ZOO DIRECTOR LECTURE, Lucy Spelman discusses "Renewing the National Zoo." 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITALS, mezzo soprano Patricia Simmons, 12:15-12:45 p.m. today; the Delandria Mills Duo, flute and piano, 12:15-12:45 p.m. April 10. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION, Kate Chopin's "The Awakening," an 1899 novel about a woman who finds her married life restrictive. 2:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1281
BUTTERFLIES PROGRAM, for ages 3-8, a park ranger discusses butterflies that live in the park and helps the children make a butterfly craft to take home. 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND JAZZ, a staff member discusses advances in photography technology from the time of Margaret Bourke-White to the current digital era, 6 and 7 p.m.; jazz guitarist Bart Stringham, 6-8 p.m.. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $5. 202-387-2151.
PRINT EXHIBITION RECEPTION, for "The Illuminating Art of Collaborative Screenprinting," a display of 50 prints by 17 artists using powders, waxes, adhesives, glass beads and dust, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, through April 26. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 15.
AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY, "Taxi to Timbuktu" (1994), about a man who leaves his drought-stricken Mali village to find work in New York City, Paris, Tokyo and other cities. Sponsored by the National Museum of African Art. 7 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
RENAISSANCE MUSIC, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band performs works from the late medieval and Renaissance periods on period instruments. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone; $2 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.
"HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY," John Walter's 2001 documentary about artist Ray Johnson, including comments by artists Roy Lichtenstein, Christo and others. 8 p.m. today and Friday, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
ARENA STAGE PLAY READINGS, actors read from Ken Weitzman's "Arrangements," about an amateur slam poet's friendship with an outspoken woman, 8 p.m. today; Tanya Barfield's "The Quick," about a teenager who looks older than her age, 8 p.m. Friday; and Christopher Durang's "Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge," 8 p.m. Saturday. Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. $5 a play. 202-488-3300.
KANSAS CITY CHORALE, performance of works by American composers including Randall Thompson and Stephen Foster, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, $2 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.
JAMES WHISTLER TALK, curator Eric Denker discusses the painter and his associates in Venice. Noon, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1770.
JAPANESE FOLK TALES, for ages 5 and older, storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto performs pantomime and original music and uses handcrafted masks, origami and magic to portray Japanese folk tales. 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.
SCULPTURE TALK, sculpture specialist Lee Aks discusses Henry Moore's bronze "Seated Woman," 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
JAMAICA KINCAID, the author reads from her works; a reception follows. 8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15; discounts for seniors and students. 202-544-7077.
ARTS CLUB RECITAL, coloratura soprano Jae Eun Shin and pianist Jerome Tan. Noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 15.
AVIATION DOCUMENTARIES, "First Pictures of Lindbergh as He Reaches Paris in Flight From New York" (1927), archival footage of the historic solo flight, and "Wings of the Army" (1940), a history of the Army Air Corps from 1923 to 1940. Noon, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.
GEORGETOWN WALKING TOUR, Mary Kay Ricks leads a tour of Tudor Place, the former home of Martha Custis, and shows visitors the exteriors of the former homes of Jacqueline Kennedy and Katharine Graham. 10:30 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 110.
"BLESSING OF THE FLEET," the Navy Band's Country Current bluegrass group performs, noon; the Navy Ceremonial Band performs at the opening of an exhibition commemorating the Navy's amphibious force, plus annual spring re-commissioning of fountains and pools around the Lone Sailor statue with water from each of the seven seas, 1 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300, Ext. 768.
GARDEN EVENING WALK, led by horticulturist Elizabeth Brewster; wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. 8 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $5; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 110.
AFRICAN FOLK TALES, told by education specialist Peter Pipim, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
GEORGETOWN WATERWAYS TOUR, for ages 7 and older, a park ranger leads a tour of Georgetown along the banks of the Potomac, Rock Creek and the C&O Canal, and discusses how the waterways influenced the area's development. 10 a.m., meet at the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.
CHILDREN'S ART PROGRAM, for ages 6-9, artist Cathie Nelsen teaches how to create a collage. 10 a.m.-noon, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-357-3235, Ext. 116.
PLANETARIUM PROGRAM, for ages 4-12, a park ranger discusses what is visible in the spring skies and the constellations. 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
DANCE PLACE, Nancy Havlik's dance group performs. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors and students, $14; ages 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.
RUG TALK, Sara Schneidman discusses "Ancient Symbols and Contemporary Patterns: Rugs Inspired by Art and Travel." 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
TURTLE PROGRAM, a park ranger shows turtles and helps create a clay version to take home. 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, by Ross Wood, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free; donations requested. 202-537-6200.
