STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, a National Museum of American History staff member discusses the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 11 a.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 1, the museum, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, cellist Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patcheva perform works by J.S. Bach and Frank Martin, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1285.
BOOK DISCUSSION, a librarian leads a discussion of Penelope Lively's novel "The Photograph," about a landscape historian who finds a puzzling photo of his deceased wife, 2:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1281.
CHORAL CONCERT, Navy Band's Sea Chanters chorus, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.
FUNK ROCK MUSIC, People 606, sponsored by the National Park Service, noon-2 p.m., Franklin Square Park, 14th and I streets NW. Free. 202-619-7222.
CORN LECTURE, chef Andreas Fleckenstein discusses the role of corn in history and its current role as a global crop, noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $12; registration required. 202-226-4082.
NATIVE AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY, "Into the Circle: An Introduction to Oklahoma Powwows and Celebrations" (1992), includes interviews with elders and dancers and information on powwow history, etiquette and regalia, noon Friday, 3 p.m. Aug. 13, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
SCULPTURE TALK, education specialist Lynn Yamasaki discusses the design of Kenneth Snelson's work "Needle Tower, 1968," 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CLASSIC FILMS, "Easy Living" (1937), a Preston Sturges comedy starring Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold and Ray Milland; and a short feature film, "Young Ironsides" (1932), starring Charley Chase, about a man who crashes a beauty contest and invents a new kind of beachwear, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
CHINESE KUNG FU FILM, "Come Drink With Me" (1966), about a female warrior who challenges thugs who kidnapped her brother, 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.
ARMY BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 703-696-3399.
CHAMBER MUSIC, performance of works by J.S. Bach and Johann Joachim Quantz, with soprano Patrice Michaels, baroque violinists Branko Brezavscek and Risa Browder, baroque cellist John Moran, baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan and harpsichordist Joseph Gascho , 8 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, Third and A streets NE. $20; seniors, $17; students, $12; 16 and younger, free. 301-330-0072.
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.
TEXTILE TALK, Saul Barodofsky discusses "Nazarlik: Silk Road Textiles and Motifs That Ward Off the Evil Eye," 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, author Richard Van Camp reads from his books "A Man Called Raven" and "What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses," 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
NATIVE AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY, "The World of American Indian Dance" (2003), filmed at the Crow Fair in Montana, noon Saturday and 3 p.m. Aug. 12, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
ART WORKSHOP, for ages 16 and older, landscape artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks helps participants create plein-air pastels in Lafayette Park, materials provided, 2-5 p.m., meet at Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $45; registration required. 202-233-0667.
BUTTERFLY GARDENING, for beginners, a staff member discusses the best plants for attracting caterpillars and butterflies, 3:30 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898.
JAZZ PIANO CONCERT, Marcus Johnson, 8 p.m., Fort Dupont Summer Theatre, Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE. Free. 202-426-5961.
DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Lesole's Dance Project performs a program of modern and Afro fusion styles, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.
CATHEDRAL STAINED GLASS TOUR, for ages 10 and older, a docent discusses the symbolism of the stained-glass artwork, 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.
AFRICAN ART TOUR, a museum staff member leads a tour of modern installations by six artists who use language in their art, in conjunction with the exhibit "TEXTures: Word and Symbol in Contemporary African Art," 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
ALIEN INVASION FILM, "The Man From Planet X" (1951), by Edgar G. Ulmer, starring Margaret Field, mother of actress Sally Field; and "Edgar G. Ulmer -- The Man Off-Screen" (2004), a documentary about the B-movie maker from Austria, 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Anne Horsch, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
CHILDREN'S STORY AND ART, for ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult, a museum staff member reads Eric Carle's "10 Little Rubber Ducks" and leads a tour of artworks depicting oceans, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-3030.
CANOE BUILDING, Patrick Almenas, a member of the Penobscot Nation of Maine, discusses how traditional Penobscot canoes are built using birch bark, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"THE BOATING PARTY," art lecture, Diane Arkin discusses the Mary Cassatt painting, noon, National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
VICTORY GARDEN TOUR, a Smithsonian horticulture staff member shows the museum's re-created World War II vegetable garden, 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Cafe Terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
FIDDLE MUSIC, the Foghorn Stringband performs tunes from the Southern Appalachians and the Midwest, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
BASEBALL FILM, "Bull Durham" (1988), starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, about the lives of minor league players, 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372.
NAVY BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.
"VIRGINIA WOOLF" FILM, Mike Nichols's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis, about a married couple who draw another couple into their psychological games, sunset (about 9 p.m.,) the Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. Free. 877-262-5866.
