Thursday 7

CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 8-12, Janice the Griot tells contemporary and traditional tales of African and African American folklore, 1:30 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

PUPPET SHOW, for ages 6-12, Dan Raynor of Steven Puppets tells the story of Aladdin, 1:30 p.m., Takoma Park branch library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

PENN QUARTER FARMERS MARKET, sale of fruit and vegetables; chef Jose Andres and others demonstrate how to make paella and invite visitors to sample the dish, sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District, 3-7 p.m., Eighth Street NW, between D and E streets. Free. 202-638-3232.

HIRSHHORN ART AND MUSIC, Rumba Club performs mambo, salsa and cha-cha, 5:30-7 p.m.; exhibit coordinator Rachel Coker and researcher Lauren Hebert lead a tour of the exhibit "Visual Music," 7-8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ART WORKSHOP, for ages 6-14, a staff member discusses Chinese New Year celebrations, tells what it means to be born in the year of the rooster and leads a workshop to create a rooster puppet to take home, 6 p.m. today and July 14, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700 or 202-633-0461.

Friday 8

CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 8-12, Janice the Griot tells contemporary and traditional tales of African and African American folklore, 10 a.m., Deanwood branch library, 4215 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE, 202-724-8526; 11 a.m., Langston branch library, 2600 Benning Rd. NE, 202-724-8665; and 1:30 p.m., R.L. Christian branch library, 1300 H St. NE, 202-724-8599. Free.

CHILDREN'S MUSIC, for ages 4-8, Jim Hossick sings and plays guitar, 10:30 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1248.

NOON POP CONCERTS, free, Annie Sidley, Franklin Square Park, 14th and I streets NW, 202-619-7222; and Nicki Gonzalez Band, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, 202-783-7370.

PERCUSSION RECITAL, the Attacca Percussion Group performs on the marimba and other instruments, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

ART TALK, Greta Berman, an art history professor at the Juilliard School in New York City, discusses visual artists whose works are inspired by music, 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

MUSEUM JAZZ PERFORMANCE, the Reginald Cyntje Group, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

FILM AND VIDEO, "Happy Anniversary" (1959), starring David Niven, Mitzi Gaynor and Carl Reiner, about the effect of television on a couple's relationship; and "Who Stole My Watch?" (1965), an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

CHINESE FILM, "Throw Down" (2004), a comedy about a former judo champion who runs a seedy bar, in Cantonese with English subtitles, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

JAZZ VOCALIST, Sachal Vasandani, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

SWING MUSIC, the Brooks Tegler Big Band and the J Street Jumpers, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free; tickets required. 202-426-0486.

ARMY BAND CONCERT, 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 9

WHITE HOUSE GARDEN TOURS, the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the Children's Garden and the South Lawn of the White House, sponsored by the National Park Service, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; tickets distributed at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets NW, beginning at 7:30 a.m.; one ticket per person. 202-208-1631.

CONTAINER GARDENING, a garden staff member shows photos of unusual containers and discusses how to modify a container, 9:30-11:30 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $12; registration required. 202-226-4082.

CATHEDRAL ART WORKSHOP, for children 4-6 accompanied by an adult, a staff member leads a tour of stone carvings, stained glass, needlepoint and woodcarvings depicting George Washington and other patriotic figures, then shows how to create a patriot-theme craft to take home, 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.

VIETNAMESE CULTURE, Vietnamese cooks show how to prepare traditional Asian dishes while artisans make traditional crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Freer Gallery lawn; printmaking workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sackler Gallery; members of the Vietnam Contemporary Music Theatre perform music and dance, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., Freer's Meyer Auditorium; Nguyen Van Thuan shows how to make a rice doll, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sackler; musician Vu Thi Thanh Huong shows how to make a bamboo flute, 12:30-2 p.m., Sackler; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW; Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

FREE FILMS, Laurel and Hardy in "Liberty" (1929), about two escaped convicts trying to go unnoticed in downtown Los Angeles, 11 a.m.; Elliott Gould in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (1973), about hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe, 12:30 p.m.; Steve Martin in "L.A. Story" (1991), about a wacky weatherman looking for love, 1:30 p.m.; "Dogtown and Z-Boys" (2003), a documentary narrated by Sean Penn, about 11 youths, including one girl, who ride skateboards, 3:30 p.m.; local bands provide music before each screening, bring a blanket or pillow for floor seating, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

MAIL TRUCK TALK, a museum staff member discusses how trucks are essential to mail delivery, 1-3 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.

"SILK FOR SPICES," Ruth Barnes, a curator in the Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, discusses "Silk for Spices: Indian Textiles in Eastern Indonesia," 2:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $15; registration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

RHYTHM AND BLUES, the Dells perform with Harold Melvin's Blue Notes and the Jewels, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. $20, plus $2.75 service charge per order. 202-697-7328.

SOUL MUSIC, Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics; plus Skip Mahoney and the Casuals, 8 p.m., Fort Dupont Summer Theatre, Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE. Free. 202-426-5961.

DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, new works by local choreographers, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.

Sunday 10

FILMS ABOUT LOS ANGELES, Roman Polanski's "Chinatown" (1974), starring Jack Nicholson, John Huston and Faye Dunaway, about a corrupt land development scheme and a murder, 11 a.m.; "Los Angeles Plays Itself" (2003), Thom Andersen's documentary about how the city is depicted in movies, 1:30 p.m.; local bands perform before each screening, bring a blanket or pillow for floor seating, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP, for children 8-12 accompanied by an adult, a museum staff member shows photographs, quilts, souvenir fans and other works of artist Amalia Amaki; representatives of the Daughters of Dorcas lead a quilt-making workshop, materials provided, 12:30-2:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-783-7370.

