SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS, for advanced students, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 28, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. TTY and voice, 202-727-2145.
INDIAN MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE TALK, Grant and Ilze Jones discuss their firm's culturally and ecologically integrated designs for the new National Museum of the American Indian, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; registration required. 202-272-2448.
NAVY MUSEUM CONCERT, Judy Cook sings "Songs of Women and the Sea," 7 p.m., the museum's Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897 or www.history.navy.mil.
MUSIC OF ICELAND, baritone Sigurdur Bragason and pianist Hjalmur Sighvatsson, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1770.
YELLOWJACKETS JAZZ, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and David Buroe, noon, Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
CHORAL RECITAL, the Sophia Choir of Siberia, 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, Dahlgren Chapel, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6933.
"RAPUNZEL," for ages 5 and older, puppeteer Pamella O'Connor performs with Sicilian-style marionettes and Indonesian shadow puppets, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Film Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $14. 202-467-4600.
AUTHOR READINGS, James Carroll, author of "An American Requiem: God, My Father and the War That Came Between Us," and Aleksandar Hemon, author of "The Question of Bruno: Stories," and others read from their works, 8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.
PIANO RECITAL, Michael Sheppard performs works by S.S. Wesley, George Crumb, Chopin, Gershwin and John Corigliano on the church's new Steinway concert grand piano, 8 p.m., St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. $20; seniors and students, $15. 202-363-4119.
"OF THEE I SING," musical comedy by George and Ira Gershwin, performed by American University music and drama students, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 22 and 23, the university's Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15. 202-885-2587.
USED-BOOK FAIR, sale of books, art objects, stamps and coins, sponsored by Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide, to benefit community projects and a scholarship fund, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 24, State Department, C Street entrance between 22nd and 23rd streets NW. Free; everything half-price Oct. 24. 202-223-5796.
CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult, museum education director Jill Sanderson and horticulturist Elizabeth Brewster read stories about birds, lead a walk through the garden and help make a bird feeder to take home, 10:30 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $7 per child. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
ROOSEVELT ISLAND EVENT, park rangers lead walks and birthday-theme games and teach how to build a birdhouse, in celebration of Teddy Roosevelt's birthday (Oct. 27, 1858), 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Island, accessible from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Free. 703-289-2500.
GEORGETOWN PROGRAMS, a park ranger discusses Georgetown's African American history and leads a walk through Georgetown, 12:15 p.m.; canal boat staff perform traditional folk music on the concertina, guitar and dulcimer, the audience is invited to sing along, 1 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
OLD POST OFFICE PERFORMANCES, Washington Jazz Quartet, 1-4 p.m. Saturday; blues and rock-and-roll by Johnny and the Headhunters, 2-5 p.m. Sunday; classical guitarist Dennis Sobin, noon-1 p.m. Monday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.
AMERICAN FOOD HISTORY, food historians, chefs, food critics and representatives of the Oxford University Press discuss how social movements, regional preferences and innovations created hot dogs, egg rolls, sour mash, sweet tea and more, 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
PIANO RECITAL, Ruth Rose performs works by Debussy, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Gottschalk and Zes Confrey, sponsored by the Society of the Cincinnati, 1:30 p.m., Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-785-2040, Ext. 499.
BIRD WALK, for all ages, a park ranger discusses the birds that live in the park and leads a hike to Fort DeRussy and surrounding trails, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
ART TALK, curator Olga Viso discusses Cuban-born painter and performance artist Ana Mendieta and her works on exhibit in "Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance, 1972-1985," 2 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
HAWAIIN SURFING FILM, "The Ride" (2003), Nathan Kurosawa's fictional tale of a contemporary world-champion surfer who goes back in time to early 20th-century Hawaii and meets another surfing champion, 3 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
GOSPEL CONCERT, Carpe Diem Choir, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
"THE SOUND OF THE MUSIC," audience invited to sing along to the classic 1965 film and wear costumes, 7 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. $15. 301-808-6900.
CHINESE VAUDEVILLIAN DOCUMENTARY, "The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam" (2003), director Ann Marie Fleming's story of her great-grandfather, who was an acrobat, magician and linguist, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Left Bank Concert Society performs works by Mauldin, Debussy and Beethoven, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
ASTRONOMY, a park ranger and members of the National Capital Astronomers demonstrate how to view stars, planets and other phenomena using telescopes, 7:30 p.m., Rock Creek Park, Military Field, near Picnic Groves 13 and 14, Military Road NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
JAZZ CONCERT, saxophonist Antonio Hart, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
CHAMBER CONCERT, the Avalon String Quartet and clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein perform works by Mozart, Haydn and Dutilleux, 8 p.m., Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. $28; students and seniors, $24. 202-965-2000, Ext. 100.
DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Jane Franklin Dance and VTDance , 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.
GEORGETOWN HISTORY, a reenactor portrays 1890s-era police officer Ernest W. Brown and discusses tales of nightlife and crime in 19th-century Georgetown, 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
ART TALK, museum curator Martha M. Evans discusses painter Claude Raguet Hirst, 2 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8; students, $5. 202-783-7370.
CHAMBER RECITAL, violist Daniel Foster, cellist David Hardy, pianist Lambert Orkis and clarinetist Loren Kitt perform works by Brahms, Prokofiev and Dvorak, 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600.
