Books and Authors
MARC SIEGEL -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A discussion and signing of "False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear," which attempts to put alarmist tendencies in the age of terrorism into perspective. Borders, 14th and F streets NW. Free. 202-737-1385.
BRET EASTON ELLIS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The author of "American Psycho" and "Less Than Zero" discusses his latest book, "Lunar Park," which follows a character named Bret Easton Ellis as he watches his life mysteriously unravel in a matter of days. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.
LISA YOCKELSON -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The IACP Cookbook award winner shares her secrets for making chocolate desserts, as described in her new cookbook, "Chocolate Chocolate." Includes a sampling. Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-252-0012.
JONATHAN KOZOL -- Friday at 7 p.m. The author discusses his book "The Shame of the Nation," which suggests that an increasing pattern of segregation in public schools is leading to a dual education system. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
GABRIEL IGLESIAS -- Today at 8 p.m. Part of a new wave of Latino comics, Iglesias has appeared on the Galavision program "Que Locos." DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15. 202-296-7008.
TODD BARRY -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. A guest on the "Larry Sanders Show" and "Sex and the City," the standup comic also performed his own one-man show at the 2001 Aspen Comedy Festival. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15-$17. 202-296-7008.
JAZZ GOES TO CHURCH -- Today at 8 and 10 p.m. A combination of jazz and gospel by Kevin Mahogany and Cyrus Chestnut. With Kendrick Oliver & the New Life Orchestra. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35. 202-337-4141.
APOCALYPTICA -- Monday at 8 p.m. Classically influenced heavy metal from Finland. With Eyes of Fire. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.
SOFT EJECT -- Saturday at 6 p.m. Part of the Kennedy Center's Eastern European Arts & Entertainment Expo. A Georgian rock group merges folklore with Irish, European and Asian melodies. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
MADLENIUM -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. Part of the Kennedy Center's Eastern European Arts & Entertainment Expo. Contemporary dance from Serbia under the direction of Svetlana Durovic. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
HANDLE WITH CARE -- Thursday-Friday at 6 p.m. The District's Meisha Bosma, artistic director of BosmaDance, won the Kennedy Center's Local Dance Commissioning Project -- and, in so doing, the opportunity to present this multimedia performance, which features photographs by Andy Thibadeau and video projections by Keira Hart. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
MARC CHAGALL: THE BIBLE SERIES 1957 -- Closes Thursday. More than 100 hand-colored etchings illustrating biblical texts. Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd. NE. Free. 202-635-5400.
TEXTILES FOR THIS WORLD AND BEYOND: TREASURES FROM INSULAR SOUTHEAST ASIA -- Through Sept. 18. More than 60 objects that explore the role of textiles in religion and culture. Plus 30 wooden figures illustrating early 20th-century Javanese dress. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
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.
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.
METAMORPHOSIS -- Through Oct. 15. The Catalyst Theater Company presents Steven Berkoff's theatrical adaptation of Franz Kafka's allegory about a man transformed into a dung beetle by the dehumanizing pressures of post-industrial life. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20-$25. 202-249-8202.
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