MODERN DUTCH STYLE -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Dutch silversmith Wouter van Baalen talks about his craft. A tour follows of an exhibit featuring his work, "Dutch Royal Silver: Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix." Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.
COSMIC DRIFT -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Late-night access to the museum's "Visual Music" exhibit with a light show by Gary Panter and Joshua White, the artist behind the "Joshua Light" show, with music by Norman Hathaway. Plus film screenings, musical performances by Hooker and Rev.99 and a talk by visual music artist Stan Brakhage. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
STAR PARTY -- Saturday, 8-11 p.m. Sean O'Brien, staff astronomer at the Albert Einstein Planetarium, leads a group observation, sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum. Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. $4. 202-633-1000 or 540-592-3556.
GRAND OPENING PARTY -- Thursday, 6-9 p.m. The restaurant celebrates the opening of its new location with an evening of fondue and cocktails to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Melting Pot, 9021 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg. $30. For reservations, call 202-465-4115.
AWESOMELY BAD BALL AND AUCTION -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Forum Theater and Dance, a D.C. theater company that just completed its first season, hosts a fundraiser with food, wine and more. 3305 M St. NW. $99.95. For reservations, call 202-518-9516.
Books and Authors
DAVID PLOTZ -- Monday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 6 p.m. The author discusses his book "The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank." Monday: Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-525-4227; Saturday: Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. Both free.
TED KOPPEL AND RABBI ADIN STEINSALTZ -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The "Nightline" host joins Steinsaltz for a discussion of his book "We Jews: Who Are We and What Should We Do?" an examination of contemporary Jewish Life. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15. For reservations, call 202-777-3268.
FROM PIGEONS TO PREDATORS: HOW SIGINT HELPED SHAPE AMERICAN HISTORY AND ESPIONAGE -- Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CIA veteran Linda McCarthy discusses the history of information delivery devices. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-501-5000.
SMITHSONIAN FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL -- Thursday-June 27 and June 30-July 4, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The 39th annual program spotlighting folk culture from around the globe. This year's themes include "Oman: Desert, Oasis and Sea," with music, dancers and craftspeople from the Arabian Peninsula; the American food revolution over the last 30 years; Latino music; and forest service. Visit www.folklife.si.edu/festival/2005 for a complete schedule. National Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets. NW. Free. 202-633-9884.
Food and Drink
TERIYAKI TASTING -- Thursday at 7 p.m. A tasting of several types of teriyaki, presented by Daniel Jung, the new restaurant's proprietor. Dan the Man's Teriyaki, 1936 Ninth St. NW. Free. 202-797-0090.
BARBECUE: A HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST CULINARY ART -- Friday at 11:30 a.m. Steven Raichlen, author of 26 cookbooks and the host of PBS's "Barbecue University," lectures. Three of his books are available for purchase and signing. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0911.
TASTE BETHESDA CULINARY DINE-AROUND -- Saturday at 2 p.m. A walking tour featuring nine dishes at three restaurants: Bistro Asiatique, Olazzo and Cafe Europa. Sponsored by Tastedc.com. Meet at Bistro Asiatique, 4936 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda. $40. For reservations, call 202-244-3700.
HYDRANGEAS -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Gardener Judith King talks about the plant and gives tips on caring for and growing different species. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9. For reservations, call 703-642-5173.
Health and Fitness
AFTERNOON URBAN WILDERNESS HIKE -- Today at 2 p.m. An eight-mile hike through Rock Creek Park along Beach Drive and the Western Ridge Trail, sponsored by the Jewish Sports and Social Network. An optional dinner in Woodley Park or Adams Morgan follows. Meet at Woodley Park Metro, 2700 24th St. NW. $3, plus the cost of dinner. 301-649-1130.
LONG DISTANCE HIKING -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The store's staff discusses planning, gear, training, preparation, meal planning and more, with a focus on long treks. REI, 3509 Carlin Springs Rd., Bailey's Crossroads. Free. 703-379-9400.
DUKE ELLINGTON'S WASHINGTON -- Today at 1 p.m. A film documenting the history of the District's black community and revisiting the neighborhoods that were hubs of activity in the Jazz Age. In conjunction with the exhibit "Washington: Symbol and City." National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
JAZZ AND BLUES ON FILM -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Four films complementing the museum's exhibit "Women & Blues," hosted by film historian Max Alvarez. First is "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues," followed by "St. Louis Blues," "Blues and Boogie" and "Jammin' the Blues." National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5, seniors and students $4. For reservations, call 202-783-7370.
MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN -- Wednesday at 8, 10 and 10:30 p.m. Author, director and actor Bruce Campbell introduces the movie he wrote, directed and starred in, then answers questions after the screenings. Before the show, starting at 6:30 p.m., Campbell signs copies of his books "If Chins Could Kill" and "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way." Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $12, signing free. 202-452-7672.
MARIUS -- Saturday at 2 p.m. June 26 at 4 p.m. The first film in Marcel Pagnol's 1930s Fanny Trilogy establishes the love story's main characters and setting. Parts two and three of the trilogy screen the following week: "Fanny" screens July 1 and 2 at 2 p.m. and "Cesar" screens July 3 at 4:30 p.m. and July 4 at 2 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
DOCUMENTARY RADIO POTLUCK -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Third Coast International Audio Festival presents a variety of documentary radio works, including short pieces and longer features, for discussion with producers and other participants. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $5-$7. 202-783-3933.
BARKAPALOOZA 2005 -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Carnival games, bobbing for ballpark franks, a Frosty Paws parlor and more, all for pets. Benefits the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue. Fur-Get Me Not, 4140 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $25-$30. 703-933-1935.
TAKE ME BACK TO THE BALL GAME: REMEMBERING THE SENATORS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Former members of the Washington Senators, including outfielder Fred Valentine, pitcher Jim Hannan, public address announcer Charlie Brotman and marketing director Bill Gilbert, talk about the good ol' days. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $23. 202-357-3030.
BLACK HISTORY WALK -- Saturday at 12:15 p.m. A walking tour that explores the role of blacks in the history of Georgetown, including a stop at the site of one of the first integrated schools in the District. C&O Canal Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
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