Thursday 21

JOB FAIR, bring copies of your resume or job history and dress appropriately to speak to representatives of Marriott Hotel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bank of America, the D.C. Office of Personnel and other companies and agencies, sponsored by Covenant House Washington, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Community Service Center, 2001 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free. 202-610-6521.

UNITED NATIONS, Wilfred David of Howard University moderates a panel of specialists discussing "The United Nations in Africa: Development and Trade," 2 p.m., Howard, Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center, 2218 Sixth St. NW. Free. 202-518-0471.

KOREAN MUSIC AND FILM, Korean drummers, 6-7 p.m.; director Gina Kim's "Invisible Light" (2003), in Korean with English subtitles, 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

LATIN JAZZ CONCERT, Los Hombres Calientes, with trumpet player Irvin Mayfield and percussionist Bill Summers, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

Friday 22

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

CUBAN ART TALK, scholar David H. Brown discusses the influence of Afro-Caribbean ritual traditions on Ana Mendieta's art, 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ABORETUM FOLIAGE TOUR, Sandy Austin leads a tour of Bartholdi Park and discusses fall foliage color, 1 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $8; reservations required. 202-245-5898.

DIRECTOR GEORGE STEVENS FILMS, "George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin" (1994), a documentary on World War II, 6 p.m.; "The More the Merrier" (1943), starring Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea in a romantic comedy about housing shortages in wartime Washington, 8:30 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000.

"SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION," a 1993 film starring Will Smith as a con man who fools wealthy socialites into believing that he is Sidney Poitier's son, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 9 and older, Norman Allen's "The Light of Excalibur," a twist on the legend of King Arthur, about a computer whiz kid who travels back in time and aids the young Arthur in his quest to become ruler of England, 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 6; 1 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $14. 202-467-4600.

JAZZ CONCERT, the Jacky Terrasson Trio, 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.

CUBAN REFUGEE DOCUMENTARY, "Balseros" (2002), about the thousands of Cuban refugees who came to Florida on makeshift rafts in 1994 and their life in the United States, in Spanish with English subtitles, 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

SCIENCE TALK, Arden Bement, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, discusses "The Conduct of Science Is Not What It Used to Be," sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington, 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

Saturday 23

CORCORAN DAY, art workshops, stories, live music, theatrical performances and tours of the exhibit "Common Ground: Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art, Selections From the Collection of Julia J. Norrell," 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1770.

CHILDREN'S LEAF ART, for ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult, using red or yellow leaves fallen from Olmsted Woods trees, a staff member helps children create a leaf artwork to take home, 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $6 per child. 202-537-2934.

GENEALOGY TALK, a member of the D.C. Genealogical Society discusses library resources for family research, 10:15 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-2079.

TUDOR PLACE HISTORY, a staff member leads a tour of the historic mansion; Mary Kay Ricks leads a neighborhood walking tour and discusses some of the area's historically significant families, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1644 31st St. NW. $17; preregistration required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS TALK, for ages 13 and older, a National Park Service staff member discusses Douglass's quest for freedom from slavery in the 19th century, 11 a.m.; for ages 3 and older, park rangers perform a puppet show introducing Douglass and his wife, Anna, and Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown, noon, ARCH Development Center, 1227 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-426-5961.

"ENCHANTED" FOREST HIKE, for ages 8 and older, a park ranger leads a half-mile walk and discusses the legends and myths about animals that live in Rock Creek Park, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CAMBODIAN SILK HANGINGS, Gillian Green discusses ship motifs, 2:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $10; preregistration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

SPIRITUALITY TALK, Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun, discusses her study of religion, spirituality and Buddhism, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $15; seniors and students, $8. 202-537-2221.

DIRECTOR GEORGE STEVENS FILMS, "A Filmmaker's Journey" (1985), about the director's body of work, includes interviews with Rock Hudson, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, 5:30 p.m.; "Shane" (1953), an anti-violence western starring Alan Ladd and Jack Palance, 7:30 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

CHORAL CONCERT, the Washington Korean Christian Choir, with violin, cello, piano and vocal soloists; works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Liszt and others, an awards program by the National Association of Professional Asian American Women follows, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25, $30. 202-467-4600.

JAZZ PIANO CONCERT, Geri Allen and her trio, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, San Francisco-based LEVYdance, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.

Sunday 24

CANAL TRAGEDIES, a park ranger leads a walk along the towpath and discusses tales of tragedy, 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

WHITE HOUSE DOCUMENTARIES, "Within These Walls" and "Upon These Grounds," about the grounds and gardens at the White House, 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS TALK, Dave Garvin discusses this staple of autumn landscapes, 1 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898.

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.

BUILDING HAUNTED HOUSES, visitors design and build a haunted house or barn using wood and cardboard and decorate it with miniature ghosts, monsters and jack-o'-lanterns, 2-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $16 per house; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

ART TALK, furniture maker Peter Handler discusses combining anodized aluminum with wood, glass or fabric to create one-of-a-kind pieces, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CHORAL CONCERT, the Heritage Signature Chorale performs Rossini's "Stabat Mater," 5 p.m., Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1225 R St. NW. $22; in advance, $20. 202-310-3283.

