Thursday 4

ORGAN RECITAL, Lawrence P. Schreiber, 12:15 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

DESTROYED BUILDINGS IN D.C., historian James M. Goode discusses his book "Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings," about the need for historic preservation, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $12; registration required. 202-272-2448.

TIMES SQUARE HISTORY, architectural historian Barry Lewis discusses the urban entertainment nature of the 10-block area in New York City, 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-357-3030.

YEATS LITERATURE TALK, Nicholas Grene, a professor of English at Trinity College, Dublin, discusses "Yeats and Dreams," 7 p.m., Catholic University, Life Cycle Institute, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5488.

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, sponsored by the National Geographic Society, 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $20; ages 60 and older, $13. 202-857-7700 or 202-357-3030.

"POUND" PLAY, Washington Stage Guild members in Sean O'Leary's work about poet Ezra Pound, one of the most famous patients of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, and Pound's treatment there, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 28, Arena Stage, 1901 14th St. NW. Friday and Saturday evenings, $30; other performances, $28. 240-582-0050.

RHINOCEROS CONSERVATION, Eric Dinerstein, World Wildlife Fund chief scientist, discusses his book "The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros," about endangered rhinos in Nepal, 8 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-673-4925.

"TWO TRAINS RUNNING," members of the African Continuum Theatre Company perform August Wilson's chronicle of 20th-century African American life in Pittsburgh in 1969, 8 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday, and other evening and matinee shows, through Nov. 28, American Film Institute Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, $30; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, $25. 202-393-3939 or 202-467-4600.

Friday 5

CLASSICAL RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by Joseph Horovitz, Jindrich Field, Liszt and others, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

ENDANGERED SPECIES TALK, research scientist Alfred L. Roca discusses the solenodon insectivore of the West Indies, noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ECLECTIC CONCERT, the Crossroads Ensemble's Mattan Klein and Juancho Herrera perform Latin, Jewish, Brazilian and Ladino music by New York composers, free, 1:15 p.m. Friday, Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW, 202-687-6933, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

ART RECEPTION, for exhibits by artists James R. Graves, Rosa N. Murillo and Terri Thomas Potts, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday; exhibits continue, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 27, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 23.

CHILDREN'S THEATER, for ages 9 and older, Norman Allen's "The Light of Excalibur," about magician Merlin's search for a computer whiz to help King Arthur and England, 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.

DISTRICT'S DEVELOPMENT, Charles Atherton, former secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, discusses the city's development from 1960-2004, 7 p.m.; reception, 5:30 p.m., City Museum of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-383-1851.

INDIAN MUSIC, tenor Dominique Vellard, medieval lutenist Ken Zuckerman and Persian zarb player Keyvan Chemirani perform Indian ragas, 7:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

GERSHWIN AND PORTER CONCERT, pianist Robert Sykes, vocalist Christina Crerar and trumpeter Chris Battistone, all Levine School of Music faculty members, perform works of the Broadway composers, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave. NW. $30; seniors, $25. 202-686-8000.

CHEVY CHASE PLAYERS COMEDY, performance of Michele Lowe's "The Smell of the Kill," about three wives who want to kill their husbands, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 20, 3 p.m. Nov. 21, Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10; seniors and students, $8. 202-387-1191.

HELICOPTER AVIATOR TALK, Michael J. Durant, a retired chief warrant officer of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, discusses his night combat missions for Operation Desert Storm and his captivity as a prisoner of war in Somalia, 8 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free; tickets required. 202-633-2603.

SCIENCE LECTURE, physicist James Trefil, of George Mason University, discusses "Managing the Planet: Hard Science and Hard Choices," 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 6

CHILDREN'S ART PROGRAM, for ages 4 and older, museum staff members help decorate ceramic tiles using color, shapes and patterns found in the museum's Islamic art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6254.

FALL GARDENING LECTURE, horticulturist Elizabeth Brewster discusses how to divide perennials, put a garden to bed for the winter, composting, fertilizers and more, 10 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $12; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

FABRICS TALK, June Pearson Bland and Julie Geschwind discuss "Indigenous Fabrics From Gambia and Mali," 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

GEORGETOWN WALKING TOUR, following a tour of Tudor Place, guide Mary Kay Ricks leads a walk to the exteriors of former homes of famous residents, such as Katharine Graham and Jacqueline Kennedy, 10:30 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $17; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

PALISADES LIBRARY AUTHOR TALKS, Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach discusses his book "The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West"; Michael Dolan discusses his book "The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place"; Carolyn Reeder discusses her children's novel "Across the Lines," about the Civil War; plus a used-book sale, lace-making demonstrations and more, 11 a.m., Palisades branch library, 49th and V streets NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL, authors and illustrators read from their works and those of others, plus live music, noon-5 p.m., Kennedy Center, atrium, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

SHARQ ARABIC MUSIC ENSEMBLE, concert, noon, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6254.

MALL BIKE TOUR, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour along the Mall, bring a bike, water and a helmet, 1-4 p.m., meet at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Plaza, West Potomac Park, Tidal Basin Stage. Free. 202-438-4391.

LUNCHTIME MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, reggae by Sosa, 1-4 p.m. Saturday; zydeco and New Orleans jazz by the Dixie Power Trio, 2-5 p.m. Sunday; classical guitar by Dennis Sobin, noon-1 p.m. Monday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

JAZZ CONCERT, Air Force Band's Airmen of Note, with bassist Ron Carter, 8 p.m., Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Sunday 7

CHILDREN'S ART PROGRAM, for ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult, a staff member leads a tour of the exhibit "Claude Raguet Hirst: Transforming the American Still Life," and helps children create watercolors depicting objects that they have brought, 1-3 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.

