Books and Authors

POLITICS AND PROSE 21ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION -- Today, noon-7 p.m. This poetry reading features 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.

DENISE NICHOLAS -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The actress discusses her debut novel, "Freshwater Road," which focuses on the Freedom Summer of 1964, in which Nicholas participated. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free. 202-965-9880.

LOUISE ERDRICH -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. As part of the Native Writers Series, the author reads from her 10th novel, "The Painted Drum." A book signing and reception follows. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR -- Thursday, 5-7 p.m. The Supreme Court justice signs her books as part of Women in Government's "Power in Prose" series. Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $65. For reservations, call 703-299-8546.

SIMON BLACKBURN -- Thursday at 6 p.m. The Cambridge University philosophy professor discusses theories on truth. A signing of his book "Truth: A Guide" follows. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Lecture Hall, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20. 202-633-1000.


KATHLEEN MADIGAN -- Today 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. 202-296-7008.


PARTICLE -- Today, doors at 7:30 p.m. Improvisational electric, prog-rock and jazz fusion. With Gabby La La. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

ELECTRIC SIX -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Over-the-top rockers from Detroit with Outrageous Cherry and Her Daily Obsession. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.

BRAZILIAN GIRLS -- Saturday, doors at 10 p.m. A mix of electronica, reggae and bossa nova. Disclaimer: they're not really Brazilian -- and only one member is a girl. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.


UNDER THE SKIN -- Today at 7 p.m. New York duo 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.

WHIRLING DERVISHES -- Saturday at 8 p.m. The Turkish dancers perform traditional Islamic ritual dance. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $20-$50. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.


MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE -- Opens today. Through Jan. 2. More than 45 volumes, leaves and miniatures from the J. Paul Getty Museum are included in this multimedia presentation, which examines the artistic traditions of Italian manuscript makers from the 12th-16th centuries. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Mezzanine, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

WOMEN & BLUES -- Closes today. 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.

VISITING BONSAI CLUB -- Opens Saturday. Through Oct. 9. Bonsai from the private collections of the members of the Potomac Bonsai Association's Bowie Bonsai Club. National Arboretum, National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-245-5898.

For Children

CANDLESTICK KEEPSAKES -- Today, 1-4 p.m. As part of the museum's "Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community" program, participants design their own candlesticks. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $7. 202-272-2448.

ANIMATION CELEBRATION -- Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m. This series of international animated short films includes "The Dot." National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-789-3030.


WALKINGTOWN, DC -- Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free walking and bike tours through historic District neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, U Street, Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Old Anacostia. See for a schedule. Free. 202-661-7581.

GIFTS OF THE GARDEN -- Saturday at 1 p.m. Members of the Herb Society of America teach how to make natural gifts such as potpourri and vinegar. National Arboretum, National Herb Garden, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898.


COTE D'AZUR -- Opens Friday. A family's summer getaway to the Mediterranean seaside is complicated by a number of romantic rendezvous. Landmark E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.75-$9.50. 202-452-7672.

KEANE -- Opens Friday. Lodge Kerrigan directs this portrait of a father's descent into emotional instability after his daughter's abduction from a bus terminal. Landmark E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.75-$9.50. 202-452-7672.

A LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN -- Saturday-Oct. 2. This documentary tracks four middle-aged professional bowlers and the former Nike executive in charge of modernizing the sport. Landmark E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.75-$9.50. 202-452-7672.


TRILOGY: DOMINGO AND GUESTS IN THREE ACTS -- Wednesday at 6 p.m. A discussion and three excerpts from "Fedora," "Otello" and "The Merry Widow," as part of the Washington National Opera's Insights series. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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