Art and Crafts




Monday at 6:30 p.m. Christopher Wilson, art history professor at George Washington University, explores the past and present state of adobe churches in the Southwest. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. $45. 202-357-3030.


at 7 p.m. The local artist and Corcoran professor of painting

and drawing leads a tour of "Common Ground," an exhibit that includes four of his works using everyday objects routed in the social and political landscape of the American South. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.


VIVA LAS VEGAS -- Saturday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Dancing, casino games, a silent auction, live entertainment and prizes, with hosts ESPN anchor Stan Verrett and model coach Paul Wharton of MTV's series "Made." Benefits the Joy of Sports Foundation. Almas Temple Ballroom, 1315 K St. NW. $65-$100. 202-548-0185.

Books and Authors

JEFF SHAARA -- Tuesday-

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The

author of "Gods and Generals" discusses his latest historical

fiction, "To the Last Man: A Novel

of the First World War." Tuesday: Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. 301-986-1761. Wednesday: Borders, 8027

Leesburg Pike, Vienna. 703-556-7766. Both free.

CHRIS BATY -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The founder of "National Novel Writing Month" discusses his book "No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days." Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

LESLEY GILL -- Saturday at 1 p.m. The author discusses her book

"The School of the Americas:

Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas," about

the U.S. military's training program and the opposition to it. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.


SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/HORROR -- Saturday at 2 p.m. Authors Sallie Lowenstein,

Tracy Taylor, Tony Ruggiero,

Richard White and John C. Wright read from and discuss their works. Barnes & Noble, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington. Free. 703-248-8244.


SWING DANCE WITH WAYNE HANCOCK -- Tuesday, 9-11 p.m. Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg lead the dance to Wayne "The Train" Hancock's country-style swing music. Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-359-9882.

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV -- Friday, 3-4 p.m. The dancer signs copies of his book, "Baryshnikov in Black and White," a collection of photos documenting the past three decades of his career. Kennedy Center, Hall of States Gift Shop, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Food and Drink

NIGELLA LAWSON -- Today at 3 p.m. The food writer discusses and signs her new cookbook, "Feast: Food to Celebrate Life," which is filled with holiday recipes. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.

GREAT WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA AND AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL -- Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. More than 50 wines from each country available to taste and purchase. Includes bread, cheese and fruit. Radisson Barcelo Hotel, 2121 P St. NW. $45. 202-244-3700.


at 10 a.m. Chef Konrad Meier,

who recently spent several

months in Japan, shares cooking tips and recipes, and sommelier Mary Watson tells how to select sparkling wines and sake. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne. $75. For reservations, call 703-858-2107.


MOSSES AND LIVERWORTS: THE PLANT KINGDOM IN MINIATURE -- Friday at 1 p.m. Examine some of the 10,000 species of mosses and make a miniature moss garden. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. $8. For reservations, call 202-226-4082.

Health and Fitness

MASTER SELF-HYPNOSIS WITH FLIP ORLEY -- Monday at 7 p.m. Reception at 6 p.m. Learn the basics of entering, deepening and concluding hypnosis. Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $125-$135. 202-296-7008.

ADDICTION TO MEDICATIONS: WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND WHO IS VULNERABLE? -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Learn about the latest research on misusing and abusing prescription drugs. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Masur Auditorium, Building 10, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free. 301-496-2563.

ENDURANCE SPORTS -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Learn what it takes to participate in multi-sport events. Includes information on sleep deprivation, extreme exhaustion, cold and heat. REI, 9801 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. Free. 301-982-9681.


GEORGE STEVENS CENTENNIAL -- Opens today. Through Dec. 29. The Oscar-winning director ("A Place in the Sun," "Giant") made six films nominated for Best Picture. The series begins with a new print of "Shane," the 1953 Western starring Alan Ladd and Jack Palance. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

SINSITIVITY -- Today and Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. Shot in Baltimore,

this romantic drama is about a minister's son who has an affair with an exotic dancer. Filmmaker Kim Moir discusses her work after the screening Nov. 14. City Museum of Washington, 801 K St. NW. $10, seniors and students $5. 202-383-1809.

RUM AND REELS PREVIEW PARTY -- Monday at 7:45 p.m. Get a sneak peek at the lineup for next month's Washington Jewish Film Festival over drinks and piano accompaniment by Dan Roberts. Followed at 8:30 p.m. by a screening of "When Grandpa Loved Rita Hayworth," about a 13-year-old girl whose family moves to Germany, leaving Gramps in post-Communist Czechoslovakia. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $9, seniors and students $8. 202-777-3248.

AS LIFE GOES BY -- Saturday at 4 p.m. A documentary by Jean-Henri Meunier about 13 people who embody a provincial French village, from the mayor to a mechanic to a centenarian who often breaks out in song. In French with English subtitles. Organized by Silverdocs. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Free. For reservations, call 301-495-6705.


CATHEDRAL SINGS -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Choral music lovers are invited to sing Verdi's "Requiem" under the direction of J. Reilly Lewis, founder and music director of the Washington Bach Consort. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $7, listeners $5, score rental $1. 202-537-5527.


BREAKING FREE; WALKING THE RED LINE -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Climber Steph Davis presents "Breaking Free," her story about one day on El Capitan, and Dean Potter shares his film "The Red Line," about walking Yosemite's Lost Arrow Highline. Patagonia, 1048 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-333-1776.


CHILL ON THE HILL -- Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; registration 1-6 p.m. A tour of 12 Capitol Hill bars. Includes $1.50 Bud and Bud Light pints, and other drink and food specials. Organized by Bethesda-based Lindy Promotions. Start at the Capitol Lounge, 231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $10, or $7 with a donation of two cans of food to Food & Friends (which delivers food to people with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses). 301-652-7712.


CHARLES AMIRKHANIAN AND JAAP BLONK -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. Composer, percussionist and radio producer Amirkhanian incorporates environmental sounds into his electro-acoustic work. Dutch "sound poet" Blonk explores the common ground between poetry and music with patterns of voiced sounds. Georgetown University, Intercultural Center Auditorium, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-7435.

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