Books and Authors


at 7 p.m. The New Yorker and New Republic contributor signs "Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004," a collection of his columns. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

WANDA URBANSKA AND FRANK LEVERING -- Wednesday at 1 p.m. The co-authors discuss "Nothing's Too Small to Make a Difference," a companion volume to the PBS series "Simple Living With Wanda Urbanska." Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

RALPH NADER -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The activist and presidential candidate reads and signs "The Good Fight." Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-1761

A. SCOTT BERG -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize winner discusses his new biography of actress Katharine Hepburn, based on their 20-year friendship. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

D.C. POETS AGAINST THE WAR -- Saturday at 6 p.m. Local writers Naomi Ayala, Jody Bolz, Richard Peabody, Shahid Buttar, Cornelius Eady and Myra Sklarew are among those who will read from the new anthology. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

Food and Drink

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 and their neighborhoods. Meet outside Archives/Navy Memorial Metro, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $10 plus the cost of food. For reservations, call 202-484-1565.


FALL PLANT SALE -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Choose from perennials, shrubs, trees and hard-to-find plants. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center Adult Classroom, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. For reservations, call 301-962-1451.


TOSHIHIRO KIDO -- Friday at 7 p.m. The former director of the National Theatre of Japan discusses reigaku, music written for obsolete eighth-century instruments found

by archaeologists, as well as the origin and history of gagaku,

Japan's ancient court music. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

THERESA ALLEN AND PAMELA SIMONSON -- Sept. 12, 3-5 p.m. The co-authors of "Pearls of Wisdom From Three Generations" explain how to document your family history using letters, photos and other artifacts. Anacostia Museum

and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. For reservations, call 202-610-3292.


BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES FAIR -- Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 500 dealers from the United States, Canada, England, South Africa and Italy offer furniture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, dolls, silver and more. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. $8-$12. 301-933-9433.

MARYLAND STATE FAIR -- Today, noon-10 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. $6, ages 12 and younger free. Rides priced individually. 410-252-0200.

LABOR DAY JAZZ & WINE FESTIVAL -- Monday, noon-6 p.m. Sample award-winning wines from local vintners, with music by the Latin Jazz All-Stars, Nicki Gonzalez and Trio, and more. Herndon Municipal Center Complex, 777 Lynn St., Herndon. $3, $15 with wine tasting. 703-435-6868.

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.

GAMERIOT -- Wednesday at 9 p.m. Play all you want: new and unreleased Xbox games, including Mech Assault 2, Jade Empire, Sudeki, Forza Motorsport, ESPN NFL 2005, ESPN NHL 2005, Red Ninja and Men of Valor. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $10. 202-265-0930.

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

BLACK FAMILY REUNION -- Saturday and Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The 19th annual black family celebration, hosted by the National Council of Negro Women, features a concert by Monica on Saturday at 6 p.m. and a gospel concert with Hezekiah Walker on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. With a variety of food and an international arts and crafts marketplace. National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets NW. Free. 202-383-9130.

GREYHOUND WELFARE PICNIC -- Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A fundraiser for greyhound adoption programs, with a barbecue lunch and dessert, dog training demonstrations, pet contests, and games. Circle D Farm, 15355 Carrs Mill Dr., Woodbine. 301-949-0615.

TAKOMA PARK FOLK FESTIVAL -- Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. With music and dancing on eight stages, food from local restaurants, a crafts show and sale, community tables, and children's activities. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Takoma Park. 301-589-0202.

ADAMS MORGAN DAY -- Sept. 12, noon-6 p.m. Take in the neighborhood's diverse selection of restaurants, shops and galleries, with a variety of music and dance performances on three stages, a kid's fair and more. 18th Street between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road NW. Free. 202-232-1978.



Today at 1, 4, 6:50 and 9:40 p.m. Johnny Depp vs. ghost pirates. Closes the "Johnny Depp:

Master of Quirk" series. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd.,

Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

PROFILES FROM THE ROAD: FILMS OF RAYMOND DEPARDON -- Today at 2 and 4:30 p.m. A collection of films by the Pulitzer Prize-winning French photojournalist and documentarian. "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.

GABRIEL OROZCO -- Today at 3:30 p.m. A documentary about the Mexican artist by Juan Carlos Martin, which includes Orozco's reflections on contemporary art and other artists. Shown in conjunction with the Hirshhorn exhibit "Directions." Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

THE OTHER WOMAN -- Friday at 6:30 p.m. A film by "Rosenstrasse" director Margarethe von Trotta about East German refugees caught in political intrigue. Von Trotta will be present for a discussion after the film. In German with English subtitles. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. An adaptation of

Hunter S. Thompson's book about a psychedelic trip in search of the American dream, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro.

Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.

SLEEPER -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. A comedy about a clarinet player and health-food-store owner (Woody Allen) who is frozen, then thawed out in the future to help fight an oppressive government. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6. 202-452-7672.

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR. WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS -- Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A 1924 film starring Russian actor-director Boris Barnet. An American travels to Moscow with a cowboy as his bodyguard, only to fall into the hands of a crooked count and his gang. Starts the "Extraordinary Mr. Barnet" film series. National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


PRINCE VS. THE NEPTUNES -- Today, 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.

LOLLAPA-MOO-ZA -- Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Friends of the National Zoo host an after-hours party with music by Rude Buddah and Another Brother, food from Chipotle, and a cash bar. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. 202-673-4717.


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.

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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