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.

ART, Russ Sale discusses the exhibit "Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe L'Oeil," noon today-Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

ART, "De Kooning on De Kooning" (1982), the avant-garde painter discusses his early motivations and struggles, shown in conjunction with the exhibit "Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure," 12:30 p.m. today, Friday-Saturday, noon Sunday, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

NATURE, 6 and older, a park ranger discusses why owls, cardinals and chickadees stay here for winter and how they adapt to cold and rain, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, singer-songwriter Barbara Sorensen performs pop, rock and other music, 6 p.m. today; Hickory Project bluegrass, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Wally Garner Quartet jazz standards, 6 p.m. Wednesday; other musicians and dancers, 6 p.m. daily, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

FARCE, Don DeLillo's "The Day Room," about bizarre doctors and nurses who visit two hospital patients; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Tuesday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 12, Kennedy Center, American Film Institute theater, 2700 F St. NW. $21-$38. 202-393-3939.

Friday 3

DANCE, Philadanco, a Philadelphia-based repertory company, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $13. 202-467-4600.

MUSIC, Friday Morning Music Club performs Brahms, Vernon Duke and Samuel Barber, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

SHAKESPEARE, "Twelfth Night," with Holly Twyford, Craig Wallace and Kate Eastwood Norris, opens 8 p.m. Friday; regular performances, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays-Thursdays, no performance Jan. 8, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $29-$46. 202-544-7077.

Saturday 4

MUSIC, musicologist Ronit Seter discusses piano works by Paul Ben Haim, Alexander Boskovich and other Israelis; pianist Immanuela Gruenberg performs some; Eldad Seter performs a work by his grandfather, Mordecai Seter; discussion of Israeli folk music, 2 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. Free. 202-686-9772.

FOLK TALES, docent Flora Bryant tells about Ethiopia's diverse people and their history, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

HOME IMPROVEMENT, 6 and older, a museum staff member leads a tour of the exhibit "Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th-Century America" and helps to make a project to take home, 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $6; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

LIBRARY SCRABBLE, all ages, Randy Taylor demonstrates how to improve spelling, reading and memory skills playing Scrabble, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100 or 202-723-8835.

DANCE, children and adults, Nepali dancer Bhim Dahal teaches Kathak dancing, a classical form that evolved from Islamic and Hindu dance, 10 a.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 25, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. $15; 12 and younger, free. 202-357-2700.

NATURE HIKE, 4 and older, a park ranger leads a hike along Melvin Hazen Trail to seek signs of winter, 11 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

BIRD FEEDERS, a park ranger teaches how to make a feeder from a plastic bottle and discusses the kinds of birds attracted to them, bring an empty plastic one-liter soda bottle, 2 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

FILM, 7 and older, "Minoes," about a young woman who speaks the language of cats, in Dutch with English subtitles, 10:30 a.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-4995.

WEAVINGS, Sheridan Collins discusses weavings from Turkey, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

STATUES, ages 6-14, museum educators lead a tour of the exhibit "The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes From South India," children invited to create garlands of flowers like those worn by the statues, 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 11 and 25, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

SNOW GLOBES, 5 and older, a park ranger demonstrates how to create a globe with snowflakes and helps to make one to take home, bring small clear glass jar with a secure lid, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ART, "The Gleaners and I" (2001), written, directed and narrated by French filmmaker Agnes Varda, who discusses gleaners who pick through harvested fields for remaining potatoes or turnips, as in Jean-Francois Millet's 19th-century painting, 3 p.m., National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Sunday 5

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

HIKES, 7 and older, a ranger leads a two-mile hike on park trails, 10:30 a.m.; a ranger leads children 2-6 on a half-mile walk and discusses why deer, rabbits and foxes stay in the park all winter, 3 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

RECITAL, National Gallery Orchestra performs waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss and others, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

ART, Michael Cole, art history professor at the University of North Carolina, discusses "The Statue and Its Bronze in the Renaissance," 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

MUSIC/DANCE, ages 4-14, a museum educator leads a tour of the museum and discusses the significance of musicians and dancers in south Asian art; Bhim Dahal, Nepali dancer and musician, teaches how to play south Asian musical instruments, 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 12 and 26, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

FILM, "Van Gogh" (1991), Maurice Pialat's documentary-like fictional portrait of the Dutch artist, 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

ART TOUR, ages 7-10, artist/educator Kathy Pedersen leads a tour of the exhibit "Drawing on America's Past: Folk Art, Modernism and the Index of American Design," noting weather vanes, carousels, toys and other objects of daily life from America's past, and helps to create drawings, 1-3 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 9 and 19, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free; preregistration required. 202-789-3030.

