Thursday 2

D.C. ELDERFEST, "Aging Well, Living Well" theme, exhibits on public safety, health, arts and crafts and more, sponsored by the D.C. Office on Aging, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 13th and 14th streets. Free. 202-581-8100.

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

SOCK PUPPETS, for all ages, a park ranger discusses the animals that live in Rock Creek Park and teaches visitors how to create a sock puppet to take home, bring a clean sock, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

"MACBETH," Patrick Page stars in the Shakespeare play about a Scottish king's quest for power, 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 Oct. 24 (no performance Sept. 7; no matinee Sept. 5), Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202-547-1122.

"LENNY & LOU," a comedy performed by members of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 26, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $32-$36. 202-393-3939.

Friday 3

POLLINATION TALK, a U.S. Botanic Garden staff member discusses the importance of pollinators for growing plants and which plants are most attractive to them, noon, Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; registration required. 202-226-4082.

JAZZ CONCERT, Joshua Bayer Quartet, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

CIVIL RIGHTS FILM, "Mississippi Burning" (1988), starring Gene Hackman, about racism in Philadelphia, Miss., in 1964, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

"M BUTTERFLY," a play about a French diplomat who hears a star of the Beijing Opera singing the death scene from Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" and falls in love, opens 8 p.m. Friday; continues, 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, Arena Stage's Fichandler Theater, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. $45-$59. 202-488-3300.

Saturday 4

NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, readings, panel discussions, and open rehearsals of plays and musicals to be performed in their entirety at area theaters through next year, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free; some events may require tickets. 202-467-4600.

D.C. BLUES FESTIVAL, Hubert Sumlin, the Nighthawks, the Junkyard Dogs, Linwood Taylor, Jesse Yawn, Melanie Mason and others, 1-9 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-0486.

BONSAI PROGRAM, staff members from the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum show how to transform a nursery plant into a bonsai, 1-2:30 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898.

ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 5 and older, led by a park ranger along Woodland Trail, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Sunday 5

CHILDREN'S CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP, for children accompanied by an adult, visitors view architect Frank Gehry's stainless steel and titanium projects in the exhibit "Symphony in Steel: Ironworkers and the Walt Disney Concert Hall," then use shiny building materials to create a work of art to take home, 1-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $4 per artwork. 202-272-2448.

ARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTARY, "The Rural Studio," about the designs of architect Samuel Mockbee and the student architects from Auburn University who helped rebuild a neglected rural community in Alabama, shown in conjunction with the exhibit "Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture," 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

CATHEDRAL STAINED GLASS TOUR, a docent discusses the colors and stories depicted by the cathedral's windows, 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.

HIRSHHORN ART TOUR, curator Phyllis Rosenzweig leads a tour of the exhibit "Gabriel Orozco: Extension of Reflection"; a screening of the documentary "Gabriel Orozco" follows, 2 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

FRENCH DOCUMENTARIES, Raymond Depardon's "New York, N.Y.," "10 Minutes of Silence for John Lennon" and "Peasant Profile," 2 p.m.; "Africa: How Is the Pain?" Depardon's scenes of everyday life and landscape photos of Africa, 4:30 p.m., all in French with English subtitles, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

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

NSO CAPITOL CONCERT, National Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic works and show tunes, 8 p.m., west lawn of the Capitol. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday 6

STUDENT ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION, visitors view the eight-hour competitive design session in which students from Catholic University, Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland and Howard University work on a design project, sponsored by American Institute of Architects, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW; award ceremony and reception, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, HNTB firm, 421 Seventh St. NW. Free; reservations required for the Sept. 9 event. 202-667-1798.

MUSICAL EXCERPTS, actors from Signature Theater perform excerpts from musicals in their 2004/2005 season, including "One Red Flower," 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

COUNTRY, BLUE GRASS MUSIC, Navy Band's Country Current, 8 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday 7

STARTING A BUSINESS IN D.C., representatives from the D.C. Small Business Development Center Network discuss implementing a business idea, licensing requirements, funding options and more, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; reservations required 202-806-1550.

