BRASS RECITAL, Monumental Brass Quintet, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 5 and older, a park ranger leads a short hike and discusses how plants and animals prepare for winter, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, Hawaiian slack key guitarist and singer Ledward Ka'apana, 6 p.m. today; Cherokee National Youth Choir, 6 p.m. Friday, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
AUTHOR'S READING, Joyce Hackett reads from her book "Disturbance of the Inner Ear: A Novel," 8 p.m., George Washington University, Media and Public Affairs Building, Room B-07, 805 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-6180.
GERMAN FILM, "Donau, Duna, Dunaj, Dunav, Dunarea" (2003), about the path of the Danube River toward the Black Sea and a mysterious group of passengers who travel on it in a rusted ship, in German with English subtitles, 8 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.
MADAM C.J. WALKER TALK, A'Lelia Bundles discusses the life and business success of her great, great grandmother, who was a beauty products entrepreneur, 10 a.m.-noon, First Congregational Church, 945 G St. NW. Free. 202-363-7102.
HAWAIIAN EXHIBIT TALK, curator Adrienne L. Kaeppler discusses the history of artifacts in the exhibit "Hawaiian Treasures," including an outrigger canoe; plus live performances of Hawaiian music and dance, noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
GARDENING TO ATTRACT WILDLIFE, Dave Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation discusses how to provide food, water, shelter and places to raise young wildlife through a variety of designs and gardening techniques, noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
HISPANIC LITERATURE, author Judith Ortiz Cofer and illustrator Yuyi Morales discuss their works and the 2003 Americas Awards for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-707-3702.
KOREAN "MATCH GIRL" FILM, "Resurrection of the Little Match Girl" (2002), a special effects film about a computer game based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Little Match Girl," in Korean with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
JAZZ VOCAL CONCERT, Tierney Sutton, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
"THE MATCHMAKER," Andrea Martin and Jonathan Hadary star in the Thornton Wilder comedy that was the inspiration for the musical "Hello, Dolly!" opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, continues 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Oct. 24, call for complete matinee schedule, Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $25-$48. 202-347-4833.
CATHEDRAL OPEN HOUSE, a performance by Stained Glass Bluegrass; puppet shows; demonstrations of stone carving, masonry and other arts; St. Andrew's Society Bagpipers; Central Tower tour; and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free; shuttle bus available from Tenleytown/American University Metro station. 202-537-6200.
ROCK CREEK PARK DAY, 114th birthday celebration, including a planetarium show, a live reptile display and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
GEORGETOWN HISTORY WALK, for ages 7 and older. A park ranger leads a tour and discusses how the Potomac River, Rock Creek and the C&O Canal influenced the area's daily life, 10 a.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
RUG TALK, Wendel Swan discusses the differences between nomadic and tribal rugs, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR TALK, Adjoa J. Burrowes, author and illustrator of "Grandma's Purple Flowers," discusses the process of becoming a writer or illustrator of children's books, how and why to get an agent and how to increase one's chances of being published, 11 a.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations suggested. 202-610-3292.
GEORGETOWN PARTY, "Frances the Mule" celebrates her retirement after 20 years of government service by serving carrot cake to visitors and running children's activities and games, including a mule shoe toss and pin the tail on the mule, noon-2 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
FOSSIL TALK, Peter Kranz shows fossils and reads from his books "Dinosaurs in the District of Columbia" and "I Can Find a Dinosaur Myself," noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1213.
MALL BIKE TOUR, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour along the Mall, 1-4 p.m. Participants should bring a bike, water and a helmet, and meet at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Plaza, West Potomac Park, Tidal Basin Stage. Free. 202-438-4391.
MUSIC RECITAL, violinist Mikhail Simonyan and pianist Alexei Podkorytov perform works by Schnittke, Grieg, Franck and Tchaikovsky, 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $27. 202-467-4600.
HYMN SINGING, the Cherokee National Youth Choir, Victoria Huggins, Gospel Light Echoes and the Oneida Hymn Singers, 10 a.m.-noon, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
GEORGETOWN HISTORY WALK, a park ranger leads a two-hour walk in Herring Hill and discusses its African American heritage, 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
ARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTARY, "Soleri's Cities: Architecture for Planet Earth and Beyond," about architect Paolo Soleri's vision of a new type of city in which architecture complements nature, 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
CATHEDRAL GARGOYLE TOUR, for ages 10 and older, a docent leads a tour of 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 ART DOCUMENTARY, "Zimbabwe: Talking Stones" (1993), about the Shona people and their stone sculpture, in English and Shona with English subtitles, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
PUERTO RICAN AUTHORS EVENT, Rosario Ferre, Mayra Montero, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Esmeralda Santiago and Mayra Santos Febres discuss their views on the roles of women in Puerto Rico, 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Film Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
WATER-BOWL PERCUSSION, Nemani Somayajulu performs on the jalatharangam with violin, clay pot and drum accompaniment, 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
SUPREME COURT TALK, John M. Ferren discusses his book "Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: the Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge." A panel of law clerks who served the Supreme Court justices in the 1940s join the discussion, 2-5 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.
