Thursday 18

CASINOS PANEL DISCUSSION, by Mark Van Norman, executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association; Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling; Cynthia Abrams, director of an alcohol and addictions program at United Methodist Church; Christopher Karnes of Dorsey's Indian Law Practice Group; and Kim Isaac Eisler, author of "Revenge of the Pequots: How a Small Native American Tribe Created the World's Most Profitable Casino," noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-8313.

TROMBONE RECITAL, George Freeman, 12:15 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

FRENCH FILM, "Breathless" (1959), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a small-time Paris hoodlum and Jean Seberg as his American friend, 2 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Sunday, in French with English subtitles, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

ROCK CREEK FOREST TALK, for ages 5 and older, a park ranger discusses the layers of the forest, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

DANCE RECITAL, Sharon Mansur performs "(Un)Identified," 6 p.m. today and Friday, Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE, architect Enrique Norten discusses the Chopo Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City and the Library for the Visual and Performing Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

"GODSPELL" MUSICAL FILM, starring Lynne Thigpen and Victor Garber, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

LIVING WITH WOLVES, explorer Helen Thayer discusses her book "Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and Their Dog Live a Year With Wolves in the Wild," about the time that she and her husband spent with a hybrid husky-wolf on a trek to the Canadian Yukon and Arctic, 7:30 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $16. 202-857-7700.

"NIGHTINGALE" PLAY, members of the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society of Georgetown University perform Timberlake Wertenbaker's "The Love of the Nightingale," a feminist retelling of the Greek myth of Procne and Philomele, 8 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, Poulton Hall Black Box Theater, Georgetown University, 37th and P streets NW. $10; students, $6. 202-687-6783.

OSCAR WILDE COMEDY, Everett Quinton in "The Importance of Being Earnest," 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, noon Nov. 23, Dec. 1, 8 and 15, through Dec. 26, Arena Stage, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. $45-$59; discounts for students, seniors and persons with disabilities. 202-488-3300.

Friday 19

BOTANIC GARDEN TOUR, a staff member leads a behind-the-scenes tour of the systems that provide heating, cooling and mist for the conservatory, noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

ARTS CLUB VOCAL RECITAL, lyric soprano Jyunghwa and pianist David Ballena perform arias and songs by Verdi, Charpentier and Strauss, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

NATIVE AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY, filmmaker Ted Timreck shows footage of a documentary-in-progress about Indians who developed sophisticated maritime technology that was lost after Europeans came to the New World, noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by Grieg and Beethoven, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

POETRY READINGS, Judith Harris, Christina Donnelly and Abby Wilkerson read from their works, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1308.

GEORGETOWN CLASSICAL RECITAL, violinist James Stern and pianist Audrey Andrist, 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6933.

MORALITY LECTURE, Richard Restak, a George Washington University neuropsychiatrist, discusses "Weakness of the Will: A Neurologist's Perspective," about why people violate moral codes of conduct, 2 p.m., Catholic University, Life Cycle Institute Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5600.

WORLD WAR I TALK, David M. Kennedy discusses his book "Over Here: The First World War and American Society," 6:30-8 p.m., Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. $25; $35 per couple. 202-387-4062, Ext. 18.

WRITING SCIENCE FICTION, authors Octavia E. Butler and Samuel R. Delany discuss plot, character development and the use of contemporary events to create scenes of future worlds, sponsored by the Anacostia Museum, 7 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-610-3290.

JAPANESE COMEDY FILM, "Nine Souls" (2003), about a hunt for buried treasure, in Japanese with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"THE CURIOUS SAVAGE," a John Patrick play performed by students of Georgetown Visitation, Gonzaga College and Bishop Ireton schools, about a wealthy and eccentric widow whose stepchildren commit her to a sanitarium, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Georgetown Visitation High School, 1524 35th St. NW. $10; students and seniors, $7. 202-337-3350, Ext. 2518.

ONE-ACT PLAYS, the Metro Players perform Theodore Apstein's "The Likeness," A.A. Milne's "The Boy Comes Home" and Stanley Houghton's "The Dear Departed," 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $10. 202-363-4900.

SCIENCE LECTURE, Jeffrey Plescia, a researcher at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, discusses "The Terrestrial Impact Cratering Record," 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 20

CATHEDRAL EXPLORATION, for children 4-8 accompanied by an adult, a docent leads a tour of the building, 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $6 per child; reservations required. 202-537-2934.

CHILDREN'S BOOK PROGRAM, E.B. Lewis reads from the book "My Rows and Piles of Coins" (illustrated by Lewis), about a boy who tries to earn enough money to buy his first bicycle; Lewis also discusses the art of book illustration and helps children create book covers, 10:30 a.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

TEXTILE TALK, Julia Brennan discusses "Exploring Bhutan's Textiles Through a Conservator's Eyes," 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

ARTIST'S TALK, William H. Smith discusses the real people and events behind his 12 works displayed in the museum, his memories of growing up in Baltimore and his connection to comedian Bill Cosby, 11 a.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-287-3369.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, a screening of Mike Wallace's 1957 television interview with the architect, 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

CHILDRENS' ART WORKSHOP, "Masks From Recycled Stuff," artist Karen O. Brown helps create masks using materials such as paper containers, fabric, leaves, bottle caps, buttons and photos, 1:30-4:30 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

AFRICAN ART TALK, museum curator Bryna Freyer discusses works in the museum containing ivory, metal, stone and wood, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

CHORAL CONCERT, the George Washington University Chamber Choir performs works by Purcell and Brahms, 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

ART PANEL TALK, discussion of Islamic, Byzantine and Mediterranean art, panelists include Julian Raby of the Freer Gallery of Art, David J. Roxburgh of Harvard University and William L. Tronzo of Tulane University, 2-5 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP, for children 6-14 accompanied by an adult, a staff member leads a tour of modern Japanese prints and paintings and helps children create block prints to take home, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ART AUCTION, includes hors d'oeuvres, dessert, wine, champagne, coffee and soft drinks, proceeds benefit the Georgetown Chorale's charitable programs, 7:30 p.m.; preview, 6:30 p.m., St. Alban's Church, Satterlee Hall, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $25. 202-832-3210.

