Books and Authors

FRANCISCO GOLDMAN -- Monday at 7 p.m. The Guatemalan American writer reads from "The Divine Husband," about the life and loves of a Central American woman. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

KRISTIN GORE -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The "Saturday Night Live" and "Futurama" writer reads from her debut novel, "Sammy's Hill," about a congressional aide's neurotic romantic life and D.C. adventures. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.

SARAH ERDMAN -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. In "Nine Hills to Nambonkaha," the local author shares her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa's Cote d'Ivoire. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free. 202-965-9880.

T.C. BOYLE -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The author reads from and signs "Drop City," a satire about a 1970s hippie commune that moves from California to Alaska after too many run-ins with the law. National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW. $5. 202-638-7610.

VENDELA VIDA -- Friday at 7 p.m. The "Believer" co-editor reads from and signs her first novel, "And Now You Can Go." National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10, visitors 60 and older $8, members $7, students $5. 202-783-5000, programs 202-783-7370.

ANN CRITTENDEN -- Saturday at 6 p.m. The author reads from "If You've Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything," about balancing married and corporate life. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

SEYMOUR HERSH -- Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize winner discusses his new book, "Chain of Command," which explores the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW. $10; tickets available from Politics & Prose. 202-364-1919 or 202-332-5266.


DANCES WITH DOGS -- Saturday, 7-11 p.m. A pet-friendly dance with dinner, pet photographs and a doggy bar. All leashed dogs welcome. Proceeds benefit the Montgomery County Humane Society. Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. $100. 301-279-9677.

Food and Drink

WINE BASICS 101 -- Wednesday, 7:30-9:15 p.m. Includes a tasting

of nine wines. Radisson Barcelo Hotel, 2121 P St. NW. $45. 202-244-3700.

SUSHI MAKING 101 -- Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. Learn how to select fish, use the best ingredients and prepare sushi dishes with Cher Aries and Chef Sam of Sushi Taro and Yosaku. With lunch and wine. Singapore Bistro, 1134 19th St. NW. $58. 202-244-3700.


THERESA ALLEN AND PAMELA SIMONSON -- Today, 3-5 p.m. The co-authors of "Pearls of Wisdom From Three Generations" discuss 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.


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

ADAMS MORGAN DAY -- Today, noon-6 p.m. Take in the neighborhood's diverse 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.

BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL -- Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Local and national publishers participate in a celebration of literary arts, with signings by Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum and David Simon, writer for HBO's "The Wire." With refreshments. Mount Vernon Place, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 877-225-8466.

FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL -- Opens Saturday. Through Sept. 23. Author readings, discussions, food and more. Saturday at 7 p.m., Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones reads from "The Known World." Sept. 23 at 8 p.m., Joyce Carol Oates reads from her new novel, "The Falls." George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Free. 703-993-3986.

NO MORE HOMELESS PETS SUPER PET ADOPTION -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 20

animal rescue groups and shelters will have dogs, cats and rabbits available for adoption. Fairfax Corner, Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Free. 703-780-9424.

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY -- Saturday; starting times vary.

Spend a day outdoors and volunteer to help the Potomac Conservancy clean and improve local parks, including C&O Canal National Park, Anacostia Park, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Great Falls Park, and others. For more information, visit

FIESTA MUSICAL -- Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with live music and dancing, food, and children's activities, including storytellers and puppet shows. National Zoo,

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-4821.



6:30 p.m. A 1977 film about a woman who robs a bank to save her child's day-care center. Director Margarethe von Trotta will be present for a discussion after the film. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.

JAZZ ON FILM -- Monday-Wednesday. A series of documentaries about jazz and jazz musicians. Monday at 9 p.m.: "Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jaquet Story" with "Different Drummer: The Elvin Jones Story." Tuesday at 9:15 p.m.: "Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton" with "After Hours." Wednesday: "The Last of the Blue Devils" at 6:30 p.m. and "Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser" at 9:15 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

C.H.U.D. -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. A 1984 sci-fi/horror flick in which a cop, a cook and a pair of reporters team up to get to the bottom of a government hazardous-waste coverup. (The title is short for "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers.") Presented by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society. Dr. Dremo's Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. $2 suggested donation. 202-736-1732.

POLITICAL COMEDY FESTIVAL -- Thursday-Sept. 19. Hollywood takes on Washington. Thursday at 7 p.m.: "Silver City," followed by a discussion with director John Sayles. Friday at 7 p.m.: "Primary Colors." Saturday: "The Great McGinty" at 1 p.m. and "Election" at 3 p.m. Sunday: "Bob Roberts" at 3 p.m. and "Wag the Dog" at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with director Barry Levinson. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Cameron Crowe's 1982 cult classic about sex, malls and rock-and-roll. With Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6. 202-452-7672.

FIGHT CLUB -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Don't try this at home: Ed Norton and Brad Pitt are two guys who repeatedly beat the you-know-what out of each other. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.


PHOTO PORTFOLIO CRITIQUE -- Today, 10 a.m.-noon. Photographers of all levels are invited to share their work and receive feedback over coffee and bagels. Glen Echo Park, Photoworks, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-229-7930.


SPEAK EASY -- Tuesday, 8-10 p.m. A night of spoken word with Washington Storytellers Theater. HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-3700.

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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