Thursday 19

NOON JAZZ CONCERT, singer Yvonne Johnson. Noon-2 p.m., Farragut Square, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

HISTORY SHOW AND TELL, National Museum of American History staff members display and discuss some of their favorite objects rarely displayed in the museum. Noon-1 p.m., 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CELLO RECITAL, cellist Jorge Espinoza and pianist Irina Lande perform works by Ginastera, Piazzolla, Guastavino and others; Espinoza discusses his instrument and how it is played in South America. 12:30 p.m., Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free; photo ID required. 202-623-3929.

WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL, documentary, "The World War II Memorial: A Testament to Freedom" (2004), about the creation of the new memorial on the Mall, includes interviews with veterans Robert Dole and Yogi Berra. 12:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, noon Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

AIRPLANE STORIES, for ages 5-10, a librarian reads stories about Orville Wright and helps children create paper airplanes. 3:30 p.m., Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

"ANIMAL OLYMPICS," for ages 4 and older, a park ranger leads an event showing how frogs jump and squirrels eat peanuts, among other feats. 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TALK, a staff member discusses German photographer August Sander's landscape photography during Nazi censorship in the 1930s and 1940s. 6 and 7 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1611 21st St. NW. $8. 202-387-2151.

"SNAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL," zoo party. A keeper from the Reptile Discovery Center displays reptiles, plus the rockabilly band Jumpin' Jupiter performs; refreshments and cash bar available. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Zoo Young Professionals; proceeds benefit the Cheetah Conservation Fund. 6-9 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15; reservations requested. 202-673-4803.

OUTDOOR PIANO JAZZ CONCERT, Benito Gonzales performs; 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.

FINANCIAL SPREADSHEETS CLASS, Fred Shultz of the Greater Atlantic Bank discusses how to create and read financial spreadsheets and write a business plan for a small business or nonprofit organization. 6:30-8 p.m., Georgia Avenue Business Resource Center, 7408 Georgia Ave. NW. Free; registration required. 202-545-0220.

CRIME-PREVENTION MEETING, Metropolitan Police Department officials discuss efforts to prevent crime and improve neighborhood safety in Police Service Area 104 of District 1. 7 p.m., District 1 Headquarters, Community Room, 415 Fourth St. SW. Free. 202-479-0442.

"ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.," 1966 movie set in prehistoric times and starring Raquel Welch. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

Friday 20

NOON BLUES CONCERT, bass guitarist Whop Frazier. Noon-1:30 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

ISLAMIC ART, National Gallery staff members Philip Leonard and J. Russell Sale lead tours of the new exhibition "Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art From the Victoria and Albert Museum." Noon Friday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. Aug. 26, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

GARDENING, INSECTS TALK, a Botanic Garden staff member discusses how to recognize bugs beneficial to gardens and which flowers to plant to attract them. 1-3 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; registration required. 202-226-4082.

INGMAR BERGMAN OPERA FILM, "The Magic Flute" (1975). 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, shown in Swedish with English subtitles. National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

MUSEUM SWING CONCERT, Raggs and the All Stars. 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

SCIENCE FICTION FILM, "Fantastic Voyage" (1966), Raquel Welch and Stephen Boyd in a story about a miniaturized medical team injected into a scientist who has a blood clot in his brain. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

CHINESE FILM, "Men Suddenly in Black" (2003), four men devise a complicated plan to cheat on their wives. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ARMY BAND JAZZ, free concert. 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. 703-696-3399.

Saturday 21

GEORGETOWN HISTORY PROGRAMS, a park ranger discusses the 18th-century tobacco trade and its effect on Georgetown port and area residents, 10 a.m.; a reenactor portrays 1890s-era police officer Ernest W. Brown and discusses nightlife and crimes in 19th-century Georgetown. 12:15-1:45 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

LUNCHTIME MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, traditional and modern jazz by Project Natale, 1-4 p.m. Saturday; inspirational music by Marc Staggers, 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

BONSAI TALK, a National Bonsai and Penjing Museum staff member demonstrates basic bonsai planting and pruning techniques. 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898.

CLAYMATION VIDEO, for children 5 and older, plus a related arts and crafts project. 1:30 p.m., Petworth branch library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6300.

Sunday 22

CHILDREN'S MATISSE STORY, a staff member reads Bijou Le Tord's "A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse," discusses Matisse's life as a painter and helps children create a collage to take home. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Rotunda, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6880.

GEORGETOWN WALKING TOUR, "Alley Crawl" history program, a park ranger leads a two-mile walk along Georgetown's small streets and discusses the people who lived there. 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

CATHEDRAL GARGOYLE TOUR, for ages 10 and older, a docent leads a tour of the cathedral's humorous and scary gargoyles and discusses the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque; bring binoculars. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.

AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY, "Zan Boko" (1988), about how a rural village is affected by the expansion of a nearby city; shown in French with English subtitles. 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

AMERICAN ART TALK, Alan Fern, director emeritus of the National Portrait Gallery, discusses landscapes in paintings. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Rotunda, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

PARK "SWAMP TROMP," for ages 6 and older, a park ranger discusses the quality of Rock Creek's water and helps search for salamanders, crayfish, crane fly larvae and other creatures; bring water-resistant shoes and insect repellent. 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park, Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Vincent Carr, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

Monday 23

REAGAN BUILDING NOON PERFORMANCES, the Mustangs Band performs songs from the 1960s, '70s and '80s, noon-1:30 p.m. Monday; Chinese opera by the Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday; City Dance Ensemble, noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

AMERICAN ART TALK, Dianne Stephens discusses the works of masters such in the John Wilmerding collection. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

VICTORY GARDEN TOUR, a Smithsonian Horticulture Service Division staff member leads a tour of a World War II-era vegetable garden. 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, West Terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, actor Kathy Randels in a one-woman performance of Tennessee Williams's "To Flee, Flee This Sad Hotel," 6 p.m. Monday; music by Michael Cerveris, 6 p.m. Tuesday; a cappella choir Almost Recess, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CHEVY CHASE AUDITIONS, for November performances of Michele Lowe's comedy "The Smell of the Kill," performed by Chevy Chase Players. Actors ware asked to read from the script and bring a photo and resume. 7-9:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-387-1191.

BLUEGRASS CONCERT, Navy Band's Country Current ensemble. 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday 24

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.

CHILDREN'S ASIAN ART TOUR, for ages 6-14, a staff member leads a tour of "Arts of the Islamic World" and helps children decorate a plate to take home. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Aug. 26, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CHILDREN'S BOARD GAME, for ages 8-14, a librarian teaches how to play UNO. 2 p.m., Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

LIBRARY ARTS AND CRAFTS, for ages 1-14, a library volunteer teaches children how to create art with a castle theme. 3 p.m., Capitol View branch library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

"SMILE," 1975 comedy about a small town beauty pageant and the havoc it causes for contestants and sponsors; movie starts Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

BEDTIME STORY TIME, for ages 3-8, a librarian tells stories and leads children in songs; children may wear pajamas. 7 p.m., Palisades branch library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

NAVY MEMORIAL CONCERT, the Navy Band, the Sea Chanters chorus and the Cruisers rock ensemble. 8 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

Wednesday 25

STORIES FOR CHILDREN, for ages 5-12, a library staff member reads from popular books. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-1000.

EMBROIDERY DEMONSTRATION, members of the D.C. chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America show how to sew different types of embroidery. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

MARS WATER SEARCH, museum curator Thomas Watters discusses the use of a low-frequency sounding device in the search for subsurface water. Noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TALK, Fritz Gluckstein, the son of a Jewish father and a Christian mother, discusses how he was affected by being classified as a Jew during World War II. 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.

ART LECTURE, Stephen Ackert, head of the museum's music department, discusses the depiction of instruments in paintings. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

CHILDREN'S PLANETARIUM PROGRAM, for ages 2-10, a park ranger discusses astronomy. 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CHILDREN'S ARTS AND CRAFTS, for ages 4 and older, led by a librarian. 4 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, works by Leonard Bernstein, Sousa, Gershwin and others. 8 p.m., west terrace of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-4011.

Thursday 26

BUSINESS RECORD-KEEPING, how to manage a business's accounts, identify financial records that must be kept and more. 9-11 a.m., D.C. Department of Employment Services, Business Resource Center, Training Room 3066, 64 New York Ave. NE. $15; registration required. 202-806-1550.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, a National Museum of American History staff member discusses the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag. 11 a.m., 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

MARKETING WORKSHOP, Meka Parker discusses basic marketing strategies to help a business grow. 6:30-8 p.m., Georgia Avenue Business Resource Center, 7408 Georgia Ave. NW. Free; registration required. 202-545-0220.

BAROQUE MUSIC RECITAL, countertenor Jose Lemos and pianist Irina Pevzner. 6:30 p.m., Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3929.

MUSEUM R&B CONCERT, Danish group, including singer Tine Bruhn, pianist Andrea Rose and bass player Anne Mette Iversen. 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6; ages 60 and older and students, $5. 202-783-7370.

SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC PLAYERS, performance of works about the sun, moon, stars and planets by Holst, Wagner, Schubert and others. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 703-241-8210.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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