Thursday 20

CLASSICAL RECITALS, violinist Sonya Hayes, 12:15-12:45 p.m. today; soprano Marlissa Hudson, 12:15-12:45 p.m. March 27, National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

TEEN FILM, "The Cost of Cool: Youth, Consumption and the Environment" (2001), about the media's influence on American children's spending choices, 4 p.m., Tenley-Friendship branch Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3090.

SAXOPHONE QUARTET, Air Force Band members perform and discuss music careers in the military, 4 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

SEA CHANTEYS, folk musician and songwriter Bob Zentz performs sea chanteys, nautical ballads and more, 7 p.m., Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897.

IRAN TALK, Terence Ward discusses his book "Searching for Hassan: An American Family's Journey Home to Iran," 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

GERMAN FILMS, "Greasy Loot" (2002), about uprooting Indonesians from their homes to make room for production of palm oil and palm meal for export; and "Chernobyl{ndash}The Cover-Up" (2002), about the 1986 nuclear plant disaster in Ukraine and recent efforts to build a second concrete shield around the reactor, both in German with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Goethe International Institute, 841 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-342-2564

RECITAL, Kevin Orr, professor of piano at the University of Florida, performs Beethoven's Sonata Op. 13, Prokofiev's "Sarcasms" and Brahms's "Four Ballads," 8 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, Michigan Avenue and Harewood Road NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

SHORT FILMS, award-winning works from Black Maria Film Festival 2003, 8 p.m. today and Friday, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

Friday 21

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB, David Morrow directs a short concert of anthems, spirituals and other music in tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, free, 202-727-1285; Morrow directs the full version, which includes traditional African songs, solos, quartet standards and "Betelehemu," a Nigerian Christmas song, 8 p.m., Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th St. NW. $25, $15. 301-292-2171.

DOCUMENTARIES, "The Last Salt Caravan" (1999), about harshness of the Sahara Desert and those who mine and transport salt across it; and "Nuba Conversations" (2001), about destruction of Sudan's Nuba civilization, in Nuba, Arabic and English with English subtitles, 7 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

ASTROPHYSICS, Robert Ellsworth, a physicist at George Mason University, discusses subatomic particles and their role in astrophysics, 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

BACH RECITAL, Friday Morning Music Club members perform J.S. Bach, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

WHALING FILM, Alan Ladd in "Hell Below Zero" (1954), about a female whaling ship captain whose father was killed during an expedition, includes footage of a real whale hunt; "Clash and Burn" (1961), a Technicolor cartoon, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

CHILDREN'S DRAMA, ages 9-13, "A Light in the Storm," commissioned and produced by the Kennedy Center and Scholastic Entertainment, based on Karen Hesse's novel about a teenager who tends a Delaware lighthouse in the 19th century and keeps diaries, 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, through March 29, and 1 p.m. March 30, Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $13. 202-467-4600.

RECITAL, pianist Silvana Santinelli performs Ravel and Chopin, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 15.

ITALIAN FILM, "Behind the Landscape: The Italian Surveys of Antonioni, Rossellini and Visconti" (2002), about the relationship of Italian cinema to the Italian countryside, in Italian with English subtitles, 6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, Suite 610, 2025 M St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-223-1128.

JOAN CRAWFORD FILM, "Queen Bee" (1955), co-starring Betsy Palmer and Barry Sullivan, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

INDIAN DANCE, Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theatre company, 1 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6933.

CLASSICAL MUSIC, Auryn Quartet performs Schubert, 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday-Sunday, Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th and O streets NW. $5. 301-699-5440.

Saturday 22

SMITHSONIAN KITE FESTIVAL, participants fly their kites, kite stunts by kite-flying masters, kites in competition must be handmade, sponsored by Smithsonian Associates and National Air and Space Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Mall, Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free; rain date, Sunday. 202-357-3030.

IMPROVING D.C. PARKS, Department of Parks and Recreation hosts a symposium on "Building a Better Parks System Through Partnerships for Our Parks and Recreation Centers," discussion on how to establish nonprofit status, board development, landscaping standards, fundraising, continental breakfast and lunch served, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-673-3565.

CHILDREN'S ART, ages 6-9, storyteller Judith Gravitz leads gallery tour seeking out-of-focus art and helps children create blurry glasses to take home, 10 a.m.-noon, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free; reservations required. 202-357-3235, Ext. 116.

ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT FILMS, winners of Telluride Mountain Film Festival, 1-5:30 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

FILIPINO MIGRATION, Dorothy Laigo Cordova, founder and executive director of Filipino American National Historical Society, and others discuss Filipino migration to the United States, 1:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

ARCHIVES GENEALOGY, Elizabeth Kerstens discusses use of the Internet for research, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-501-5000.

D.C. HISTORY WALKING TOUR, author Anthony S. Pitch leads a two-hour walk to view the exterior of the White House, Lafayette Square and other locations, sponsored by Smithsonian Associates, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., tour begins at Andrew Jackson equestrian statue in center of Lafayette Square, 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $22; preregistration required. 202-357-3030.

LINCOLN SYMPOSIUM, university professors Allen Guelzo, Lucas Morel and others discuss the president, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-707-2017.

RECITAL, pianist Frederic Chiu performs Prokofiev, 1:30 p.m., Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-785-2040, Ext. 498.

ZOO WILDLIFE, interactive educational displays and arts and crafts in connection with seals, sea lions, hawks, wolves, river otters and other North American animals, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-4801.

OLD-FASHIONED MUSIC, guitarist Ken Lelen sings pop tunes from the 1920s to 1940s and tells musical anecdotes, 2 p.m., Grand Oaks retirement community, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. Free. 202-349-3400.

