Books and Authors

JOHN BERENDT -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" discusses his newest book, "The City of Falling Angels," about a man's encounters with a large cast of characters dwelling in the shadowy canals of Venice. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.


BOB MARLEY -- Today at 8 p.m. Stand-up from comedian who has appeared on "Mad TV," NBC's "Comedy Showcase," "Liars Club" and "The Boondock Saints." DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15. 202-296-7008.


INNER MONGOLIAN CHORUS -- Today at 6 p.m. The internationally acclaimed group combines traditional Mongolian music with a cappella singing. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

SHENZHEN MUSICAL PRODIGIES -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. Part of the Festival of China. Piano classics by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert and Liszt, as well as works by modern Chinese composers Ding Shande, Li Yinghai, Chu Wanghua, and Wang Jianzhong, are performed by He Qizhen, Zuo Zhang, Pan Linzi and Zhang Haochen. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

MAE -- Thursday at 8 p.m. The passionate indie rock five-piece hails from Norfolk. With Circa Survive and the Working Title. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $14. 202-667-7960.

THE CAT EMPIRE -- Thursday, doors at 10 p.m. Singable pop from Australia that incorporates trumpet, keys, bass, drums, two vocalists and a DJ. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

DAVID BENOIT -- Friday-Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The pianist plays light, contemporary jazz. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35. 202-337-4141.


EDGEWORKS DANCE THEATRE -- Monday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. An all-male dance company performs modern routines that look at the black male identity. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-628-6161.

NATIONAL BALLET OF CHINA -- Tuesday, Wedesday and Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Part of the Festival of China. The company achieves a synthesis of East and West by combining western ballet techniques with Chinese themes and folk dance. On Tuesday and Wednesday, they perform a mixed repertory program, including Chen Zemei's "The Yellow River," Fei Bo's "Remembrance" and Act II from the classic Romantic ballet "Giselle." On Friday and Saturday, they perform "Raise the Red Lantern," a full-length ballet based on the film by Zhang Yimou. Both shows are performed with taped music. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater , 2700 F St. NW. $21-$50. 202-467-4600.

TRILOGY OF MODERN DANCE -- Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Part of the Festival of China. Hong Kong choreographer Willy Tsao leads three distinguished ensembles in a program of their most acclaimed works: Beijing Modern Dance Company, with which Tsao was associated for six years; the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China's first professional modern dance group; and City Contemporary Dance Company. A discussion with members of the companies follows Friday's performance. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater , 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.


OPTIONS 2005 -- Opens Thursday. Reception Thursday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Through Nov. 27. A group exhibit supports new and under-recognized talent. Media includes painting, drawing, print, photography and sculpture. Former Georgetown Staples Store, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-639-1828.

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

AMERICANS IN PARIS -- Through Oct. 10. As part of the District's "Paris on the Potomac" series, the Archives presents a history of Americans in the French capital through letters, treaties, photos and films. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

INVESTIGATING WHERE WE LIVE -- Through Oct. 10. Local youth capture Anacostia, the Navy Yard and the New York Avenue corridor in photos, poems and stories. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.

MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE -- 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.

For Children

ANIMATION CELEBRATION -- Today 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.


CHINA NATIONAL ACROBATIC TROUPE -- Today at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Part of the Festival of China. The first acrobatic circus established after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the company blends acrobatics, martial arts, vocal imitations, contortionism, magic and more. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.


LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN -- Today at 5 p.m. A documentary follows Steve Miller, a former Nike executive now in charge of the Professional Bowling League, and four of his charges, professional bowlers at very different places in their careers. Landmark E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.75-$9.50. 202-452-7672.

GONUL YARASI (LOVELORN) -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. An idealistic elementary school teacher retires and returns home to Istanbul to begin a new life as a taxi driver. When he meets a singer in a nightclub, he tries to protect her from her stalker ex-husband. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50. 202-966-6000.

FALLING -- Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. After falling off a bridge, Carl Lazarus is miraculously saved by a petty criminal who dies in his place. To repay the debt, Carl tries to be the perfect substitute husband and father to the dead man's widow and son. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50. 202-966-6000.


TE QUIERO, MUNECA (I Love You, Doll) -- Through Oct. 9. Harold Ruiz directs the U.S. premiere of Ernesto Caballero's play about a film critic and the highly opinionated robot woman he builds. GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. $20.50-$34.50. 800-494-8497.