Art and Crafts
DISCOVERING ARTISTS' SECRETS: CONSERVATION SCIENTISTS AT WORK -- Wednesday and Saturday at noon. This illustrated lecture by Barbara Berrie, senior conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art, presents a behind-the-scenes look at the museum's ongoing projects. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Lecture Hall, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
FROM JAVA TO JAPAN: THE INFLUENCE OF INDONESIAN FABRICS ON JAPANESE TEXTILES -- Saturday at 10:30 a.m.. Ann Marie Moeller uses Indonesian puppets and sarongs as well as Japanese kimonos to demonstrate how fabrics traveled along trade routes. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
Books and Authors
MARK HELPRIN -- Today at 5 p.m. The author discusses "Freddy & Fredericka," his comic story about English monarchs attempting to reclaim the United States. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
DAVID BROOKS -- Monday at 10:30 a.m. The author of "Bobos in Paradise" discusses his book's theory that a bohemian bourgeoisie has become the intellectual elite in America. Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville. $10. 301-348-3864.
STEVEN MALANGA -- Wednesday at noon. The author of "The New Left" joins American University's David Lublin and Center for Representative Government Director John Samples in a discussion of the book and Democratic Party politics. The Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-789-5229.
VICKI CONSTANTINE CROKE -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The author signs and discusses her book "The Lady and the Panda," which tells the story of the first American explorer to bring the exotic animal back from China. National Zoo, Visitor Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-4085.
MARC ROMANO -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. A discussion with the avid puzzler, whose book "Crossworld" suggests that crosswords sharpen the mind and imbue wisdom. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
TIMOTHY NAFTALI -- Thursday at noon. The historian and author of "Blindspot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism," whose research was used for the Sept. 11, 2001, Commission Report, discusses the trials and tribulations of America's efforts to combat terror. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.
Food and Drink
THE ALES OF EIRE -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Representatives from Strangford Lough Brewing Company of Killyleagh, Northern Ireland, and Hampshire Breweries of Hampshire, England, offer samples of Irish beers and discuss what makes them special. Brickskeller, 1523 22nd St. NW. $45. 202-357-3030.
INTRODUCTION TO BACKCOUNTRY COOKING -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Staff members share hints for planning and preparing nutritious trail meals. REI, 9801 Rhode Island Ave., College Park. Free. 301-982-9681.
Health and Fitness
HYPNOTIZE YOURSELF -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Professional hypnotherapist Forbes Blair teaches his method for self-hypnosis, then discusses how to use this state for self-change and healing. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $39. For reservations, call 202-797-5102.
FIDDLING WITH NERO -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. An illustrated lecture reexamines the emperor's legacy on the anniversary of the great Roman fire. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20. 202-357-3030.
ART NIGHT -- Thursday, 4:30-8 p.m. Includes improv art, the jazz-fusion group Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers and an art discussion with Randall Packer, a scholar in the field of new media. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
HONG KONG FILM FEST -- Today and July 24 at 2 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m. The 10th annual festival of Chinese cinema continues today with "Kung Fu Hustle," a homage to -- and parody of -- classic martial arts movies that pit the residents of a slum against the ruthless Axe Gang. In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles. China's first computer-animated blockbuster, "Dragonblade," the story of a teenage martial arts fanatic on a quest for a magical weapon, plays Friday and July 24. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
A FACE IN THE CROWD -- Today at 4:30 p.m. Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, the creative team behind "On the Waterfront," directed this film about corruption and power among America's media elite. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799
REMINGTON -- Monday at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. With only five days to go in prison, smuggler-punk rocker Mario Selih breaks out and heads for the coast with cop Jozef Roposa hot on his trail. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $9.25, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.
THE WAY WE WERE -- Tuesday at dusk. The first film of this year's Screen on the Green series. Sydney Pollack's classic opposites-attract love story, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. The National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets. Free. 877-262-5866.
DONOVAN'S BRAIN -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. Nancy Reagan stars in this 1953 sci-fi-horror flick about a scientist reviving the brain of a wicked millionaire. Dr. Dremo's, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-528-4660.
THE REEL ARCHITECTURE FILM SERIES -- Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. The National Building Museum continues its celebration of architecture in film with "Beyond Organic: The Vision of Fairview Gardens," a half-hour documentary about an urban organic farm mired in controversies surrounding real estate development. At 8:50 p.m. the series continues with "Soylent Green," the 1973 sci-fi classic in which Charlton Heston discovers the terrible truth behind the food being produced for residents of overpopulated New York City. National Building Museum, Great Hall, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
BLOODSWORTH -- Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. A small crabbing community on Maryland's Eastern Shore deals with the physical and emotional wreckage of a storm. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50. 202-966-6000.
REMEMBER MY NAME -- Friday at 7 p.m. Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Perkins and Jeff Goldblum star in this 1978 thriller about obsession and revenge. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations, call 202-707-5677.
THE GENERAL -- Friday at 8 p.m. Buster Keaton stars as a Confederate train conductor in this 1927 Civil War adventure. Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and North Columbus streets, Arlington. Free. 703-228-1850.
LEARN TO PLAY HAND DRUMS -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Jeff Marootian teaches a class for both advanced and beginning drummers, touching on the styles of Latin America, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $35. For reservations, call 202-797-5102.
AN EVENING IN OLMSTED WOODS -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Restoration Project chair Dede Pitri leads a walk through the woods, examining plantings, paths and the outdoor amphitheater, while discussing the restoration process. Meet at the George Washington Statue on Pilgrim Road off Wisconsin Avenue NW. Free. 202-537-2319
PHOTO SAFARI: THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM -- Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A 12-story atrium often used during presidential inaugurations is one of the stops on this tour of the former Civil War pension building. Meet at Judiciary Square Metro escalator, National Building Museum exit, 450 F St. NW. $49. 202-537-0937.
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