BLUEGRASS AND COUNTRY MUSIC, concert, Navy Band's Country Current, noon, Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.
MIDDLE EASTERN ARTISTS, Sherifa Zuhur, director of the Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Diasporic Studies at Cleveland State University, discusses the roles of Middle Eastern artists and actors in society, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-1221.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, pianist Ralitza Patcheva and cellist Vasily Popov perform music by Boccherini, Bach and Chopin, bring lunch, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1248.
ORGAN RECITAL, by Diane Heath, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
YUCATAN DOCUMENTARY, "Silver Cities of the Yucatan: The Mason-Spinden Expedition" (2002), about the discovery of Mayan temple ruins at Muyil, filmed by a Chicago businessman on an archaeological expedition, 12:30 p.m. today, Friday and Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES, beginners, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Mondays or Wednesdays or 10:30 a.m. Saturdays; intermediate, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; advanced conversation, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, through June 26, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-2145.
CHINESE ART TALK, Katherine Tsiang Mino of the University of Chicago discusses Buddhist sculptures in the 6th century, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
JAZZ CONCERT, pianist-vocalist Anna-Mari Kahara performs jazz classics with the group How Many Sisters?, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Finland, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.
CAPITOL GROUNDS TOUR, Matthew Evans, the Capitol's landscape architect, leads a walking tour and discusses the notable trees and gardens surrounding the building, wear comfortable shoes, noon-1:30 p.m., meet at the conservatory terrace of the U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
POLLINATION TALKS, pollination ecologist Stephen Buchmann discusses the biology of the honey-making, stingless bees in the rain forests of Quintana Roo, Mexico, and other Mexican locations, noon; Buchmann discusses how plants and their pollinators live a mutually beneficial existence, 2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
ARTS CLUB CLASSICAL RECITAL, violinist Heather Ledoux Green and pianist Danielle Deswert, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.
LATIN JAZZ CONCERT, violinist and guitarist Dave Kline, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
PLAY READINGS, five playwrights enrolled in Arena Stage's Student Ten-Minute Plays program read from their works, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
SHAW BIKE FESTIVAL, fittings and safety checks, obstacle course, raffle of bike-related services and items donated by local merchants, face painting, crafts, displays of bikes and other human-powered vehicles and more, sponsored by Shaw EcoVillage and Manna CDC, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shaw Skate Park, 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. Free. 202-265-2019.
DUPONT-KALORAMA MUSEUM TOURS, docents lead tours of Meridian International Center, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Anderson House, Woodrow Wilson House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Phillips Collection, Textile Museum, Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center and other institutions, sponsored by the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, free shuttle buses between sites. Free admission. 202-387-4062, Ext. 12, or www.dkmuseums.com/walk.html.
MUSEUM TEXTILES DAY, demonstrations of weaving with a variety of looms, weaving tapestries and sheep shearing; visitors may try spinning wool into yarn and create a woven paper place mat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
CHILDREN'S GARDEN TOUR, for ages 4-8, a cathedral staff member discusses statues and plants, followed by a scavenger hunt on the cathedral grounds and an art activity, children must be accompanied by an adult, 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $6 per child. 202-537-2934.
CARTOONS AT MUSEUM, for ages 6 and older, classic Looney Tunes starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian and Porky Pig, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-4995.
NORWEGIAN CULTURE, musician Loretta Kelley leads visitors in the singing of Norwegian folk songs, tells folk tales and discusses the history of the elaborately decorated Hardanger folk violin, 1 and 2 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.
LOCAL AWARD-WINNING HOUSE, representatives of the Washington Architectural Foundation lead tours of a modern home designed by architect Robert M. Gurney (the house won a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects), proceeds benefit the foundation, tours begin on the half-hour 2-5 p.m., Calvert Street NW near 18th Street. $20; prepaid registration required. 202-667-1798 .
" 'TOON" MUSIC FOR CHILDREN, faculty and students perform "Tunes From the 'Toons," music and sound effects from popular cartoons, an instrument petting zoo and pizza party follow, 4-6 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. Free. 202-686-8000. DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group in "Agitated Spenders," danced to a live performance of J.S. Bach cello suites, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.
ARRANGING ROSES, florist Rance Goff discusses the flower and demonstrates arranging techniques dating from the colonial era, 2 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
TRINITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, concert, works by Brahms, Strauss and Elgar, 3 p.m., Trinity Church, 36th and O streets NW. $20; in advance, $15. 301-926-7079.
JAZZ CONCERT, Sidwell Friends School's Jazz Band Offshoot and the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
CELLO RECITAL, Mischa Maisky performs J.S. Bach's suites for solo cello, 7 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building garden court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
BANNEKER SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION, landscape architects from Chapel Valley Landscaping Inc., high school staff members, neighbors and alumni invite the public to join them in enhancing the school's grounds by trimming shrubs and cleaning the area, bring brooms, shovels, rakes, weed trimmers, shears and wheelbarrows, 9 a.m., Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, 800 Euclid St. NW. Free. 202-673-7322.
KURDISTAN JEWS, Iraq-born Shalom Sabar, a professor of Jewish Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, discusses "The Jews of Kurdistan: History, Daily Life, Customs, Childbirth and Magic," noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0022.
BICYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM, for adults and children accompanied by an adult, representatives from the District's Department of Transportation discuss the difficulties of riding in traffic, how to avoid hazards and accidents, the use of gears for a comfortable ride and basic bicycle maintenance, 6-8:30 p.m. Monday and June 14; bike riding session, 10 a.m.-noon June 20, 3rd District Police Station, 1620 V St. NW. Free. 202-628-2500.
FRENCH WOMEN ARTISTS, Madeleine Deschamps discusses her book "Empire," about Napoleon's employment of women as architects, painters and decorative artists, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1770.
NAVY BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.
SENIORS LECTURES, Andrew Rice, president of the United Nations Association of the National Capital area, discusses the agency's strengths and weaknesses, 10 a.m. Tuesday; Serge Seiden of the Studio Theatre discusses the success of nonprofit theaters, 10 a.m. Wednesday; molecular biologist Maxine Singer discusses the life of Nobel laureate and geneticist George Beadle, 10 a.m. June 10; Institute for Learning in Retirement, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3920.
MUSEUM QUILT TOUR, volunteers from the Annapolis Quilt Guild show quilts in the museum's collection and discuss their historical significance, 10 a.m.-noon, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-357-1889, Ext. 6.
PATENTS TALK, Esther Kepplinger, a deputy commissioner for patent operations in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, discusses how the patent process works, 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
FREEDOM SONGS, vocal concert, Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the group Sweet Honey in the Rock, and her daughter Toshi, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Neptune Plaza, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-1071.
"BLACK AMERICAN MILLIONAIRE," co-author Carol Jenkins discusses her book "Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire," about the grandson of slaves who started out as a coal miner and built his wealth to more than $130 million by his death in 1996, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-3827.
CALLIGRAPHY TALK, museum curator Ann Yonemura discusses Buddhist and Shinto calligraphy and painting, noon, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, Levine School of Music faculty cellists Vasily Popov and Jeff Van Osten and pianist Ralitza Patcheva, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
LINCOLN CAMPAIGN SPEECH, Harold Holzer discusses his book "Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President," about the candidate's rebuttal to Stephen Douglas's claim of the constitutionality of slavery, 7 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.
"CYRANO," based on the romantic play "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand, about a man whose unhappiness with his large nose keeps him from proclaiming his love to the woman he loves, performed by Geraint Wyn Davies and Claire Lautier, opening performance, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; play continues, 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, through Aug. 1, no performance June 15 or July 4, Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202-547-1122.
MARINE BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.
CARING FOR ROSES, horticulturist Elizabeth Brewster demonstrates how to prune and feed roses and discusses pest management, 11 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $5. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TALK, Robert Behr discusses his experiences in the Terezin ghetto and a labor camp in Wulkow, Germany, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.
CHILDREN'S CHESS, for ages 5-11, volunteers teach children how to play the game or help them improve their skills, 4 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 30, Tenley-Friendship branch library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-282-3090 and 202-698-3377.
U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS, discussed by author Lanxin Xiang, 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2692.
TWILIGHT TATTOO PARADE, Army Band, Fife and Drum Corps, Army Drill Team and elements of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 30, Ellipse, Constitution Avenue NW, between 15th and 17th streets. Free. 202-685-2851.
CORCORAN LIGHT OPERA, soprano Mariann Field Olsen, 2003 Jenny Lind Scholarship winner, and pianist Bernt Wilhelmsson perform opera and musical theater; a reception with Swedish refreshments follows, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Sweden, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.
MARINE BAND CONCERT, works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Morton Gould, 8 p.m., west terrace of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-4011.
CHILDREN'S MUSIC, Mark Jaster performs mime and music as the "Mad Maestro," 10 and 11:30 a.m., Smithsonian, Arts and Industries Building, Discovery Theater, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. $5; ages 2-16, $4; 1 and younger, free. 202-357-1500.
DANCE AND PARADE, for children, Morris dancers and costumed performers celebrate spring in dance, then parade to the Folger Library, where they sing, dance and recite poetry, sponsored by the Folger and Discovery theaters, 10:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Adams Building plaza, Second Street SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. Free. 202-707-1071.
FASHION DESIGN, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, curator emeritus of textile and fashion arts at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, discusses the designs of Charles James from the late 1920s to the early 1960s and shows pieces that he designed for wealthy women, noon, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
ORGAN RECITAL, Andrea Boudra, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
YVETTE RIVERS JAZZ TRIO, concert, bring a blanket and a picnic supper, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW. Free. 202-333-4949.
NIGERIAN ART DOCUMENTARY, "Nigerian Art: Kindred Spirits" (1990), narrated by Ruby Dee, about Nigeria's traditional and contemporary arts; Nigerian artists discuss their lives, art and cultural legacy, 7 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
COLD WAR "LAVENDER SCARE," David K. Johnson discusses his book "The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government," about how the government drove out many homosexual employees after questioning thousands of civil servants, 7 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.
MUSIC RECITAL, guitarist Eric Ulreich and pianist Laurie Hudicek perform works by Barber, Elgar, Shostakovich and others, using electric and acoustic guitars, a piano, a string piano and a toy piano, 7:30 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. Free. 202-686-8000, Ext. 0.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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