THE REPUTATION -- Today at 9 p.m. Indie rock. With Kathy Cashel and Songs of August. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

FERTILE GROUND -- Saturday at 10 p.m. Fusion of soul, jazz and world. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.


JOHN HAMPSHIRE -- Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. Artist reception and talk. Closes Wednesday. Paintings and drawings. Georgetown University, Walsh Building, Department of Art, Music & Theater, Gallery 101, 1221 36th St. NW. Free. 202-687-6467.

FORGED AND FABRICATED -- Opens Thursday. Meet the artists Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and Friday, 6-9 p.m. Artist talk Saturday at 3 p.m. followed by a reception. Through Nov. 28. Mixed media wall paintings by Joan Konkel and bronze sculptures by Patrick Cochran. Zenith Gallery, 413 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-783-2963.

ROBERT W. BAZEMORE JR AND BRUCE MCKAIG -- Opens Friday, reception at 6 p.m. Through Nov. 27. Mixed media photography by Bazemore and urban and rural landscape photographs by McKaig. Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-328-0955.

SAINTS & SISTERS -- Through Oct. 30. Sculptures and paintings about women by Judith Richelieu. Gallery 10 Ltd., 1519 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-232-3326.

SLIDING LANDSCAPES -- Through Oct. 30. Refigured 18th-century fantasy landscapes by Lucy Hogg. Strand on Volta, 1531 33rd St. NW. Free. 202-333-4663.


MEAN GIRLS -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The 2004 teen comedy directed by Mark S. Waters and written for the screen by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey. Rosalind Wiseman, author of the book that inspired the movie, leads a discussion about respect for diversity and individuality. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $5-$25 donations. 202-686-1908.

For Children

ALONG CAME A SPIDER -- Thursday at 4 p.m. Ages 3-6. Sing a spider song, listen to a short story and create a toy spider. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ENCHANTED FOREST -- Saturday at 2 p.m. Ages 8 and older. Join a park ranger for a half-mile hike to discover the truth behind the legends about animals that have lived in Rock Creek Park. Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Lectures and Literature

ELEANOR HERMAN -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The author discusses her book "Sex With Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge." A reception follows. Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $10. 202-234-7911.

VERSE, VIBES & BITES -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Poet-in-residence Sistah Joy hosts this monthly poetry open mic, featuring readings by Anthony Age and Lottie Mae "Grandma Slam" McDonald. Music by drummer Doc Powell. Barnes and Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

NAME THAT ROW HOUSE -- Saturday at 1 p.m. Sally Berk, owner and expert on Washington row houses, explains the various styles and forms of these homes from the late 18th century to the present. Includes a walking tour of Shaw with resident and ANC Commissioner Alex Padro. The Emmaus Services for the Aging, 1426 Ninth St. NW. $15. For reservations, 202-783-5144.

GET LISTED. Events listed as space permits. E-mail or fax notices to or 202-496-3537. Deadline is two weeks before publication date.