MODEL AIRPLANES, members of the D.C. Maxecuter Model Airplane Club fly their planes in the museum's Great Hall and explain how the models are constructed and flown. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
MUSEUM PIANO RECITAL, Louis Lortie performs pieces about night written by Liszt, Schumann, Ravel and Elliott Carter, in conjunction with the exhibition "Frederick Remington: The Color of Night." 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
RUSSIAN EVENTS, members of the Classika Theatre perform excerpts from "Peter and the Wolf"; members of the Washington Balalaika Society perform traditional folk music; hands-on art activities for children and more. Noon-4 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.
ROCK CREEK HERRINGS, a park ranger leads a one-mile walk from a mill to the National Zoo bridge to watch herring swimming against the flow of Rock Creek. 10 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
CATHEDRAL NEEDLEWORK TOUR, a docent discusses some of the 1,500 pieces of needlework and shows the historic Americans, baby animals and floral patterns depicted throughout the building. 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.
CARY GRANT FILM, "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948), co-starring Myrna Loy, a comedy about an advertising executive who grows tired of the city and moves to the country, 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
PIPE ORGAN CONCERT, Edward Alan Moore performs works by Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck, Louis Vierne and others on a new Fulcher pipe organ. 4 p.m., the Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-363-8938, Ext. 241.
CORCORAN ART WORKSHOP, staff members help visitors create a collage of travel images and write poetry about journeys they have made. 2:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free with museum admission: suggested donation of $3 for adults; $1 for seniors and students; reservations required. 202-639-1727.
ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 9 and older, a park ranger leads a six-mile hike along the Western Ridge Trail to Boundary Bridge and back. 10 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TALK, curator Craig Tuminaro discusses the architect's Pope-Leighey House and Wright's desire to create modern and reasonably priced housing for Americans. 2 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
NEW YORK CITY IN FILM, architect James Sanders discusses his book "Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies," about how movie sets depicting the city were designed and constructed. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-272-2448.
THEATER TALK, Daryl Roth, producer, and Molly Smith, Arena Stage artistic director, discuss Roth's productions of four Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: "Three Tall Women," by Edward Albee; "How I Learned to Drive," by Paula Vogel; "Wit," by Margaret Edson; and "Proof," by David Auburn. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.
PERFORMANCE ART LECTURE, by multimedia artist William Pope.L , 3 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1770.
"MADAME X" FICTIONAL MEMOIR, Gioia Diliberto discusses her book "I Am Madame X: A Novel," about Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent's famous 1884 portrait. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.
JAPANESE ART TALK, curator Ann Yonemura discusses the exhibition of art inspired by theater districts of the Edo period (1615-1868). Noon, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
WRITING WORKSHOP, representatives of the American Library Association and Woman's Day magazine and writer Stacey Colino discuss writing techniques and books on writing. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1281.
CORCORAN JAZZ CONCERT, the Graham Breedlove Quartet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1827.
HOME DEPOT CHAIN, Bernie Marcus, co-founder and former chairman of the Home Depot chain of stores, discusses how the business was started and developed; the lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition "Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th-Century America." 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.
"RADIUM GIRLS," university drama students perform Dolores Whiskeymen's work about two people who paint radium on dials in a watch factory until one of them comes down with a mysterious illness. 7:30 p.m. April 9-12, 2 p.m. April 13, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, Michigan Avenue and Harewood Road NE. $12; seniors, $8; students and children, $3. 202-319-4000.
JAMAICAN POET Lorna Goodison discusses her creative development and the lives of Caribbean women and reads from her works. 6:30 p.m., Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3558.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Halina Peabody, from Krakow, Poland, discusses how she, her mother and her sister survived in Poland using false identities during World War II. 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.
STEPHEN KING BOOK DISCUSSION, a librarian leads a discussion of "Hearts in Atlantis," about a boy's friendship with a man who has mind-reading powers. 1 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.
COLONIAL MARINER AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Michael Crawford discusses "The Autobiography of a Yankee Mariner: Christopher Prince and the American Revolution," a firsthand account of seafaring during the revolution (edited by Crawford). Noon, Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897.
CLEVELAND PARK JAZZ, concert by the Air Force Band's Airmen of Note, 4 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
MARS LECTURE, Phil Christensen, professor of planetary geology at Arizona State University, discusses the latest discoveries about the planet and the search for sites where life might have existed. 7:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Einstein Planetarium, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
-- Compiled by Gerri Marmer
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