Each week, the Sunday Source lists the new and notable events that have tickets available at press time. For more area happenings, look in Friday's Weekend section or go online at www.washingtonpost.com/entertainmentguide.

Books and Authors

TERRY PRATCHETT -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The fantasy satirist, most famous for his voluminous "Discworld" novels, discusses and signs "Thud," the most recent installment in the series. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.

SALMAN RUSHDIE -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The author reads and signs "Shalimar the Clown." The novel deals with the roots of terrorism as seen in the aftermath of the Kashmir conflict, when the fates of a World War II resistance hero and a Kashmiri dancing girl converge. Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Rd. NW. $10. 202-364-1919.

ANDREA MITCHELL -- Wednesday at noon. The veteran broadcast journalist signs copies of her book "Talking Back . . . To Presidents, Dictators and Assorted Scoundrels." Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.


DJ Z-TRIP -- Today, doors at 7:30 p.m. The hip-hop spin master plays with Black Sheep and DJ Golden Chyld. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

B.B. KING BLUES FESTIVAL -- Today at 8 p.m. The king of the blues performs. With Joe Bonamassa. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$40. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

ILDEWILD -- Today at 8:30 p.m. The Scottish indie-pop hit-makers tour in support of their most recent album, "Warnings/Promises." With Inara George. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. 202-667-7960.

KARMELLA'S GAME -- Monday at 9 p.m. The up-tempo Baltimore-based four-piece rock group. With the Reputation. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $6. 202-667-7960.

LADYBUG MECCA -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The Digable Planets' emcee performs. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.

LUCERO -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Punk rock-infused alt-country. With Limbeck and Chris Mills & the New Miserable Bastards. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

MOLOTOV -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Rap-metal from Mexico City. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $30. 703-237-0300.

BLACK CAT 12TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. With Citygoats, Looters DC, Les Trois Malheures, Humanzee, Eyes of the Killer Robot, Facemat, the Caution Curves and more. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.

THE ROOTS -- Saturday, doors at 7 p.m. With Algebra. American University, Bender Arena, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $25. 202-885-3267.

EDDIE FROM OHIO -- Saturday, doors at 7:30 p.m. Enduring folk-rock quartet. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.


MIRRORS -- Opens Wednesday. Reception at 7 p.m. Through Nov. 30. One hundred paintings, videos, sculptures, installations and photographs by contemporary Mexican artists living in the United States. Cultural Institute of Mexico, 2829 16th St. NW. Free. 202-728-1628; for reception reservations, call 202-728-1675.

CONSUMING SPLENDOR: LUXURY GOODS IN ENGLAND, 1580-1680 -- Opens Thursday. Through Dec. 31. An examination of the ways in which the increasing demand for luxury items -- such as rich fabrics, lacquered furniture, silver, porcelain, crystal, paintings, watches, fine jewels, tobacco, chocolate and tea -- transformed English social practices. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

FACES: GRIDS, STACKS AND SQUEEZES -- Reception Thursday at 6 p.m. Through Oct. 2. Monotype, oil and acrylic paintings by Charles St. Charles. Also on display: "No Bars Held," a presentation of new oilbar paintings by Ellyn Weiss. Touchstone Gallery, 406 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-347-2787.

LA CAUSA: THE DELANO GRAPE STRIKE OF 1965-1970 -- Opens Friday. Through Jan. 3. This display marks the 40th anniversary of the hugely influential strike that lasted more than five years and resulted in contracts for more than 10,000 workers. Features a United Farm Workers of America flag, posters, buttons, and a short-handled hoe used by California farm laborers. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

MODERNISM IN AMERICAN SILVER -- Opens Friday. Through Jan. 22. The stylistic design history of modern American production-line silver from 1925 to 2000 is charted by more than 200 works by widely recognized figures such as Eliel Saarinen, Erik Magnussen, Robert Venturi, Michael Graves, Elsa Peretti and Richard Meier. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free. 202-357-2700.


BALTIMORE COMIC-CON -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The sixth-annual celebration of comic books features a long list of special guests, including Charm City native Frank Cho. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. $15-$25. 410-649-7000.


Films open Friday and are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change. Check www.washingtonpost.com/movies or Friday's Weekend section for details and complete movie listings.

THE BAXTER -- Michael Showalter directs and stars in this tale of an obsessive hypochondriac accountant in need of help and romantic advice during the last two weeks before his wedding. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

CRY WOLF -- High school students create a ruse involving a serial killer named "The Wolf," but their game becomes terrifyingly real when their targets turn up dead. Starring Jon Bon Jovi, Julian Morris and Jared Padalecki.

DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL -- Friday at 9 p.m. Saturday at noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at noon and 3 p.m. Screenings of more than 60 films, with each showcase featuring 8 to 13 shorts. Many films introduced by filmmakers connected to their production. For the complete schedule, see www.dcshorts.com. Saturday's noon show at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. All others at Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $12. 202-393-4266.

JUST LIKE HEAVEN -- After moving, a lonely architect finds love with the restless spirit of a girl (Reese Witherspoon) who once lived in his new apartment.

LORD OF WAR -- Nicolas Cage stars in the story of an Eastern European immigrant who must look at his own moral failings after becoming a major international arms dealer.

On Stage

LANDING/PLACE -- Wednesday-Friday at 8 p.m. The Bebe Miller Company employs motion-capture technology, live music and image projection in an interactive dance performance. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $30, students $7. 301-405-2787.

TE QUIERO, MUNECA -- Opens Thursday. Through Oct. 9. Harold Ruiz directs the U.S. premiere of Ernesto Caballero's play ("I Love You, Doll") about a film critic and the highly opinionated robot woman he builds. GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. $20.50-$52.50. 800-494-8497.

LILY CAI CHINESE DANCE COMPANY -- Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Ancient Chinese court dances and modern traditions combine in works such as "Bamboo Girls," which tells the tale of villagers who make their way up a mountain to dance through the night. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.


WASHINGTON NATIONALS -- Today at 1:05 p.m. against Atlanta. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. $7-$40. 202-397-7328.

COPA SUDAMERICANA -- Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. The D.C. United, the first team to represent the United States in this South American Football Confederation tournament, faces Universidad Catolica of Chile. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $18-$40. 202-397-7328.

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