EIGHTH ANNUAL FLIGHT JACKET NIGHT -- Friday at 8 p.m. Retired Army officer Michael J. Durant discusses his career as a helicopter aviator. Attendees are encouraged to wear military or civilian flight jackets. National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-2603.

Art and Crafts

ARTS OF SPLENDOR: ISLAMIC LUXURY GOODS IN RENAISSANCE ITALY -- Today at 2 p.m. Renaissance scholar Rosamond E. Mack discusses the impact of Islamic art objects. National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

TRUNK SALE -- Monday, noon-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Authentic Cambodian silk fabrics. (Talk, "Reviving Silk Textile Traditions in Cambodia," Monday at noon in Meyer Auditorium.) Freer Gallery of Art, Conference Room, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

BARCELONA NIGHT -- Thursday, 6-8 p.m. In conjunction with the "Calder Miro" exhibition, talks about the artists' Spanish connections,

plus tapas, flamenco dance and classical guitar. The Phillips Collection, 600 21st St. NW. $13, tapas $5. 202-387-2151, Ext. 260.

SOGETSU IKEBANA -- Friday at 12:30 p.m. Designer Joyce Overholtzer demonstrates the Japanese style of flower arranging, in conjunction with the exhibition "A Splash of Fall Color." U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. For reservations, call 202-226-4082.

ART FOR THE ARTS -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A benefit show and sale of etchings, silk screens, watercolors, prints, pottery and oils by local artists. Includes appraisals of art, small antiques and collectibles (limit three hand-carried items). Wolf Trap, Center for Education, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. Free; appraisals each $5. 703-255-4030.

Books and Authors

CAROLIVIA HERRON -- Today at 3 p.m. The author reads her children's book "Nappy Hair" and talks about how it got published. Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. For reservations, call 202-287-3369.

THAT'S REVOLTING! QUEER STRATEGIES FOR RESISTING ASSIMILATION -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Editor Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore, and contributing author Blake Nemec discuss and sign the anthology about gay identity. Brian MacKenzie Infoshop, 1426 Ninth St. NW. Free. 202-986-0681.

ERIC DINERSTEIN -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The World Wildlife Fund scientist signs and discusses his book, "Return of the Unicorns," about the endangered Asian one-horned rhinos in Nepal. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-673-4925.

DAVID LODGE -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Olsson's presents the author of "Changing Places" and "Nice Work" (both short-listed for the Booker Prize), who reads from his latest novel, "Author Author," about Henry James. National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th St. NW. $5. 202-638-7610.

FABERGE FLOWERS -- Saturday at 1 p.m. A group of essayists discuss the fall publication of the Faberge Arts Foundation's book. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15. For reservations, call 202-686-5807.

ANNA KARENINA -- Saturday at 4 p.m. A discussion of Tolstoy's novel in conjunction with its prominence in the play "Anna in the Tropics." Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Free. 202-488-3300.

ROBERT TIMBERG -- Saturday at 6 p.m. The author discusses his memoir, "State of Grace," about his high school football team and its influence on his life. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.


HALLOWEEN DANCE -- Today, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wear a costume to the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's contra dance, with live music. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-926-9142.


JOHN VARVATOS -- Thursday at 6 p.m. The designer appears at a

fashion show of his collection,

which includes tailored clothing, sportswear, accessories and footwear. Benefits Whitman-Walker Clinic. Saks Fifth Avenue, The Men's Store, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $50. For reservations, call 202-797-3545.

Food and Drink

FREE TAPAS -- Tuesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. in D.C.; 11:30 a.m.-midnight in Virginia. La Tasca offers a free Tortilla Americana (a potato and red pepper omelet) to anyone wearing an "I Voted" sticker. In D.C.: 722 Seventh St. NW. 202-347-9190. In Virginia: 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-812-9120.

THE WINE GUYS TALK TURKEY -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Bob and Fred Luskin of the Bell Wine Shoppe offer tastes of Thanksgiving-friendly vintages. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.

FIREFLY OPEN HOUSE -- Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Complimentary food and drink to celebrate the eatery's second anniversary. Firefly, 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-872-3600.

Health and Fitness

BICYCLES 101 -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Learn about roadside safety, tools and basic care, including

how to fix a flat. REI, 9801 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. Free. 301-982-9681.


SOLENODONS: WEST INDIAN SURVIVORS FROM THE AGE OF DINOSAURS -- Friday at noon. Scientist Alfred L. Roca discusses the large insectivores found only in Cuba and Hispanola. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.


NOSFERATU -- Today at 3 p.m.

The Arlington Symphony Orchestra accompanies the 1922 vampire

flick. Includes a costume contest, fortune tellers and roving monsters at 2 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $20. 703-528-1817


4 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 4 p.m.

A world-music documentary

by Ethiopian director Wondwossen

D. Dikran, featuring Lasta Sound, Quinto Sol, Chakra, Upground

and Ras Michael. Lincoln

Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $15. 202-397-7328.

EUROPEAN UNION FILM SHOWCASE -- Through Nov. 7. New films from the Old World. At the AFI National Film Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $8.50. 202-833-2348. And at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720. For complete schedule, visit www.afi.com/silver.


FROM SPEAKEASIES TO CARNEGIE HALL: THE WORLD OF CABARET -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Performers Wendy Lane Bailey and Doug Bowles and club owner Erv Raible talk about the history of cabaret. The all-day program includes live performances. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. $130. 202-357-3030.


ALL-DIGITAL PHOTO SAFARI -- Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Melanie

Otto teaches beginners about shooting indoors and out.

Meet at the entrance to the

National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $69. For reservations, call 202-537-0937.


THE WAY OF BUDDHIST MEDITATION -- Saturday at 10 a.m. A full-day introduction including talks followed by practice sessions. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $145. 202-357-3030.



11 a.m. Author Anthony S. Pitch leads an anecdotal history walk. Meet at Lafayette Square by the equestrian statue of Andrew

Jackson facing the White House. $15. 301-294-9514.

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