DIRECTOR GEORGE STEVENS FILMS, "Alice Adams" (1935), starring Katharine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray, about a small-town social climber, 5:30 p.m.; "A Place in the Sun" (1951), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters, about a poor young man drawn to rich, beautiful woman, 7:30 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

CHAMBER MUSIC, New York Chamber Soloists perform works from the last third of the 20th century, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday 25

SEPHARDIC MUSIC, Los Pasharos Sefaradis performs Judeo-Spanish music, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9897.

OLD POST OFFICE PERFORMANCES, classical guitarist Dennis Sobin, noon-1 p.m. Monday; steel pianist Leon Edwards, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

BALTIMORE JAZZ FACTORY, concert, 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; tickets required. 202-783-3372.

URBAN GROWTH TALK, Bruce Katz, founding director of the Center on Urban Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings Institution, discusses the growth challenges unique to the Washington area; Christopher G. Miller, president of the Piedmont Environmental Council, discusses how these challenges relate to other American cities, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $14; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

AUDUBON TALK, Richard Rhodes discusses his book "John James Audubon: The Making of an American," about the illustrator of birds, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.

"CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON," the classic 1954 Richard Carlson film, with original live music and dialogue by the Jazz Passengers, 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. $20, $25. 301-808-6900.

Tuesday 26

BARBIE DOLL LECTURE, Barnard College classics professor Kristina Milnor discusses "Barbie as Grecian Goddess and Egyptian Queen: Women's History by Mattel," about the doll's representations of women through the ages as shown in toy manufacturer Mattel's "Great Eras" collection, 1993-97, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0950.

CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, Ensemble Gaudior, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

D.C. RESTAURANT HISTORY, librarian Bill DeCosta discusses some of the city's notable dining establishments, 1:30 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

TEEN CAREER EXPLORATION, for high school students, librarians discuss career goals and how to pursue them, 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-393-1100.

KNITTING AND CROCHETING, for ages 8 and older, library volunteers teach basic techniques, 6:30 p.m., Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

LATINO AUTHOR TALKS, Salvadoran writer Daniel Joya and Dominican writer Angel Garrido discuss their works, 6:30 p.m., Mount Pleasant branch library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-0200.

AMERICAN CULTURAL DIPLOMACY, author and photographer Elizabeth Gill Lui discusses her views on the role of cultural diplomacy in shaping America's global image, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

WAR CRIMES DISCUSSION, historians Timothy Naftali, Norman J.W. Goda, Richard Breitman and Robert Wolfe discuss "Unique Perspectives: How the Interagency Working Group Historians Contributed to the Release and Understanding of Classified War Crimes Records," 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LECTURE, Peter Hatch, director of gardens and grounds for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, discusses Jefferson's passion for gardening, the process used to restore the gardens at Monticello and the types of plants grown there, 7 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

CHORAL CONCERT, the Election Singers perform works by Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, campaign songs and a new choral cycle based on presidential speeches, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2 service charge per ticket, plus $1.25 for each phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.

CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR, Elizabeth Spires reads from her works, including "The Mouse of Amherst," and her poetry, 8 p.m., George Washington University, Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-6180.

Wednesday 27

TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTY, for ages 2-5, bring a teddy bear for tea and teddy tales, 10 a.m. Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

MARY QUATTLEBAUM READING, the children's book author reads from her "Poems for Children," noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1308.

CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN PARTY, for ages 3-12, stories, games and refreshments, costumes welcome, 4 p.m., Palisades branch library, 49th and V streets NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

TELESCOPE TALK, Albert Van Helden of Utrecht University in the Netherlands discusses the earliest telescopes and the scientists who used them, 5 p.m., National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DANCE PERFORMANCE, Ed Tyler performs his work "Sanctuary" and improvisational pieces, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

JOHN BARRYMORE FILMS, "Svengali" (1931), about a music teacher who takes advantage of his female students, and "The Mad Genius" (1931), co-starring Boris Karloff and Charles Butterworth, about a Russian puppeteer who runs a touring marionette theater, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

EVENING ARBORETUM HIKE, a staff member leads a mildly strenuous five-mile walk through the gardens, 8-10 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12; reservations required. 202-245-5898.

Thursday 28

HALLOWEEN MUSIC RECITAL, a variety of musicians, including pianist Laurie Hudicek, perform works with Halloween and harvest themes by Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, George Crumb and others; a violin, cello and piano trio performs excerpts from Beethoven's "Ghost Trio," noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1285.

SPY BOOK TALK, Clarence Ashley discusses his book "CIA SpyMaster," about agency legend George Kisevalter; friends and former professional associates of Kisevalter join the discussion, noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000.

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT, for ages 4-8, a park ranger leads a search for signs of fall along the Woodland Trail, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

VIETNAM WAR TALK, Claude Anshin Thomas discusses his book, "At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey From War to Peace," about his Vietnam experience and his life afterward, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS BOOK, Douglas E. Schoen discusses his book "On the Campaign Trail: The Long Road of Presidential Politics, 1860-2004," a collection of posters, memorabilia and candid photos of historic people, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000.

"THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE," a 1973 horror film staring Roddy McDowall, about psychic investigators in a deadly haunted house, 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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