Thursday 23

BOAT BUILDING DEMONSTRATION, Native American artists demonstrate how to create an Inuit kayak, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

AFRICAN REFUGEES, students Stephanie Nyombayire, from Swarthmore College, and Nate Wright, from Georgetown University, discuss their recent trip to Chad and their interviews with refugees from Darfur, noon, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free; reservations required. 202-488-6162.

ART EXHIBIT TOUR, curators Kerry Brougher, Jeremy Strick and Ari Wiseman lead a tour of the exhibit "Visual Music," installations by 40 artists, noon; Leo Villareal discusses his works in the exhibit, including changing combinations of colored light, 7:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CLASSICAL RECITALS, violinist Sonya Hayes, 12:15-12:45 p.m. today; organist Julie Vidrick Evans, 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 30, National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

INDIAN MUSEUM FLUTE RECITAL, flute maker Hawk Henries of the Nipmuck Nation performs on several flutes that he has made, 1 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Outdoor Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

KENNEDY CENTER JAZZ CONCERT, George W. Botts Quartet, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

HALLEY SCHOENBERG JAZZ TRIO, concert, bring a picnic supper and a blanket, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW. Free. 202-333-4949.

FOREIGN FILM, "Distortion" (2004), about a playwright who cannot write a promised play and hires a detective to report his girlfriend's actions for use in a script, in Hebrew with English subtitles, 7 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10; in advance, $8.50. 202-777-3247.

ROCK MUSIC, the Navy Band's Cruisers, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Friday 24

BARBECUE RECIPES TALK, Steven Raichlen discusses his book "BBQ USA: 425 Fiery Recipes From All Across America," 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0911.

OAKS IN HISTORY, William Bryant Logan discusses his book "Oak: The Frame of Civilization," noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; registration required. 202-226-4082.

SPORTS DOCUMENTARY, "Spirit of the Game" (2003), about aboriginal athletes from British Columbia and their efforts to participate in the 2002 North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, noon, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

JAZZ CONCERT, singer Karen Gray performs with guitarist Rick Whitehead and bassist Tommy Cecil, noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.

FOREST SERVICE DOCUMENTARY, "The Greatest Good" (2004), about the service's efforts to manage the nation's natural resources, noon Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

PIANO RECITAL, by Jeong-Yoon Choi, works by Grieg and Schubert, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

SUZANNE FARRELL BALLET CLASS, for adult non-professional dancers, the ballerina leads a class of pirouettes, plies and other movements, wear leotards, leggings and ballet slippers, ballet skirt is optional, 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.

JAZZ GUITAR CONCERT, Jerry Gordon, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

TECHNOLOGY SHORT FILMS, a selection of film clips, newsreels and short subjects focusing on technological innovation, including "Finding His Voice," a 1929 cartoon explaining "talking" movies, 5:30 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000.

FRENCH MURDER MYSTERIES, mystery writer Mary-Jane Deeb discusses her books about murders that take place on the Riviera, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $9; in advance, $8. 202-234-7911.

INDIAN FILM, "Paper Flowers" (1959), about a man's failed marriage, his estrangement from his family and the scandal that comes from his affair with a waif-like girl trying for stardom, in Hindi with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

HERITAGE SIGNATURE CHORALE, concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $22; in advance, $20; 18 and younger, $15. 202-232-0323.

ROCK-AND-ROLL MUSIC, Kenin, Niki Barr and Rotoglow, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-0486.

ARMY CONCERT BAND, 8 p.m., west steps of the Capitol. Free. 703-696-3399.

MARINE PARADE, Marine Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps in ceremonial uniform, 8:45 p.m.; Marine Band concert, 9 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 26, Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free; registration required for reserved seating; gates open at 7 p.m. for nonreserved seating. 202-433-6060.

Saturday 25

CHILDREN'S MOSAIC ART, for ages 6-8, a staff member discusses how mosaic art is created and helps children create it with pieces of glass and stone, 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $6 per child with accompanying adult; reservations recommended. 202-537-2934.

RENWICK QUILTING, for adults, self-taught artist Sonie Ruffin demonstrates her quilting techniques, participants will be invited to help create a crazy quilt, 10 a.m.; Ruffin leads a similar program for youths, 1 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free; registration required. 202-233-0667.

JAPANESE TEXTILES TALK, Ann Marie Moeller discusses "From Java to Japan: The Influence of Indonesian Fabrics on Japanese Textiles," 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

HERB LECTURE, herbalist Jane Irvin-Klotz discusses the history of herbs used for medicinal purposes and recent research on the healthful uses of herbs, 11 a.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12; reservations required. 202-245-4523.

RAILWAY MAIL EVENT, models displayed by local railroad clubs; storytelling, "Mailing May," about a little girl who was sent by Railway Mail Service; a railway mail sorting challenge; creating a train stamp collection; tips for model railroad building from Jeff Springer; and screening of two 1950s films about the mail service, noon-4 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.

TRAVEL AUTHOR'S TALK, Dorothy M. Boggess discusses her book "Medley of Travels," 12:30 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

ARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTARY, "Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect" (1996), 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

PARK "SWAMP TROMP," for ages 6 and older, a park ranger discusses the quality of Rock Creek's water and helps search for salamanders, crayfish, crane fly larvae and other creatures; bring water-resistant shoes and insect repellent, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park, Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

INDONESIAN TEXTILE LECTURE, scholar Helen Jessup discusses "Art and Courtly Patronage in Indonesia," about the production of batik, musical instruments and manuscripts by textile artists, metalsmiths and illustrators, 2:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $15; registration required. 202-667-0441.