AFRO-CUBAN MUSIC AND DANCE, performed by Omi Tuto, 3 p.m., National Museum of American History, Flag Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE EVENT, commemorating the 130th anniversary of the civil rights activist's birth, with a wreath-laying ceremony, gospel choirs and guest speakers, including Bethune's granddaughter, Evelyn Bethune, sponsored by the National Park Service, 6-8 p.m., Lincoln Park, 11th and East Capitol streets NE. Free. 202-673-2402.

Monday 11

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT, for ages 6-11, "The Nicolo Whimsey Show," with music, juggling and comedy, highlighting the importance of reading and language development, 10:30 a.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 8-12, Janice the Griot tells contemporary and traditional tales of African and African American folklore, 10:30 a.m., Sursum Corda Library, 135 New York Ave. NW, 202-724-4772, and 1:30 p.m., West End branch library, 1101 24th St. NW, 202-724-8707. Free.

MYSTERY BOOK, a librarian leads a discussion of Faye Kellerman's "Day of Atonement: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel," light refreshments served, 6:30 p.m., Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

BASEBALL FILM, "The Natural" (1984), starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close and Robert Duvall, 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372.

JANE AUSTEN FILMS, Virginia Newmyer discusses the novels of the English writer and their depiction in film and television, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1770.

ARTIST'S TALK, Amalia Amaki discusses her creative process, in conjunction with the exhibit "Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues," 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8; students and ages 60 and older, $6. 202-783-7370.

Tuesday 12

PETWORTH KIDS ENTERTAINMENT, for ages 4-7, Derick Riley ("Mr. Derby") leads an interactive song-and-dance performance of nursery tunes, 10:30 a.m., Petworth branch library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6300

JOB FAIR, bring copies of your resume and proof of D.C. residency and dress appropriately, event attended by representatives of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, PEPCO, George Washington University, Howard University Hospital, Safeway, several federal government agencies and several area police, fire and emergency service agencies, sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. Free. 202-783-5065.

VIETNAMESE CERAMICS TALK, museum curator Louise Cort discusses 12th- through 16th-century ceramics from the Red River Delta, noon, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

MUSIC RECITAL, faculty members of the Levine School of Music, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

ARCHITECTURE TALK, Thomas Leslie on his book "Louis I. Kahn: Building Art, Building Science," 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10. 202-272-2448.

CLASSIC FILM, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945), starring George Sanders, Donna Reed and Angela Lansbury, an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel about a corrupt young man's desire for eternal youth, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

AN EVENING WITH SCOTT SIMON, the NPR journalist discusses his novel "Pretty Birds" and his broadcasting career, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1770.

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

Wednesday 13

CHILDREN'S SONGS AND DANCE, for ages 4-7, Derick Riley ("Mr. Derby") leads an interactive song-and-dance performance, 10:30 a.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT, for ages 6-11, "The Nicolo Whimsey Show," with music, juggling and comedy, highlighting the importance of reading and language development, 1:30 p.m., Southwest branch library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

PUPPET SHOW, for ages 6-12, Dan Raynor of Stevens Puppets tells the story of Aladdin, 10:30 a.m., Washington Highlands branch library, 115 Atlantic St. SW, 202-645-5880, and 1:30 p.m., Capitol View branch library, Central Avenue and 50th Street SE, 202-645-0755. Free.

WEIGHT LOSS TALK, Marie Savard discusses her book "Apples & Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness," about how people with different body shapes can lose weight and stay healthy, 10:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

TRAVEL TOY WORKSHOP, for all ages, a museum staff member helps visitors design and make a portable ball-and-cup game to take on vacation, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3 per project. 202-272-2448.

REGGAE MUSIC, Buckwheat Jones, sponsored by the National Park Service, noon-2 p.m., Franklin Square Park, 14th and I streets NW. Free. 202-619-7222.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Elizabeth Strassberger, from Iwonicz, Poland, discusses how she and her mother purchased Aryan identity papers to escape to Milanowek, Poland, and their life with a Polish family, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.

CATHEDRAL WALK AND TEA, Anne Elsbree, co-chairman of the Olmsted Woods Restoration Project, leads a tour of the woods and discusses the importance of native plants in gardens; a tea in the cathedral tower follows, 1:30-4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $22; reservations required. 202-537-8993.

A CAPPELLA CONCERT, In Process performs songs from the civil rights movement of the 1960s, 6 p.m., lawn of the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"THE PRINCESS BRIDE," 1987 movie about a stable boy, starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage and Chris Sarandon, shown outdoors, bring a blanket, 8:30 p.m., George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus Quad, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW (enter from Whitehaven Parkway). Free. 202-242-6673.

Thursday 14

SMART GROWTH TALK, Mariia Zimmerman of Reconnecting America discusses transit-oriented communities, 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

KIDS ANACOSTIA WRITING WORKSHOP, for ages 8-17, a staff member discusses what makes a community, examines old and new maps and photographs of the Anacostia area, then helps children write about their predictions for the future of Anacostia, 1:30 p.m. July 14 and 21, Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-633-4870.

WOODY ALLEN FILM, "Melinda and Melinda" (2005), twin stories told as comedy or tragedy, 7 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10 ($8.50 in advance); students and seniors, $8.50 ($7 in advance). 202-777-3247.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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