Thursday 28

HALLOWEEN MUSIC RECITALS, a variety of musicians, including pianist Laurie Hudicek, perform harvest and Halloween-theme works 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.

OLD POST OFFICE CONCERTS, guitarist Geoff Reecer, noon-1 p.m. today; folk by Izolda, noon-1 p.m. Friday; New Orleans jazz by the Dixie Power Trio, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

TUBA RECITAL, Michael Parker, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

HISPANIC PANEL DISCUSSION, members of the Library of Congress's Hispanic Division discuss "The Handbook of Latin American Studies in the 21st Century," 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5400.

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

MUSICAL FILM, "Karmen Gei" (2001), Joseph Gaithersburg Ramaka's version of Bizet's opera "Carmen," in French with English subtitles, 7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

AUTHOR'S READING, novelist, essayist, historian and reviewer Thomas Mallon discusses and reads from his works, 8 p.m., George Washington University, Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-6180.

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ADS, curator David Schwartz discusses "The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials (1951-2004)," about the development of the mini-film portrait, 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Friday 29

FALL GARDENING TALK, horticulturist Elizabeth Brewster discusses how to select trees and shrubs for fall color in your garden, 10:30 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $5. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by Hamilton Harty and Charles M. Loeffler, noon, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

PIANO RECITAL, James Nalley performs works by Franz Liszt and John Corigliano, 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6933.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, slide guitarist Harry Manx performs blues, 6 p.m. Friday; the Crooked Jades play bluegrass, 6 p.m. Saturday; organist Edward Alan Moore performs J.S. Bach, 6 p.m. Sunday, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

FRENCH CULTURE DOCUMENTARY, director Daniel Georget's "Le Perigord," about the area that has several prehistoric sites, wineries, picturesque villages and more, in French with English subtitles; a reception with French food and wine follows, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $12. 202-234-7911.

BELA LUGOSI SCARY FILMS, "Mark of the Vampire" (1935), co-starring Lionel Barrymore in director Tod Browning's remake of his earlier film "London After Midnight," and "Night of Terror" (1933), co-starring Loretta Young, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839 or www.filmsonthehill.com.

SALSA NIGHT, food and dancing to the music of Jesse Golphin Jr., proceeds benefit Ross Elementary School, 7-10 p.m., Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. $20; two adults, $25; ages 16 and younger, free. 202-483-0755.

"BLUEBEARD" FILM, (1972), starring Richard Burton and Raquel Welch, about a man who marries women and then murders them, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

KOREAN FILM, Im Kwon-taek's "Festival" (1996), about family problems that arise when a successful Seoul novelist goes home to attend his mother's funeral, 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 CONCERT, violinist Karen Briggs, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

LIBERIA BOOK READING, Russell Banks reads from his book "The Darling," about civil and political upheaval in late 20th-century Liberia, 8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.

GEORGE CRUMB ENSEMBLE, soprano Tony Arnold, pianist Robert Shannon, guitarist David Starobin and composer-percussionist George Crumb perform a retrospective of Crumb's works, 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.

Saturday 30

WEAVING TALK, Thomas Xenakis and Robert Nooter discuss works done by nomadic groups in Persia, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

MEXICAN CULTURE, music, hands-on activities, storytelling and more for "Day of the Dead," a Mexican tradition of remembering the dead and celebrating life, noon-4 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY, for ages 3-12, play charades, bob for apples, have your face painted and compete in a costume contest, 1 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

BUS HISTORY TOUR, historian Brian Kraft discusses the city's famous and infamous row houses, sponsored by the D.C. Preservation League, 1-4:30 p.m., meet at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $35. 202-272-2448.

AFRICAN CULTURE, chief curator David Binkley discusses the masquerade performances of children in Africa and the role that the performances play in education and creativity, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

OPERA, the Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble and accompanist Marvin Mills perform works by Bizet, Handel, Gershwin, Offenbach and others, 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

CHEVY CHASE STORY TIME, for ages 5-17, a librarian reads stories and invites children to visit the "Monster in the Closet" Halloween display, 3 p.m., Chevy Chase branch library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

JULES FEIFFER PLAY, members of Theater J perform "A Bad Friend," about an American family of Communists in the 1950s, opens Saturday, performances: 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Nov. 28, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Pay-what-you-can previews, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1; other performances, $20-$36. 800-494-8497 or 202-518-9400.

