Books and Authors
THE HYMAN S. AND FREDA BERNSTEIN JEWISH LITERARY FESTIVAL -- Opens today. Through Nov. 16. Highlights from this year's festival include a tribute to Saul Bellow and Arthur Miller that is directed by Nick Olcott, an evening with Erica Jong and Allegra Goodman on "Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer," and Marcie Cohen Ferris on "Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South." For a full list of events, see www.dcjcc.org. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free-$20. 202-777-3254.
MARGARET ATWOOD -- Saturday at 3 p.m. The Canadian discusses and signs her new book, "The Penelopiad," which tells Homer's Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope and the 12 hanged maids. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
TOM VEK -- Today at 9 p.m. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter from London dabbles in garage rock and new wave. With Mobius Band. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.
MOTHERTONGUE -- Wednesday at 9 p.m. An evening of women's spoken word with special guest Sini Anderson. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.
KIM WATERS -- Friday-Nov. 13 at 8 and 10 p.m. The model-handsome saxophonist is known for his seductive melodies. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30. 202-337-4141.
REMEMBERING ANDY: A WORK IN PROGRESS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Vincent Fremont, who began working for Andy Warhol in the summer of 1969, provides insight about the artist and shows videos he shot in the 1970s. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1700.
RIVERBIRDS AND RAINFORESTS -- Closes Friday. Fowl paintings by Valentina Dubasky that are inspired by the Tibetan cranes that fly over the Himalayas. National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-334-2436.
THE SPIRIT OF PALESTINE -- Opens Friday. Through Dec. 31. A national juried art exhibition touches on themes of Palestinian history and culture. The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-338-1958.
NATIONAL HEART GALLERY EXHIBIT -- Closes Saturday. The Adoption Exchange Association, the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, DHHS and the Ad Council present a show of portraits of children in foster care awaiting adoption. Union Station, West Hall, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-289-1908.
FREDA LEE-MCCANN -- Artist talk and demonstration Saturday, 2-3 p.m. Through Nov. 20. New works by the area artist that add vibrant colors to traditional Chinese landscape paintings. Spectrum Gallery, 1132 29th St. NW. Free. 202-333-0954.
SET -- Through Dec. 17. Large, geometrically-intricate paintings by local artist W.C. Richardson. Fusebox, 1412 14th St. NW. Free. 202-299-9220.
WILLIAM WILLIS AND MARY EARLY -- Through Dec. 23. A show of both new and old paintings and works on paper by Willis plus sculpture composed of beeswax and narrow wooden strips by Early. Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. 202-234-5610.
SUAN HOSTETLER, MICHELE MONTALBANO, JENEEN PICCUIRRO -- Through Jan. 29. New works by three artists: water-based media and hand-made paper by Hostetler; paintings and prints by Montalbano; and mixed-media paintings, screens, hangings, installation and sculptures by Piccuirro. Zenith Gallery Annex, 901 E St. NW. Free. 202-783-2963.
AIRPLANE MOBILE -- Today, 12:30 -- 3:30 p.m. After seeing airplane models flown in the Great Hall, make an aviation-themed mobile to take home. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.
KEEPING SPIRIT ALIVE -- Thursday, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Native Nations Dance Theater celebrates the heritage of North America's First Nations with Indian regalia, pulsing drums and dances, such as the Women's Shawl and Men's Hoop Dance. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $6, children $4. 202-633-1000.
TALL HORSE -- Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company and the Sogolon Puppet Troupe of Mali present the true story of a giraffe captured in Sudan in 1827 and sent as a gift to the king of France. Choreographer Koffi Koko of Benin, New York playwright Khephra Burns and South African director Marthinus Basson are the minds behind the progressive mix of puppets, live actors, elaborate costumes, music, video projection and dance. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$25. 202-467-4600.
ALASKAN NATIVE ART AND CULTURE FESTIVAL -- Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festivities include live drum dancing, traditional theater and storytelling, craft demonstrations and exhibitions of Alaskan native art and photography. For a full schedule, see www.mnh.si.edu. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
WHAT CONSTITUTES GOOD JUDGMENT? -- Saturday at 1 p.m. A philosophical roundtable discussion with Cafe Philo DC, moderated by Ken Feldman. Brasserie Les Halles, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 703-751-5958.
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.
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