Books and Authors

MICHAEL HARDT -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Duke University professor signs and discusses "Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

THOMAS GREEN JR. -- Saturday at 1 p.m. The romance author signs "Courting Miss Thang," a love story about a pro basketball player and a former porn star. Karibu Books, Bowie Town Center Mall, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301- 352-4110.



The pianist and saxophonist

provides music for a night of swing dancing. Chevy Chase Ballroom, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $13. 703-359-9882.


DRESS FOR SUCCESS NIGHT -- Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring gently used professional women's clothing to donate to Dress for Success and get deals from stores. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Food Court, South Hayes and South 15th streets, Arlington. Free. 703-415-2400.


PLANT FAMILY ALBUM: IT'S A SNAP -- Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. A look at the snapdragon family

of plants, including foxgloves, butterfly bushes and psyllium. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. $5. For reservations, call 202-226-4082.

DANCING WITH FLOWERS: THE POLLINATION CONNECTION -- Friday, noon-1 p.m. Tour the Botanic Garden terrace and learn how to grow plants that pollinating insects need for survival. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. For reservations, call 202-226-4082.


SONG LECTURE -- Thursday at 2 p.m. Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock discusses the role of song in the black community. Includes field hollers, work songs, spirituals, gospel and blues. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0945.

WALTER DEAN MYERS AND CHRISTOPHER MYERS -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The father-son writing and illustration team discusses how they create award-winning children's books. Presented in conjunction with the exhibit "All the Stories Are True: African-American Writers Speak."Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-287-3306.


DUPONT CIRCLE FRESHFARM MARKET -- Today and Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 30 local farmers offer produce, bread, cheese, meat, pies, fresh-cut flowers and more. 20th Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Q Street NW. Free. 202-362-8889.

HALFTIME IS SHOWTIME: 2004 COLLEGE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONSHIP -- Today at 4 p.m. College bands strut their stuff.

RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. $15-$20. 202-397-7328 or 800-551-7328.

BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES FAIR -- Friday-Sept. 5. More than 500 dealers from the United States, Canada, England, Italy, South Africa and Italy offer furniture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, dolls, silver and more. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt St., Baltimore. $8-$12. 301-933-9433.

MARYLAND STATE FAIR -- 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. Alt-rock band Switchfoot performs Friday at 7 p.m. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. $6, ages 12 and younger free. Rides priced individually. 410-252-0200.


CHUNGKING EXPRESS -- Today at 2 p.m. Director Wong Kar Wai's 1995 film about two cops' intertwined love affairs. Closes the "Made in Hong Kong Film Festival." In Cantonese with English subtitles. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

SEVEN SAMURAI -- Today 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.

JOHNNY DEPP: MASTER OF QUIRK -- Through Sept. 6. Today: "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" at 3:15 p.m. and "Edward Scissorhands" at 7:45 p.m. Monday: "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" at 5:05 p.m. and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday: "Edward Scissorhands" at 5:05 p.m. and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday: "Edward Scissorhands" at 9:30 p.m. Thursday: "Pirates of the Caribbean" at 6:50 p.m. Friday: "Pirates" at 6:50 and 9:40 p.m. Saturday-Sept. 5: "Pirates" at 1, 4, 6:50 and 9:40 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

TASUMA (THE FIGHTER) -- Today 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.

SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR -- Today 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.

MAKING UP -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. A satire about two women of the '90s searching for the men of their dreams, from German director Katja von Garnier. In German with English subtitles. Part of the "Summer Comedies" series.

Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.


at 8 p.m. When Godzilla returns nearly 50 years after his 1954

attack on Tokyo, it's up to the

Sacred Guardian Beasts of

Yamato to protect Japan.

Presented by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society. Dr. Dremo's Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. $2 suggested donation. 202-736-1732.

MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN -- Friday at midnight. "The Passion" it's 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.

OFFICE SPACE -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Live vicariously through Peter (Ron Livingston), Michael (David

Herman) and Samir (Ajay Naidu) as they wreak havoc on their workplace (that poor, poor fax machine). Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.

TRON -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. The 1982 sci-fi classic (and the first ever computer-generated movie) received one of pop culture's highest honors:

It was spoofed by "The Simpsons."

A hacker is split into molecules

and reassimilated into a computer

to battle a nefarious program

called Master Control. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6. 202-452-7672.


Sept. 5 at 2 and 4:30 p.m. A collection of films by the Pulitzer Prize-winning French photojournalist and documentarian. Saturday: "Untouched by the West" and "Les Annees Declic." Sept. 5: "New York, NY," "Ten Minutes of Silence for John Lennon" and "Peasant Profile" at 2 p.m.; "Africa: How Is the Pain?" at 4:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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.


THE WAG -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. DJs spin '60s and '70s garage

and soul music. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.

PRINCE VS. THE NEPTUNES -- Sept. 5, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Prince takes on Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams in LoveSexyDC's monthly fan event. Modern, 3287 M St. NW. $7. 202-338-7027.


POETRY UNDER THE STARS -- Friday, 7-9 p.m. An ongoing summer poetry open mic, sponsored by the Blackout Arts Collective. Sankofa Video and Books, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-234-4755.

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