Books and Authors
JOAN BISKUPIC -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The USA Today writer, who has covered the Supreme Court since 1989, discusses her book "Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Member." Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free. 202-965-9880.
PABLO FRANCISCO -- Today at 8 p.m. The "Mad TV" funnyman and regular host of "The Show" performs his brand of highly animated stand-up. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. 202-296-7008.
FLIP ORLEY -- Opens Tuesday. Through Nov. 13. The comic hypnotist returns. Even if he's not funny, he can make you think he is. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15-$17. 202-296-7008.
TASTE OF THE FEST -- Friday at 8:30 p.m. The DC Comedy Group presents a preview of the 2006 DC Comedy Fest featuring Daniel Tosh and Elephant Larry. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-$30. 202-397-7328.
AFRICAN DRUMS -- Monday at 6 and 7:30 p.m. The University of Maryland African Drum Ensemble celebrates the musical traditions of West Africa. The ensemble is directed by Amadou Kouyate, a 150th generation oral historian in the Djali tradition. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-628-6161.
THE STANDARD -- Wednesday at 9 p.m. Experimental indie rock from Portland. With Chapel Hill's the Kingsbury Manx. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.
HIPS BENEFIT ALBUM RELEASE SHOW -- Saturday at 9 p.m. With Kathy Cashel, Rachel Jacobs and Tradition Dies Here. Benefits Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $6. 202-783-3933.
WASHINGTON BALLET -- Wednesday-Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at 1 and 5 p.m. The company opens the season with a triple bill featuring Septime Webre's "Carmen," Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs" and Balanchine's "Serenade." Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $19-$110. 202-467-4600.
TRUE TO FORM 2005 -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The annual showcase of Washington-based choreographers features Ann Behrends, Emily Crews, Michele Morris, Stefan Sittig and Kimberly Tapper. Joy of Motion Dance Center, Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15; seniors, students and children $10. 202-362-3042.
SOURCES: NEW PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS -- Opens Friday. Reception 6-8 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Works completed in the last two years by Washington area artist Michael Gross. Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-328-0955.
FOUND SOUND -- Closes Saturday. A number of portable toilets, reconfigured and outfitted with high-tech sound equipment, feature sound art from internationally known and local artists, including Richard Chartier, Joseph Grigely, Jennie C. Jones, Helmut Kopetzky, Robin Rose and Alex Van Oss. For complete info, see www.foundsounddc.com. Locations vary. Free. 301-651-8275.
LUCHA LIBRE -- Through Nov. 16. Thirteen paintings by Andrew Wodzianski. An audio podcast to accompany the works is available from the artist's website at wodcast.blogspot.com. Fraser Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW. Free. 202-298-6450.
SUNLIGHT: NEW PAINTINGS -- Through Nov. 26. New paintings by Sam Gilliam play with light and texture. Marsha Mateyka Gallery. 2012 R St. NW. Free. 202-328-0088.
FLAT AND 3 D -- Through Dec. 3. Paintings, mixed-media works, city drawings and digital prints and drawings. District Fine Arts, 1726 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-328-9100.
CURRENT -- Through Dec. 10. The work of Linn Meyers uses archival ink pen dots and lines on Mylar surfaces to express random qualities among uniform patterns. G Fine Art, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. 202-462-1601.
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG -- Through Jan. 28. A collection of mixed-media works on paper in honor of the artist's 80th birthday. Accompanying the exhibition is a collection of photographs from Sidney Felsen's book "The Artist Observed." Ralls Collection, 1516 31st St. NW. Free. 202-342-1754.
MOTHERLAND HOTEL -- Friday at 7 p.m. The young proprietor of a small town hotel becomes obsessed with a woman who stays for one night but promises to return. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-4880.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING -- Through Nov. 27. Director Nick Hutchison sets the Bard's tale about matrimonial intrigue in a V-E Day celebration just after World War II. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $25-$49. 202-544-7077.
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