Thursday 27

ROCK MUSIC CONCERT, Navy Band's Cruisers, noon, Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

WAR MEMORIAL DOCUMENTARY, "The World War II Memorial: A Testament to Freedom" (2003), about the creation of the Mall's newest attraction, its artisans and architect, Friedrich St. Florian, and master sculptor, Raymond Kaskey, plus interviews with war veterans Warren Spahn, Yogi Berra, James Arness, Tony Curtis, Robert Dole and others, 12:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Monday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

KENNEDY CENTER CLASSICAL CONCERT, students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music perform works by Stravinsky, Handel, Tchaikovsky and others, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

"MAHATMA" DOCUMENTARY, "The Making of the Mahatma" (1996), about the Indian leader's 21-year residence in South Africa and the effect of his political life on his family, sponsored by the National Museum of African Art, 7 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-357-4600.

DANISH DESIGNER, furniture and jewelry artist Nanna Ditzel discusses her work, the competitions she has won and her professional relationship with silversmith Georg Jensen, co-sponsored by the Royal Danish Embassy, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8; students and 60 and older, $7. 202-783-7370.

OPERA EXCERPTS, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts perform scenes from Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte," Puccini's "La Rondine" and Seymour Barab's "Little Red Riding Hood," 7:30 p.m., the school's theater, 3500 R St. NW. $5-$10. 202-333-2984.

"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING," Sabrina Le Beauf, Casey Biggs and Floyd King star in the Shakespeare comedy about the romantic lives of two disparate couples, 7:30 p.m. daily except Mondays, through June 6, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free tickets (limit of four per person) available on the day of the performance at Carter Barron; the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW; and Tuesdays- Fridays at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW. 202-334-4790 or www.shakespearetheatre.org.

Friday 28

AVIATOR SUCCESS STORY, Henry Cervantes, a retired air force officer, discusses his memoir "Piloto: Migrant Worker to Jet Pilot," about the child of Mexican migrant workers in California who became a World War II pilot and worked for the Strategic Air Command, 10:30 a.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

WORLD WAR II DOCUMENTARIES, nine short and feature-length films shown continuously 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, 11 a.m., the Mall, Capitol Canteen stage, between Third and Seventh streets SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

MUSEUM WORLD WAR II EVENT, museum-wide exhibits, films, music, swing dancing, ham radio operations and hands-on activities, noon-6:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

VOCAL RECITAL, soprano Colleen Daly and pianist Nino Sanikidze perform arias by Mozart, Verdi and Samuel Barber, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

FILM AND LECTURE, Ningkun Wu discusses his book "A Single Tear: A Family's Persecution, Love and Endurance in Communist China" and shows a documentary about his family's survival of difficult times, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-6735.

WILDFLOWERS TALK, a staff member discusses America's botanical heritage and shows photos of flowers, noon-1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

ETHICS TALK, former physicist Dick Dowd discusses his work feeding and housing the homeless after a massive stroke at age 48 changed his life, bring lunch, beverages available for purchase, 12:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-333-7100.

WORLD WAR II HERO, former Marine Guy Gabaldon discusses the 1944 battle at Saipan, where he persuaded more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians to surrender, for which he was awarded the Silver Star, and he discusses the film "Hell to Eternity," which was based on his experience, 1 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

D-DAY DISCUSSION, Walter Ford Carter discusses his book "No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love: A Son's Journey to Normandy," about his battalion-surgeon father's death at the battle of Omaha Beach while helping to save another soldier's life and letters Carter's father sent to his family during the war, 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Reception Suite, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

MEXICAN AMERICAN VETERANS, Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez discusses "Unsung Heroes: Mexican American World War II Veterans Who Championed Latino Civil Rights," 3 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

DURUFLE REQUIEM, Michael McCarthy directs the cathedral choir, with organ accompaniment by Erik Suter, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

MODERN DANCE PERFORMANCE, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.

Saturday 29

IN-LINE SKATING TRAINING, for intermediate and advanced skaters, representatives of Women Who Skate on In-Line Skate Wheels lead a vigorous session to improve fitness, speed and technique, helmets required, 10 a.m., Rock Creek Park, Picnic Grove No. 6, Beach Drive NW, north of Military Road. Free. 202-895-6239.

WILDFLOWER HIKE, led by a park ranger, who discusses how to identify flowers in the forest, 11 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ROLLER SKATING LESSON, for all abilities, members of the Washington Area Roadskaters teach basic skills, bring equipment, helmets and wrist guards required, other safety equipment recommended, 12:15 p.m., Rock Creek Park, Picnic Grove No. 6, Beach Drive NW, north of Military Road. Free. 202-895-6239.

WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT TALK, museum curator Michelle Delaney leads a tour of the exhibit "World War II Perspectives" and discusses the museum's efforts to collect 1940s photos, 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

WOLF TALK, for all ages, a park ranger discusses the wolves that once roamed throughout North America and introduces visitors to a white timber wolf, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

SWING DANCE, visitors dance the jitterbug and Lindy Hop while the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays music by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw and others; GottaSwing dance company provides lessons and demonstrates 1940s dance steps, 4 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DANCE PERFORMANCE, the Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre performs a program of works rooted in African American tradition, 8 p.m., Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.

