Thursday 16

CATHEDRAL WOODS WALK, a staff person leads a walk through Olmsted Woods and discusses the ravine under restoration, wear waterproof shoes, 10 a.m., meet at the Garfield Street entrance to the Woods, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319.

PHILLIPS ART AND JAZZ, a curator discusses the museum's current exhibits, 6 and 7 p.m.; jazz by the Gene Thorne Duo, 6-8 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $5. 202-387-2151.

MLK JR. DOCUMENTARIES, "Against the Odds: Martin Luther King Jr.," "Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man of Peace" and "Martin Luther King Jr.," 3:30 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

SEWALL-BELMONT OPEN HOUSE, Fiona Lawless and Angela Gilchrist discuss the life and legacy of Alice Paul (1885-1977), an early-20th-century woman suffrage leader; champagne and dessert follow, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. $15. 202-546-1210.

Friday 17

TEAPOTS EXHIBIT AND TEA, Sam Twining, director of R. Twining & Co., leads a tour of the exhibit "Traditions in Elegance: 100 Teapots From the Norwich Castle Museum," 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; Twining discusses the history of tea and leads a tasting of five teas, finger foods served, 2 and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Tour, free; lecture and tasting, $25; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia performs "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," about the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, and "The Very Quiet Cricket," about a cricket yearning to find his own voice, 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $13. 202-467-4600.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

DOCUMENTARIES, "M & M Smith: For Posterity's Sake" (1955), narrated by Ruby Dee, about how Morgan and Marvin Smith photographed African American celebrities and other people using still and motion picture cameras; and "Conversations with Roy DeCarava" (1984), about DeCarava's encouragement of young African American photographers, sponsored by the National Museum of African Art, 7 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

SKYSCRAPER ARCHITECTURE, architect Ken Yeang discusses his skyscrapers and experimental projects, in conjunction with the new exhibit "Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century," a reception follows, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

JAZZ CONCERT, the Hilton Ruiz Quartet with saxophonist Antonio Hart, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $27. 202-467-4600.

"WINTER KILLS," a 1979 film starring Sterling Hayden, Elizabeth Taylor and Eli Wallach, an adaptation of the Richard Condon novel about the assassination of a president, 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

MLK JR. TRIBUTE COMPETITION, for ages 13-19, in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, participants write poetry and essays and create posters using the theme "The Dream: What It Means to Teens," trophies and certificates awarded, sponsored by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, 6:30 p.m., Langdon Park Recreation Center, 2901 20th St. NE. Free. 202-724-1458

ERROL FLYNN FILM, the actor stars in Raoul Walsh's "Gentleman Jim" (1942), about James J. Corbett, a social-climbing Irishman who boxes his way to fame in a bout with John L. Sullivan; plus "Porky and Daffy" (1938), a cartoon in which Porky Pig manages boxer Daffy Duck against the reigning champ, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839 or www.filmsonthehill.com.

MLK JR. DOCUMENTARIES, screenings of a variety of videos about the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 4 p.m., Parklands-Turner branch library, 1600 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-1103.

FOLGER CONSORT, performance of "Song of Songs" -- based on the Old Testament book "Song of Solomon" -- by singers Johana Arnold, William Sharp, David Vanderwal and Milagro Vargas, with fiddle, harp, lute and wind accompaniment, plus instrumental performances of English Renaissance and American fiddle music, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; WETA-TV host Robert Aubrey Davis discusses the program, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $20-$38. 202-544-7077.

EGYPTIAN MYTHS, Regine Schulz of Baltimore's Walters Art Museum discusses ancient Egyptian creation myths, 6:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-663-5676.

KENNEDY CENTER DANCE CONCERTS, Renaissance Dance Workshop, Tania Isaac Hyman, Arch Dance Company and Baltimore/Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater, 6 p.m. Friday; DC Showbiz Dancers, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Smooth and Easy and Harambee Dance Company, 6 p.m. Saturday; other performances by dancers and musicians, 6 p.m. daily, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Saturday 18

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, a performance by the singing group, sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society, 6 p.m., Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW. $12. 202-785-9727.

AFRICAN MUSIC AMBASSADORS, the group performs Afro-jazz, calypso and other music, sponsored by the National Museum of African Art, 2 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

GENEALOGY TALK, Marian Smith, Immigration and Naturalization Service historian, discusses how to research U.S. naturalization records, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $15; reservations required. 202-501-6694.

PUBLIC WORKS DOCUMENTARIES, "Hoover Dam: The Making of a Monument" and "Golden Gate Bridge," 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

MLK JR. POETRY TRIBUTE, the group Collective Voices performs a poetry tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; plus performances by dancers and musicians, 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1281.

BERBER CARPETS TALK, Brooke and W. Russell Pickering discuss "The Morocco-Modern Connection: Berber Carpets and 20th-Century Design," 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

CHINESE NEW YEAR, Cynthia Lin, singer, actress and dancer, discusses the history and customs of the holiday and leads the audience in singing traditional holiday songs, sponsored by Community Help in Music Education, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-232-2731 or www.chime-dc.org.

Sunday 19

WASHINGTON SYMPHONIC BRASS, performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets," 7:30 p.m., National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $20. 703-243-1127.

