Books and Authors

BILLY CORGAN -- Today 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. Reading at 5:30 p.m. with Yungchen Lhamo. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

GEORGE CARLIN -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Reads and signs "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops." Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free, tickets distributed at 8 a.m. 703-525-4227.

NIKKI TURNER -- Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The hip-hop fiction writer signs "Girls From Da Hood." Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

MIKE MARSHALL AND FARAI CHIDEYA -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The journalists discuss "Scars of the Soul are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don't Have Bruises," about coming of age in the Bronx during the birth of hip-hop; and "Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters." Olsson's, 1307 19th St. NW. Free. 202-785-1133.

SUKETU MEHTA -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The journalist discusses "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found," a look at the city's underworld. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

DAVID REES -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The political cartoonist discusses his clipart comic "Get Your War On II." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

Fashion

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

Lecture

AFRICAN AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO FASHION: 1850-1950 -- Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. Author Rosemary Reed discusses fashion history, followed by a signing of "The Threads of Time." G Street Fabrics, 11854 Rockville Pike, Rockville. $19. 301-231-8982.

Miscellaneous

MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL -- On weekends through Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 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.

GRAVES' MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL -- Today, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Pick apples and tour an educational farm. With clogg dancing and bluegrass music. Lunch served 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Graves' Mountain Lodge, Rt. 670, Syria.540-923-4231.

ART BALTIMORE 04 -- Today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. An arts and crafts expo featuring work by emerging artists. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. $9; students and seniors $6; under 12 free. 410-649-7000.

WHITE HOUSE FALL GARDEN TOUR -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Oct. 24, noon-4 p.m. See the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn. Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets NW. Free; tickets distributed each day at 7:30 a.m. 202-208-1631.

CHU SHAN OPERA WORKSHOP -- Monday at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Learn traditional Chinese stage arts from the Silver Spring-based company. Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.

BUSINESS CARD EXCHANGE NETWORKING EVENING -- Monday at 6 p.m. Make connections by reaching out to others. Toast & Strawberries, 1608 20th St. NW. $20. 202- 234-1212.

3RD 3RSDAY -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Local artists lead tours of several galleries on Seventh Street. Tours leave at 6:30 p.m. from the Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-312-1305.

BUILDING BIONIC BODIES -- Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Demonstrations on developments in medical science and the boundaries between humans and machines. See a bionic skeleton and design artificial body parts. National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

HOW TO OPEN A VINTAGE OR THRIFT SHOP -- Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Turn your obsession into a business. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $39. For reservations, call 202-797-5102.

GHOST STORY TOUR -- Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. through Oct. 30. Actors portray historic figures as ghosts and recite tales from history. First person on each tour to guess the identity of the guide wins a prize. Meet 15 minutes before tour time at McPherson Square Metro Station, White House exit, at 15th and I streets NW. $10, ages 12 and younger $5. 301-588-9255.

Movies

WASHINGTON, ITALIA: THE ITALIAN FILM FEST -- Today, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Six classic and contemporary films. Program includes "Honolulu Baby" at 11 a.m., "I'm Starting from Three" at 3 p.m., "Round Trip" at 5 p.m., "The House Keys" at 7 p.m., "Wedding Dress" at 9 p.m. and "Rome" at 11 p.m. Lowes Cineplex Georgetown, 3111 K St. NW. Free. 202-342-6033.

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC -- Today 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.

NOSFERATU -- Today 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 -- Today at 5 p.m. Nine short films, part of the Asian Pacific American Film Festival, co-sponsored by Reel Affirmations. Program includes "Ethan Mao Trailer," "How Fluttering," "I Was Born Here," "Fresh Like Strawberries," "Ohm-Ma," "Green Stalk," "Game Boy," "Barefeet" and "Banana Boy." Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $9. 202-397-7328.

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON -- Monday at 8 p.m. The 1954 horror flick is shown in 3-D, with live music from the Jazz Passengers. Part of the "More Than A Movie" series. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-25, GW students $10. 202-994-6800 or 301-808-6900.

THE BICYCLE THIEF -- Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. A man and his son search for a much-missed stolen bicycle in Vittorio de Sica's 1948 masterpiece. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

PEACE BY PEACE: WOMEN ON THE FRONTLINES -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Profiles human rights workers in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Burundi. Kicks off the Common Ground Film Festival. George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW.Free. 202-994-6240. For complete schedule visit www.sfcg.org.

EVIL DEAD 2 -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. In Sam Rami's 1987 horror epic, Bruce Campbell is trapped in a cabin in the woods, battling demons that take over parts of his own body. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.50. 202-452-7672.

THE EXORCIST -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Forces of good and evil square off as Max von Sydow fights to save Linda Blair's soul. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6.50. 301-652-7273.

ARABIAN SIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL -- Through Oct. 24. An eclectic mix of Arab films. Highlights include "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.

Poetry

IN YOUR EAR -- Today at 3 p.m. The series focuses on unusual meter and rhyme. Featuring Doug Lange and Diane Ward. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $3. 202-462-7833.

MOTHERTONGUE RENT PARTY -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The women's poetry open mic celebrates its sixth anniversary. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

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