Art and Crafts
HAIDA BASKETWEAVING -- Today at 11 a.m., 1 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
ELLY GROSS -- Today, 11 a.m-5 p.m. The author and Holocaust survivor signs her book "Storm Against the Innocents: Holocaust Memories and Other Stories." U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Museum Shop, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0400.
BOBBY SLAYTON -- Today at 8 p.m. Standup by the comic, who's currently in the movie "The Aristocrats" and recently appeared on HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $16. 202-296-7008.
RAUL MIDON -- Monday at 12:30 p.m. The renowned guitarist's soulful stylings blend rock, flamenco and classical guitar. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.
CFS PANTASY STEEL ORCHESTRA -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The percussionists celebrate the independence of Trinidad and Tobago with Shiv Shakti Dance Company and vocalist Mavis John. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
MEDICATIONS AND MARY TIMONY -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. Dischord Record's post-hardcore power trio joins local singer-guitarist Timony to benefit Ramona's Way, which serves abused and addicted women. With Anousheh Khalili. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.
WILL HOGE -- Saturday at 9 p.m. The Nashville artist makes straightforward American rock that has earned him comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $12. 202-265-0930.
GUEST ROOM: A CONTEMPORARY DANCE PERFORMANCE -- Today at 7 p.m. BosmaDance presents two new commissioned works by Jerusalem-based choreographers Amir Kolben and Ofra Idel-Lipshitz. Joy of Motion Dance Center, Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $18; students, artists and seniors $14; 12 and younger $10. 202-362-3042.
DAVID GARRICK (1717 -- 1779),
A THEATRICAL LIFE -- Closes Today. Printed texts, manuscripts, images and objects that give insight to the life of the 18th-century English actor and writer. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-4600.
SUISEKI -- Closes Today. 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 -- Closes Monday. Prints from the Japanese photographer's collection that comment on historic symbols of Japanese culture. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8, seniors and military $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 multi-sensory 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.
Food and Drink
TRUE COST OF FOOD RESTAURANT OUTING -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. The Sierra Club's D.C. chapter hosts a vegan dinner in Woodley Park. Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine, 2604 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10-$12. For reservations, call 202-667-1162.
HONG KONG FILM FEST -- Today at 2 p.m. The festival concludes with "The Killer," John Woo's tale of an assassin (Chow Yun-Fat) who needs to pull off one last job. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-4880.
RECALLING THE FUTURE -- Today at 2 p.m. This 2000 documentary uses interviews to look at how modern-day African artists view their role in the evolution of artistic expression. National Museum of African Art, Lecture Hall, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
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," a 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, with an all-male cast. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $26.50-$31.50. 800-494-8497.
GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE -- Through Sept. 18. In the play by Moises Kaufman, original courtroom transcripts and writings by Wilde and his contemporaries are woven together to tell the story of the arrest, judgment and sentencing of the celebrated playwright. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $26. 202-396-2125.
CAPITAL HAUNTINGS -- Friday at 7:30 p.m. A guide relays ghost stories associated with Lafayette Square Park. Meet at White House exit of the McPherson Square Metro, Vermont Avenue and I Street NW. $10, 12 and younger $5. 202-484-1565.
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