LOUIS KAHN: BUILDING ART, BUILDING SCIENCE -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. An exploration of several of Kahn's buildings, including the Yale Art Gallery and the Salk Institute. Thomas Leslie, an assistant professor of architecture at Iowa State University, discusses the technical basis of Kahn's work and shows how it influenced architects in the 1970s and 1980s. After the lecture, he signs copies of his book "Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science." National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.
Art and Crafts
VIETNAMESE CERAMICS OF THE RED RIVER DELTA -- Tuesday at noon. Curator Louise Cort discusses pieces from the exhibit, many of which are on display for the first time. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
VISUAL MUSIC: THE PHYSICAL STATE OF SYNESTHESIA -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Richard E. Cytowic, an expert in the study of synesthesia, discusses sensory perception as it's expressed in "Visual Music." Meet at the second floor entrance to the exhibit. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Books and Authors
JENNIFER WEINER -- Monday at 12:30 p.m. The author of "Good in Bed" signs her new novel, "Little Earthquakes." Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.
ELIZABETH KOSTOVA -- Monday at 7 p.m. The author reads from her vampire mystery "The Historian." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
THE WORLD OF JANE AUSTEN -- Monday at 7 p.m. The Regency period of the early 19th century is illuminated by Virginia Newmyer, who discusses Austen's novels and different treatments of her works on film and television. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1770.
MARIE SAVARD -- Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The physician and women's health specialist discusses her new book, "Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness." Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence St. SE. Free. 202-707-8035.
DAVE ZIRIN -- Saturday at 6 p.m. The "Edgeofsports.com" author discusses how sports bring out negative, creative and exciting aspects of American culture. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
Food and Drink
WINE BASICS 101 -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Charlie Adler, president of TasteDC.com, covers wine basics like ordering in a restaurant and pairing different varietals with food. Washington Wyndham Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. $50. For reservations, call 202-244-3700.
COOKING CLASS: GRILLED FISH TACOS -- Thursday at 7 p.m. A class on the quick and easy entree. Recipes are intended for both indoor and outdoor grills. Whole Foods Market, 11660 Plaza America Dr., Reston. Free. For reservations, call 703-736-0600.
GARDEN TOUR AND TEA -- Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. A tour of Olmsted Woods includes information on native plants and ends with tea served at the Washington National Cathedral. Meet at the George Washington Statue on Pilgrim Road off Wisconsin Avenue. $22. For reservations, call 202-537-8993.
Health and Fitness
BURKE LAKE KAYAK -- Saturday at 5 p.m. A tour of the 218-acre lake includes many opportunities for wildlife sightings. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. $38. For reservations, call 703-354-5093.
DC BIG FLEA -- Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 17, 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m. The largest antique and collectibles show in the mid-Atlantic, with more than 1,100 booths. Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. $5, younger than 12 free. 703-378-0910.
THE CINEMA OF TIM BURTON -- Today at 1 p.m. Historian Max Alvarez uses film clips to explore the artistic sensibilities of the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" director, from his cartoon- and horror-obsessed childhood to his stint as a Disney animator. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $18. 202-357-3030.
THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN -- Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The first in a series of movies adapting the works of Thomas Mann. In this film, directed by Hans W. Geissendorfer, a man is an unwitting captive in a sanitarium in the Swiss Alps. In German. Goethe Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $6. 202-289-1200.
DOCS IN PROGRESS -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. A screening of three in-progress local documentaries: "14th and U: The Soul of a Neighborhood," "Give 'Em Belle!" and "The Bayou." Each film is followed by a feedback session between filmmaker and audience. George Washington University, Media and Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. $5. 240-505-8696.
VOICES IN WARTIME -- Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. A screening of the film, which uses poetry, essays and interviews with soldiers, journalists and historians to discuss war and its effects. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50. 202-966-6000.
GUERRILLA FILM FEST 6 -- Saturday, 7 p.m. to midnight. A number of short films make up this one-day festival. The first program runs from 7-8:30 p.m., the second from 9:30-11 p.m. A reception and art exhibit take place from 8 p.m.-midnight. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $15. 202 397-7328.
CANAL MUSIC -- Saturday at 1 p.m. Sing along with 19th-century songs and traditional folk music played on the banjo, concertina, guitar and flute. C&O Canal Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
A PICNIC AT POSTE -- Thursday, 5:30-8 p.m. An eco-conscious Bastille Day picnic hosted by Kimpton Hotels and Poste Moderne Brasserie. Benefits the Trust for Public Land. Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 Eighth St. NW. $35. For reservations, call 202-939-6421.
2005 STATE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. Journalists and media experts examine issues raised in a survey from the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor. Free. For reservations, call 202-662-7501.
THE GREATEST BASEBALL STORIES NEVER TOLD -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Stories about the history of America's favorite pastime, including a tale of the version of the sport played by George Washington and his troops. Presenters are David Block, John Thorn, Tom Shieber, Frank Ceresi and Hank Thomas. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-357-3030.
THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION -- Today at 11 a.m. Award-winning author-historian Anthony Pitch leads a two-hour anecdotal history walk. Meet at the Jackson equestrian statue, Lafayette Square facing front of White House. $15. 301-294-9514.
A VERY RETAIL GEORGETOWN -- Today at 12:15 p.m. A walking tour about the history of shopping in Georgetown from the colonial era to the present. Meet at the C&O Canal Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
HISTORIC JEWISH DC WALK -- Today at 10 p.m. A tour with the Jewish Study Center explores the historically Jewish neighborhood that is now the District's Chinatown, with stops at four former synagogues and a visit to the exhibit "Jewish Washington" at the National Building Museum. Tour starts at the Jewish Historical Society, 701 Third St. NW. $15. 202-332-1221.
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