BEETHOVEN CONCERT, the American University Symphony Orchestra performs Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica") and more, 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15. 202-885-2587.

JEWISH MUSIC, baritone Jerome Barry, Ladino minstrel Flory Jagoda, jazz pianist Jon Simon and the Fabrangen Fiddlers perform, sponsored by the 2004 Jewish Folk Arts Festival, 8 p.m., Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25; seniors, $18; students, $10. 301-309-2310.

DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Carla and Company performs "All Wrapped Up," "One Day at a Time" and more, 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.

Sunday 21

MODEL AIRPLANES, members of the D.C. Maxecuter Model Airplane Club fly their planes in the museum's Great Hall and explain how the models are built and flown, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; staff members help visitors create a Japanese flying toy (taketombo), using paper, 1-3:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Model plane event, free; toy workshop, $3 per project. 202-272-2448.

TROMBONE MUSIC, Air Force Band chamber musicians, 1:30 p.m., White House Visitors' Center, in the north end of the Department of Commerce Building, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHERS TALK, Pete Souza, author of "Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan," discusses the White House beat with photographer David Valdez, author of "George Herbert Walker Bush: A Photographic Profile," and others, 2 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

CHINESE FILM, "Millennium Mambo" (2001), about a young club hostess who suddenly realizes that she has options for a better life, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

18TH-CENTURY TOOLS, program for ages 8 and older, a park ranger discusses tools used by 18th-century craftsmen to build the Old Stone House, 2 p.m., Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

U.S. ARTISTS IN PARIS, S. Hollis Clayson, an art history professor at Northwestern University, discusses the American painters who flocked to Paris in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to pursue their craft, 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

WASHINGTON CHORUS CONCERT, J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor, 3 p.m.; Peter Fay of WETA moderates a discussion of "Bach in the Day," 1:30 p.m. (Roof Terrace Atrium), Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $19-$53. 202-342-6221.

TENOR RECITAL, Robert Brown performs art songs, arias and spirituals, 3 p.m., Lincoln Congregational Temple, 1701 11th St. NW. Donations requested. 202-332-2640.

FURNITURE MAKING, artist Temple Blackwood demonstrates how to create a Shaker rocker and a child's rush seat, 1 p.m.; designer and woodworker Kristina Madsen discusses her experience studying with Fiji master craftsman Makiti Koto, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

GEORGETOWN SYMPHONY CONCERT, works involving audience participation and whose themes are about various ways of going somewhere, 4 p.m.; instrument petting zoo, 3:30 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-298-1084.

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

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN, excerpts performed by members of the Washington Savoyards, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

PIANO RECITAL, Ariana Barkeshli performs works by Mussorgsky, Hossein and others, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday 22

GERMAN FILM, Romuald Karmakar's "196 BPM" (2002), about the annual Love Parade in Berlin, in German with English subtitles, 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5; seniors and students, $3. 202-289-1200, Ext. 510.

EMBASSY CLASSICAL RECITAL, pianist Eva Steinschaden and violinist Alexander Vavtar perform works by Schubert, Webern, Brahms and Gyorgy Kurtag, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.

Tuesday 23

MUSEUM QUILT TOUR, volunteers from the Annapolis Quilt Guild show quilts in the museum's collection and discuss their historical significance, 10 a.m.-noon, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-633-3825.

JFK DOCUMENTARY, George Stevens Jr.'s "John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums" (1964), narrated by Gregory Peck, noon and 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

"SECRETS OF THE TITANIC," documentary of Robert Ballard's 1985 exploration of the underwater wreck, noon, National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-857-7588.

UDC JAZZ ENSEMBLES, concert, 12:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Recital Hall, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803.

TOYS FOR TOTS KICKOFF, Knut Vollebaek, Norway's ambassador to the United States, gives the first gift from the Royal Norwegian Embassy to the U.S. Marines' holiday charity and starts the Norwegian holiday model train that runs through a Norwegian landscape, bring a new, unwrapped toy, 5 p.m., Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-685-1302 or 202-433-2541.

INTERIOR DESIGN TALK, Douglas A. Wilson of the TV series "Trading Spaces" discusses his book "Doug's Rooms: Transforming Your Space One Room at a Time," 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $18. 202-639-1770.

AUTHOR'S READING, Leningrad-born writer Vladimir Vertlib reads from his works "Between Stations," about a Russian-Jewish family's emigration in the 1970s and 1980s, and "Last Wish," about a son's attempts to fulfill his father's dying wish to be buried next to his wife in a Jewish cemetery in a small German town; a wine and cheese reception follows, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.

Wednesday 24

EMBROIDERY DEMONSTRATION, members of the D.C. chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America show how to sew different types of embroidery, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Textiles Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Thursday 25

CHORAL CONCERT, the Jubilate Children's Choir of Chicago performs Charles Davidson's "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," based on poetry written by Jewish children in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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