Thursday 9

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, EPA economist Alan Carlin 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.

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

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

NATURE WALK, for 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.

MUSEUM ART AND JAZZ, a staff member discusses Pierre Bonnard's landscape paintings of the French Riviera, 6 and 7 p.m.; jazz guitar by Bart Stringham, 6-8 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $5. 202-387-2151.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE MUSIC, bohola, an acoustic Irish trio, performs with accordion and fiddle, 6 p.m. today; Kim and Reggie Harris perform folk music, spirituals and more, 6 p.m. Sunday; Misha Feigin, Russian storyteller, guitarist and singer, performs in English and Russian, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

POSTWAR HOME IMPROVEMENT, author Karal Ann Marling discusses the postwar phenomenon of Americans fixing up their own 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.

DEAN MARTIN FILM, "The Wrecking Crew" (1968), starring Martin, Sharon Tate and Tina Louise, 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.

SOUTHWEST CHAMBER PLAYERS, concert of works by Mozart, Thierriot and Thuille, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-484-6354.

WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD, performance of Yazmena Reza's "The Unexpected Man," about a famous author and a dedicated fan aboard a train, 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 and Saturday evenings, $28. 240-582-0050.

JCC COMEDY, Halo Wines, an 11-actor group of actors, in Jennifer Maisel's "The Last Seder," a bittersweet work about reconnecting with and saying goodbye to a father with Alzheimer's disease, 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. $21-$34. 800-494-8497.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE, performance of "Twelfth Night," starring Holly Twyford, Craig Wallace and Kate Eastwood Norris, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 9, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $29-$46. 202-544-7077.

Friday 10

AFRICAN FILM, "Matamata and Pilipili" (1996), about African responses to colonial rule, in French and Flemish with English subtitles, sponsored by the National Museum of African Art, 7 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

CIVIL RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY, "Strange Fruit" (2002), about the song about lynching written by jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, its use as a protest song, the history of lynching and the civil rights movement, noon, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

MICRO ENGINES, Robert J. Collins, physics and electrical engineering professor at the University of Minnesota, discusses "MEMS Rocket Engines: A Marriage of Two 20th-Century Technologies," about how micro-electromechanical systems could be used in millimeter-sized engines, 8:15 p.m., the Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

MUSIC RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by Beethoven, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

BURT LANCASTER FILM, "The Train" (1964), starring Lancaster and Jeanne Moreau, about priceless paintings moved from France to Berlin during World War II, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

PLANT NAMES, botanist Kyle Wallick discusses why plants have scientific names, how they get them and why they sometimes change, a tour of the conservatory's collection follows, 1-3 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $7. 202-225-8333.

BOOK DRIVE, during regular hours, donate a new book for children or young adults at the following libraries: Benning branch, Benning Road near Minnesota Avenue NE; Cleveland Park branch, Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street NW; Takoma Park branch, Fifth and Cedar streets NW; and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW., co-sponsored by the Daimler Chrysler Corporation Fund. 202-727-1186.

Saturday 11

NSO CHILDREN'S MUSIC, for 9 and older, cellist Yvonne Caruthers and other members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform and demonstrate the connections between math and music, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $13. 202-467-4600.

SUFI MUSIC, concert by the Niazi Brothers, 7:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

MUSIC EDUCATION, saxophonist Grant Chamberlain discusses and demonstrates Arabic music, sponsored by Community Help in Music Education, 2 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Regional Library, Alabama Avenue and 37th Street SE. Free. 202-232-2731.

AMERICAN INDIAN PROGRAMS, actor Chris Janson re-creates artist George Catlin's frontier experiences in a one-man show, 10:30 a.m.; a docent leads a tour of the exhibit "George Catlin and His Indian Gallery," 11 a.m.; Jimbo and Kim Cary perform on traditional Native American instruments, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; storyteller Dovie Thomason, from the Lakota and Kiowa Apache tribes, tells tales of Plains Indians, 2-4 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

AFRICA STORIES, a museum staff member reads "A Is for Africa," by Ifeoma Onyefulu, about village life in southeast Nigeria, and "Zaire: A Week in Joseph's World," in which author Eliot Elisofon uses photographs to describe the life of a youth, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP, for high school students and younger children; individuals and teams compete for trophies, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; preregistration required by Jan. 9. 202-727-5535.

DANCE CLASS, for children and adults, Nepali dancer Bhim Dahal teaches kathak dancing, a classical form evolved from Islamic and Hindu dances, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and 25, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. $15; 12 and younger, free. 202-357-2700.

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

TUNISIAN TEXTILES, Dagmar Painter discusses images of fish, flowers and goddesses in Tunisian costumes and other textiles, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

SOCK PUPPETS, a park ranger discusses which animals make their homes in the park, then leads a workshop to make a puppet character, bring a clean old sock, 2 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street at Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Sunday 12

HOLOCAUST EDUCATION, for ages 9-12, musical performances by Capital Klezmer singer Frieda Enoch and folk singer Jerry Silverman, art activities and self-guided tours of the family exhibit "Remember the Children: Daniel's Story," noon-3 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0400.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, by Thomas Joyce, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free; donations requested. 202-537-6200.

PIANO RECITAL, Gary Graffman performs works by Reinecke, Reger and others, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

CHORAL CONCERT, the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale and a chamber orchestra perform Franz Josef Haydn's "St. Cecilia Mass" and works by Hens Leo Hassler and Andre J. Thomas, 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets NW. Free. 202-395-4953.