DANCE PERFORMANCE, members of Arts United of Washington perform modern dance to live jazz, 8 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20; seniors, $15; students, $12. 202-362-3042.

Sunday 31

ASTRONOMY AND HALLOWEEN, for ages 4 and older, a park ranger discusses meteors and monsters, stars and spirits, and galaxies and ghosts in the October skies, 1 and 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

KOREAN FILM, "Green Fish" (1997), Lee Chang-dong's story of a young man who gets involved with a vicious gang after he finishes his military service, in Korean with English subtitles, 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

HALLOWEEN ICE SKATING, ghosts and ghouls in costume are welcome, costumes must not touch the floor, with prizes, arts and crafts and more, 2:30 p.m., Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. $4; seniors and ages 12 and younger, $3; rental skates, $2. 202-584-5007, Ext. 11.

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

PIANO RECITAL, Andreas Haefliger performs Beethoven sonatas, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday 1

SILK DISCUSSION, Kikuo Morimoto, founder of the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles in Cambodia, discusses the dyeing and weaving of silk textiles and the transformation of golden silkworm cocoons into silk fabrics, noon, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

PLAYWRIGHT TALK, Tony Award-winning playwright Michael Frayn discusses dramatizing German history and politics in the early 1970s and his upcoming Broadway play "Democracy," sponsored by the German Historical Institute and the Goethe-Institut Washington, 5:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-518-9400.

CHILDREN'S THEATER COURSE, discussion of the technical aspects of producing the musical "Willy Wonka" (based on the book "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"), 6 p.m. Monday and Nov. 12, 19; program concludes by watching the performance, 3 p.m. Nov. 26, Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $70. 202-467-4600.

KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERT, singer-songwriters Bass Reeves and David Alberding perform folk, rock, jazz and blues, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

GEMSTONE LECTURES, costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane discusses how he makes rhinestones look like diamonds, rubies and sapphires for couture collections, 7 p.m. Monday, and jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris discusses his collaborations with clothing designers, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Both lectures, $40. 202-639-1770.

Tuesday 2

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

J.S. BACH RECITAL, by Washington Bach Consort, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

CHAMBER MUSIC, Trio Solisti performs works by Brahms, Moravec and Ravel, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $27. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday 3

LACE ARTIFACTS, a textile collection staff member leads a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's lace artifacts, 10 a.m.; Chesapeake Region Lace Guild staff members demonstrate lace-making, 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Textile Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required for tour. 202-633-3826 or 202-633-1000.

CORCORAN JAZZ CONCERT, James King Quartet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.

STARTING A BUSINESS, a representative of the National Women's Business Center discusses how to start and build a business and how to research business ideas, 6-8 p.m., the center, Suite 919, 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $30; in advance, $20. 202-464-1400.

AFRICAN DOCUMENTARIES, "Masked Spirits of Nyor Diaple" (1986), about masquerade performers in the heavily forested areas of northeastern Liberia; and "Yoruba Performance" (1990), about ritual performances of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria, 7 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

JAZZ VOCAL CONCERT, Eugenia Leon, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Jazz Club, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, the Kopelman Quartet performs works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, 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.

AUTHOR'S READING, novelist Madison Smartt Bell reads from his works, 8 p.m., George Washington University, Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-6180.

AIR FORCE BRASS TRIO, concert, 8 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Thursday 4

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, a museum staff member discusses the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 11 a.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 18, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

QUILTING, Annapolis Quilt Guild demonstrates techniques and displays samples, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

FOREST NATURE HIKE, for ages 7 and older, a park ranger leads a half-mile hike and discusses what may be found in the forest, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

"HUMAN DESIRE," a 1954 film starring Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford, about a jealous husband, based on a novel by Emile Zola, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY, photographers Sam Abell, Robb Kendrick and David Alan Harvey discuss how portrait photographers create art, in conjunction with the publication of "In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits," a collection of more than 100 years of photography of people around the world, 7:30 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $20; ages 60 and older, $13. 202-857-7700.

"SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis," director Craig Highberger discusses his documentary about a transvestite, with reminiscences by Harvey Fierstein, Lily Tomlin and others, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5, 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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