Sunday 30

LATINAS AT WAR, historian Bruce Ashcroft discusses "Verneda Rodriguez, Rosita the Riveter and the Contributions of Latinas during World War II," 10:30 a.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

MEXICAN AMERICAN SOLDERS, Frederick Aguirre, a California Superior Court judge, and his wife, Linda, discuss "America's Patriots: Mexican Americans in World War II," about veterans Pete Limon, Encinas Kuhn, Salvador Maldonado and others who were in pivotal battles, 1 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

MOSAICS WORKSHOP, museum staff members help visitors create mosaics of the city's famous buildings, such as the Capitol and the Washington Monument, using small squares of paper, 1-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3 per mosaic. 202-272-2448.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, 5 p.m., the Mall, between Third and Seventh streets SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

NSO CONCERT, Erich Kunzel conducts the National Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., west lawn of the Capitol. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday 31

KENNEDY CENTER JAZZ CONCERT, students from New York's Julliard School perform jazz and classical music, theatrical pieces and dance, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CHORAL CONCERT, the Navy Band and its Sea Chanters chorus, 8 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday 1

WINSTON CHURCHILL SYMPOSIUM, discussion of new approaches to the study of the legendary British prime minister, panelists include Paul A. Cantor, a professor at the University of Virginia; Allen Packwood, a director at the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge, England; and others, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-3822.

SENIORS LECTURES, former Boston Globe White House reporter John Mashek discusses campaign strategies for the 2004 presidential election, 10 a.m. Tuesday; Judy Scott Feldman, president of the National Coalition to Save Our Mall, discusses efforts to improve the Mall, 10 a.m. Wednesday; former foreign correspondent Murray Seeger discusses Russian-American relations since 1776, 10 a.m. June 3, Institute for Learning in Retirement, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3920.

CHORAL CONCERT, the choirs of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square and the Church of the Epiphany, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

KENNEDY CENTER DANCE CONCERTS, dance students from various universities perform Jose Limon's "A Choreographic Offering," Merce Cunningham's "Septet," Murray Louis's "Bach Suite" and Bob Fosse's "The Aloof," "Steam Heat" and "Dancin' Man," 6 p.m. Tuesday; university students perform Bill Evans's "Together Through Time," Alonzo King's "Shostakovich String Quartet" and other works, 6 p.m. Wednesday; fellows from the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works, 6 p.m. June 3, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE TALK, Leonard Hopper, chief landscape architect for the New York City Housing Authority, discusses how landscape architects shape the world and create safe and healthy environments, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $12; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

PLAYWRIGHT'S TALK, Ken Ludwig discusses his craft, his adaptation of the play "Twentieth Century" and his latest play "Shakespeare in Hollywood," 7:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

DANCE PERFORMANCE, students from American colleges and universities perform a varied program of works, sponsored by the National College Dance Festival, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and June 3, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 301-770-4443.

Wednesday 2

WOODWORKING TOOLS, furniture maker Walton Rogers discusses how to keep chisels, planes, lathe pieces and other tools in good shape, noon-3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CORCORAN JAZZ CONCERT, by Bridging the Gap duo, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.

TRANSPORTATION EXHIBIT TOUR, a member of the museum curatorial team leads a tour of "America on the Move," a display of more than 300 artifacts, including a 1903 Winton car, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 30, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

FASHION MODELING HISTORY, Elspeth Brown discusses modeling from 1884 to 1969, 2:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

CITY PLANNING IDEAS, students from MacFarland Middle School, Paul Public Charter School and R.H. Terrell Junior High School discuss their ideas for improving the Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant and Petworth neighborhoods, light refreshments served, 5:30-8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; preregistration required by Friday. 202-272-2448, Ext. 3556.

"PARIS WITH KIDS," Valerie Gwinner discusses her book about planning a family vacation to Paris, exposing children to the country's culture and ideas for keeping them occupied, a reception follows, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $8. 202-234-7911.

TWILIGHT TATTOO PARADE, Army Band, Fife and Drum Corps, Army Drill Team and elements of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, 7 p.m., Ellipse, Constitution Avenue NW, between 15th and 17th streets. Free. 202-685-2851.

REFORMATION TALK, Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his book "The Reformation: A History," about events that occurred from 1490 to 1700, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2221.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, bring a cushion or lawn chair, 8 p.m., lower west terrace of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-4011.

Thursday 3

"CHILDREN OF STRUGGLE," a musical program about the lives and struggles of Ruby Bridges, Ernest Green and Claudette Colvin, participants of the civil rights movement, co-produced by Discovery Theater, 10 a.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-1071.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, a museum 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.

ORGAN RECITAL, by Diane Heath, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

EAST EUROPE LECTURE, Tomasz Kamusella discusses nationalism in East Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries, 2:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

AFRICAN CULTURE TALK, museum curator David Binkley discusses masquerade performers and their role in fostering education in Africa, 6 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

AFRICAN DOCUMENTARIES, "Art and Death in Africa: Yaaba Soore" (1986), about what people do to honor the spirits of the dead, and "Masked Spirits of Myor Diaple" (1986), about masquerade performers in northeastern Liberia, 7 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

JAZZ CONCERT, pianist Marc Copland and bass player Gary Peacock, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1770.

ARBORETUM FULL MOON HIKE, a staff member leads a mildly strenuous five-mile hike through gardens, 8-10 p.m. June 3 and 4, National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $10; reservations required. 202-245-5898.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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