Books and Authors

CINTRA WILSON -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Salon.com columnist reads and signs her debut novel, "Colors Insulting to Nature." Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

DAVID GILBERT -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Reads and signs his debut novel "The Normals," about an impoverished college grad who participates in pharmaceutical company drug tests for cash. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

MO ROCCA -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The satirist reads from "All The President's Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

SUSAN ISAACS -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The screenwriter and bestselling author signs "Any Place I Hang My Hat." Borders, Tysons Corner, 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Free. 703-556-7766.

JON STEWART AND BEN KARLIN -- Friday at 1 p.m. "The Daily Show" host and producer sign "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

PHILIP LEVINE -- Friday at 7 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-winner reads his new poetry collection, "Breath." Chapters Literary Bookstore, 445 11th St. NW. Free. 202-737-5553.

JAMES CARROLL AND ALEXSANDER HEMON -- Friday at 8 p.m. Two novelists who write about war and its effects read from their work. Followed by a reception and signing. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.

BILLY CORGAN -- Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Smashing Pumpkins' former frontman signs his book of poems, "Blinking With Fists." Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free, tickets distributed at 9 a.m. 202-965-9880.

Fashion

SHOP AND DINE IN THE PARK -- Friday, 5:30- 10 p.m. An evening of "shopping therapy" showcasing contemporary designers with an informal fashion show. Proceeds to benefit Youth Aids, an HIV education charity. Park Hyatt Hotel, 24th and M streets NW. $35 at the door, $25 in advance. 202-349-4025.

TOAST & STRAWBERRIES FASHION SHOW -- Oct. 17, 2-5 p.m. A informal fashion show with local designers, hosted by Rosemary Reed. Toast and Strawberries, 1608 20th St., NW. Free. 202-234-1212.

Gardening

ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE -- Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The National Capital Orchid Society's show of exotic flowers, plus educational programs. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. For reservations, call 202-245-5898.

Lecture

HOT DOGS OR EGGROLLS, SOUR MASH OR SWEET TEA: WHAT IS AMERICAN FOOD AND DRINK -- Saturday at 1 p.m. Food historians who contributed to the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America" discuss the past, present and future of American cuisine. National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Miscellaneous

U.S. SAILBOAT SHOW -- Through Monday. See racing and cruising boats from around the world at the 35th annual event. With seminars on boating and vendor booths. Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis. $16, 12 and under $8.

BETHESDA ARTIST MARKET -- Today, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thirty area artists display their work. Bethesda Place Plaza, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-215-6660.

GO AHEAD . . . SCARE ME! -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. Scare the bejesus out of people in seven minutes or less at Washington Storytellers Theatre's Scary Story Contest. Bring your most terrifying tale or just listen. The five most frightening speakers will be invited to perform at an Oct. 30 presentation at DCAC. HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-3700, 301-891-1129 to register to perform.

ST. MARY'S COUNTY OYSTER FESTIVAL -- Saturday, doors at 9 a.m. and Oct. 17, doors at 11 a.m. Taste a wide array of dishes at the annual event marking the start of Chesapeake Bay oyster season. With music and children's entertainment. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Rts. 5 and 244, Leonardtown. $5, 12 and under free. 301-994-0525.

MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL -- On weekends through Oct. 24. Ten stages of live entertainment, crafts, food, games, jousting contests and taverns in a re-created 16th-century English village setting. Renaissance Fair Grounds, 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville. $8-$17, ages 6 and younger free. 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304.

Movies

WASHINGTON, ITALIA: THE ITALIAN FILM FEST -- Tuesday-Oct. 17., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Continuous daily screenings of 25 classic and contemporary films. Highlights include "L'Avventura" and "Red Desert," with tributes to filmmakers Michaelangelo Antonioni and Massimo Troisi, and the Washington premiere of Egedio Eronico's "My Father." Lowes Cineplex Georgetown, 3111 K St. NW. Free. 202-342-6033. For complete schedule, visit www.washingtonitalia.com.

SOUTH ASIAN SHORTS -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Critically acclaimed short films including "Cross My Heart," "Take the 'A' Train," "When the Storm Came" and "Sangam." Part of the Asian Pacific American Film Festival. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $6. 202-966-6000.

ARABIAN SIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL -- Opens Friday. Through Oct. 23. An eclectic mix of films from the Arab world. Highlights include "Sleepless Nights" by Egyptian filmmaker Hani Khalifa, the U.S. premiere of "In Casablanca The Angels Don't Fly" by Mohamed Asli, and "About Baghdad," a documentary about the fall of the Saddam Hussein's regime. Loews Cineplex, 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $9 per film or $80 for 10. 202-724-5613. For complete schedule, visit www.filmfestdc.org.

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC -- Saturday at 7 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Pretend you're a musically inclined Austrian nun and sing your heart out to the 1965 movie musical, projected with subtitles. Costumes encouraged. Part of the "More Than A Movie" series. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $15. 202-994-6800 or 301-808-6900.

EYES WITHOUT A FACE -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. The uncut version of George Franju's terrifying 1959 gothic horror film. Part of the "October Horrors" midnight movie series. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.

THE RIDE -- Saturday at 3 p.m. A story by Nathan Kurosawa about a fictional world-champion surfer who finds himself in Waikiki next to Duke Kahanamoku, the father of surfing. Part of the Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

NOSFERATU -- Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. The classic 1922 silent adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," starring Max Schreck as the Count. Directed by F. W. Murnau. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

QUEER SHORTS PROGRAM -- Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. Nine short films, part of the Asian Pacific American Film Festival, co-sponsored by Reel Affirmations. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $9. 202-397-7328.

Parties

PRINCE VS. EVERYBODY -- Today, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. LoveSexyDC's monthly Prince fan event. Modern, 3287 M St. NW. $7. 202-338-7027.

iPod JUKEBOX -- Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. If you have an iPod, you can be a deejay. Sign up for a 12 minute slot and play whatever you want. Presented by the Cricklewood Massive. Cafe Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW. Free. 202-265-7839.

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.

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.

Sports

INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. First race at 1 p.m. Seven steeplechase races, plus tailgating. Great Meadow Events Center, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains. $85 per car. 540-347-1215.

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