Thursday 7

NOON CELLO RECITAL, Vasily Popov and pianist Palitza Patcheva perform works by Stravinsky and Borodin, bring lunch, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1285.

ART DOCUMENTARY, Jake Auerbach's "Lucian Freud: Portraits," footage of the artist at work in his studio, noon, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

POST OFFICE PAVILION PERFORMANCES, guitarist Geoff Reecer, noon-1 p.m. today; folk by Izolda, noon-1 p.m. Friday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

BROADWAY DOCUMENTARY, "Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1027)," with footage of George M. Cohan, Fanny Brice and others, first episode of the PBS series "Broadway: The American Musical," 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Friday 8

CLASSICAL RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Wolf and Grieg, noon, Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

WILDFLOWERS OF SUGARLOAF, Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown discuss the flowers and plants that grow on Sugarloaf Mountain, noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

BROADWAY DOCUMENTARY, "Syncopated City (1919-1933)," with footage of Eubie Blake and others, second episode of the PBS series "Broadway: The American Musical," 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

JAZZ DOCUMENTARY, "Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser" (1989), 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

KOREAN FILM, "Aimless Bullet" (1961), about a family struggling to recover from the devastation of the Korean War, in Korean with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 9 and older, American Place Theatre's adaptation of Sandra Cisneros's book "The House on Mango Street," about a young Chicana who experiences joy and heartbreak in her Chicago neighborhood, 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $14. 202-467-4600.

ENGLISH MUSIC, the Folger Consort performs works by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Thomas Morley and others who composed for voice and lute with lyric poetry, 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $27; discounts for students and seniors. 202-544-7077.

SCIENCE LECTURE, physicist Robert Ehrlich of George Mason University discusses neutrinos, sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington, 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

Saturday 9

NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL, for adults and children, appearances by more than 70 authors, illustrators and poets, including Joyce Carol Oates, Sandra Brown, Robert B. Parker and others; plus talks by Dana Gioia, National Endowment for the Arts chairman; Leigh and Leslie Keno of the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow"; and Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva of the PBS show "This Old House," sponsored by the Library of Congress, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets NW. Free. 888-714-4696 or www.loc.gov/bookfest.

TEXTILE TALK, Charles Lovely discusses "Over the Shoulder: Tapa Cloth Capes From the Pacific Rim," 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

CHILDREN'S SHORT FILMS, "Cloud Warriors," "A Slippery Tale" and others, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-4995.

KIDS NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 2-6, a park ranger discusses animals that live in Rock Creek Park, what they eat and where they sleep, 11 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

AUTUMN GARDEN TIPS, a library volunteer discusses how to prepare your garden for fall and winter, 11 a.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

GEORGETOWN WALKING TOUR, a park ranger discusses the area's retail history from colonial times to the present, 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

WOOD ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP, for adults and children, museum staff members show how to use a variety of materials to make ornaments in the shapes of Washington buildings, 1-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3 per project. 202-272-2448.

OPERA EXCERPTS, members of the Washington National Opera perform works by American composers, 2 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-448-3490.

WORLD WAR II PHOTOS, curator Michelle Delaney leads a tour of the exhibit "World War II Photographic Perspectives," which includes images by Robert Capa, the Scurlock Studio and Navy photographer John Wesley Stipe, and discusses the museum's efforts to collect family photos and albums from the 1940s, 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

FURNITURE DESIGN, self-taught artist Sam Maloof discusses his rocking chairs and the three U.S. presidents who have owned them, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-275-2312.

BROADWAY DOCUMENTARY, "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin' (1930-1942)," with footage of Ethel Waters and others, and Gershwin home movies, third episode of the PBS series "Broadway: The American Musical," 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

JAZZ CONCERT, the Kenny Barron Quintet and vibraphonist Stefon Harris, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.

Sunday 10

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, 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

ART DOCUMENTARY, "Tamaro: Stones and Angels," the story of architect Mario Botta and fresco painter Enzo Cucchi and the chapel they created at the top of Mount Tamaro in southern Switzerland, 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

BRASS RECITAL, Air Force Band Chamber Players, 1:30 p.m., White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

PIANO RECITAL, Molly Orlando performs works by Chopin, Beethoven and Charles Ives, 2 p.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW. Free. 202-333-4949.

"DAUGHTERS OF EVEREST," a 2004 documentary about Sherpa women who climbed Mount Everest, in Nepalese with English subtitles, 4 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

BROADWAY DOCUMENTARY, "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (1943-1960)," with footage of Rex Harrison and others, fourth episode of the PBS series "Broadway: The American Musical," 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

MUSEUM VOCAL RECITAL, soprano Alessandra Marc and pianist David Chapman perform works by Beethoven, Gianni Donaudi, Puccini and Richard Strauss, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday 11

HISTORY BICYCLE TOUR, led by Capitol Hill history buff Ken Withers, with stops at Historic Congressional Cemetery, the Sewall-Belmont House and other sites, helmets required, co-sponsored by Capitol Hill Bikes, to benefit the cemetery, 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. $15. 202-546-1210, Ext. 23.