NATIVE AMERICAN GENEALOGY, archivists Joe Schwarz and Mary Frances Morrow discuss the Native American records at the National Archives, 11 a.m., Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

VOCAL RECITAL, soprano Julie Kinzey and pianist Scott Dettra, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

CENTRAL AMERICAN PLANTS, herbalist Rosita Arvigo leads a tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden's plants from Central America, 3 p.m., free (registration required); Arvigo discusses herbal medicine used by Central American shamans, 6-8 p.m., $12 (registration required), Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. 202-226-4082.

CONSTRUCTION TOUR, architects from Shalom Baranes Associates lead a tour of Langston Lofts, 79 loft-style residences under construction at 14th and V streets NW, scheduled for completion in 2005, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, 4 p.m., meet at 14th and V streets NW, across the street from the Reeves Center. Free; reservations required. 202-667-1709.

SILENT FILM, "A Woman in Grey" (1919), murder mystery serial, chapters 1-7, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; chapters 8-15, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE, Paul Goldberger, dean of the Parsons School of Design in New York City, discusses the plans and history of the redevelopment of the area since Sept 11, 2001, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $12; registration required. 202-272-2448.

AFRICAN MOVIE, "Empty Quarter: A Woman in Africa" (1985), Raymond Depardon's film about a young woman who crosses the Djibouti Desert, in French with English subtitles, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; ages 60 and older and students. $4. 202-783-7370.

FREE POETRY READINGS, Melanie Riviera and John Murillo read from their war-related works, 7 p.m., Mount Pleasant branch library, 3160 16th St. NW, 202-671-0200, and E. Ethelbert Miller reads from his poems and discusses them, 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship branch library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-282-3090.

Wednesday 8

WORLD WAR II TALK, Sheila Dyer of the Veterans History Project discusses "World War II Veterans of the Pacific Theater: Recording Battles and Battling the Weather," noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Southwest Gallery, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

JCC FILM, "Lies My Father Told Me" (1975), about a boy growing up in Montreal in the 1920s, 1 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $6; seniors, $4. 202-777-3268.

INTERNET CENSORING DISCUSSION, D.C. Library Board of Trustees discusses whether to adopt Internet censoring filters designed to protect children from accessing objectionable Web sites, a question-and-answer session follows, 5 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1184.

GEORGETOWN ARCHITECTURE TOUR, a self-guided tour of five architects' offices, a reception follows, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, 5-7 p.m., pick up a map at CORE architecture firm, Suite 405, 1010 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-667-1798.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, Sudanese flutist Hafiz Abdel Rahman, 6 p.m. Wednesday; jazz and more by the Swingin' Swamis, 6 p.m. Sept. 9, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

LATIN POP MUSIC, Ednita Nazario sings salsa and other music, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

GEORGETOWN CHAMBER CONCERT, Air Force Band Chamber Players, 8 p.m., Georgetown University, McNair North Building, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Thursday 9

EMPLOYEE MORALE, representatives of the D.C. Small Business Development Center and the Georgetown Business Improvement District discuss how to keep employees satisfied, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Georgetown Business Development Office, Suite L-11, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. $25; reservations required. 202-298-9222.

ORGAN RECITAL, Marvin Mills, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

"NORTH DALLAS FORTY," a film about the life of a professional athlete, starring Nick Nolte and Mac Davis, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

ARCHITECTURE TALK, architect Brigitte Shim discusses her ideas for designing a building that blends with its surrounding landscape, sponsored by the National Building Museum, 7 p.m., Hotel Monaco, Paris Ballroom, 700 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; registration required. 202-272-2448.

JAPANESE CLASSICAL MUSIC, Reigakusha, an orchestra that performs ancient Japanese Imperial Court music, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

"THE ELEPHANT MAN," members of the Catalyst Theater Company perform Bernard Pomerance's drama about a deformed young man in Victorian England, opens 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9; continues, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays except Sept. 11, through Oct. 16, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Sept. 9 and 10, pay-what-you-can previews; Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees, $25 (students and seniors, $15); Friday and Saturday evenings, $30 (students and seniors, $15). 800-494-8497.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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