SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL, this year's themes: Latino culture, Haiti and mid-Atlantic maritime communities, performances and demonstrations by musicians, dancers, craftspeople, storytellers, artists and others, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today through Sunday; entertainment, including concerts, 5:30-9 p.m. each day, the Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets SW. Free. 202-357-2700 or www.folklife.si.edu.
LUNCHTIME JAZZ AND BLUES, singer Marilyn Ashford Brown and Rave, noon-2 p.m., Farragut Square, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Free. 202-463-3400.
ORGAN RECITAL, Elmo Cosentini, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
ANCIENT MAYAN ART, lecture by a museum staff member, 1 p.m. today and Tuesday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
MUSIC FROM HAITI, Reginald Polycard and Friends perform folk and jazz, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
ARMY BLUES JAZZ ENSEMBLE, concert, bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic supper, 6:30-8 p.m., National Zoological Park, Lion and Tiger Hill, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-4925.
INDIAN FILM, Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in "In the Forest Again" (2003), in Bengali with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
NEW COMEDY PLAY, Ari Roth's "Oh, The Innocents," about young adult musicians performing in Adams Morgan clubs, includes 12 original songs, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 25, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $21-$34. 800-494-8497.
"CYRANO" PERFORMANCE, 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 a woman, performed by Geraint Wyn Davies and Claire Lautier, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays,
through Aug. 1, no performance July 4, Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66.
CIVIL RIGHTS AND MISSISSIPPI, William Winter, a former Mississippi governor, discusses the state of civil rights in the state, 8 p.m., George Washington
University, seventh floor, 1957 I St. NW. Free.
MAYAN ART DOCUMENTARY, "The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya," about Mayan society in the 7th and 8th centuries, shown in conjunction with an exhibit of Mayan art, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sunday and Tuesday, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
ANIMATED FILM, for ages 8 and older, "Popol Vuh," about a Mayan myth, narrated in English, 12:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
ANTI-SEMITISM PANEL DISCUSSION, discussion of anti-Semitism in Europe before and during World War II; panelists include Donald Dietrich, a professor of theology at Boston College; Gershon Greenberg, a professor of philosophy and religion at American University; and
other history and theology scholars, 2-4 p.m., United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul
Wallenberg Pl., SW. Free; reservations required.
CLASSIC JAZZ CONCERT, by the Federal Jazz Commission, with music as it was performed by small bands in the 1920s, particularly those of King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
MEXICAN FILM, "Gimme Power" (1999), about a documentarian's view of crime-ridden Mexico City, in Spanish with English subtitles, 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
CATHEDRAL TOUR, a docent leads a tour of the Lincoln Bay, the War Memorial Chapel and other areas in the building and discusses why Patrick Henry is represented in a stained-glass window, 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6207.
ORGAN RECITAL, Erik Suter performs the "Star-Spangled Banner," other patriotic works and more, 11 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, Marimba Linda Xelaju performs Guatemalan marimba works, 6 p.m. Monday; William Scott and the Moonlighters perform West Coast jump blues, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
PUPPET SHOW, Barefoot Puppets in "Dream Time," about Billy, an inquisitive young platypus who tells three tales about Australia's aborigines, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and July 8 and 9, Smithsonian, Arts and Industries Building, Discovery Theater, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. $5; ages 3-16, $4; 2 and younger, free. 202-357-1500.
CHILDREN'S ART MUSEUM STORY, a museum staff member reads James Mayhew's "Katie and the Sunflowers," about a girl in an art museum who steps in and out of paintings by Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gaugin, an art workshop follows, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free; registration required. 202-789-3030.
CHILDREN'S ART, for ages 6-14 accompanied by an adult, a staff member leads tours of the Freer and Sackler galleries and discusses the Chinese New Year, then leads a Chinese puppet making workshop, 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Thursdays, through July 15, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CHORAL CONCERT, the Washington Consort, members of the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists perform Part II of "The Cosmos According to Crumb," in celebration of the 75th birthday of composer George Crumb, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-8980.
BLUEGRASS AND COUNTRY MUSIC, the Navy Band's Country Current, 8 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.
LACE ARTIFACTS, a textile collection staff member leads a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's lace artifacts, 10 a.m.; Chesapeake Region Lace Guild staff members demonstrate lace-making, 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Textile Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required for tour. 202-343-1098 or 202-357-2700.
CATHEDRAL TOUR, for ages 11 and older, a behind-the-scenes tour of the cathedral's remote corners, balconies and stairwells, participants must be able to climb stairs and tolerate heights, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays, Wednesday through July 30, meet at the west-end docent station of Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6207.
CHILDREN'S FILMS, "Hot Hippo," for ages 3 and older, about why the hippopotamus lives in the water, and "Koi and the Kola Nuts," for ages 5 and older, about a boy who left his village and had to prove that he was a chief's son three times, 10:30 a.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
NORDIC VOCAL RECITAL, soprano Cathryn Frazier-Neely sings classical and contemporary Nordic music in English and Nordic languages, co-sponsored by the Levine School of Music, noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.
MOON VOYAGE TALK, Bruce Campbell of the museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies discusses NASA's plans for trips to the moon, noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.
WOOD TURNING, artist Al Hockenberry discusses how he creates hollow vessels from native hardwoods and how he uses a lathe to create spheres for appliques and molding treatments, noon-3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CORCORAN JAZZ CONCERT, Susan Jones Quartet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.
POETRY, library staff members read their favorite poems, 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1175.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Regina Speigel discusses how the German army forced her family from its home in Poland and into the Radom Ghetto, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.
ISLAM LECTURE, "Appreciating Islam: Political, Economic and Personal Reflections," discussed by Steve Lambert, a research fellow at the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Joseph M. Stiles, chief executive officer of Gulf Digital Solutions, sponsored by the American Association of Christian Schools, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 525 A St. NE. Free. 202-543-6111.
BACH CONCERT, organist Francine Mate, soprano Lois Beckwith Johnson, oboist Mary Ann Rueling and contrabass player Deborah Edge perform works by J.S. Bach and Johann Jacob Bach, 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-333-7100.
ARCHITECTURE TALK, Austrian architect Wolf D. Prix discusses some of the projects that his firm has designed, including its first U.S. commission, the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, 8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; registration required. 202-272-2448.
AFRICAN STORIES, Baba Jamal Koram tells African folk tales and sings African songs, 10:30 a.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
LUNCHTIME SALSA CONCERT, Latin Jazz All Stars, noon-2 p.m., Farragut Square, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Free. 202-463-3400.
PLANTS IN PRINT, Ed Valauskas of the Chicago Botanic Garden leads a tour of the exhibit "Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery" and discusses the history of botany, 1 and 2:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; registration required. 202-226-4082.
COMMUNITY GROWTH, Terry Kauffman, borough
manager of Mount Joy, Pa., discusses how a small
town achieves economic development and community goals using "smart growth" strategies, 12:30 p.m.,
National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free.
COUNTRY MUSIC, the Wilders, a Kansas City-based folk quartet, perform old-time Appalachian tunes and modern country music, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
PATRIOTIC MUSIC AT ZOO, by the 257th Army Band, bring a picnic, 6:30-8 p.m., National Zoological Park, Lion and Tiger Hill, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-4925.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE TALK, landscape architect Hideo Sasaki discusses his approach to design and his works, including the Pennsylvania Avenue area in Washington, Boston Waterfront Park and Harbour Town in Hilton Head, S.C., 8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; registration required. 202-272-2448.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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