Art and Crafts

AMERICAN ARTISTS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT AND THE PARIS NOCTURNE -- Today at 2 p.m. S. Hollis Clayson, an art history professor at Northwestern University, discusses night scenes of Paris in art. National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

ALEX KATZ -- Monday at 7 p.m. The artist discusses his career

and his role during the emergence of "perceptual realism" in painting. Includes a sale of his newest

work, a limited-edition linoleum cut titled "Birch Tree." Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1770.


SPEAKING OF FLIGHT -- Today at 2 p.m. Historians Ken Hyde and Paul Glenshaw discuss the process of building the museum's reproduction of the Wright B. College Park

Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $4, seniors $3, students and children $2. 301-864-6029.

Books and Authors

THE ART OF BIOGRAPHY -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. Christopher Hitchens (Thomas Jefferson), Michael Korda (Ulysses S. Grant) and Francine Prose (Caravaggio) discuss the challenges of writing their biographies. Smithsonian Castle, Commons, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. $15. 202-357-3030.

BURT SOLOMON -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The contributing editor for National Journal discusses his book "The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capital." Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-986-1761.

VLADIMIR VERTLIB -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The author discusses his books "Zwischenstationen" ("Between Stations"), a partly autobiographical novel about a Russian-Jewish family in the 1970s and '80s, and "Letzter Wunsch" ("Last Wish"), about a son who tries to bury his father in a Jewish cemetery but finds records that show he wasn't a Jew. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-895-6776.


CAJUN/ZYDECO DANCE -- Today, 3:30-6 p.m. Lesson at 3 p.m. Live music and dancing. Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-309-0895.

SWING DANCE WITH BG & THE MOJO HANDS -- Tuesday, 9-11 p.m. Led by instructors Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg. Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-359-9882.

Food and Drink

LES HALLES COOKBOOK -- Monday at 7 p.m. Restaurant owner Philippe Lajaunie and chef Anthony Bourdain celebrate the cookbook's publishing with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Brasserie Les Halles, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-347-6848.

Health and Fitness

FULL MOON HIKE -- Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Hike to the beaver pond in search of nocturnal mammals. Jug Bay Wetlands, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3, seniors and ages 17 and younger $2. 410-741-9330.


SCOTTISH HERITAGE PREVIEW -- Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In advance of the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend: bagpipes, dancing, Westies, shopping and more. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.


MILLENNIUM MAMBO -- Today at 2 p.m. From Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the story of a club hostess who dreams of a better life. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

196 BPM -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. A look at Berlin's annual Love Parade, packed with techno music and dancing. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.

JOHN F. KENNEDY: YEARS OF LIGHTNING, DAY OF DRUMS -- Tuesday at noon and 7 p.m. This documentary on the Kennedy administration was produced in 1964 by the U.S. Information Agency. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

THE GIFT -- Friday at 12:15 p.m. A documentary about the spiritual, economic and political role of corn in Native American cultures. National Museum of the American Indian, Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

NEW FILMS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC -- Through Dec. 5. This five-film series marks the 15th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, when the country's communist regime was overthrown. In Czech with English subtitles. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

GEORGE STEVENS CENTENNIAL -- Through Dec. 29. The Oscar-winning director ("A Place in the Sun," "Giant") made six films nominated for Best Picture. The series continues this week with "Penny Serenade" and an appearance by George Stevens Jr. Wednesday at 7 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

JEAN-LUC GODARD: JE VOUS SALUE -- Through Jan. 2. The series of screenings includes 1959's "Breathless," heralded for its artistic form, and this year's "Notre Musique," set mostly in Sarajevo, about the effect of warfare. National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


THANKSGIVING THROWDOWN 2004 -- Wednesday, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Love Seed Mama Jump, DJ Pat Premier and prizes. Organized by HiBall Events. Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

$15, with canned food $10. 703-469-2244.


IN YOUR EAR -- Today at 3 p.m. Linh Dinh and Heather Fuller read their works. DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW. $3. 202-462-7833.

RETURNING TO NERUDA'S WORLD -- Today at 4 p.m. and Monday at 7:30 p.m. The In Series presents a cabaret pegged to the centennial of the birth of acclaimed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. In Spanish and English. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. $24-$28, seniors $22-$25, students $15. 202-518-0152.

JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA AND ENRIQUE CORTAZAR -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. Baca, winner of the American Book Award and an International Poetry Slam champ, reads from his collection, "Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande." Cortazar, the director of the Institute of Mexico in San Antonio, reads a wide selection of his work. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $10. 202-544-7077.


THE WHITE HOUSE IN PHOTOGRAPHS -- Today at 2 p.m. Former White House photographers discuss their experiences and sign books. Includes Pete Souza and David Valdez, who worked during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, respectively. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

STILL LIFES AND EVERYDAY OBJECTS PHOTO SAFARI -- Saturday at 2 p.m. Walk around Adams Morgan and take pictures of unusual images. Meet at the northeast corner of 18th Street and Kalorama Road NW. $49. 202-537-0937.


18TH ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS -- Opens Friday. Through Jan. 2. A drive-through display of more than 1 million twinkling lights. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $5 per car. 301-699-2456.

FESTIVAL OF TREES -- Opens Friday. Through Dec. 24. A self-guided walking tour to see trees on display at about 50 retailers. Georgetown Visitor's Center, 3242 M St. NW. Free. 202-333-1600.

SAVAGE MILL GHOST TOURS -- Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. A tour

of the former cotton mill, featuring paranormal stories. Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. $8, seniors and children $6. 410-313-1900.

MOUNT VERNON BY CANDLELIGHT -- Friday-Nov. 28, Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12, 5-8 p.m. The only time during the year the estate is open for evening tours. Includes access to the rarely seen third floor. Mount Vernon, southern end of George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon. $15, younger than 12 $8. 703-780-2000.

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