KENNEDY CENTER RECITAL, violinist Nicolas Kendall and pianist Pei Yao Wang perform works by Cesar Franck, Kellogg, Paul Schoenfield and Fritz Kreisler, 2 p.m., Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

JAPANESE THEATER LECTURE, scholar Donald Keene discusses the dramatic works of Chikamatsu Monzaemon, an Edo-period Japanese playwright, 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

KING TRIBUTE CONCERTS, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Howard University Choir and soloists perform works by Ysaye Barnwell and others in tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

DOCUMENTARIES, "The Painted Truck" (1972), about the Afghan truck-painting tradition, and "Nomads of Badakshan" (1975); plus a discussion with filmmakers Judith Dwan Hallet and Stanley Ira Hallet, 2:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $10; preregistration required. 202-667-0441.

MUSEUM RECITAL, oboist Irina Nuzova and pianist Fabian Thoumd, 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.

NATURE HIKE, for 8 and older, a park ranger leads a walk to and from Pulpit Rock, wear sturdy waterproof shoes, 10 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Monday 13

COSTUME DESIGNER, William Ivey Long discusses his theatrical career, including his work for the shows "Nine," "Crazy for You" and "The Producers," 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

RHODES TAVERN TROUBADOURS, concert, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

KING DOCUMENTARY, "King: A Filmed Record, Montgomery to Memphis," by Joseph Mankiewicz and Sidney Lumet, about the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., from 1955 to his death in 1968, noon and 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1265.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, Philadelphia-based landscape architect Laurie Olin discusses his work, including Bryant Park in New York, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, the Washington Monument grounds in the District and Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

Tuesday 14

COLLEGE AID, information for students, parents and guardians; representatives from the College Information Center of the D.C. Public Library system discuss applying to colleges and obtaining financial aid, 7 p.m., Takoma Park library branch, Fifth and Cedar streets NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

PIANO RECITAL, by Immanuela Gruenberg, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

MEDICAL RESEARCH TALK, Stephen E. Straus, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, discusses how medical theories are validated, 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, First Street and Independence Avenue SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

MEL TORME FILM, "Girl's Town" (1959), starring Torme and Mamie Van Doren, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

SENIORS LECTURES, Genevieve Brunet Smith, French theater artistic director, discusses Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," comparing the English version to the French, 10 a.m. Tuesday; archaeologist Anita Cook discusses her work unearthing artifacts in Peru, 10 a.m. Wednesday; Jeanne Mandelblatt, Georgetown University professor of medicine and oncology, discusses breast cancer screening and treatment, 10 a.m. Jan. 16, Institute for Learning in Retirement, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3920.

MUSEUM QUILT TOUR, volunteers show and discuss the museum's quilts, 9:45 a.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-357-2700 or 202-357-1889, Ext. 6.

Wednesday 15

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 3-9, "Agoo! Amee! Call and Response With Anansegromma," Ghanaian performance artists Kofi and Kwame lead the audience in an interactive program of call-and-response games, songs and dances from West Africa, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Jan. 22, 23 and 24, Smithsonian, Arts and Industries Building, Discovery Theater, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. $5; ages 3-12, $4; 2 and younger, free. 202-357-1500.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, violinist Nurit Bar-Josef and pianist Lambert Orkis, 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.

CORCORAN JAZZ CONCERT, the Chris Vadala Quartet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1827.

GARY COOPER FILM, "The Wedding Night" (1935), Cooper as a troubled writer, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839 or www.filmsonthehill.com.

INFLATABLE SCULPTURE, Nancy Davidson, creator of large inflatable works, discusses her art, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.

DANCE DISCUSSION, choreographers Ronald K. Brown, Cleo Parker Robinson, Chuck Davis and Donald Byrd discuss challenges facing African American dance companies, 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

LIBRARIES TALK, Neal Kaske, manager of the University of Maryland's Engineering and Physical Sciences Library, discusses various library services and user preferences, 10:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1183.

PRAYER SCROLL TALK, Lee Avdoyan, of the African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress, discusses the hmayil, an Armenian prayer scroll, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

ARCHAEOLOGY TALK, paleontologist Juan Luis Arsuaga discusses the latest discoveries from the archaeological site of Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain, and the prehistorical co-existence of Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons, sponsored by Smithsonian Associates, 6 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $14. 202-357-3030.

ST. PETERSBURG, discussion of architecture conservation in the historic Russian city, panelists include Svetlana Boym of Harvard University, Roger Lewis of the University of Maryland and Nikita Maslennikov, former head of Investment Projects of the St. Petersburg city administration, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

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

Thursday 16

WAGNER LECTURE, author Carolyn Abbate of Princeton University discusses the German composer's opera "Die Walkure" and plays audio and video excerpts of it, sponsored by the Wagner Society, 7:30 p.m., George Washington University, Funger Hall, Room 108, 2201 G St. NW. Free. 301-907-2600.

KENNEDY CENTER RECITAL, baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Cameron Stowe, 7:30 p.m., Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.

ARCHIVES GENEALOGY, John P. Colletta discusses how to use federal court records for research, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $15; reservations required. 202-501-6694.

CONSERVATION, Jim Druzik, a scientist with the Getty Conservation Institute, discusses how absorbents and molecular sieves are used to protect artifacts from environmental contaminants, 10:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5213.

RAY CHARLES FILM, Charles virtually plays himself in "Blues for Lovers" (1966), directed by Paul Henried, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

ANTI-SEMITISM TALK, Steven J. Zipperstein, Jewish culture and history professor at Stanford University, discusses contemporary anti-Semitism, a reception follows, 7 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free; reservations requested. 202-488-6162.

KENNEDY CENTER DANCE, a variety of styles performed by Wild Zappers, the African Dance Ensemble and other groups, 6 p.m., Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER TALK, an exhibit staff member discusses the history of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 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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