Thursday 19

HILLWOOD MUSEUM, docents lead tours of the museum's holiday decorations and art collection, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2-4:45 p.m.; Patty Stimmel, Hillwood floral arranger, demonstrates how to decorate a table in the style of the mansion's decor, 12:30-1:45 p.m., 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $10. 202-686-8500.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, ages 4-12, performance artists Cynthia Benjamin, Shawn Dean, Kelly Gardner and Shawn Jackson in "Seasons of Light," a celebration of winter holidays of several religions, 10 and 11:30 a.m. today-Friday, Smithsonian, Arts and Industries Building, Discovery Theater, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. $5; ages 3-12, $4; 2 and younger, free. 202-357-1500.

"STAR-SPANGLED BANNER," information on the flag's history and the museum's conservation project for it, 11 a.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

ART, Sally Shelburne and Eric Denker discuss Jacob Kainen's collection of artists ranging from Rembrandt to sculptor David Smith, noon; art fellow Sara Morasch discusses Peter Paul Rubens's painting "Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria," 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

RECITAL, Monumental Brass Quintet, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

ART, Philip Leonard discusses how various works depict the Christmas story, 1 p.m. today-Friday and Tuesday, noon Saturday-Sunday, National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

NATURE, 3 and older, a park ranger plays recordings of night sounds by owls, crickets, bats, frogs and other animals and discusses how to tell what they mean, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ART/JAZZ, a staff member discusses intimate interiors depicted in Pierre Bonnard's paintings, 6 and 7 p.m.; jazz by pianist Howard Feinstein, 6-8 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $5. 202-387-2151.

SHAKESPEARE, Karen Ziemba stars in "Much Ado About Nothing," 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays (except Dec. 24-25), 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, through Jan. 5, Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202-547-1122.

FARCE, Don DeLillo's "The Day Room," about bizarre doctors and nurses who visit two hospital patients, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 12, Kennedy Center, American Film Institute Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Weeknights, Saturday matinees and Sunday evenings, $21 and $29; Friday evenings and Sunday matinees, $25 and $33; Saturday evenings, $30 and $38; New Year's Eve, $48. 202-393-3939.

"THE PASSION OF SCROOGE," a musical storytelling of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," with baritone William Sharp and Folger Consort and 17th-century English Christmas music, 8 p.m. today-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; WETA-TV's Robert Aubrey Davis discusses the program, 7 p.m. Friday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $34 and $38. 202-544-7077.

Friday 20

CHILDREN'S THEATER, "The Nightingale," musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story about a greedy emperor who captures a bird, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 29, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $13. 202-467-4600.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, gospel by Sweet Heaven Kings, with vocalist Melba Moore, 6 p.m. Friday; jazz by Royce Campbell Guitar Trio, 6 p.m. Monday; accordionist Billy McComiskey, guitarist Zan McLeod and fiddler Jim Eagan, 6 p.m. Dec. 26; other performances by musicians and dancers, 6 p.m. daily, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

PLANTS/FRAGRANCES, gardener Wally Reed leads a garden tour and discusses plant sources of flavors and fragrances, from cinnamon to vanilla, noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333.

GLASS HARP, musician Jamey Turner performs holiday works on glass harp, musical saws and other unusual instruments, 10 a.m.-noon, National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-857-7588.

Saturday 21

KLEZMER, Shirim, a Boston-based Klezmer orchestra, performs Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker" melodies in the Klezmer style, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q streets NW. $25; 12 and younger, $10. 202-777-3254.

IRVING BERLIN, cultural historian Dwight Blocker Bowers discusses the composer's life and career, shows film clips and plays recordings of his music, 10:30 a.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-357-2991.

PARK HIKE, 7 and older, a park ranger leads a two-hour tour seeking signs of winter, 10 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street at Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

KWANZAA, artist Dietra Montague shows how to create an altar and discusses the holiday's history and traditions, 10:30 a.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

POPCORN STORY, a park ranger reads the book "Popcorn Time" and helps children create string popcorn for birds, 2 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

RENAISSANCE MUSIC, Chantry singers perform Byrd, Palestrina and others, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2430 K St. NW. $20. 202-625-2855.

RUSSIAN FILMS, Alexander Dovzhenko's "Ivan" (1932), about a young peasant who decides to attend school instead of taking a job at a construction site, 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Dovzhenko's "Aerograd" (1935), filmed in a Siberian forest, 4 p.m. Sunday, both in Russian with English subtitles, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

HOLIDAY MUSIC, Navy Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

RUGS, Harold Keshishian discusses 16th- to 19th-century Turkish rugs, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

AFRICAN MUSIC, Dominic Kanza and African Rhythm Machine perform contemporary music from Congo, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

GEORGETOWN HISTORY, 7 and older, a park ranger leads a one-hour tour and tells stories about the old seaport town, 10 a.m., meet at the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

ANDY WARHOL, "Absolut Warhola" (2001) documentary, featuring Stanislaw Mucha, who visits the artist's ancestral home in rural Slovakia and talks to relatives and townsfolk about his art, English subtitles, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

ART, a docent leads a tour of the exhibit "George Catlin and His Indian Gallery," 11 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

Sunday 22

RECITAL, Cantate Chamber Singers perform Christmas works by Respighi, Britten and Poulenc, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

PARK HIKES, 8 and older, a park ranger leads a three-mile hike through a Rock Creek Park forest and along a creek and discusses park history, geology, plants and wildlife, 11 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW.; 7 and older, a ranger leads a two-mile hike into Soapstone Valley, 10 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW; wear study shoes and appropriate clothing. Free. 202-895-6070.

PLANETARIUM PROGRAM, ages 4-12, a park ranger discusses how to identify stars, planets and constellations in the December sky, 1 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC, Washington Chorus, Annandale High School's Annandale Singers, brass instrumentalists and an organist, 5 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Monday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $18-$46. 202-467-4600.

Monday 23

"MESSIAH" SINGALONG, Metropolitan Chorus, soloists and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, bring a score, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free; tickets required. 202-467-4600.

PARTY, for ages 12-19, librarians read stories, lead craft activities and a singalong for Ramadan, Hanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa holidays 2 p.m., Watha T. Daniel branch library, Eighth Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. Free. 202-671-0212.

Tuesday 24

RADIO BROADCAST, WMAL-AM's Chris Core hosts music and comedy performers, including Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Last Train Home, Capitol Steps comedy troupe and others, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free; Salvation Army donations requested. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday 25

ALL-STAR JAZZ, bass player Keter Betts, jazz instrumentalists and vocalists, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Thursday 26

SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS, fiddler Bonnie Rideout performs Scottish carols, wassail tunes and traditional Highland music and accompanies dancers, 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $30-$45. 202-467-4600.

ART/JAZZ, a staff member discusses early and late periods of painter Pierre Bonnard's work, 6 and 7 p.m.; jazz by guitarist Bart Stringham, 6-8 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $5. 202-387-2151.

-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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