Books and Authors
SCOTT SIMON -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. NPR's award-winning journalist, best-selling memoirist and host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" discusses his broadcast career and his fiction debut, "Pretty Birds." Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1700.
JONATHAN WEINBERG -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The author discusses his book "Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art." Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-462-6969.
HOCKEY NIGHT -- Today at 9 p.m. Red Wing, Minn., native Paul Sprangers fronts the eclectic indie-rockers. With VCR. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.
THE SPINNS -- Monday at 9 p.m. Lo-fi garage-rock from Chapel Hill, N.C. With the Points. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.
NICHOLAS PAYTON -- Friday-July 17 at 8 and 10 p.m. The trumpeter leads his jazz quintet. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $24. 202-337-4141.
HIGH FIBER -- Closes today. A survey of the museum's collection of fiber art from the mid-20th century to the present, including quilts, baskets and tapestries. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free. 202-633-2850.
SURFACE TENSION -- Closes Wednesday. Drawings by Andrew Devlin, winner of the 2004 Georgetown International Art Competition. Fraser Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW. Free. 202-298-6450.
ABSORPTION + TRANSMISSION -- Closes Friday. Large-scale prints from Mike and Doug Starn's 10-year exploration of light. National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-334-2436.
TEN -- Closes Saturday. Y. David Chung presents new prints and a mural that examine the iconography of historic Korean symbols. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Free. 202-315-1305.
JOHN COPELAND AND NICOLA LOPEZ -- Closes Saturday. The Brooklyn-based artists show their works. Lopez presents collages made with woodblock prints on Mylar paper; Copeland shows his urban landscapes in ink and graphite. Irvine Contemporary Art, 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-332-8767.
PILGRIMAGE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE MCCURRY -- Through July 17. The photographer, known for his "Afghan Girl" portrait for National Geographic, displays 50 images from India, Nepal, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Burma. Meridian International Center, White-Meyer Galleries, 1624 Crescent Pl. NW. Free. 202-939-5568.
POINTS OF TANGENCY -- Through July 17. Paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings by six of the gallery's newest artists: Raymonde van Santen (clay), Els Forger (painting), Michael Janis (glass), Judith Terlizzi (photography), Erwin Timmers (glass) and Jan Willem van der Vossen (painting). Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Free. 202-232-8734.
ELIZABETH STRASSBERGER -- Wednesday at 1 p.m. The holocaust survivor discusses her upbringing in southwestern Poland and how she and her mother used Aryan identity papers to escape to a town near Warsaw, where they survived with a Polish family. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0400.
THE FLAME AND THE ARROW -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Burt Lancaster stars as a mountain man in medieval northern Italy who battles the oppressive Count Ulrich. Preceded by Tex Avery's cartoon "The Cuckoo Clock." Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839
MELINDA AND MELINDA -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Part of the Soiree on the Steps Series. The Woody Allen film, starring Radha Mitchell, Will Ferrell, Jonny Lee Miller, Amanda Peet, Chloe Sevigny and Wallace Shawn, tells one woman's story as both comedy and tragedy. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $8.50-$10, seniors and students $7-$8. 202-777-3247.
PETTICOATS AND POLITICS: NEW PLAY FESTIVAL -- Closes today. The Washington Women in Theater company presents "Stella Adler" and a festival of new one-acts: "Out of Body Experience" by Rose-Mary Harrington, "A Musical Satire" by three local composers and "A Moment with the Xerox Man" by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $12-$22. 703-237-0711.
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE -- Through July 23. Keegan Theatre presents a dark drama, written by Martin McDonagh, about a woman who manipulates her lonely, middle-aged daughter. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $25, seniors and students $20. 703-527-6000, Ext. 2.
FIND YOUR TRUE SINGING VOICE -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This course, led by Cynthia Harris Elkins, focuses on learning to manipulate breathing while speaking. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $35. For reservations, call 202-797-5102.
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