Books and Authors

POLITICS AND PROSE 21ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION -- Saturday at 5 p.m. Sept. 25, noon-7 p.m. On Saturday, wine and refreshments precede a panel discussion on politics with David Brooks, E. J. Dionne, Bill Greider, Haynes Johnson and Ron Suskind. On Sept. 25, a poetry reading begins at 12:30 p.m., featuring E. Ethelbert Miller, Linda Pastan, Jane Shore, Myra Sklarew and Stanley Plumly. A 5 p.m. discussion and reading of fiction by Alan Cheuse, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Sean Greer, Howard Norman, Susan Richards Shreve, Julia Slavin and Mary Kay Zuravleff is followed by wine and dessert at 7 p.m. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.


TODD BARRY -- Today at 8 p.m. A guest on the "Larry Sanders Show" and "Sex and the City," the stand-up comic also performed his own one-man show at the 2001 Aspen Comedy Festival. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15. 202-296-7008.

KATHLEEN MADIGAN -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. The stand-up comic has recently finished her second HBO special and released her own CD, "Live." DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $18-$22. 202-296-7008.


ROGUE WAVE -- Monday at 9 p.m. Psychedelic and folk-infused indie pop. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.

OUR LADY PEACE -- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The post-grunge group plays with fellow Canadian rockers Danko Jones. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.

THE HUDSON FALCONS -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Working class punk from New Jersey. With the Spark, the Ghouls and Supreme Commander. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $7. 202-783-3933.

MALACHI THOMPSON -- Friday-Saturday at 9 and 11 p.m. The composer, band leader and trumpet soloist combines the spirit of "free jazz" with the musical discipline of hard bop. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $18. 202-234-0072.

THE PIETASTERS -- Saturday at 9 p.m. Seasoned veterans of the local ska scene. With the Players, Rude Buddha, the Pressure Sounds and Trip Lizard. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $12. 202-265-0930.


UNDER THE SKIN -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. The New York duo of Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer perform two works of contemporary dance as part of a commission by Dance Place, the Contemporary Dance Theater of Cincinnati and the National Performance Network. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; students, seniors, teachers and artists $15; ages 17 and younger $7. 202-269-1600.


TEXTILES FOR THIS WORLD AND BEYOND: TREASURES FROM INSULAR SOUTHEAST ASIA -- Closes Today. 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.

WOMEN & BLUES -- Through Sept. 25. Two complementary exhibits that celebrate women and the arts. In "Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues," the artist uses photographs, quilts and found objects to challenge traditional views of black culture. "Women in Blues and Jazz" features 45 photographs highlighting the musical achievements of

performers such as Ella

Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Shirley Horn and others. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5, seniors and students $3, children free. 202-783-5000.

For Children

FIESTA MUSICAL -- Today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts and Latin American foods. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-4717.

KATY KELLY -- Today at 1 p.m. Ages 8 and older. A visit by the author of "Lucy Rose Big on Plans." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

SUSAN MEDDAUGH -- Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The author of the "Martha Speaks" series discusses her story about an overworked little sister, an almost-used-up magic stick and a frisky dog. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

MARIACHI MADNESS -- Thursday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dan Sheehy of Folkways Records hosts a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariachi Los Amigos and festival dancers from Los Quetzales. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $6, children $4. For reservations, call 202-252-0012.

ROCK CREEK PARK DAY 2005 -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Ages 3 and older. The Park's 115th birthday is celebrated with bike rides, singing and dancing, storytellers, animal activities and stargazing. Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.


FELICE . . . FELICE -- Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Hand-tinted photographs from the late 19th century were the inspiration for Peter Delpeut's tragic love story about a European returning to Tokyo in search of his Japanese wife. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE -- Closes today. 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.

TE QUIERO, MUNECA -- 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.

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