Arts and Crafts
ARMANDO JIMENEZ -- Today, 6-8 p.m. The woodcarver from the Mexican town of Oaxaza demonstrates his techniques at a reception. Phoenix, 1514 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-338-4404.
Books and Authors
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND AMERICAN GENIUS -- Monday at 7 p.m. Walter Isaacson, the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life," discusses the genius of the founding father. The talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, "Encouraging American Genius." Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1770.
RICHARD CLARKE -- Friday at 7 p.m. The author and former National Security Council official signs his book "The Scorpion's Gate," a thriller about the intelligence community. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
TODD GLASS -- Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. The late night talk show circuit veteran and Comedy Central favorite is known for his over-the-top routines. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15-$17. 202-296-7008.
JUCIFER -- Monday at 9 p.m. Blistering noise/metal rock, not for the faint of heart. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.
RAQS SAHARA -- Today at 7 p.m. The traditional Raqs Sharqi belly dance techniques are enhanced by contemporary and folkloric theatrical influences. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; seniors, students, teachers and artists $15; children $7. 202-269-1600.
FREDA LEE-MCCANN -- Closes today. 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.
RED -- Closes Saturday. A collection of acrylic paintings by Gloria Monteiro Rall. Gallery 10 Ltd., 1519 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-232-3326.
SUNLIGHT: NEW PAINTINGS -- Closes Saturday. New paintings by Sam Gilliam play with light and texture. Marsha Mateyka Gallery. 2012 R St. NW. Free. 202-328-0088.
THE EMPTY POT -- Today at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. After reading the Chinese folk tale about a young boy who loves flowers, admire the vases in the porcelain collection, then make a pot to take home. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Rotunda, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
RIP VAN WINKLE AND OTHER MUSICAL TALES -- Today at 1 and 3 p.m. The first family concert of the NSO's 75th Anniversary Season includes the premier performance of a new work that brings to life Washington Irving's tale of a man who sleeps for 20 years. Plus Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell narrates and performs "Impossible Dream" from "The Man of La Mancha." An hour before the performance, young concertgoers can take part in a hands-on activity with orchestra instruments. A question and answer session follows the 3 p.m. performance. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$18. 202-467-4600.
STYLE AND STATUS -- Today at 2 p.m. Turkish designs are stenciled onto brightly colored T-shirts. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Style & Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-4880.
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS -- Friday at noon. Mark Jaster, the nationally recognized mime, performs a new show set to Camille Saint-Saens's "Carnival of the Animals." Plus poems by Ogden Nash. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6, children $4. 202-357-3030.
MACHUCA -- Today at 3 p.m. Alex Foxley, economic counselor at the Embassy of Chile, and the Rev. Joe Eldridge, chaplain at American University and co-founder of the Washington Office of Latin America, discuss the role of religion in Chile's social development during Salvador Allende's rule. A special screening of the film about three friends during the days leading up to the 1973 coup accompanies the talk. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $9.50. 202-966-6000.
STRING FEVER -- Through Nov. 27. A former concert violinist becomes obsessed with quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of relativity as her personal life is interrupted by an Icelandic comedian in rehab, a wisecracking best buddy, a cat-loving physicist and an ex-boyfriend who carries around a chair. Presented by Theater J. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$39. 202-777-3229 or 800-494-8497.
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