COLUMBUS DAY OBSERVANCE, wreath laying ceremony by Armed Forces Joint Honor Guard, Knights of Columbus Color Corps and Marine Band; Monika Grzesik, National Youth Essay Contest winner, reads from her winning entry "A Day in the Life of Christopher Columbus, the Explorer"; appearances by representatives of the diplomatic corps of Italy, Spain, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the Organization of American States, 11 a.m.; music, 10:45 a.m., Union Station, Columbus Memorial Statue and Fountain, Delaware and Massachusetts avenues NE. Free. 202-619-7222.

POST OFFICE PAVILION CONCERTS, classical guitarist Dennis Sobin, noon-1 p.m. Monday; steel pianist Leon Edwards, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday; pianist and vocalist Yvonne Johnson, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

CHILDREN'S FILMS, for ages 6-12, animated works, musicals and nature films, 4 p.m. Mondays, through Oct. 25, Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

JULES FEIFFER ART RECEPTION, for an exhibit of Feiffer's cartoons, watercolors, drawings, original art for books, hand-written manuscripts and prints, 5:30-7:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free. 202-518-9400.

BROADWAY DOCUMENTARY, "Broadway: The American Musical Tradition (1957-1979)," with footage of Ethel Merman and others, fifth episode of the PBS series "Broadway: The American Musical," 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CHILDREN'S STORIES, varied subjects, 6 p.m. Mondays, Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION, Jeff Lindsay's "Darkly Dreaming Dexter: A Novel," about a handsome lab technician who works for a police department and is a serial killer, 6:30 p.m., Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, Contemporary Music Forum performs works by Douglas Boyce, Anna Larson, Robert Pound, Vivien Fung and Sungji Hong, 8 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

Tuesday 12

JEWISH HERITAGE PERFORMANCE, for ages 10 and older, actors from the Smithsonian Discovery Theater perform Roberta Gasbarre's "Haven to Home: An American Journey," about Jewish life in America through the eyes of Emma Lazarus, an immigrant's daughter who wrote the poem that appears at the base of the Statue of Liberty, and composer Irving Berlin, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and 18, Dec. 6, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-1071.

CHINESE ART TALK, museum curator Stephen Allee discusses hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, album leaves, fans and more, noon, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, by faculty members of the Levine School of Music, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

BROADWAY DOCUMENTARY, "Putting It Together (1980-Present)," about Broadway hits, sixth episode of the PBS series "Broadway: The American Musical," 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, a representative of American University's Kogod School of Business discusses finding an appropriate graduate school, the admissions process, talking to faculty, standardized tests, fellowships, funding and more, 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-393-1100, Ext. 17.

CITY HISTORY RESEARCH, Matthew Gilmore discusses techniques for local research, 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1213.

AUTHOR'S READING, Susan Richards Shreve reads from her book "Plum & Jaggers: A Novel," about four American siblings who are orphaned when their parents are killed in Italy by a terrorist attack, 8 p.m., George Washington University, Media and Public Affairs Building, Room B-7, 805 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-6180.

Wednesday 13

NAVY'S 229TH BIRTHDAY, dedication of the "Still on Patrol" plaque commemorating the 52 submarines lost during World War II; cake; and maritime songs performed by the Ship's Company Chanteymen, 11 a.m. Wednesday; Judy Cook sings "Songs of Women and the Sea," 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897 or www.history.navy.mil.

TODDLER TALES, for children (18 months-age 3) accompanied by an adult, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 27, Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

AUTHOR'S TALK, Patricia R. Johnson discusses her book "Journey Into God's Presence," noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1251.

CHILDREN'S CHESS PROGRAM, for ages 5-12, play or learn how to play, 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Southwest branch library, 900 Wesley Place SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

FLORAL IMAGERY ART LECTURE, Phil Leonard of the National Gallery of Art discusses the floral imagery in paintings of the 17th century, the decorative arts of the 18th century and the Impressionist art of the 19th century, 7 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

MEDIEVAL ART TALK, Vivian Mann of New York's Jewish Museum discusses the contribution of Jewish artists and craftspeople in medieval Spain, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Thursday 14

ROCK CREEK PARK PROGRAM, for ages 4-8, a park ranger leads a walk on the Edge of the Woods Trail and discusses animal habitats, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CLASSIC FILM, "Hollywood Hotel" (1938), starring Ronald Reagan, Dick Powell, Louella Parsons, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

AMERICAN INDIAN TALK, scholar Herman Viola, Smithsonian curator emeritus, discusses his book "Trail to Wounded Knee: The Last Stand of the Plains Indians, 1860-1890," about the demise of the Native Americans who inhabited the Great Plains, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Ave. NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

PORCELAIN TECHNOLOGY, Rose Kerr, formerly of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, discusses the work of Chinese potters, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL FILM, "Tarnation" (2003), Jonathan Caouette's documentary on how he grew up with a mentally ill mother, 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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