FREE KENNEDY CENTER CONCERTS, old-time folk music performed by Riders in the Dirt, 6 p.m. Saturday; Latino music and dance by Los Camperos de Valles, 6 p.m. Sunday; string band Fiddlin' Foresters, 6 p.m. Monday, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

CARTER BARRON CONCERT, Angie Stone, Urban Mystic and K'alyn, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. $20 plus $2.75 service charge. 202-895-6000 or 202-397-7328.

DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Ellis Wood Dance, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors and students, $14; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.

Sunday 26

ROCK CREEK BIKE RIDE, for ages 10 and older, a ranger leads a six-mile round trip to Boundary Bridge, bring a bike and water, helmets required, 10 a.m., Rock Creek Park, nature center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

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.

INDIAN FILM, "King, Queen and Knave" (1962), about the decline of an aristocratic family in late 19th-century Calcutta, India, in Hindu with English subtitles, 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

RAG DOLL WORKSHOP, for ages 5 and older, a park ranger teaches how to create this 19th-century doll, 3 p.m., Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-426-6908.

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

CHORAL CONCERT, the National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble performs Renaissance a cappella works by Brahms, Ned Rorem and others, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday 27

CHINESE IN JAMAICA, author Patricia Powell discusses "Writing 'The Pagoda,' Chinese Immigration to Jamaica in the 19th Century," 6:30 p.m., Inter-American Development Bank, conference center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3558.

GERMAN FILM, "Abraham's Gold," about an old landlord whose life is changed forever when he and a young truck driver leave their Bavarian town and go to Poland to unearth a chest of gold teeth extracted from Holocaust victims, 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.

ACTIVIST FOR TIBET, English actress Isabel Losada discusses her book "A Beginner's Guide to Changing the World: A True Life Adventure Story," about the author's work as an activist for Tibet, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ROCK MUSIC, the Navy Band's Cruisers, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

MUSIC, DANCE, THEATER, performances by some of the 2005 presidential scholars, 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free; tickets required. 202-401-0961.

Tuesday 28

SENIORS LECTURES, Institute for Learning in Retirement, an affiliate of American University: Byron Stay, chairman of the rhetoric and communications department at Mount St. Mary's University, discusses New York Times journalist Judith Miller's refusal to divulge the identity of confidential sources, 10 a.m. Tuesday; appraiser Caroline Willis discusses the treasures you might find in your attic, 10 a.m. Wednesday; Robert Wolff, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, discusses "Jane Austen and the Dark Underside of British Capitalism," 10 a.m. June 30, Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM, John "Kinderman" Taylor sings, dances and makes rhymes that teach children about history, religion, culture and sign language, 10:30 a.m., Georgetown branch library, 3260 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0220.

CHILDREN'S SONGS AND DANCE, for ages 4-8, Derek Riley, also known as "Mr. Derby," performs interactive songs and leads a dance session, 10:30 a.m., Southwest branch library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

CITY DOCUMENTARY, "Southwest Remembered," about the changes that resulted from urban renewal projects, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1213.

VOCAL RECITAL, soprano Joan McFarland and mezzo-soprano Gail Collins, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

ART LECTURE, National Portrait Gallery's Ellen Miles discusses "The American Presidents by Gilbert Stuart," 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

CATHEDRAL LABYRINTH WALK, PLAY, visitors walk through a labyrinth, with quiet musical accompaniment, in the nave, 6:30-8:40 p.m.; Brian Baker performs local playwright Heather McDonald's "An Almost Holy Picture," about a man on a spiritual journey, in the Perry Auditorium, 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2221.

"PIRATES OF PENZANCE" FILM, the 1983 adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, starring Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt and Angela Lansbury, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

JAZZ CONCERT, the Navy Band's Commodores, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, and 8 p.m. June 30, west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

ARMY BAND CHORUS CONCERT, 8 p.m., west steps of the Capitol. Free. 703-696-3399.

Wednesday 29

AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND, and Singing Sergeants, noon-1 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

PIRATES TALK, curator Arthur Dunkelman discusses "Pirates and Transatlantic Trade," noon, at "The Cultures and History of the Americas" exhibit, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

"GENTLEMAN PIRATE," Blaine Pardoe discusses his book "The Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany's Gentleman Pirate," about Felix von Luckner's posing as a captain of a neutral sailing ship whose real purpose was the lure, capture and sinking of British merchant ships during World War I, noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Morris Rosen, from Czestochowa, Poland, discusses his survival of several concentration camps and two death marches, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.

BLUES CONCERT, Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10; students and ages 60 and older, $8; reservations recommended. 202-783-7370.

GARY COOPER FILM, "His Woman" (1931), co-starring Claudette Colbert, about a Caribbean freighter captain who asks a passenger to care for a baby on board, not knowing that she is a prostitute posing as a missionary, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, works by John Philip Sousa, J.J. Richards and others, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-4011.

Thursday 30

FARRAGUT SQUARE COUNTRY MUSIC, Cravin' Dogs, noon-2 p.m., Farragut Square, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

SMOKING IN CHINA, scholar Carol Benedict discusses "The Gendered Cigarette: Women, Men and Smoking in Republican-Era China, 1911-1949," noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

BIG-BAND MUSIC, the University of Maryland Community Band, bring a picnic and blanket, 6:30-8 p.m., National Zoological Park, Lion/Tiger Hill, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-4480.

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

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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