GLASS-BLOWING TALK, Preston Singletary, a member of the Tinglet Tribe, discusses the influence of his Native American heritage on his art, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

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

ART MUSEUM RECITAL, the Verdehr Trio performs works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and others, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

MODEL AIRPLANES, members of the D.C. Maxecuter Model Airplane Club fly their planes in the museum's Great Hall and discuss how the models are built and flown, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

HISTORY MUSEUM CONCERT, the Castle Trio performs works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, 7:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $22. 202-357-3030.

Monday 20

SOWETO DANCE THEATRE, the South African group performs with U.S. and European artists in "Step Afrika!" 7:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Jan. 24, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 25, 1 p.m. Jan. 26, Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $13. 202-467-4600.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, the Georgetown University Gospel and Chapel Choirs, 6 p.m. Monday; percussive jazz by Tony Martucci, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Academy Award-winning and nominated music performed by Shaughn Dowd and Con Brio! theater ensemble, 6 p.m. Jan. 23; other performances by musicians and dancers, 6 p.m. daily, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday 21

INSANE ASYLUM ARCHITECTURE, Carla Yanni, Rutgers University art history professor, discusses "The Architecture of 19th-Century Insane Asylums: Victorian Psychiatry and the Environmental Cure," 6:30 p.m., American Institute of Architects, Board Room, 1735 New York Ave. NW. $8; students, $5. 301-654-3924.

CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL, Troy King performs Latin American works, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

EMOTIONS AND THE BRAIN, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio discusses his latest research on how feelings of joy and sorrow are produced by the brain, 6 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. $14. 202-357-3030.

TEEN POETRY SLAM, youths are invited to read their poetry, 7 p.m., Takoma Park branch library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

MARIE ANTOINETTE, Kathryn Davis discusses her book "Versailles," about the daily life of the 18th-century French queen, her death at the guillotine and more, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1770.

SENIORS LECTURES, Karen O'Connor of the American University School of Public Affairs discusses her project to promote political leadership for Russian women, 10 a.m. Tuesday; Molly Raphael, director of the D.C. Public Library System, discusses the past, present and future of public libraries, 10 a.m. Wednesday; journalist Philomena Jurey discusses the writing of memoirs and self-publishing, 10 a.m. Jan. 23, Institute for Learning in Retirement, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3920.

MLK JR. TRIBUTE CONCERT, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Arts Consortium and Capital Pride perform choral works to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SE. Free. 202-546-1549.

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION TOUR, Tuesday is the deadline to reserve tickets for a Jan. 25 construction tour of the new Silver Spring corporate headquarters of Discovery Communications, a 580,000-square-foot building that will house 1,700 employees in early 2003, appropriate clothing and shoes required, hard hats provided, 10 a.m.-noon, meeting place to be determined by the District's National Building Museum. $17; prepayment required. 202-272-2448.

JACOBEAN FARCE, performance of Ben Jonson's "The Silent Woman," starring Ted van Griethuysen, a satire of society exploring the differences between what people are and what they profess to be, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 450 Seventh St. NW. $15-$65. 202-547-1122.

CIVIL RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY, "Innocent Until Proven Guilty," about the legal activism of James Forman Jr., a public defender; reception with Forman and filmmaker Kirsten Johnson follows, 5:30 p.m., American University, Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-2060, Ext. 6.

Wednesday 22

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 3-9, "Agoo! Amee! Call and Response With Anansegromma," Ghanaian performance artists Kofi and Kwame lead the audience in call-and-response games, songs and dances from West Africa, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 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.

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

BUDDHIST CHANTS, Susan Meinheit discusses a musical score used in chanting ceremonies, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

NEW DEAL DOCUMENTARIES, "The City" (1939), about suburban living, and "Valley Town" (1940), about New Castle, Pa., and the effect of unemployment on a steelworker's family, 12:30 p.m. daily, Wednesday through Jan. 25, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS' FUTURE, Simone A. Goring of the National Capital Revitalization Corporation discusses efforts to rebuild the Columbia Heights neighborhood along the 14th Street NW corridor, a panel discussion follows, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

LANDSCAPING TALK, author Elizabeth Barlow discusses the cultural and architectural history of landscape design, 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $10. 202-226-4082.

IRANIAN DOCUMENTARY, "Runaway," about the suffering of young girls in a Tehran women's shelter, in Farsi with English subtitles, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6; students, $5; 60 and older, $4. 202-783-7370.

Thursday 23

BLUEGRASS CONCERT, the Navy Band's Country Current, 7 p.m., Washington Navy Yard, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897 or 202-433-2525.

OCEANOGRAPHY, scientist Sylvia Earle discusses her work leading the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, a five-year study of marine environments, from American Samoa to New England, including the habitats of sea lions, sharks, whales, turtles and rays, the project is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and NOAA, 6:30 p.m., National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW. $16. 202-357-3030.

PRE-HOLOCAUST LECTURE, Alan Lareau, professor of German at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, discusses cultural life in the pre-Nazi era, focusing on the Berlin cabaret and the fates of homosexual and lesbian artists, the program includes slides, historical records and performances by actor and singer Jeremy Lawrence, 7 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free; reservations required. 202-488-0407.

GERSHWIN ONE-MAN SHOW, Hershey Felder, actor, playwright and pianist, performs "George Gershwin Alone," the story of the composer developed from his letters, manuscripts, research with family members and other sources, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Feb. 23, Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Previews, through Jan. 26, $25; regular performances, $29-$45. 202-347-4833.

-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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