Each week, the Sunday Source lists the new and notable events that have tickets available at press time. For more area happenings, look in Friday's Weekend section or go online at www.washingtonpost.com/cityguide.
NICHOLAS NIXON: THE BROWN SISTERS -- Opens today. Through Feb. 20. The photographer's series of photos of his wife and her three sisters, taken each year since 1975, is an investigation of both portraiture and time. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
AFRICAN ART NOW: MASTERPIECES FROM THE JEAN PIGOZZI COLLECTION -- Opens Wednesday. Through Feb. 26. One hundred objects by 27 contemporary African artists. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
HIRSHHORN AFTER HOURS -- Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. Sip a cocktail while enjoying special extended hours at the Smithsonian gallery. Special events include an artist talk with Jim Hodges. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
NATURE'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS -- Opens Saturday. Ongoing. Images from the international competition that honors amateur and professional photographers. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Books and Authors
MAUREEN DOWD -- Monday at 12:30 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist signs her new book "Are Men Necessary?," which explores gender bias in the media and the state of male-female relationships. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.
NIKKI SILVA AND DAVIA NELSON -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The public radio hosts celebrate the release of their first book, "Hidden Kitchens: Stories and More From NPR's the Kitchen Sisters," which explores the world of underground community kitchens across America. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.
JAGGED EDGE -- Today at 7 p.m. R&B. With Carl Thomas and Lil' Mo. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $77. 202-397-7328.
DAR WILLIAMS -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. The folk-pop songstress and her band. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328.
THE BLASTERS -- Tuesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. The seminal American roots-rockers play with the Timothy Bracken Band. Tuesday: Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, $17, 703-522-8340; Friday: Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, $29.50, 410-268-4545.
DE LA SOUL -- Thursday, doors at 8 p.m. The highly influential Native Tongues hip-hop trio. Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore. $20. 410-327-8333.
JUAN GABRIEL -- Thursday at 8 p.m. The Mexican pop star performs. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $66-$106. 202-397-7328.
ANDREW BIRD -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. A songwriter, violinist and skilled whistler, Bird plays with fellow Chicagoans Head of Femur. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. 202-667-7960.
BRIGHT EYES -- Friday at 7 p.m. Conor Oberst and company play with Feist and Magic Numbers. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $25. 202-397-7328.
KELLY WILLIS -- Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 7 p.m. The singer-songwriter and Virginia native is a country traditionalist. Friday: Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, $19.50, 703-549-7500 or 703-573-7328; Saturday: Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, $23.50, 410-268-4545.
HOT HOT HEAT -- Saturday, doors at 8 p.m. The synth-pop and new wave noisemakers play with Redwalls and We Are Scientists. Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore. $18. 410-327-8333.
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA: GLOBAL PEACE THROUGH COMPASSION -- Today at 3 p.m. The religious leader and proponent of nonviolence gives a public talk sponsored by the International Campaign for Tibet and the Mind & Life Institute. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $16-$101. 202-397-7328.
WESTFIELD WORKS WONDERS -- Today, 6:30-9:30 p.m. A silent auction of eyeglasses from more than 60 celebrities, including Dakota Fanning, Emeril Lagasse, Robin Williams, Chevy Chase, Tony Hawk, Tommy Lee, Al Roker, Matthew Broderick, Dr. Ruth and Brady Bunch cast members, is just one of a number of events. There's also face painting, a performance by the Washington Wizards dance team, local bands and children's book author signings. Several stores in the mall offer discounts during the event. Benefits local charities. For a complete list of activities and participating shops, see www.westfield.com/wheaton. Westfield Wheaton, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton. $10, 12 and younger free. 301-946-3200.
BUILDING IN THE AFTERMATH: REBUILDING THE BIG EASY -- NOT SO EASY -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion on the problems facing reconstruction efforts in New Orleans. With Suzanne Turner, professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University; Paul Farmer, executive director of the American Planning Association; Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Thomas J. Campanella, an urban planning professor at University of North Carolina; Angela O'Byrne, president of the American Institute of Architects in New Orleans; and Henry Hatch, former chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17, students $10. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.
FAMILY DAY: SPACESHIPONE -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum experts give a special look at the recent winner of the Ansari X Prize, talk about space tourism and provide activities for all ages. National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
DANCING WHITE STALLIONS -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Spanish Riding School of Vienna visits America for the first time in 15 years, bringing with it more than 30 dancing Lipizzaner stallions. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $38-$153. 202-397-7328.
Films open Friday and are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change. Check www.washingtonpost.com/movies or Friday's Weekend section for details and complete movie listings.
BEE SEASON -- An overlooked young girl becomes the center of attention after winning a spelling bee. Soon she is drawn not only into the world of the national spelling competition, but her father's obsession with Jewish mysticism. Starring Flora Cross, Richard Gere, Max Minghella and Juliette Binoche. Based on the novel by Myla Goldberg. At Landmark Bethesda Row.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE -- The fourth Potter film follows the young wizard as he finds himself entered in the Triwizard tournament, a multi-school competition of magic, just as the sinister Voldemort seems poised for a return.
LOGGERHEADS -- Tess Harper, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Kelly, Kip Pardue and Chris Sarandon star in the interwoven stories of a birth mother, child and adoptive parents in the days leading up to a Mother's Day weekend in North Carolina. Winner of the Outstanding American Feature Award at Outfest 2005. At Landmark E Street Cinema.
SARAH SILVERMAN: JESUS IS MAGIC -- The comic, who appeared in "The Aristocrats" and "The School of Rock," tackles sensitive issues, such as Sept. 11, 2001, AIDS, race, sexuality, unwanted body hair and the Holocaust, in a series of politically incorrect stand-up routines interwoven with musical numbers and backstage banter. At Landmark E Street Cinema.
WALK THE LINE -- Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Patrick star in the biopic about country legend Johnny Cash. We see the musician from his days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his time with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
STARVING -- Opens Monday. Through Dec. 18. The world premiere of S.M. Shephard-Massat's new play, which chronicles the struggles of southern black women in the early 1950s. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. $30-$48. 202-393-3939.
RAAS CHAOS -- Friday, doors at 6:30 p.m. The traditional Indian romantic dance is the focus of a intercollegiate dance competition. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20. 202-397-7328.
BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY -- Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Dance, music and the spoken word combine in two new works. Thursday, Artistic Director Bill T. Jones presents "As I Was Saying . . . ," a new combination of solos, duets and trios. Friday and Saturday, it's "Blind Date," a full-company multimedia piece that questions the meaning of patriotism. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $14-$38. 202-467-4600.
BILLIE & ME -- Saturday at 8 p.m. A lineup of female jazz musicians celebrates what would have been Billie Holiday's 90th year with reinterpretations of Lady Day's repertoire, as well as film, audio, photographs and readings. Featuring Rita Coolidge, Niki Haris, Joan Osborne, Dianne Reeves and Rokia Traore, with musical direction by Terri Lyne Carrington. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$50. 202-467-4600.
CAPITALS -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Tampa Bay. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$90. 202-397-7328.