Thursday 6

ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW, Richard Brown, a New York University professor, discusses the selection process and shows clips from the five Best Picture nominees, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

EMBASSY ART RECEPTION, for a collection of watercolors by Martin Gredler, light refreshments served, 7:30-9:30 p.m. today; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through May 1, Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free. 202-895-6776.

CLASSICAL RECITALS, organist Nigel Groome, 12:15-12:45 p.m. today; mezzo-soprano Terri Erchul Malone, 12:15-12:45 p.m. March 13, National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

CENSORSHIP BOOK TALK, Paul Boyer discusses his book "Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America From the Gilded Age to the Computer Age," 3:30-6 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

JOHN WAYNE FILM, Howard Hawks's "Rio Bravo" (1959), co-stars Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson, 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

"THE PHILANDERER," members of the Washington Stage Guild perform an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's comedy about a man's romantic misadventures, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 6, Arena Stage, 14th and T streets NW. $25; Friday and Saturday evenings, $28. 240-582-0050.

Friday 7

NEON ART TALK, curator Phyllis Rosenzweig discusses Joseph Kosuth's "Four Colors Four Words" (1966), a neon wall sculpture, 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

DOCUMENTARY, "Southern Treasures" (2001), part of the PBS series "Africa," about a female "master blaster" in a Johannesburg gold mine, noon Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

LIBRARY RECORDS LECTURE, Richard Cox of the University of Pittsburgh discusses "Records, Documents and Stuff in the Digital Era," 10:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1183.

LATIN JAZZ, Venezuelan musicians Irene Farrera and Venezuela Viva perform boleros, rumbas, samba and calypso, 8 and 10 p.m., Kennedy Center, Education Resource Center, 2700 F St. NW. $22.50. 202-467-4600.

"IN LIKE FLINT," 1967 film spoof starring James Coburn and Lee J. Cobb, about a spy who tries to stop an all-female organization from taking over the world, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

PIANO DUO RECITAL, sisters and duo-pianists Tamara Sanikidze and Nino Sanikidze, of the Republic of Georgia, perform works written for two people, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 15.

SCIENCE LECTURE, Raymond L. Orbach, director of the Office of Science of the Department of Energy, discusses "Genesis: Science and the Beginning of Time," sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington, 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT DOCUMENTARY, about her championing of the causes of women, minorities and the working class, noon, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

COMMUNITY SERVICES CONFERENCE, service providers, community leaders, labor representatives, artists and others discuss "From Service to Justice: Realizing a Vision for a Just, Inclusive and Caring D.C.," sponsored by the Fair Budget Coalition of D.C., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW. $10. 202-906-8025.

Saturday 8

BLUEBIRD BOX WORKSHOP, for 4 and older, a park ranger teaches how to make an appropriate dwelling, materials supplied, 11 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-426-6828.

PIANO RECITAL, James Nalley performs works by Charles Ives, Mozart and Liszt, 1:30 p.m., Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-785-2040, Ext. 498.

CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP, for ages 5-11, a staff member shows children the enormous paintings of Morris Louis and other artists, then helps them create color-stained paper, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

19TH-CENTURY DIARY READINGS, actresses Kathy Sewell and Elaine Foster read the diaries of middle class women, 1 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-357-2991

CAFE COLOMBIA JAZZ ENSEMBLE, 8 and 10 p.m., Kennedy Center, Education Resource Center, 2700 F St. NW. $22.50. 202-467-4600.

"CARPETS OF ANDALUSIA," talk by researcher Carol Bier, who leads a tour of the carpet exhibit, 11 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

DANCE PLACE, the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and Murray Spalding Movement Arts companies, 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students and artists, $14; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, a string quartet, performs works by Vega, Lavista and other Latin American composers, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

CHILDREN'S CRAFTS, a staff member discusses colonial-era dolls in the museum's collection and leads a workshop to create corn-husk and nut-head dolls, supplies provided, 10 a.m.-noon, DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. $7 a child; reservations required. 202-879-3240.

ORGANIC GARDENING, Sylvia Erhardt, of Erhardt Organic Farm in Knoxville, Md., discusses techniques for growing vegetables at home, 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Greenhouse, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $10; preregistration required. 202-537-6263.

Sunday 9

ORGAN RECITAL, by Frederick Swann of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., 4 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $15; seniors and students, $10. 202-232-0323.

STORIES, CELTIC CONCERT, folk artist Jennifer Armstrong listens to visitors' stories and teaches new ones, 1-3 p.m. ($20; 11 and younger, $8); Armstrong performs Celtic and Appalachian songs accompanied by stringed instruments and bagpipes, 6:30 p.m. ($12; 11 and younger, $6); Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 202-882-6650.

SWING MUSIC, the Air Force Band performs with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

ART APPRECIATION LECTURE, National Portrait Gallery curator William F. Stapp discusses "How to Look at Art Without Feeling Inferior," 2 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

CLARINET RECITAL, Alexander Fiterstein performs works by Chausson, Schumann, Poulenc and Weber, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, by Andrew Henderson, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

IRISH MUSIC, violinist Geraldine O'Grady and the Cassidys, from Dublin; soprano Debra Lawrence; and pianist Francis Conlon perform Howard Ferguson's Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 2, and Irish airs and dances, 5 p.m., Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-332-3133.

RAG DOLLS, for 5 and older, a park ranger discusses how to create this common 19th-century toy, 2 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, Marie Arana, editor of The Washington Post's Book World, discusses the life and legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning author, 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, North Atrium Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. $10. 202-467-4600.

Monday 10

CLASSICAL PIANO RECITAL, David Hanlon performs works by Scarlatti, Robert Schumann, Beethoven and Gyorgy Ligeti, 7 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. Free. 202-686-9772.

