Thursday 26

ART, Philip Leonard discusses how the Christmas story is depicted in various artworks, 1 p.m. today-Friday, National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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

SNOWFLAKES, 5 and older, a park ranger discusses how snowflakes are made, then helps to create a snowflake craft to hang in the nature center, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

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.

FARCE, Don DeLillo's "The Day Room," about bizarre doctors and nurses who visit two hospital patients, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Tuesday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; other performances through Jan. 12, Kennedy Center American Film Institute Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $21-$38; New Year's Eve, $48. 202-393-3939.

SCOTTISH MUSIC/DANCE, "A Scottish Christmas 2002," starring fiddler Bonnie Rideout and other Celtic musicians from North America and Scotland, with carols, wassail tunes and traditional Highland music and dance, 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $30-$45. 202-467-4600.

SHAKESPEARE COMEDY, Karen Ziemba in "Much Ado About Nothing," 8 p.m. today and Jan. 2-3, noon and 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 4, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and 2 p.m. Jan. 5, Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202-547-1122.

Friday 27

RABBITS, members of the House Rabbit Society discuss how to adopt a rabbit and care for it, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-857-7588.

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. Friday-Saturday, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, bluegrass, country and folk music by Bob Perilla and Big Hillbilly Bluegrass, 6 p.m. Friday; jazz harmonica by Frederic Yonnet, 6 p.m. Sunday; Radio King Orchestra dance band, 6 p.m. Tuesday; other musicians and dancers, 6 p.m. daily, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Saturday 28

KWANZAA DANCE, Fabian Barnes and dancers of Dance Institute of Washington and Dance Theater of Harlem; Rennie Harris Puremovement performs hip-hop dance, poetry and rap music with traditional African dance, 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$15. 202-467-4600.

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.

SILK TEXTILES, "Khotan: Oasis of Silk and Jade," about folklore and history of silk textiles and jade stones from a region of China, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

ROPE MAKING, 6 and older, a park ranger demonstrates how rope was made in the 19th century, 2 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

WREATH LAYING, representatives of the military branches mark the 146th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson's birth, 10:30 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

FILM, Alexander Dovzhenko's "Shchors" (1939), a biography of Nikolay Shchors, a Ukrainian leader, Russian with English subtitles, 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

DUMBARTON, 8 and older, a park ranger leads a hike along park trails and discusses features designed by Beatrix Ferrand, a pioneering female landscape architect, and how they are protected, wear waterproof shoes and appropriate clothing, 10 a.m., Dumbarton Oaks Park, 31st and R streets NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

ROCK CREEK PARK, 7 and older, a park ranger leads a three-mile walk to a bridge and discusses signs of winter, 11 a.m. Saturday; a ranger leads hikers 5 and older on a Valley Trail walk, 2 p.m. Sunday, wear waterproof shoes and appropriate clothing, Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Sunday 29

RECITAL, organist Florian Pagitch, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

RECITAL, cellist Luigi Piovano and pianist Luisa Prayer perform Giuseppe Martucci, Brahms and others, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

STORYTELLER, Surabhi Shah brings Chola bronze figures of India to life through stories of Shiva, Vishnu and Buddha, 1 p.m., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

DOCUMENTARIES, Alexander Dovzhenko's "Michurin" (1948), a biography of Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, a Soviet horticulturist specializing in fruit species, 2 p.m. Sunday; Dovzhenko's war documentary "Battle for Soviet Ukraine" (1943), including footage taken mostly by German soldiers of the invasion of Ukraine; and "Victory on the Right Bank Ukraine" (1944), about the western advance of the Soviet army after German soldiers were expelled, 4 p.m. Sunday, Russian with English subtitles, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Monday 30

RECITAL, harpist Lucinda Caldwell performs classical, Celtic and pop music, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday 31

NSO, Murry Sidlin conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in a program of classics and popular overtures and symphonies; audience will be asked to vote for its favorite, which will then be performed in its entirety; concertgoers invited to attend a dance afterward in the Grand Foyer), 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $55-$90. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday 1

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, singer Bobby Whitlock, 6 p.m. Wednesday; singer/songwriter Barbara Sorensen performs pop, rock and alternative music, 6 p.m. Jan. 2; other musicians and dancers, 6 p.m. daily, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Thursday 2

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, an exhibit staff member discusses the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 11 a.m. Thursdays, through Jan. 30, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

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

-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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