Thursday 16

JAZZ CONCERT, vocalist Sandra Johnson, noon-2 p.m., Farragut Square, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

CLASSICAL RECITALS, organist Eric Plutz, 12:15-12:45 p.m. today; violinist Sonya Hayes, 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 23, National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

WALKING TOURS, a Goethe Institute staff member leads a tour of the exhibit "New York Moves" at the institute, the exhibit "New Jewish Life in Berlin" at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and throughout the Seventh Street Arts District, 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812

Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200, Ext. 510.

AFRICAN RELIEF WORK, photographer and United Nations aid worker Helene Caux discusses her recent work in Chad and Sudan with Craig Sanders, head of Sudan and Chad operations at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters, 7 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $10. 202-857-7700.

PIANO RECITAL, faculty members and students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Great Hall, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. $20; students and seniors, $10. 202-726-2080, Ext. 11.

COUNTERTOP QUARTET, a performance of Renaissance and Baroque works by Monteverdi, Palestrina and others, to benefit the church's programs for the needy, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2430 K St. NW. Suggested donation, $25. 202-337-2020.

JAZZ CONCERT, the Navy Band's Commodores, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Friday 17

BLUES RECITAL, vocalist Gaye Adegbalola and pianist Roddy Barnes perform music from the 1920s and '30s, noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.

ANACOSTIA RIVER DOCUMENTARY, "Endangered Species" (2004), director Robert Nixon's profile of people from D.C.'s public housing projects who joined the Earth Conservation Corps to clean the polluted river, noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CONTAINER GARDENING, a U.S. Botanic Garden staff member demonstrates techniques for growing flowers, herbs or vegetables in containers, noon-1:30 p.m., Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

"HERO MAMA," Karen Spears Zacharias discusses her book "Hero Mama: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost in Vietnam and the Mother Who Held Her Family Together," 2 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-4916.

LIBRARY READING CELEBRATION, for ages 12-19, books, games, food, prizes, music and stories, 2:30-5 p.m., Northeast branch

library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

LATIN AND SALSA JAZZ BAND, concert, Sin Miedo, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

FRENCH KARAOKE, WINE, visitors sing along with songs in French and English, with wine and cheese, 6:30-9 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $23; in advance, $22. 202-234-7911.

SWASHBUCKLER FILM, "The Crimson Pirate" (1952), starring Burt Lancaster, about a 16th-century swordsman-for-hire, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

BLAKE JAZZ ENSEMBLE, recital, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Great Hall, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. $20; students and seniors, $10. 202-726-2080, Ext. 11.

SOUL MUSIC, Nu-Soul Night, Oktbrwrld, Zwei with Sol Edler and Deborah Bond and Third Logic, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free. 202-895-6000 or 202-397-7328.

Saturday 18

"GREEN" ARCHITECTURE BUS TRIP, representatives from the Lemelson Center host tours of environmentally responsible building projects: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, the John M. Langston High School in Arlington and the Blair Towns apartment complex in Silver Spring, bus departs 8:30 a.m. (returning about 5 p.m.) from the National Museum of American History, 14th Street

and Constitution Avenue NW. $5, includes lunch; reservations required.

202-633-3448.

SOAPBOX DERBY, for ages 8-16, participants compete to qualify for a spot in the soapbox racing national championship in Akron, Ohio, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Constitution Avenue NE, between Louisiana Avenue and First Street. Free. 410-531-5268 or www.dcsoapboxderby.org.

SHAW BIKE FESTIVAL, fittings and safety checks, obstacle course, raffle of bike-related services and items donated by local merchants, face painting, crafts, displays of bikes and other human-powered vehicles and more, 11 a.m.; bike tour for the first 40 riders (leaves from Shaw Junior High School, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 10 a.m.), sponsored by Shaw EcoVillage and Manna CDC, Shaw Skate Park, 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. Free. 202-265-2019.

BONSAI PESTS, DISEASES, specialist Tony Vlahakis discusses methods for keeping them under control, 10 a.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12. 202-245-4523.

