Books and Authors

KAYLA WILLIAMS -- Monday at 7 p.m. The author's book "Love My Rifle More Than You" discusses day-to-day life in the Iraq war zone, and addresses how women in the armed services are seen and how they see themselves. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

DAVA SOBEL -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The best-selling author of "Longitude" and "Galileo's Daughter" discusses the planets as objects and places of beauty, sources of legends and mythology, and the inspiration for poems, paintings and music in science fiction and other literature. After the presentation, her new book, "The Planets," will be available for signing. Carnegie Institution, 1530 P St. NW. $20. 202-357-3030.

IMAN -- Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The supermodel signs copies of her book "The Beauty of Color." Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.


ROBERT SCHIMMEL -- Today at 8 p.m. The Howard Stern regular and Edinburgh Comedy Festival favorite makes his fifth appearance at the Improv. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $22. 202-296-7008.

ADAM FERRARA -- Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. The stand-up comic has also appeared on "The Job" and "Law & Order." DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15-$17. 202-296-7008.


ATMOSPHERE -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Poetic underground hip-hop from Minneapolis. With Blueprint, featuring DJ Rare Groove, and P.O.S., featuring Turbo Nemesis. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $17. 202-265-0930.

SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG -- Wednesday at 6 p.m. The eclectic, Chicago-based folk group has been likened to John Prine and the Roches. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

PIECES OF A DREAM -- Wednesday-Oct. 23 at 8 and 10 p.m. Hailing from Philadelphia, the contemporary jazz band performs selections from its latest recording, "Love's Silhouette," and more. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25-$27.50. 202-337-4141.

NIKKA COSTA -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The goddaughter of Frank Sinatra has been belting out solid soul since she was 8 years old. With Driveblind. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.


FORGOTTEN CONSCIOUSNESS -- Today at 7 p.m. The local CityDance Ensemble stages Ludovic Jolivet's multimedia work, which tells the story of two people who share the same dreams and nightmares but meet only from afar. Co-presented by Dance Place and the Kennedy Center. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; seniors, students, teachers and artists $15; children $7. 202-269-1600.

TILT -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The final event of the International Improvisation Festival features dance and live music in a competition of improv moves. Dancers include Reggie Crump (New York), Cyrus Khambatta (Seattle), Wendell Cooper, John Glenn, Jennifer Clark Stone, Maida Withers (D.C.) and Brad Stoller (Charlottesville), with musicians Steven Hilmy, Jim Levy and Peter Fraize. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

VISIONARY DANCE -- Saturday-Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Belly dancing by Delilah, with music by Erik Brown. Plus performances by students of Joy of Motion's Middle Eastern Dance Program. Joy of Motion Dance Center, Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-362-3042.


SOLO3 -- Through Oct. 23. Painting, photography and sculpture by Pat Dunning, Alexandra Silverthorne and Joseph Barbaccia. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-783-3933.

WORDS DRAWN IN WATER -- Through Oct. 30. Canadian-born artist Janet Cardiff's 33-minute multi-sensory audio walk. Part of the Hirshhorn's ongoing "Directions" series. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

OPTIONS 2005 -- Through Nov. 27. A group exhibit supports new and under-recognized talent. Media includes painting, drawing, print, photography and sculpture. Former Staples Store, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-639-1828.

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.

SAM GILLIAM: A RETROSPECTIVE -- Through Jan. 22. The first full-scale retrospective of the local mixed-media artist's sculptural, multidimensional paintings, constructions and installations. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8, seniors and military $6, students $4, younger than 12 free. 202-639-1700.

ROZOME MASTERS -- Through Feb. 12. Works by 15 contemporary Japanese artists include folding screens, scrolls, panels and kimonos, all created using rozome, a wax-resistant dyeing technique unique to Japan that has roots in the ancient Nara period. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.


DIN -- Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. A reporter is drawn into the hunt for the last war criminal of the 20th century in a film shot in 12 countries on four continents. Benefits Ayuda Inc., a local human rights organization combating human trafficking. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. 202-966-6000.


MOTHERTONGUE -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The monthly women's spoken word event celebrates its seventh anniversary with performances by Gina Young and Pamela Means. Benefits "Off Our Backs," a feminist newsjournal published continuously since 1970. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.


PASSION PLAY, A CYCLE -- Closes today. Molly Smith directs the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's era-leaping trilogy. The darkly comic plays explore historic presentations of the Passion play in Elizabethan England, Nazi Germany and post-Vietnam America, and look at the collisions of religion, politics and everyday life that result. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$51. 202-488-3300.

HILDA -- Through Oct. 23. French playwright Marie Ndiaye penned this drama about an upper-class lady's obsession with the woman she hires to care for her children. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $32-$52. 202-332-3300.

OTHELLO -- Through Oct. 30. Avery Brooks stars as Othello in this version of the Bard's tale of a love destroyed by jealousy. Directed by Michael Kahn. Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202-547-1122.

YOU ARE HERE -- Through Nov. 13. In Canadian actor-director-playwright Daniel MacIvor's play, a woman tries to explain her life in light of differing viewpoints from friends. Starring Jennifer Mendenhall, Michael Russotto and Kathleen Coons. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $26. 800-494-8497.

NO EXIT -- Through Nov. 20. Scena Theatre presents Jean Paul Sartre's vision of hell as a sleepless place where you never get a moment away from the presence of others. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $20-$30. 703-684-7990.

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