Thursday 28

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, contemporary jazz by Seeds of Sun Israeli Jazz Quartet, 6 p.m. today; jazz vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, 6 p.m. Monday; classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu, 6 p.m. Tuesday; other performances by musicians and dancers, 6 p.m. daily, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Friday 29

PUPPETS, Montreal's Theatre Sans Fil performs "The Dream Catchers," about a brother and sister who discuss dreams and learn to face fears, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $13. 202-467-4600.

FILM, Luchino Visconti's "Rocco and His Brothers" (1960), about a woman and her five sons who migrate from southern Italy to Milan to start a new life, in Italian with English subtitles, 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

"JABBERWOCKY," using hand and rod puppets, Crabgrass Puppet Theater performs the Lewis Carroll poem about a heroic boy, noon and 2 p.m., Arts and Industries Building, Discovery Theater, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. $10. 202-357-3030.

"A TUNA CHRISTMAS," Joe Sears and Jaston Williams portray 24 characters from a backwater Texas town, 2 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $30-$44.50. 202-432-7328.

"BLOOD KNOT," Athol Fugard's play, performed by African Continuum Theater Company, about a black South African man who fears the pending visit of a white girl to whom he has written a letter, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, American Film Institute Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20; Fridays-Saturdays, $23. 202-467-4600.

Saturday 30

ASTRONOMY AND TOLKIEN, staff astronomer Sean O'Brien discusses celestial mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and how it relates to astronomy, excerpts of the book will be read, 6 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Einstein Planetarium, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

TEXTILES/RUGS, Peter Davies discusses the art of Anatolian kilims, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

WREATHS, a gardener discusses how to create a wreath, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, greenhouse, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Lecture, $8; lecture and workshop, including all materials, $35; reservations recommended. 202-537-6263.

GEORGETOWN TOUR, 7 and older, a park ranger leads a tour pointing out Francis Scott Key Park and discusses how the War of 1812 led to the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," 10 a.m., meet at the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

ART, "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy" (2000), featuring the Scottish environmental sculptor discussing his work, 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Sunday 1

RECITAL, organist Scott Hanoian, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free; donations requested. 202-537-6200.

MENORAH LIGHTING, Army Band, reception follows with latkes and doughnuts; small menorah sets for home use distributed, sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch, 4 p.m., northwest end of the Ellipse, Constitution Avenue and 15th Street NW. Free; reservations required. 202-332-5600.

FLUTE, Running Deer, of the Tsalgi and Seneca tribes, demonstrates flute-carving techniques and plays tunes, noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

RECITAL, violinist Philip Quint and pianist David Riley perform Gershwin, John Corigliano and others, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

MIRO ART, a docent leads a tour of an exhibit of Joan Miro sculpture and helps visitors create a collage of whimsical creatures, 2:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free with museum admission: suggested donation $3; seniors and students, $1; reservations required. 202-639-1727.

RECITAL, tenor John Elwes and fortepiano player Kenneth Slowik perform Schubert's "Die Schone Mullerin," 8 p.m.; Kenneth Slowik discusses Schubert's life and works, 7 p.m., National Museum of American History, Hall of Musical Instruments, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $22. 202-357-3030.

ANGEL ART, a docent leads a tour of angels depicted in stained glass, needlepoint and wood and stone carvings and discusses the role of angels in literature, art and film, 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.

COUTURE, art history professor Nancy Troy discusses her work "Couture Culture: A Study in Modern Art and Fashion," 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

CONCERT, Rafaeil piano trio 5 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Free with museum entry: $7.50; students and 62 and older, $4; 18 and younger, free. 202-387-2151.

MARGARET SANGER, actress and playwright Miriam Reed portrays the social reformer and birth-control pioneer in "Margaret Sanger: Radiant Rebel," sponsored by National Portrait Gallery, 7:30 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free; reservations required. 202-275-0570.

FILMS, 10 short avant-garde films by Stan Brakhage, 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

TROMPE L'OEIL, artist and educator Donna McKee discusses trompe l'oeil paintings and sculpture and shows traditional techniques for creating art illusions, 1-3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 8, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-3030.

"HALLELUJAH HANDEL," musical drama by actors Barbara Dunn-Prosser and George Pothitos, Children's Chorus of Washington and National Symphony Orchestra, about composer George Frideric Handel meeting an orphan boy who can sing beautifully but refuses to speak, 1 and 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $13-$18. 202-467-4600.

Monday 2

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG, performing Samuel Barber, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein and others, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets by phone, $2 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.

CIVIL WAR, historian Frank van der Linden discusses his book "Lincoln: The Road to War," sponsored by Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table, 6:30 p.m.; refreshments, 5:30 p.m., Longworth House Office Building, Room 1302, Independence and New Jersey avenues SE. Free. 703-768-6198.

Tuesday 3

HANUKAH PARTY, ages 5-17, stories, music, dreidel game and refreshments, 4 p.m., Palisades branch library, 49th and V streets NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

RECITAL, Washington Bach Consort, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

POETRY, John Carter, Greta Ehrig and Anne Harding Woodworth read from their works, 7:30 p.m., Takoma Park Library, Fifth and Cedar streets NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

MOVIE ACTORS AND WARS, retired Navy officer James Wise discusses his books "Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services," "Stars in the Corps: Movie Actors in the United States Marines" and other works, about celebrity participation in wars from World War I to Vietnam, noon, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

LIGHTHOUSES, Candace Clifford discusses her work "Nineteenth-Century Lights: Historic Images of American Lighthouses," 7 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

POETRY, poets read their works focusing on home and hearth, noon, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1308.