CHAMBER MUSIC, the Washington String Quartet performs works by Mozart and Robert Schumann, sponsored by the George Washington University Department of Music, 2 p.m., United Church, 1920 G St. NW. Free. 202-994-6245.

ROOSEVELT ISLAND HIKE, a National Park Service ranger leads a one-mile hike and discusses the area's history and environment, wear sturdy, water-resistant shoes, bring water and binoculars, 2 p.m., meet at the bulletin board of the Theodore Roosevelt Island side of the pedestrian bridge, accessible from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Free. 703-289-2500.

FURNITURE TALK, Mike Podmaniczky, head of the furniture conservation department at Winterthur Museum, discusses the historical influences on contemporary studio furniture artists, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Quartetto Beethoven di Roma, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday 8

HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTARY, Karen Cantor and Camilla Kjaerulff's "The Danish Solution" (2003), about how many Denmark Jews survived World War II and the Danish rescuers who made it possible, shown with English subtitles, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9897.

ARCHITECTURE TALK, Austrian architect Wolf Prix discusses his firm's works, including the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, and the use of historic buildings in Vienna, Austria, sponsored by the Austrian Embassy, 5:30 p.m., Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5188.

GERMAN FILM, Maximilian Schell in "The Rose Garden" (1989), based on the true story of a man who was convicted of assault when he knocked down a male pedestrian whom he recognized as the person who murdered his sister, 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5. 202-289-1200.

ART DEALER BIOGRAPHY, Meryle Secrest discusses her book "Duveen: A Life in Art," about Joseph Duveen's sale of masterpieces to Americans and American art museums in the 1920s and 1930s, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1770.

COSTUME CONSERVATION, Polly Wilman, a costume conservator, discusses projects on which she has worked, including the First Ladies Collection from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8; students, $5. 202-783-7370.

FOREIGN FILM, "When Grandpa Loved Rita Hayworth," about a family that flees the 1969 Czechoslovakia crackdown and goes to West Germany, in Czech and German with English subtitles, 8:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $9; seniors and students, $8. 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3248.

Tuesday 9

JAPANESE ART TOUR, museum curator James Ulak leads a tour of the exhibit "Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings From the Robert O. Muller Collection" and discusses its themes of light, beauty, birds and beasts, noon, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, cellist John Gevorkian and pianist Irina Kats, faculty members from the Levine School of Music, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

COLLEGE PREPARATION, for students in the sixth through eighth grades, representatives of the Greater Washington College Information Center discuss how to prepare for higher education, 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 110, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-393-1100, Ext. 17.

CHEF'S TALK, Patrick O'Connell discusses his favorite American food, such as macaroni and cheese with Virginia ham, with Coleman Andrews, editor in chief of Saveur magazine, 6:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. $20. 202-357-3030.

CAPITOL HILL SCHOOL FAIR, for parents; representatives of elementary schools and preschools discuss area public, charter, private and religious institutions of learning, 7-9 p.m., St. Peter's Parish Hall, 313 Second St. SE. Free. 202-361-5834.

NATURE OR NURTURE?, professor John E. Dowling of Harvard University discusses the brain and how nature and nurture work together during a lifetime, 7 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20. 202-357-3030.

THEATER DISCUSSION, Shakespeare Guild president John Andrews discusses the city's emergence as a major performing arts center, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1770.

VERDI "REQUIEM" SINGALONG, J. Reilly Lewis conducts, with an organist, no experience or audition required, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Singers, $7; non-singing audience, $5; score rental, $1. 202-537-8980.

SHAKESPEARE'S "PERICLES," starring Ryan Artzberger and Floyd King, about a prince who must solve a riddle before he may marry a princess, opening performance, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; play continues, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Jan. 2, Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202-547-1122.

CHORAL CONCERT, Le Concert Spirituel, 16 singers and instrumentalists who interpret 17th- and 18th-century French motets, in a performance of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Te Deum," 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.

Wednesday 10

KING MIDAS TOMB, Elizabeth Simpson discusses restoration of the 8th-century B.C. tomb of the Phrygian king, 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $15. 202-357-3030.

NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES, told by poet Jim Northrup of the Ojibwe tribe, a reception follows, 6:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

MARLON BRANDO FILM, "Viva Zapata" (1952), co-starring Anthony Quinn, about a good man who is driven to revolt, 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

ART LECTURE, "Childhood Imagination: The Case of N.C. Wyeth and Robert Louis Stevenson," by Yale University art history professor Alexander Nemerov, a reception follows, sponsored by the Renwick Gallery, 7 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Free; reservations required. 202-275-2312.

NAVY BOOK TALK, Richard. E. Miller, a retired Navy chief hospital corpsman, discusses his book "The Messman Chronicles: African Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1932-1943," 7 p.m., Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897.

AVIATION TALK, George Marrett, an Air Force pilot in Vietnam, discusses his military career, 8 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free; tickets required; $2.75 ticket service charge. 800-539-2440.

Thursday 11

VETERANS DAY EVENTS, speeches and stories, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (military color guard in a wreath-laying ceremony, 1 p.m.), Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 202-619-7222; representatives of the Naval District of Washington lay a wreath at the Lone Sailor Statue, and the Navy Ceremonial Band performs, 1 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. Free.

SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC PLAYERS, recital, works by Schumann, Jules Mouquet and Beethoven, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-484-6354.

"TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA," the Shakespeare play about love, starring Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris, previews, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14; play continues, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 19, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Previews, $25-$33; Friday and Saturday evenings, $40-$48; matinees, $35-$43; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday nights, $30-$38. 202-544-7077.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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