Don Juan de Marco" at 1 p.m., "Chocolat" at 9:30 p.m. Monday: "Cry-Baby" at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday: "Dead Man" at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday: "Don Juan de Marco" at 7:20 p.m. Thursday: "Dead Man" at 9:40 p.m. Friday: "Sleepy Hollow" at 7:15 p.m., "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" at 11:40 p.m. Saturday: "Edward Scissorhands" at 9:45 p.m., "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" at 11:40 p.m. Aug. 29: "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" at 3:15 p.m., "Edward Scissorhands" at 7:45 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

MEN SUDDENLY IN BLACK -- Today at 2 p.m. Four men devise a scheme to cheat on their wives while they are away. They have only 14 hours to get busy, 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 -- Today at 3 and 7:15 p.m., Monday-Friday at 7:15 p.m., Saturday and Aug. 29 at 3 and 7:15 p.m. In Akira Kurosawa's influential film, seven unemployed samurai are enlisted to aid a village besieged by bandits for the payment of a few handfuls of rice. An epic battle ensues. AFI National Theatre, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $7. 202-467-4600.

TASUMA (THE FIGHTER) -- Today and Aug. 29 at 3:15 p.m. An African World War II vet named Sogo has been waiting on his pension for 50 years. When he is imprisoned because he cannot pay his debts, the women of his village rally to free him. Part of the "Griot Cinema" film series. City Museum of Washington, 801 K St. NW. $10, seniors and students $5. 202-383-1809.

CORRUPTION -- Today at 5:15 p.m. A demented surgeon (Peter Cushing) attends a party with his fiancee, which ends in a bad accident and an experiment with ancient Egyptian plastic surgery techniques. Closes 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.

THE WIZARD OF OZ -- Today at 8:30 p.m. Watch out for flying-monkey attacks at this alfresco screening of the perennial favorite. Closes the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. Concessions benefit NIH Children's Charities. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free. 301-530-0540.

SMILE -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Melanie Griffith appears in this

1975 satire of the beauty-pageant industry, about a fictitious "Young American Miss" contest. Library of Congress, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5677.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. In this 1985 John Hughes classic, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall play high school kids in detention who find they have more in common than they think. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.

MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN -- Friday at midnight. "The Passion" it is not: a comedy about a man born in biblical times who is mistaken for a messiah. Visions Cinema, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $7. 202-667-0090.

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL -- Saturday at midnight. King Arthur and his knights embark on a search for the grail, encountering many silly obstacles along the way. Visions Cinema, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $7. 202-667-0090.

SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR -- Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. In Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson's acclaimed film, 45 random vignettes create a sense of social breakdown and depict the collapse of society. Shown with a collection of the director's TV commercials. National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


SUMMER'S EVE: LADY DJ SPIN-OFF -- Friday at 10 p.m. Members of the First Ladies DJ Collective go head-to-head in a mash-up of dance, hip-hop, soul, tech-house and more.

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


MOTHERTONGUE SPOKEN-WORD SHOW -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. A women's poetry open mic. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $3-$5. 202-667-7960 or 202-726-1821.

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