OFFICE DESIGN, architects Debra Lehman-Smith and James McLeish discuss how understanding construction materials and appreciation of ergonomics influenced their previous projects and their plan for New York's Jacob Javits Federal Building, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

DEAF-BLIND ADULTS, Dona Sauerburger discusses her book "Independence Without Sight or Sound: Suggestions for Practitioners Working With Deaf-Blind Adults," noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-2145.

ART, Sally Shelburne and Eric Denker discuss "An Artist's Artists: Jacob Kainen's Collection From Rembrandt to David Smith," noon, National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Wednesday 4

JAZZ, J. Thomas Cecil Quintet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1827.

DANCE, American University students and artist Peter Di Muro perform works choreographed by students and faculty, Experimental Theatre, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $12; students and seniors, $7. 202-885-2567.

JAZZ, UDC Jazz Ensemble and UDC Chorale, 7:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803.

9/11 FILM, filmmaker Dan Polin discusses and shows excerpts from his upcoming work "Ground Zero," 7:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins University Arts and Sciences building, Room LL07, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 800-847-3330.

SATELLITE CRASH, space history curator Michael Neufeld discusses the 1957 U.S. attempt to launch a rocket carrying TV-3 and its crash and explosion four feet from the launch pad, noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

DIGITAL INFORMATION, Barbara Quint, editor-in-chief of Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals, heads a teleconference discussion on "No Guts, No Glory: Information Professionals March Into the 22nd Century," 10:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Digital Library Learning Center, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1183.

JEAN ARTHUR FILMS, double feature, "The Man Who Played God" (1932), with Bette Davis, and "Danger Lights" (1930), and a short film, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839 or

POST-COLLEGE STUDIES, a representative from Georgetown University Law School's financial aid office discusses aid and the admissions process for graduate and professional schools, 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-393-1100.

SUSHI/SAKE, chef Kazuhiro "Kaz" Okochi, a graduate of Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka, Japan, discusses differences between sushi in Japan and the United States, origins of sushi ingredients and traditions involving sake, tasting reception follows, co-sponsored by Asia Society, 6:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $25. 202-965-0400, Ext. 110.

RECITAL, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Christopher Hinterhuber perform Schumann, Bartok and Ravel, 8 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.

"INVENTING CHRISTMAS," Jock Elliott discusses 1823-1848, during which current customs and traditions of Christmas were first promoted, including Santa Claus, Christmas shopping, Christmas trees, presents and cards, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.

TROMPE L'OEIL, a docent discusses "Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe L'Oeil Painting," noon, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

JULIA CHILD'S UTENSILS, Smithsonian staff members discuss kitchen tools donated for exhibit from Child's home in Cambridge, Mass., 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Dec. 18, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

LACE, a textile-collection staff member leads a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's lace artifacts, 10 a.m.; Chesapeake Region Lace Guild staff members demonstrate lace making, 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Textile Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required for tour. 202-343-1098 or 202-357-2700.

OPEN HOUSE, Lights of Love event, including a lighted holiday tree, music, children's activities, refreshments and poinsettia sale, to benefit Washington Home and several hospices, 5:30 p.m., Washington Home, 3720 Upton St. NW. Free; donations requested. 202-895-0160.

Thursday 5

NATIONAL TREE-LIGHTING, with President Bush, World's Children's Choir, Barbara Eden, soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, Mannheim Streamroller, Three Mo' Tenors, singers Lee Ann Womack and Steve Wariner, Air Force Concert Band and Roy Clark as Santa Claus, 5 p.m. Dec. 5; Pageant of Peace, with school and church choirs and bands, 6-8:30 p.m. daily, through Jan. 1 (no performances Dec. 24-25), on the Ellipse, E Street NW between 15th and 17th streets. Free. 202-619-7222 or 202-208-1631.

CAMEL CARAVAN, British explorer John Hare discusses his 1,500-mile crossing of the Sahara Desert by camel last year, 7:30 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $16. 202-857-7700.

CATHEDRAL WOODS, a docent leads a bird walk, 9 a.m.; a specialist leads a walk through landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and discusses native trees, 10 a.m., wear sturdy, waterproof shoes, Washington National Cathedral, Garfield Street NW entrance. Free. 202-537-2319.

FILM, Audrey Tatou in "God Is Great, I'm Not," about a young girl who searches for spirituality in love and religion, in French with English subtitles, reception follows, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 5, in festival of films, documentaries and shorts to be shown through Dec. 15, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15. 202-518-9400.

RECITAL, organist Marvin Mills, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

KOREAN CERAMICS, reception for "Spirit of Clay," a collection of works by Korean Ceramics Guild, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5; exhibit continues, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, through Dec. 27, Korean Cultural Service Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-797-6346.

CORAL REEFS, research scientist Mary Hagedorn discusses "Frozen But Alive: Cryopreservation, Aquaculture and Medicine," about how technology may save endangered coral reefs and ocean fish, 7:30 p.m.; reception, 6:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-673-4801.

ART, Richard Davis, professor of religion and Asian studies at Bard College, discusses chola bronzes from south India temples, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

QUILTING, Annapolis Quilt Guild demonstrates techniques and display samples of different quilts, 11 a.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, an exhibit staff member discusses the anthem's history and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 11 a.m. Thursdays, through Dec. 19, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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