Books and Authors

JAKE MORRISSEY -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. The author discusses his book "The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome," which studies the decades-long antagonism between two of the great architects of 17th-century Europe. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15, students $10. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.

TIM PAGE -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Post music critic discusses and signs "What's God Got to Do With It?," a collection he edited of writings by Robert Ingersoll, a 19th-century agnostic. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.


EDDIE GOSSLING -- Today at 8 p.m. The comedian has appeared on HBO and Comedy Central. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15. 202-296-7008.


RISE AGAINST -- Wednesday, doors at 7 p.m. Anthemic punk rock, with Comeback Kid and From Autumn to Ashes. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

MOTHERTONGUE -- Wednesday at 9 p.m. A night of women's spoken word. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.

RONNIE WELLS & RON ELLISTON QUARTET -- Friday at 6 p.m. Vocalist Wells and pianist Elliston, who have both taught music at the University or Maryland, perform. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $10. 202-633-1000.


SUISEKI -- Through Aug. 28. A display of weathered stones that look like objects or scenes from nature. U.S. National Arboretum, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-2726.

SHOMEI TOMATSU: SKIN OF THE NATION -- Through Aug. 29. Prints from the photographer's collection that comment on historic symbols of Japanese culture. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8, seniors $6, students $4, younger than 12 free. 202-639-1700.

INVESTIGATING WHERE WE LIVE -- Through Oct. 10. Local youth capture Anacostia, the Navy Yard, and the New York Avenue corridor in photos, poems and stories. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.

WORDS DRAWN IN WATER -- Through Oct. 30. Canadian-born artist Janet Cardiff's 33-minute multisensory audio walk. Part of the Hirshhorn's ongoing "Directions" series. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.


NATIONAL POWWOW -- Today, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. An intertribal event featuring competitions and performances by more than 800 dancers and dozens of drum groups. Plus a sale of fine art, jewelry, pottery and other works. Benefits the National Museum of the American Indian's outreach to Native American communities. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $12, children and seniors $10. 202-397-7328.


TOUCH OF EVIL -- Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. Music by JP McDermott and Western Bop at 7:15 p.m. Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh star in Orson Welles's 1958 noir masterpiece about national borders and the line between right and wrong. Part of the Reel Architecture Film Series, which runs through Aug. 24. National Building Museum, Great Hall, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

HONG KONG FILM FEST -- Through Aug. 28. Today at 2 p.m.: "Security Unlimited," in which the Hui brothers play a trio of incompetent security guards who foil a gang of villains. Friday at 7 p.m. and Aug. 21 at 2 p.m.: "Police Story" directed by and starring Jackie Chan, is the story of a cop hunting down the drug lord who framed him for murder. Both films in Cantonese with English subtitles. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-4880.


THE PERSIANS -- Closes Today. The Aeschylus classic anti-war play meets modern Mideast politics: Robert Auletta's translation puts the action in a Gulf War setting. Presented by Scena Theatre. Tivoli Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $25-$30, seniors and students $20-$25. 703-684-7990.

ENERGUMEN & THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND -- Through Sept. 4. In Mac Wellman's "Energumen," a shady businessman hires deprogrammers to rescue his daughter from a cult of tone-deaf Santas. Tom Stoppard's "Inspector Hound" sendup of the British whodunit is an inquiry into what it means to be part of an audience. Catholic University, Callan Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $12-$18. 202-460-2188.

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES -- Through Sept. 4. The Actors' Theatre of Washington presents Christopher Hampton's version of the 18th-century French tale of seduction and revenge, this time with an all-male cast. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $26.50-$31.50. 800-494-8497.

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