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

ZADIE SMITH -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The author of the award-winning "White Teeth" discusses her third book, "On Beauty," about an interracial New England family. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

GREGORY MAGUIRE -- Saturday at 1 p.m. "Son of a Witch" is the sequel to the author's 1995 bestseller-turned-Broadway-hit "Wicked." Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.


LITTLE BROTHER -- Today at 8:30 p.m. Early '90s-style hip-hop reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. With Kev Brown. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.

THE POSIES -- Monday at 8:30 p.m. The '90s power-pop group. With Oranger and the Deathray Davies. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.

THE WHITE STRIPES -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Jack and Meg White share the stage with the Shins and M. Ward. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $25-$40. 202-397-7328.

STACEY KENT -- Tuesday-Wednesday at 8 and 10 p.m. Jazz vocals. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $22. 202-337-4141.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB -- Wednesday, doors at 7:30 p.m. Garage-rockers gone acoustic. With Mark Gardener. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. The jazz luminary performs as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $45-$55. 202-397-7328.

THE LEMONHEADS -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The '90s alt-rockers play with All Systems Go and the Organ. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $17-$20. 202-667-7960.

BRENDAN BENSON -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The Detroit singer-songwriter plays power-pop with a rock edge. With the Greenhornes and Benjy Ferree. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.

ZAP MAMA -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The singer, who has collaborated with the Roots, Talib Kweli, Common and Erykah Badu, performs an Afro-Belgian fusion of blues, hip-hop and international music. With Platinum Pied Pipers. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $22. 202-667-7960.

WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET -- Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival; with Wallace Roney Sextet, Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band, Chuck Brown, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Sunny Sumter. Washington Monument Grounds, Sylvan Amphitheatre, National Mall at 15th Street. Free. 202-232-3611.

DAR WILLIAMS AND BAND -- Saturday, doors at 6:30 p.m. The acoustic folk singer moves into pop-like territory with her touring band. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.


AUDUBON'S DREAM REALIZED: SELECTIONS FROM THE BIRDS OF AMERICA -- Opens today. Through March 26. Forty-seven of John James Audubon's hand-colored etchings of American birds, selected from his massive body of work. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Central Gallery, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

SHIFTING GEARS -- Opens Tuesday. Through Nov. 6. VSA Arts presents 15 award-winning works by youths with disabilities. S. Dillon Ripley Center, International Gallery, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

VIRTUE AND ENTERTAINMENT: CHINESE MUSIC IN THE VISUAL ARTS -- Opens Saturday. Through March 26. The importance of music in ancient Chinese culture is the theme of this exhibit, which includes a bronze drum and lacquered zither that are each more than 1,000 years old. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-4880.


KIDNEY WALK -- Saturday at 9 a.m. Registration at 8 a.m. The fourth-annual one-mile or five-kilometer walk along the C&O Canal benefits the National Kidney Foundation. Walkers who raise $50 in pledges receive a T-shirt. Registration at the Shops at Georgetown, Canal Level, 3222 M St. NW. Free. 202-244-7900, Ext. 18.

FESTIVAL OF CHINA -- Opens Saturday. Through Oct. 30. The Wong Chinese Lion Dancers, fireworks, a Beijing-style open-air market, an exhibit on photography, terra cotta warrior statues and more kick off this month-long celebration of Chinese culture and performing arts. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free-$75. 202-467-4600.


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 GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED -- Bill Paxton directs this golf tale based on the true story of a 20-year-old from a working class family who beat out his idol to win the 1913 U.S. Open.

GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS -- Elijah Wood stars as an expelled Harvard student who moves to London and is drawn into a violent underworld of soccer.

INTO THE BLUE -- Jessica Alba, Paul Walker and Tyson Beckford star in this thriller about a group of young divers who stumble upon an underwater wrecked plane filled with valuable illicit cargo.

MIRRORMASK -- A 15-year-old dreams she is caught in a strange fantasyland and must find the mythical "MirrorMask" to save the kingdom. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

OLIVER TWIST -- Roman Polanski directs and produces this adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic novel about an orphan who falls in with a gang of pickpockets on the streets of 19th-century London.

SERENITY -- This feature-length adaptation of Joss Whedon's now-canceled TV show "Firefly" is about a galactic crew aboard a spaceship 500 years in the future.

THUMBSUCKER -- Keanu Reeves, Vince Vaughn, Benjamin Bratt and Vincent D'Onofrio star in this comedy about a 17-year-old whose battle to conquer his thumb-sucking addiction turns his life upside down. At Landmark Bethesda Row.

On Stage

ICON 05 -- Monday at 6 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington presents a talent show and awards scholarships to local youth. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

METRO DC DANCE AWARDS -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. This year's awards ceremony honors artists in 13 categories and includes performances by many of last year's winners. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

SLANGUAGE -- Wednesday-Friday at 8 p.m. The Universes ensemble blends poetry, hip-hop, gospel and jazz to loosely recreate a subway ride through New York City. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $25, students $7. 301-405-2787.

CARLOS MENCIA AND TRACY MORGAN -- Thursday at 8 p.m. The nationally known comedians perform stand-up for homecoming. University of Maryland, Cole Field House, Campus Drive and Union Lane. College Park. $28-$38, students $14-$20. 301-314-8587.

CHARLIE MURPHY AND FRIENDS -- Thursday at 8 p.m. Murphy is joined by Kyle Grooms, also of Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show." With Lazee Lamont. University of Maryland, Tawes Theatre, Campus Drive and Parking Lot 1, College Park. $29, students $19. 301-405-2787.

BORN YESTERDAY -- Opens Friday. Through Nov. 6. Kyle Donnelly directs Garson Kanin's political comedy about a millionaire and his clueless girlfriend in 1940s Washington. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $41-$60. 202-488-3300.

DANCE DC FESTIVAL -- Friday-Oct. 2. The second-annual folk dance festival includes performances by Step Afrika, O'Neill James School of Irish Dancing, Arax Armenian Dance Ensemble, Vietnamese Dance Group and more; lessons in hip-hop, belly-dancing, swing, salsa and ethnic dance; and a children's workshop on South Indian dance. See www.dcarts.dc.gov for schedule. Various locations. Free. 202-724-5613.

COMEDY ROCKS -- Friday at 8 p.m. The Human Rights Campaign presents gay comics Leslie Jordan ("Will & Grace"), Alec Mapa ("Friends") and Suzanne Westenhoefer as part of its 25th-anniversary celebration. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $25-$55. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.


WASHINGTON NATIONALS -- Today at 1:05 p.m. against the New York Mets and Friday-Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 1:05 p.m. against Philadelphia in the last home game of the regular season. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. $7-$40. 202-397-7328.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS -- Friday at 7 p.m. against Pittsburgh. Saturday at 7 p.m. against Philadelphia. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $9-$68. 202-397-7328.

"Firefly" fans rejoice: Joss Whedon's futuristic action-adventure "Serenity" opens Friday.