STEP SHOW COMPETITION, National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity and sorority members perform, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to benefit its scholarship fund, 7 p.m., Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. $15-$25. 800-520-0818, Ext. 1360.

FRENCH MUSIC, Ventos Alegres members and keyboard-player Bill Taylor demonstrate how wind instruments work and discuss history of 20th-century wind trios and more, sponsored by Community Help in Music Education, 2 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-232-2731.

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS, ages 5-17, nine winning films from the 2002 Ottawa International Animation Festival, 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1111.

WREATHS, Vreni Peters teaches how to create a wreath using herbs, foliage, succulents and other plants, 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, greenhouse, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $10; materials available for purchase. 202-537-6263.

Sunday 23

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

KIMONO FASHION SHOW, 25 kimono dressing artists from Tokyo display current patterns worn in Japan and discuss traditional wedding kimono, kimonos available for purchase, 3 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

CONCERT, Chancel Choir and Boys and Girls Choir of St. Mark's Episcopal Church perform John Rutter and Bryan Kelly, 4 p.m., St. Mark's, Third and A streets SE. $20, $15; students and seniors, $10. 202-543-1397, Ext. 4.

PHOTOGRAPHY, Philip Brookman, senior curator of photography and media arts at Corcoran Gallery of Art, discusses German pop artist Gerhard Richter's use of photography in his painting and relationship of his work to that of contemporaries, 3 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

LATIN AMERICAN POETRY, Washington Post Book World Editor Marie Arana and poet Edward Hirsch host readings by Peru's Antonio Cisneros, Mexico's Homero Aridjis, Colombia's Jaime Manrique, Venezuela's Yolanda Pantin and Ecuador's Jorge Enrique Adoum, 5 p.m., American Film Institute Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $10. 202-467-4600.

RECITALS, piano finalists in Washington International Competition perform classical works, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

ARCHITECTURE FILMS, "The Rural Studio" (2002), about architecture students who helped to design homes and civic spaces in economically depressed Hale County, Ala., in 1993, 1:30 p.m.; "My Father the Genius" (2002), about Glen Small, designer of the Biomorphic Biosphere Megastructure, 3 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $6 a film. 202-272-2448.

RECITAL, pianist James Giles, professor of piano at Northwestern University, performs Liszt, Schubert and others, 3 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, Michigan Avenue and Harewood Road NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

ART, Richard Guy Wilson discusses works of Frank Lloyd Wright, 1 p.m.; glass artist Judith Schaechter discusses her craft, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

DANCE, Japanese dancers perform ancient dance and music for Shinto harvest celebration, 1:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

CIVIL WAR CEMETERY HISTORY, 8 and older, a park ranger tells tales of Civil War soldiers buried at Battleground National Cemetery in Rock Creek Park, 3 p.m., car caravan to the site leaves from Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Monday 24

FEMALE SOCIAL ACTIVISTS, Mary Lynn McCree Bryan, Esther Katz and Barbara Bair discuss first volumes of "The Selected Papers of Jane Addams (Preparing to Lead, 1860-81)" and "The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger (The Woman Rebel, 1900-1928)," 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

MEN AND TOOLS, Steven M. Gelber, author of "Hobbies: Leisure and the Culture of Work in America," discusses history of men's relationship with tools, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

Tuesday 25

RECITAL, violinist Elisabeth Batiashvili and pianist Benjamin Hochman perform Mozart, Schubert, Gershwin and Prokofiev, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $28. 202-467-4600.

NATIONAL MALL HISTORY, Richard Longstreth, editor of "The Mall in Washington, 1791-1991," and Judy Scott Feldman, president of National Coalition to Save Our Mall, discuss the Mall's historical significance, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

RECITAL, cellist Miron Yampolsky, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

"SHYLOCK," Pierre Lasry's 1998 work about historic hatred of the Jewish people, the near destruction of European Jewry and the Shakespeare character from "The Merchant of Venice," includes footage of performances by Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman and clips from Orson Welles's unfinished "Merchant of Venice," 7 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q streets NW. $9; seniors and students, $8. 800-494-8497 or 202-518-9400.

Wednesday 26

BIOGRAPHER, author A. Scott Berg discusses his experiences writing about Samuel Goldwyn, Charles Lindbergh, editor Maxwell Perkins and Woodrow Wilson, noon, National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, sisters Jilly Pauly and Inge Katzenstein of Cologne, Germany, discuss their World War II escape to Kenya and eight-year stay there with their family, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.

CORCORAN JAZZ, Harry Watters Quintet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1827.

FEMALE ASTRONAUTS, curator David DeVorkin discusses women who explored space, noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

Thursday 27

SERVICE DOGS, Donna L. West, manager of Bureau of Customs and Border Protection's AQI National Detector Dog Program, discusses interactions of dogs and humans and dogs' role in guarding homes, tracking and retrieving game, aiding the blind, 7:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-673-4801.

CITY AT PEACE, area teenagers perform original musical about their lives and how they have learned to resolve conflict without violence, 7:30 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20; 12 and younger, $10. 202-319-2200.

ESPIONAGE , Philip Taubman discusses his book "Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage," about the development of the spy plane and satellite projects, 7 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

RELIGION AND THE MIDDLE EAST, former Iranian deputy prime minister Farhang Mehr discusses impact of religion on Middle East politics, 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-7914.

ARCHITECTURE AND WINDOWS, Sandy Isenstadt, Yale University architecture professor, discusses windows in the historical context of the American house as signs of progress and a way of creating a larger sense of space, reception for new exhibit "Windows: Four Frames of Cultural Reference," follows, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; preregistration required. 202-272-2448, Ext. 3459.

ERROL FLYNN FILM, "Gentleman Jim" (1942), about boxer Jim Corbett's match with the legendary John L. Sullivan, 1:30 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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