QUILTING, members of the Annapolis Quilt Guild display samples of antique quilts from the museum's collection and discuss the significance of quilting throughout American history, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Aug. 23, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT, for ages 6-11, Nick Newlin's "The Nicolo Whimsey Show," with music, juggling and comedy, highlighting the importance of reading and language development, 10:30 a.m., Petworth branch library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, 202-541-6300, and 1:30 p.m., Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE, 202-698-3377. Free.
GEORGE WASHINGTON BOOK, a librarian leads a discussion of Joseph J. Ellis's biography "His Excellency: George Washington," noon, West End branch library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.
HARP AND FLUTE RECITAL, Duo Marchand performs, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
COKIE ROBERTS TALK, the author discusses her book "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation," about Martha Washington, Abigail Adams and other mothers of American leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, 6 p.m., Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Free; reservations required. 202-546-1210, Ext. 23.
CAPITOL HILL ARCHITECTURE, long-time Capitol Hill resident Thomas B. Grooms, of the Design Excellence Program at the General Services Administration, discusses the area's exterior and interior architecture, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10; reservations required. 202-272-2448.
"FRENCH CONNECTION II," for adults, 1975 film starring Gene Hackman about the international drug trade, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
NAVY BAND CONCERT, 8 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.
CHILDREN'S FILM, for ages 5 and older, "Babar: King of the Elephants" (1999), about an elephant's move to a big city after his mother's death, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Aug. 17, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-4995.
CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT, for ages 6-11, Nick Newlin's "The Nicolo Whimsey Show," with music, juggling and comedy, highlighting the importance of reading and language development, 10:30 a.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-3080, and 1:30 p.m., Georgetown branch library, 3260 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-282-0220. Free.
TRAVEL TOY WORKSHOP, for all ages, a museum staff member helps visitors create a portable ball-and-cup game, 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.
AIR FORCE BAND CONCERT, the Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.
PAT SCHROEDER TALK, the former congresswoman from Colorado discusses her book "24 Years of House Work . . . and the Place Is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics," sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, noon, Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Free; reservations required. 202-546-1210, Ext. 23.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Michel Margosis, from Brussels discusses the escape of her family from a detention camp to a farm in the south of France, where they hid from the Nazis, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.
WINSLOW HOMER TALK, Dianne Stephens discusses the gallery's collection of works by the artist, 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
PEACE CORPS SERVICE, a Peace Corps recruiter discusses the work of the organization's volunteers, 6-7:30 p.m., Georgetown branch library, 3260 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0220 or 202-692-1040.
YOUTH NOVEL TALK, Adam Meyer discusses his book "The Last Domino," about the challenges facing a high school junior boy, 7 p.m., Chevy Chase branch library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
MARINE BAND CONCERT, works by John Philip Sousa, Saint-Saens, Gershwin and David Gillingham, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-4011.
SPIKE LEE FILM, "Do the Right Thing" (1989), starring Danny Aiello, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, about the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., 8:15 p.m.; a local band provides music before the screening; a blanket or pillow for possible floor seating is recommended, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
"LEMONY SNICKET" MOVIE, "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events" (2004), starring Jim Carrey, about three clever orphans who thwart a malicious and greedy relative; a blanket recommended, 8:30 p.m., George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus Quad, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW (enter from Whitehaven Parkway). Free. 202-242-6673.
POWWOW SOCIAL, "Everybody Dance," Native American dance demonstrations, songs and audience participation, 2-5 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
BALLET PROGRAM, students from the "Exploring Ballet With Suzanne Farrell" program perform a Farrell-choreographed piece, includes an explanation of ballet and the featured work, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
JAZZ AND BLUES AT THE ZOO, the Mary Ann Redmond Band, 6:30-8 p.m., National Zoological Park, Lion/Tiger Hill, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-4480.
THEATER IN THE ROUND, New York-based theater company ID Studio performs William Ospina's "A Clear Midnight," inspired by the Walt Whitman poem "Song of Myself," 6:30 p.m., Inter-American Development Bank, Conference Center Auditorium, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3558.
"LOST COMMAND," 1966 film starring Alain Delon, Anthony Quinn and George Segal, about French army paratroopers who learn about the horrors of war in Vietnam and Algeria, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
MUSLIM AMERICAN WOMEN, a panel of specialists discusses the role of Muslim women in American history, including their faith, education and contributions to society, sponsored by the Anacostia Museum, 7 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free; reservations required. 202-633-4867.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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