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, a museum staff member reads Ghanian author Meshack Asare's "Sosu's Call," about a disabled African boy who saves townspeople from disaster, 10:30 a.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

SILK TALK, Steven Price discusses "Silk in Baluch, Turkmen and Caucasian Textiles," 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

HILLCREST GARDEN TOURS, residents lead walking tours of 10 home gardens in a six-block area that was once known as Summit Park, starts at 3365 Denver St. SE, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., light refreshments and soft drinks served after tours, attendees receive a "Hillcrest" DVD. $15; in advance, $10. 202-581-8272 or www.hillcrestdc.com.

MUSIC AND DANCE, indoor and outdoor performances by musicians and dancers from around the world, children's activities, ethnic food, poster giveaways, co-sponsored by the United Nations Refugee Agency, noon-4 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-857-7700.

FIBER ARTIST TALK, Jon Eric Riis discusses his interest in textiles and his background as a fiber artist, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, musical performances, children's activities, strawberry shortcake, barbecue and more, 4-7 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Great Hall, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. Free admission. 202-726-2080, Ext. 11.

SILENT COMEDY FILM, "The Navigator" (1924), directed by Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp, starring Keaton as a man who runs a deserted ocean liner; piano accompaniment by Robert Israel, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

MUSICAL FILMS, "Hallelujah" (1929), directed by King Vidor, about a Southern cotton picker who becomes a preacher and struggles with temptation, 4 p.m.; Dorothy Dandridge in "Carmen Jones" (1954), directed by Otto Preminger, co-starring Harry Belafonte and Pearl Bailey, an adaptation of the Bizet opera, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.

COUNTERTOP QUARTET, a performance of early music from Spain and South America, 7:30 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. $20; students and seniors, $15. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

POP MUSIC, the Emotions and Lady Rhythm, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. $22.75. 202-895-6000 or 202-397-7328.

Sunday 19

DUKE ELLINGTON DOCUMENTARY, "Duke Ellington's Washington" (2000), about the city's African American high society and the stately neighborhoods whose heyday was during the Jazz Age, in conjunction with the exhibit "Washington: Symbol and City," 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

CHORAL CONCERT, the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C. performs works by John Rutter, Billy Joel, Ysaye Barnewell and others, 4 p.m., Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 Fourth St. SE. $20. 202-546-1549.

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

ORCHESTRA CONCERT, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra performs Mozart's Sinfonia concertante in E-flat for violin and viola and Hindemith's "Nobilissima Visione," 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CHAMBER RECITAL, the National Gallery Chamber Players String Quartet performs works by Mozart, Kivrak and Dvorak, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

JAZZ CONCERT, the Navy Band's Commodores, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

RUSSIAN CHORAL MUSIC, the Bel Cantanti Opera Company performs Rachmaninoff's one-act opera "Aleko," sung in Russian, and other Russian works, 7:30 p.m., Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St. NW. $20. 301-438-8682.

Monday 20

HISTORY OF NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES, historian A. Roger Ekirch discusses his book "At Day's Close: Night in Times Past," about the danger, work and entertainment of life at night in Europe before the use of artificial light, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

BALLET TALK, scholar Suzanne Carbonneau discusses "Don Quixote," as choreographed by George Balanchine, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House Stage Door, 2700 F St. NW. $12. 202-467-4600.

AUTHOR'S READING, Elizabeth Benedict reads from her novel "The Practice of Deceit," about marriage and divorce, 6:30 p.m., Chevy Chase branch library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

GERMAN FILM, "My Life, Part 2" about a woman whose mother survived Nazi Germany and passes along life secrets, 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.

JAZZ CONCERT, the Navy Band's Commodores, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday 21

SENIORS LECTURES, Douglas Rivlin of the National Immigration Forum discusses "Immigration Reform: How Lou Dobbs Gets It Wrong," 10 a.m. Tuesday; Voice of America foreign correspondent Andre deNesnera discusses "Putin's Russia: A Historical Perspective," 10 a.m. Wednesday; environmental scientist Hugh Spitzer discusses "The Politics of Science -- Limiting Human Exposure to Arsenic, Mercury and Chlorine," 10 a.m. June 23, Institute for Learning in Retirement (an affiliate of American University), Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3920.

