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* Humorist Art Buchwald, columnist Candace Bushnell, "The Apprentice" co-star George Ross and other celebrities are among scores of authors appearing at the 10th annual Baltimore Book Festival Friday from 5 to 9 and Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 7. More than 150 exhibitors will set up shop in the Mount Vernon Place section of Baltimore, around the 600 block of North Charles Street. Specialty tents will present discussions and readings; cooking demonstrations; first-time authors; African American themes; and children's writers and storytellers. Melanie Mason, Chopteeth, Mambo Combo and other bands will entertain. Admission is free. Call 877-225-8466 or visit www.baltimorebookfestival.com.
* The Library of Congress sponsors the fifth annual National Book Festival Saturday from 10 to 5 on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets (Metro: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian). More than 80 authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers will appear in pavilions devoted to "Fiction & Fantasy," "Home & Family," "Poetry," "Teens & Children" and "Mysteries & Thrillers." John Irving, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Robert MacNeil, Jeffery Deaver, David McCullough and Buzz Aldrin are scheduled. Throughout the day the Veterans History Project will record memories of veterans from World War I to the present. Admission is free. Call 888-714-4696 or visit www.loc.gov/bookfest.
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Pictures of the World
National Geographic screens works by minority-culture filmmakers from around the world at the All Roads Film Festival, afternoon and evening programs of short subjects and features, Thursday at 7:30 and Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in the Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Tickets cost $8 per show, or $56 for an all-event pass. The festival also includes a free photography exhibition in the courtyard and an international art market Oct. 1-2 from 11 to 5. Call 202-857-7700 or visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
Build It, Plant It, Conserve It
* More than 300 exhibitors will offer their home remodeling and design products and services at the Capital Home Show Friday and Saturday from 11 to 9:30 and Sunday from 11 to 6 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. TV personality Dr. Gadget will show the newest products, and designers and builders will share their tips. Admission is $9, ages 6 to 12 $3, younger free. Call 703-533-4848 or 703-378-0910, or visit www.homeandremodelingexpo.com.
* The Green Festival encourages environmentally responsible living Saturday from 10 to 9 and Sunday from 11 to 7 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW (Metro: Mount Vernon Square-Convention). More than 250 exhibitors will offer their products and services and host panel discussions, films and workshops. Admission is $15, students and seniors $7, ages 12 and younger free. Call 800-584-7336 or 202-249-3400, or visit www.greenfestivals.com.
Bill Pickett Rides Again
African American cowboys and cowgirls ride bucking broncos and angry bulls, rope calves and compete in other traditional events at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 at Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. The rodeo is named for a legendary ranch hand who worked in Texas and Oklahoma in the late 1800s and later toured with Wild West shows. Tickets in advance cost $17, seniors and ages 3 through 12 $12; at the gate, they are $20 and $15. To order, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 301-952-7999.
Art From Two Eras
* "Warhol Legacy: Selections From the Andy Warhol Museum" opens Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. The exhibition of more than 150 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and other works spanning Warhol's career continues through Feb. 20. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 to 5 (until 9 Thursdays). Admission is $8, seniors $6, students $4, younger than 12 free. Call 202-639-1700.
* "Audubon's Dream Realized: Selections From 'The Birds of America,' "
an exhibition of 47 of the artist's hand-
colored etchings depicting North American birds, opens Sunday and continues through March 26 in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro:
Archives-Navy Memorial). The museum is open weekdays and Saturdays from 10 to 5 and Sundays from 11 to 6. Admission is free. Call 202-737-4215.
Sounds Around Town
* Jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and his sextet play music from his new CD, "Flow," and other favorites Friday at 7:30 and 9:30 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets cost $30. Call 202-467-4600.
* Madeleine Peyroux blends blues, country ballads and torch songs Saturday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Martha Wainwright opens the show. Tickets cost $25 to $30 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-994-6800.
* Rock Creek Park celebrates its 115th birthday at Rock Creek Park Day Saturday from 10 to 4, with children's musical duo Cody & BJ, storyteller Marian Licha, planetarium shows, live reptiles from Reptiles Alive!, birds of prey from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia and a climbing wall at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, in the park at 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Admission is free. Call 202-895-6070.
* The Rockville Arts and Music Festival on Saturday from noon to 6:30 combines music on two stages, firefighter safety demonstrations and the Hard Times Cafe Chesapeake Bay Regional Chili Cook-Off (until 5) at Courthouse Square Park, Maryland Avenue and East Montgomery Avenue, Rockville (Metro: Rockville). Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins sings at 5:30. Admission is free. Call 240-314-5022.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere