Art and Crafts

TEXTILE TRADE FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: TURKISH KILIMS AND CARPETS -- Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Industry scholar Martha Henze leads the discussion. Part of the Rug & Textile Appreciation Morning series. Visitors are invited to bring examples of their own. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

HAIDA BASKETWEAVING -- Saturday and Aug. 28 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lisa Telford, a basket and clothing weaver who has participated in exhibitions in Washington, California, New Mexico and Alaska, demonstrates how to weave cedar bark. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Books and Authors

CLEA SIMON -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The author discusses and signs her new mystery, "Mew is for Murder." Borders, 8518 Fenton St., Silver Spring. Free. 301-585-0550.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. John Steinbeck's novel is the final book in the "Let's Talk About It" reading and discussion series. Sponsored by Vantage House and the Howard County Library. Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-564-3059.

STEPHEN BUDIANSKY -- Thursday at noon. The espionage expert discusses and signs his book "Her Majesty's Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham and the Birth of Modern Espionage," a history of Walsingham's pioneering use of double agents and code breaking in defense of his queen. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.

JOEL C. ROSENBERG -- Friday at 7:30 p.m. The author of "The Jihad," "The Last Days" and "The Ezekiel Option" discusses and signs his books. Barnes & Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., Fairfax. Free. 703-278-0300.

Food and Drink

HEALING HERBS AND FOODS USED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN AND AFRICAN MUSLIMS -- Thursday at 10:30 a.m. A discussion of the many herbs, spices and foods that have been used for medicinal purposes. Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-4870.

BREW AT THE ZOO -- Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m. Local breweries and restaurants, including the Shenandoah Brewing Co., Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, Capitol City Brewing Co. and the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery are among those providing food and drink at this benefit for the zoo's Asian Elephant Conservation Program. Featuring live music by Papashake. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $35-$45. 202-673-4717.

LONGING FOR LONGANS AND LOQUATS: SOME UNUSUAL TROPICAL FRUITS -- Friday at 1 p.m. An exploration of tropical fruit botany includes tastings of some of the more unusual fruits of the world, including the lychee and the durian. A short tour of tropical fruit plants is included. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. $5. For reservations, call 202-226-4082.


BONSAI DEMO -- Today at 1 p.m. A demonstration of bonsai basics. U.S. National Arboretum, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-2726.


THE POWER OF THE PEN -- Friday at 10 a.m. Park rangers lead a study of the ways Mary McLeod Bethune and Maggie Lena Walker helped shape the American civil rights movement. See copies of original speeches, letters, newspaper articles and journals once owned by the women. Special guests from the American Poetry Museum interpret the life and legacy of Bethune through poetry. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-2402.


HONG KONG FILM FEST -- Today and Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m. Today: Jackie Chan plays a cop tracking down the drug lord who framed him for murder in "Police Story." The festival ends Friday and Aug. 28 with "The Killer," John Woo's tale of an assassin (Chow Yun-Fat) who needs to pull off one last job. Both films in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-4880.

SUMMER STOCK -- Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. The final film of the Reel Architecture Film Series. Judy Garland and Gene Kelly put on a show in a New England barn in this 1950 musical about a group of actors who become farmhands. With music by Drew Gibson at 7:15 p.m. National Building Museum, Great Hall, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT OF FILM -- Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. The Avalon hosts "A Very Comically Tragically Dramatic Night of Shorts" hosted by stand-up comic Rory Scovel. The films include "The Real Life: Garden of Eden," a mockumentary about Adam and Eve, and "The Big Lie (That Solves Everything)," about a genie who takes a job in a hardware store. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50. 202-966-6000.


DOGGIE MASSAGE GROUP CLASS -- Saturday at 9 a.m. Learn the basic techniques of canine massage. Class taught by owner Joyce Tischer. Tails of Olde Towne, 708 Pendleton St., Alexandria. $40. 703-768-0500.


WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOGIC AND REALITY? -- Saturday at 1 p.m. A roundtable discussion with Cafe Philo DC, moderated by Ken Feldman. Brasserie Les Halles, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 703-751-5958.

Sports and Recreation

AMERICA'S INTER-NATIONAL PASTIME: LATINOS IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Tim Wendel, one of the founders of USA Today Baseball Weekly, details the rise of Latino superstars such as Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez. Pedro Sierra, who began his career in 1954 as a 16-year-old pitcher with the Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro League and then joined the Washington Senators, talks about his years as a player. Herndon Middle School Auditorium, 900 Locust St., Herndon. Free. 202-252-0012.

BASEBALL PURE AND SIMPLE: WITH THE ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS -- Saturday at 5 p.m. Stan Brand, vice president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, interviews Bill Ripken, co-owner and executive vice president of Ripken Baseball, then introduces Ironbirds general manager Jeff Eisemann and manager Andy Etchebarren, plus coaches and players. A stadium tour follows, concluding with a buffet dinner and seats for the 7:05 p.m. game. Includes a souvenir Ironbirds baseball cap. Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Dr., Aberdeen. $45, students $25. 202-252-0012.


GEORGETOWN IN THE CIVIL WAR -- Today at 12:15 p.m. A guided walk of Georgetown shows how the nation's bloodiest war affected the divided border town. Meet at the C&O Canal Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

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