VERMONT FOLK SONGS, Margaret Mac-

Arthur plays the harp-zither and dulcimer, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE; 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F

St. NW. 800-707-5510 or 202-467-4600. Free.

BRASS OF PEACE RECITAL, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

PHOTO EXHIBIT TOUR, Paul Kolnik, principal photographer of the New York City Ballet and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, leads a tour of the "Suzanne Farrell" photo exhibit, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House Stage Door, 2700 F St. NW. $12. 202-467-4600.

"THE MUSIC MAN," the 1962 film adaptation of the Meredith Willson Broadway hit, starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett and the Buffalo Bills barbershop quartet, about a traveling salesman who convinces a small Iowa town that it needs a boys' band, 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

SOCCER DOCUMENTARY, "The Champions" (2003), about four soccer players who hope to compete in the World Cup 2006 in Germany; player Heiko Hesse discusses the film following the screening, 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.

GARDEN POTS, U.S. Botanic Garden staff member Dayna Lane discusses "Tour of Pots: From Necessity to Artistry," the history of plant containers, 7 p.m., Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

ROCK CONCERT, the Navy Band's Cruisers, 8 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

Wednesday 22

REVOLUTIONARY WAR TALK, Stanley Weintraub discusses his book "Iron Tears: America's Battle for Freedom, Britain's Quagmire: 1775-1783," noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.

MILITARY BOOK TALK, Paul Dickson and Thomas B. Allen discuss their book "The Bonus Army: An American Epic," about the 1932 Washington march of 45,000 World War I veterans who demanded payment of a deferred bonus promised to them in 1924, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2138.

OTTOMAN EMPIRE SLAVE, international studies fellow Galina Yermolenko discusses "Roxolana: From Slave to Legend," about a woman who was sold into a sultan's Ottoman empire harem and became his wife and mother of his sons, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

PUPPET SHOW, the Blue Sky Puppet Theater, noon-2 p.m., Franklin Square Park, 14th and I streets NW. Free. 202-661-7563.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Henry Greenbaum, a native of Poland, discusses his forced labor at a munitions factory and his survival of labor and concentration camps, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free.

202-488-0427.

BLUES SINGING ON FILM, Christine Dall's documentary "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues" (1989), about the lives and music of vocalists Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and others; plus short films "St. Louis Blues" (1929), "Blues and Boogie" (1942) and "Jammin' the Blues" (1944), 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the

Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; students and ages 60 and older, $4.

202-783-7370.

JEWISH IDENTITY DISCUSSION, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz discuss his book "We Jews: Who Are We and What Should We Do?" with Ted Koppel, 7 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15; reservations recommended. 202-518-9400.

Thursday 23

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL, themes include "Oman: Desert, Oasis and Sea," "Forest Service, Culture and Community" "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture" and "Food Culture USA," exhibits, performances and demonstrations by musicians, dancers, craftspeople, storytellers and artists, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, June 23-27 and June 30-July 4; concerts, 5:30-9 p.m. each day, the Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets SW. Free. 202-633-9884 or www.folklife.si.edu.

CLASSICAL SPANISH MUSIC, countertenor Jonathan Hudson, harpsichordist Atsuko Ikeda and harpist Constance Whiteside perform 17th-century Spanish songs, noon; Cordelion and La Rocinante perform 18th-century vocal and instrumental music from the Spanish colonies, 7:30 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Third and A streets SE. Noon recital, $10; evening, $20. 703-684-2114.

JAZZ CONCERT, George W. Botts Quartet, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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, 6:30 p.m. June 23 and 2 p.m. June 26, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.

DUTCH SILVERSMITHING, silversmith Wouter van Baalen discusses his silver artwork; plus a viewing of the exhibit "Dutch Royal Silver: Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix," 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-639-1770.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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