SENIORS' HOUSING TALKS, Scott Ball of the Community Housing Resource Center discusses how seniors who continue to live in their homes can contribute to a community's smart growth objectives; Kathryn Lawler of the Aging Atlanta Partnership discusses housing and health care for seniors, 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

ARCHITECT'S LECTURE, David M. Schwarz discusses how the past influences his designs for residential, commercial, institutional and performing arts projects in the city and across the country, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10. 202-272-2448.

WHISTLER'S ART, curator Eric Denker discusses the 19th-century artist's 14-month stay in Venice and his pastels, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.

Tuesday 11

D.C. BASEBALL PLANNING, discussion of the city's efforts to obtain a Major League Baseball team, potential ballpark sites, financing and the public benefits of the project; discussion panel includes representatives from the D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Office of Planning and the Sports and Entertainment Commission, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, 1 Judiciary Sq., 441 Fourth St. NW, and 6-8 p.m. March 13, Reeves Center, North Lobby, 2000 14th St. NW. Free. 202-727-4707.

VIETNAM WAR TALK, Howard Jones, a University of Alabama professor, discusses his book "Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War," about information from newly released tapes of White House conversations during the Kennedy administration, 7 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

DUMBARTON HOUSE RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by J.S. Bach, Bernhard Henrik Crusell and others, noon, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-337-2288, Ext. 230.

FILM NOIR, Dame Judith Anderson and Edward G. Robinson in "The Red House" (1947), about a farmer who prevents everyone from entering a mysterious house on his property, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

RELIGION AND DIPLOMACY, former diplomat Doug Johnston discusses how the involvement of religious leaders affects negotiations for peace, how lasting peace terms are achieved when religious allegiances are taken into account and the consequences of ignoring religious culture during the process, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $15; students and seniors, $8. 202-537-6200.

QUILT TOUR, textile collection volunteers show museum quilts, 9:45 a.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-357-1889, Ext. 6.

Wednesday 12

D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS REFORM, community meetings for residents of District 3 (wards 5 and 6) and District 1 (wards 1 and 2); the public is invited to discuss ideas for improving individual schools, as well as the overall school system, with Board of Education members; plus a discussion of the schools' 2004 budget, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; District 3, Wednesday, Langdon Elementary School, 1900 Evarts St. NE, and District 1, March 13, Cardozo Senior High School, 1300 Clifton St. NE. 202-442-5190.

CORCORAN JAZZ CONCERT, Mike Flaherty and Dixieland Direct, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1827.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Charlene Schiff, a native of Horochow, Poland, discusses her wartime experiences hiding alone in forests near her home, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.

MAP TALK, cartography specialist Ed Redmond discusses the significance of the Mason-Dixon Line, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Southwest Gallery, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

IRISH CABARET, Gina McCormick Caruso performs songs, stories and poetry that she heard in her Irish grandmother's parlor, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

HISTORY OF PORCHES, author Michael Dolan discusses the origin of American porches and the role of the media in their popularity, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

PARISIAN GARDENS, landscape architect Marilyn Clemens discusses 19th- and 20th-century squares, parks, gardens and new green spaces, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $8. 202-234-7911.

WOMEN AVIATORS, curator Dorothy Cochrane discusses the WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots) of World War II, noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

Thursday 13

GIRAFFE DOCUMENTARY, "Tall Blondes," ABC news correspondent Lynn Sherr discusses her trips to African and U.S. zoos to see the animals and the giraffes' prospects in the wild amid shrinking habitats and human encroachment, 7:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-673-4801.

POETRY, Katha Pollitt and Linda Bierds read from their works, 6:45 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

CRIME FILM, Charles Laughton and Ella Raines in "The Suspect" (1945), about a henpecked shopkeeper who kills his wife and almost gets away with it, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

JAZZ CONCERT, Editus Ensemble performs works blending jazz and New Age music with the rhythms of Costa Rica, 8 and 10 p.m., Kennedy Center, Education Resource Center, 2700 F St. NW. $22.50. 202-467-4600.

CATHEDRAL WOODS WALKS, a staff member leads a bird walk, 9 a.m., meet at the George Washington Statue on Pilgrim Road; a staff member leads a walk up the hill in Olmsted Woods and discusses the designs of visionary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., 10 a.m., meet at the Garfield Street entrance to the Woods, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2319.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, pianist Sara Rosado and clarinetist Scott Dasovich perform works by Alban Berg and Brahms, 7:30 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. Free. 202-686-9772.

LIMON DANCE COMPANY, performance of "The Moor's Pavane" and "Psalm," 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

ART DOCUMENTARY, Catherine Tatge and Deborah Shaffer's series "Art 21" (2001), about artists Laurie Anderson, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois and others, noon, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

TURQUOISE BOOK TALK, Joe P. Lowry discusses his book "Turquoise Unearthed," about the history of turquoise mining in the Southwest, the cultural significance and uses of the stone and the variety of color and density; Navajo jewelry artist Mary John discusses jewelry-making techniques, noon, U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Craft Shop, 1849 C St. NW. Free. 202-208-4056.

NAVAJO FILMS, Barbara Wilk's animated short "Emergence" (1981), about Navajo sacred beliefs; Jeff Spitz's "The Return of Navajo Boy" (2000), about a contemporary Navajo family whose discovery of an obscure film about uranium mining reveals clues to the family's history, 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

HOLOCAUST LECTURE, Christopher Browning, professor of history at the University of North Carolina, discusses "Initiating the Final Solution: The Fateful Months of September and October 1941," 7 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free; reservations required. 202-488-6162.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER TALK, learn the history of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 11 a.m. Thursdays, through March 27, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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