Monday 6

CIVIL WAR, historian Carroll Gibbs discusses "Black, Copper and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment," refreshments, sponsored by Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table, 6:30 p.m.; refreshments, 6 p.m., Longworth House Office Building, Room 1302, Independence and New Jersey avenues SE. Free. 703-768-6198.

PANTOMIME/COMEDY, Stanislavsky Theater Studio performs "The Misadventures of Dr. Frank-N-Flubber," about a wacky scientist who creates a silly science project, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday 7

FILMS, "Second Chorus" (1940), starring Fred Astaire, and a film from the "Matt Helm" series, starring Dean Martin, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

RECITAL, organist Gail Archer, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

ART, George Horse Capture of the National Museum of the American Indian discusses meanings of emblems in plains Indian clothing, 1 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

MUSIC, National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players perform Schubert, Martinu and others, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $28. 202-467-4600.

SENIORS LECTURES, journalists George Herman, Bill Sheehan and Sid Davis discuss current events, 10 a.m. Tuesday; Sieney Golub, executive director of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, discusses stem cell research, cloning and other topics, 10 a.m. Wednesday; Alexandra MacMaster, project manager of Party Animals public art exhibit, discusses the project's origin and selection process, 10 a.m. Jan. 9, Institute for Learning in Retirement, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3920.

ART, a museum staff member discusses medieval metalwork and enamels, 1 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 9, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

CHORAL, Boys Choir of Harlem performs spirituals, gospel, jazz, hip-hop and pop music, 8 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$65. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday 8

LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL, Michael Bishop, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, discusses how the organization is promoting observances leading to the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth on Feb. 12, 1809; noon, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

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

BALI, reference specialist Mary Wolfskill discusses the Balinese conception of the cosmos as portrayed by Balinese painter Togog, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

RECITAL, cellist Inbal Megiddo and pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

DOCUMENTARY, "Lewis and Clark at Ford Mandan," shown in conjunction with the exhibit "George Catlin and His Indian Gallery," 1 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

MYSTERY, Shepherd Park Wednesday Afternoon Book Club discusses Stephen L. Carter's book "The Emperor of Ocean Park," about a law professor at an Ivy League university who must decipher a cryptic note left by his recently deceased father, 1 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

ASTRONOMY, ages 2-10, a park ranger discusses the January sky, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

COMEDY, Halo Wines in Jennifer Maisel's "The Last Seder," a bittersweet comedy about a family whose father has Alzheimer's disease, previews, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 9; play continues, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; other performances through Feb. 9, Theater J, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Wednesday-Thursday previews, pay what you can; regular performances, $21-$34; discounts for seniors and students. 800-494-8497.

Thursday 9

CONCERT, Southwest Chamber Players perform Mozart, Thierriot and Thuille, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-484-6354.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, economist Alan Carlin of the Environmental Protection Agency discusses economic incentives for protecting the environment, 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

RECITAL, Air Force Band's String Quartet, 4 p.m., Tenley-Friendship branch library, Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street NW. Free. 202-282-3090.

FILM, Dean Martin, Sharon Tate and Tina Louise in "The Wrecking Crew" (1968), about the international banking industry and a hunt for gold, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

SCULPTURE, Eric Gibson discusses 19th-century French sculpture, noon, National Gallery of Art, West Building, rotunda, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

MUSIC, the Bohola trio performs Irish pieces on accordion, fiddle and dordan, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

NATURE, 5 and older, a park ranger leads visitors on an exploratory walk along Woodland Trail, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

HOME RENOVATION, author Karal Ann Marling discusses the postwar phenomenon of Americans fixing up homes and making them a reflection of their personalities, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

PLAY, Washington Stage Guild performs Yazmena Reza's "The Unexpected Man," about a famous author and a dedicated fan aboard a train, opens 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9; continues, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 9, 14th and T streets NW. $25; Friday-Saturday evenings, $28. 240-582-0050.

-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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