Art and Crafts

ROOMS WITH A VIEW -- Today at 2 p.m. Gallery lecturer David Gariff discusses British and American painters in 19th-century Florence. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


RICHARD NEUTRA AND HIS MILLER HOUSE -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Stephen Leet, associate professor at Washington University, discusses Neutra's career and traces the Miller House, a winter residence in Palm Springs, Calif., from conception to realization. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15, students $10. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.

Books and Authors

EDWARD LAZARUS -- Today at 5 p.m. The former clerk of Justice Harry Blackmun updates "Closed Chambers," his 1998 account of the inner workings of the Supreme Court, and discusses how judicial philosophies affect discussions about the appointment of justices. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

RALPH NADER -- Monday at 12:30 p.m. The political and consumer activist discusses and signs his book "The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence & Close the Democracy Gap." Borders, 14th and F streets NW. Free. 202-737-1385.

ERIC GRISSELL -- Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist gives a lecture and slide show on his book "Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology," which describes the various orders of insects and the vital role they play in the garden ecosystem. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0911.

TERRY MCMILLAN -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The best-selling author reads and signs her new novel, "The Interruption of Everything." Karibu Books, Bowie Town Center Mall, 15624 Emerald Way, Bowie. Free. 301-352-4110.

MARTHA BURK -- Wednesday at noon. The author discusses her book "Cult Of Power," which tackles gender inequality in the American business world. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.

SECRETS OF FINDING A GREAT LITERARY AGENT -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Georgetown University instructor Carole Sargent discusses ways to find successful representation for your work. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $35. For reservations, call 202-797-5102.

PERUVIAN WRITERS IN THE UNITED STATES -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Washington Post Book World editor Marie Arana interviews Daniel Alarcon, author of "War by Candlelight," and Eduardo Gonzalez-Viana, author of "American Dreams." IDB Conference Center Auditorium, 1330 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3774.

JULIA SLAVIN -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The author signs and discusses "Carnivore Diet," her book about a woman's already frenzied life getting more complicated when a monstrous beast runs amok in her Northwest Washington neighborhood. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

KATHERINE SKIBA -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The author discusses her book "Sister in the Band of Brothers: Embedded With the 101st Airborne in Iraq," which recounts her experiences as a female correspondent with active-duty troops. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

Food and Drink

SUNDAY GOSPEL BRUNCH -- Today and July 31, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A buffet brunch in the Corcoran's atrium is accompanied by music from regional gospel groups. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $24.95, children $11.95. 202-639-1700.

THE TRUE COST OF FOOD -- Today at 11 a.m. The Sierra Club's D.C. chapter hosts a discussion on food and the environment over a vegan brunch. Asylum Bar and Lounge, 2471 18th St. NW. Free (food not included). 202-667-1162.

WINE DINNER AT RED GINGER BISTRO -- Monday at 7 p.m. hosts a special four-course meal with the restaurant's new owner, Howsoon Cham. The menu focuses on Caribbean and Latin American small plates. Red Ginger Bistro, 1564 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $68. For reservations, call 202-244-3700.

THE ANNUAL FISH CLUB CRAB FEAST -- Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Steamed crabs and hot dogs are served up in support of the Fisher House, an organization that aides families of sick and injured soldiers. Edward Douglas White Council, 5115 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. $35, children $15. 703-536-9656, Ext. 444.


BONSAI DEMO -- Today at 1 p.m. An opportunity for beginners who want a basic introduction to the art. U.S. National Arboretum, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898.

INVASIVE PLANT ID WALK -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Invasive species, such as kudzu, Japanese knotweed, honeysuckle and exotic wisteria, are identified and discussed on a hike through one of Arlington's stream valley parks. Walking shoes and insect repellent recommended. Gulf Branch Natural Area, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7636.


SURRENDER AT APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE: THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR -- Monday at 7 p.m. Civil War historian Ed Bearss recounts Lee's final campaign and eventual surrender. Herndon Middle School Auditorium, 901 Locust St., Herndon. $20. 202-252-0012.

LOCAL HISTORY SERIES: JERUSALEM -- Tuesday at 10 a.m. Tina Clarke, a sixth-generation Marylander, talks about Jerusalem, a black community in Montgomery County. Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-4870.


THE ESSENTIALS: HOLLYWOOD'S 10 MUST-SEE MOVIES -- Today at 1 p.m. Film clips and a lecture that discusses the best flicks to come out of Tinseltown. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. $18. 202-633-1000.

HONG KONG FILM FEST -- Today and July 31 at 2 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m. "Dragonblade," the story of a teenage martial arts fanatic on a quest for a magical weapon, plays today. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. On Friday and July 31, the 1962 classic "Love Eterne" screens. Directed by Han Hsiang-li, the film tells the story of a young woman in fourth-century China who disguises herself as a man so she can go away to school, where she falls in love with another scholar. In Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE -- Tuesday at dusk. Part of the Screen on the Green film series. Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston star in John Huston's 1948 classic. The National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets. Free. 877-262-5866.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBITT? -- Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. Part of the National Building Museum's Reel Architecture Film Series. Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd star in this film about the residents of Toon Town. National Building Museum, Great Hall, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

THAT TINY LITTLE CREVICE IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND -- Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. A man revisits events from his past through a series of dreams. Two short films, "The Right Time" and "Captain Electric and the Little Masters," are included. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50. 202-966-6000.

PAPER SNOW -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Lina and Slava Chaplin direct this film about the tempestuous affair between Russian actress Hanna Rovina and poet Alexander Penn. In Hebrew with English subtitles. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $10, seniors and students $8.50. 202-777-3247.


PHOTO SAFARI: NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART -- Today at 2:30 p.m. Photograph the National Gallery and some of its artwork. Meet at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Entrance, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $49. For reservations, call 202-537-0937.

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