CABARET, operatic soprano Marilyn Moore Brown and blues and gospel singer Debra Tidwell perform, 3 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $21; ages 60 and older, $18; students, $12. 202-518-0152.
ARTIST'S TALK, furniture designer John Cederquist discusses the inspiration he gets from Popeye cartoons, the art of Japanese print master Hokusai and surfing near his Capistrano Beach, Calif., studio, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
INDO-CARIBBEAN SYMPOSIUM, a screening of the documentary "Legacy of Our Ancestors: the Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago, 1845-1917." Producer Gideon Hanoomansingh discusses his film, and panelists discuss the Indian indentureship period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the development of Hindu, Christian and Muslim cultures in the Indo-Trinidadian community, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2011.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURES, Austrian Leopold Engleitner, a Jehovah's Witness, discusses his refusal to abandon his beliefs when the Gestapo tried to force him into the German Army in 1938 and imprisoned him in Buchenwald and other concentration camps, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW, 202-488-0427. Bernhard Rammerstorfer discusses his biography of Engleitner, "Unbroken Will: The Extraordinary Courage of an Ordinary Man," light refreshments served, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW, reservations required, 877-420-1184. Both lectures are free.
LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION MEETINGS, library staff and representatives from Hess Construction discuss upcoming construction work at two libraries, 7 p.m. Monday, Anacostia branch library, Good Hope Road and 18th Street SE, 202-698-1190, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Tenley-Friendship branch library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-282-3090. Free.
PERSIAN PIANO MUSIC, Guity Adjoodani performs classical music and folk tunes, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $18. 202-639-1770.
INDIAN MUSIC, DANCE, Anjani Ambegaokar performs kathak music and dance, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Neptune Plaza, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.
JULIUS AND ETHEL ROSENBERG, Kenneth R. Kahn discusses his book "Secret Judgment: How the U.S. Government Illegally Executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg," noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1261.
CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, cellist Nathaniel Chaitkin and pianist Marie-France Lefebvre, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERT, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins perform Piedmont blues, gospel, Delta blues, rhythm and blues and folk ballads, 6 p.m., Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
MARSHALL HEIGHTS CENTER PLAN TALK, representatives from the city government discuss the planned government center project next to the Minnesota Avenue Metro station, 6:30-8 p.m., Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, 3939 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-724-4150.
ARBORETUM NIGHT HIKE, a staff member leads a mildly strenuous five-mile hike, 8-10 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12; reservations required. 202-245-5898.
CELTIC MUSIC, Bretons & Co. performs with Breton pipe, recorder, rustic clarinet, fiddle, melodeon and other instruments, 8 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $20. 202-234-7911.
BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION, Pamela Barnes Craig of the Law Library discusses five cases related to the landmark Supreme Court decision, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Southwest Gallery, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
AUTHOR'S READING, Ilan Stavans discusses and reads from his works including "The Hispanic Condition: The Power of a People" and "Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language," noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-6400.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN BOOK TALK, Richard Striner discusses his work "Lincoln, Race and Moral Strategy," 1 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.
KENNEDY CENTER IRISH CONCERT, by Dervish, a seven-piece traditional Irish band, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
NOVELIST'S READING, Miguel Mendez discusses and reads from his works, 6:30 p.m., Cultural Institute of Mexico, 2829 16th St. NW. Free. 202-232-8674.
ERROL FLYNN ESPIONAGE FILM, "Northern Pursuit" (1943), directed by Raoul Walsh, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.
KOREAN FILM, "Art Museum by the Zoo" (1998), a romantic comedy about a chauvinistic soldier's unexpected romance with a shy screenwriter, in Korean with English subtitles, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6; students and ages 60 and older, $5. 202-783-7370.
LANDSCAPE GARDENING, Jack Sullivan, director of the landscape architecture program at the University of Maryland, discusses East Coast gardens, 7 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
ARCTIC WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, Norbert Rosing discusses his photographs of polar bears and other Arctic creatures, 7:30 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $16. 202-857-7700.
NAVY MEMORIAL JAZZ CONCERT, Navy Band's Commodores, noon, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.
"LINCOLN AND WHITMAN," Daniel Mark Epstein discusses his book "Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington, D.C.," noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1749.
JAZZ CONCERT, Delandria Mills Jazz Trio, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
POET'S READING, Rita Dove reads from her new book "American Smooth: Poems," 6:45 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.
CORCORAN CABARET, Anna Bergman sings a tribute to Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein and others, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1770.
MEET THE ARTIST, Martin Puryear discusses his art with Hirshhorn director Ned Rifkin, 7 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
JAZZ CONCERT, the Winard Harper Sextet, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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