EBONY MAGAZINE FASHION FAIR, couture from designers in Paris, Milan, London, Rome and New York, to benefit the Washington D.C. Continentals Society's scholarship fund and children's charities in the Washington area, 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$70. 202-467-4600.
FURNITURE DESIGN, self-taught artist Jacob Cress discusses the stories behind his designs and shows examples of his work, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
WASHINGTON WOMEN'S CHORUS, concert, works by Niccola Porpora, Joseph Reinberger and Michael Haydn, 4 p.m., St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Pkwy. NW. $18; seniors and students, $15. 202-244-7367.
CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Erik Suter, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200.
CHORAL CONCERT, the National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble sings music with text by William Wordsworth and other 19th-century English poets, in conjunction with an exhibit on the 19th-century photographs of Roger Fenton, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
CABARET, singer-pianist Steve Ross performs works by Noel Coward, Cole Porter and other Broadway composers and tells little-known stories about them, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1770.
"BOSTON MARRIAGE," Shakespeare Theatre actors read David Mamet's play about two 19th-century women who live together, 7 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-547-1122, Ext. 4.
EVENING WITH MARILYN HORNE, the opera star discusses her career choices, techniques and training, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.
BEETHOVEN RECITAL, performed by members of the Friday Morning Music Club, noon, Sumner School Museum, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
CHORAL RECITAL, Palestrina Choir, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
AIR FORCE BAND, concert, 4 p.m., Watha T. Daniel branch library, 1701 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
SERBIAN AND BALKAN MUSIC, twin brothers Ratko and Radisa Teofilovic sing traditional songs, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS, workshop for high school students; representatives of the Greater Washington College Information Center discuss strategies for writing a successful essay, 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 110, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-393-1100, Ext. 17.
AUTHOR TALKS, Peruvian writer Rowena Rizo-Patron and Salvadoran writer Grego Pineda discuss their works, 6:30 p.m., Mount Pleasant branch library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-0200.
HISTORY OF GOLDSMITHS, Philippa Glanville, author of "Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England: A Social History and Catalogue of the National Collection 1480-1660," discusses how goldsmiths created elegant items for palaces from the 16th to 19th centuries, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1770.
IRISH THEATER TALK, playwright Thomas Kilroy discusses writing for the Irish Theater, 8 p.m., George Washington University, Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-6180.
ARABIC MUSIC, Nadim Dlaikan and his four-piece ensemble, noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
JAZZ GUITAR CONCERT, by Donaro Soviero, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.
ARCHITECTURE TALK, architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake discuss their ideas for updating basic design and construction methods, 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
CHILDREN'S POETRY EVENT, for ages 8 and 9, students from area schools read their works, 1:30 p.m., Southwest branch library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.
JAMES ROUSE BIOGRAPHY, Joshua Olsen discusses his book "Better Places, Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse," about the visionary community planner, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10. 202-272-2448.
PIANO RECITAL, Michael Clarke, dean of math and science at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, performs works by Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Chopin and Bartok, 6:30 p.m., Duke Ellington, 3500 R St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-282-0123.
MISTRESSES OF KINGS, Eleanor Herman discusses her book "Sex With Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge," about mistresses in several European courts, a reception follows, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $10. 202-234-7911.
AMERICAN VIEWS OF PARIS, Adam Gopnik discusses his book "Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology," a collection of written impressions of the city by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac and others, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $18. 202-639-1770.
SILENT HORROR FILM, "The Magician" (1926); "Our Gang" comedy short precedes the film, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839 or www.filmsonthehill.com.
CHAMBER MUSIC, the Johannes String Quartet performs works by Mozart, Webern and Brahms, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Panocha Quartet performs works by Haydn, Smetana and Dvorak, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, $2 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 202-397-7328 or 800-551-7328.
BRASS CONCERT, Air Force Band, 8 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
CATHEDRAL WOODS WALK, horticulturist Nate Heavers and Anne Elsbree lead a walk and discuss native trees and shrubs, wear sturdy waterproof shoes, 10 a.m., meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319.
EDNA FERBER NOVEL, a librarian leads a discussion of Ferber's "So Big," about a boy who is raised with good morals but does not understand their value until his girlfriend reminisces about his mother's life, 1:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1295.
SPIDER STORY AND CRAFT, for ages 3-6, a park ranger leads a song about spiders, reads a story about them and helps make a toy spider, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
PUBLIC HEALTH HISTORY, discussion of the work of Joseph Goldberger, a medical researcher who fought epidemics of typhoid, yellow fever and diphtheria in the early 20th century; speakers include Alan Kraut, American University professor, and Suzanne Junod, assistant historian at the Food and Drug Administration, 7 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.
JAZZ CONCERT, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and percussionist Bill Summer head Los Hombres Calientes, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
RICHARD WAGNER LECTURE, scholar Oswald G. Bauer discusses "The False Prophet: The Premiere Production of 'Le Prophete' in Paris and Wagner's Strategy of Denunciation" and the origin of Wagner's anti-Semitic reputation and plays examples of the German composer's works, 7:30 p.m., George Washington University, Funger Hall, Room 108, 2201 G St. NW. Free. 301-907-2600.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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