Thursday 26

REAGAN BUILDING CONCERTS, comedy by Live! and the Improv, noon-1:30 p.m. today; the Latin Jazz All Stars perform salsa and more, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Ronald Reagan Building, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

ROCK CREEK NATURE PROGRAM, for all ages, a park ranger discusses animals that live in the forest and helps create animals in clay, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ART RECEPTION, for a collection of photographs taken by Marketa Jirouskova in the Himalayas, 6-8 p.m. today; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Oct. 7, International Monetary Fund, Atrium Gallery, 700 19th St. NW. Free; photo ID required. 202-623-7718.

ART TALK, a staff member discusses Georges Rouault's images of French poet Paul Verlaine, 6 and 7 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1611 21st St. NW. $8. 202-387-2151.

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

Friday 27

U.S. HISTORY PROGRAM, park rangers from historic sites associated with Maggie Walker and Mary McLeod Bethune discuss the written philosophies of the women and their activism for civil rights, 2 p.m., Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-2402.

BRAZILIAN AND CLASSIC JAZZ, Trio Balanca, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

CHINESE FILM, "Chungking Express," about two love stories, in Cantonese with 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 CHORALE CONCERT, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 703-696-3399.

CARTER BARRON CONCERT, Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, 8 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-0486.

Saturday 28

PUBLIC SERVICES FAIR, information on services available from the city, such as immunizations for children, after-school programs, food assistance, medical insurance, college scholarships, stress management, senior services, prenatal care and more; representatives from the following city agencies are scheduled to attend: Department of Human Services, D.C. Public Library, Child and Family Services Agency, Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, Department of Parks and Recreation, Office on Human Rights and Office on Aging, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Edgewood Terrace apartment building, parking area, 635 Edgewood St. NE. Free. 202-463-6211.

GEORGETOWN CIVIL WAR TOUR, a park ranger leads a 90-minute walk to historic sites and discusses how the war tested the loyalties of area residents, 10 a.m., Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTORS, Patricia Carter Sluby discusses her book "The Inventive Spirit of African Americans: Patented Ingenuity," about George Washington Carver, Madame C.J. Walker and others, 11 a.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-1000.

GEORGETOWN HISTORY WALK, a park ranger leads a one-hour walk and discusses the former bustling Georgetown port, 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS, a park ranger discusses the celestial bodies in the night sky, 1 p.m.; a ranger discusses the universe, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ROCK CREEK PARK BIKE RIDE, for ages 10 and older, a park ranger leads a ride to Boundary Bridge and back. Bring a bike, a helmet and water, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

SWEDISH FILMS, Roy Andersson's "A Swedish Love Story," about the summer romance of two Swedish youths, and "Giliap," about a day laborer who gets a job at a formerly elegant hotel, in Swedish with English subtitles, 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-4995.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM FINALE, games and food in celebration of the Summer Quest reading program, 3 p.m., Capitol View branch library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

RHYTHM AND BLUES, concert, singer Regina Bell, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. $20, plus $2.75 service charge. 202-397-7328.

Sunday 29

GEORGETOWN BLACK HISTORY TOUR, a park ranger leads a 90-minute walk, discussing the role of African Americans in Georgetown's economic and cultural history, 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

CEZANNE ART TALK, museum staff member Sally Shelburne discusses the landscapes of the French painter and the fame that his work brought to Provence, 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

ART IN BOOKS, Adjoa J. Burrowes, author and illustrator of "Grandma's Purple Flowers," discusses the art of combining words with pictures and demonstrates her paper collage technique, 3-5 p.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-610-3292.

SWEDISH FILMS, Roy Andersson's "Commercials," a collection of the filmmaker's TV productions, and "Songs From the Second Floor," vignettes about societal breakdown and pending doom, in Swedish with English subtitles, 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-4995.

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

Monday 30

TENLEY-FRIENDSHIP STORY TIME, for ages 2 and younger. A librarian reads stories and leads songs and rhymes, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Tenley-Friendship branch library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3090.

REAGAN BUILDING NOON CONCERTS, singer-songwriter Kim Fields and her band October Skies, noon-1:30 p.m. Monday; City Dance Ensemble, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ronald Reagan Building, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

LUNCHTIME MUSIC PERFORMANCES, traditional and modern jazz by Project Natale, 1-4 p.m. Monday; pianist John Guernsey, noon Tuesday; steel pianist Leon Edwards, noon Wednesday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

PALISADES STORY TIME, for ages 3-8, a librarian reads stories and leads an arts and crafts project, 4 p.m., Palisades branch library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, trombonist Christopher Branagan and the King William Brass Quintet, 6 p.m. Monday; Jeunes Agape, a youth choral group from Trinidad, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

JAZZ CONCERT, Navy Band Commodores, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday 31

DUO PIANO RECITAL, Hye-Jung Hong and Wei-Han Su, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

CHEVY CHASE STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, a librarian reads stories and leads an arts and crafts project, 3:45 p.m., Chevy Chase branch library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

NAVY MEMORIAL BAND 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.

"MACBETH," Shakespeare tragedy, starring Patrick Page and Kelly McGillis, opening, 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 Oct. 24, Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202-547-1122.

Wednesday 1

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. 202-633-3826 or 202-633-1000.

TENLEY-FRIENDSHIP STORY TIME, for ages 2-5, a librarian reads to children, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Tenley-Friendship branch library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3090.

SPACECRAFT TALK, museum curator Ross Irwin discusses the versatility of the Soviet TKS modular space station, noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

JAZZ CONCERT, guitarist Steve Abshire, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.

TRANSPORTATION EXHIBIT, a member of the museum's curatorial team discusses the role of transportation in U.S. history and leads a tour of "America on the Move," with artifacts including a 1903 Winton car and a 92-foot-long locomotive, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Sept. 29, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CHILDREN'S CHESS CLUB, for ages 5-10, all skills, 4 p.m., Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

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

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, Sonic Circuits perform music that makes use of new technology and video art, 6 p.m. Wednesday; jazz by Ten Part Invention, 6 p.m. Sept. 2, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CIVIL RIGHTS FILM, "Heart of Dixie" (1989), starring Ally Sheedy, Phoebe Cates and Treat Williams, about an Alabama university student in the 1960s who writes for the school newspaper in support of the civil rights movement, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

Thursday 2

SNAPDRAGONS PROGRAM, a U.S. Botanic Garden staff member discusses various members of the snapdragon family, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $5; reservations required. 202-226-4082.

WOODRIDGE STORY TIME, for ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m., Woodridge branch library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

QUILTING, members of the Annapolis Quilt Guild demonstrate techniques and display samples, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept 2 and 21, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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. Thursdays, through Sept. 30, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

MUSIC HISTORY TALK, songwriter Ysaye M. Barnwell discusses the history of song in the African American community, including work songs, spirituals, gospel and blues, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0945.

NAVY MEMORIAL JAZZ CONCERT, Navy Band Commodores, noon, Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR TALK, author Walter Dean Myers and his son, illustrator Christopher Myers, discuss their professional relationship and how they collaborated on children's books, sponsored by the Anacostia Museum, 7 p.m., National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CIVIL RIGHTS TV DOCUMENTARIES, "CBS Reports: Mississippi and the 15th Amendment" (1962), "Eyewitness: The President Faces the Racial Crisis" (1963) and "Never Turn Back: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer" (1980), 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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