Thursday 25

SCULPTURE LECTURE, Sally Shelburne discusses "Contemporary Sculpture: More Thinking Outside the Box." 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

CHILDREN'S CHINESE ART, for ages 6-14. A museum staff member discusses Chinese ceramics and helps children make pictures to take home. 2 p.m., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ROCK CREEK SHORT HIKE, for all ages. A park ranger leads a half-mile round-trip walk to search for signs of white-tailed deer. 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT, the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

BREW AT THE ZOO, for ages 21 and older. Samplings of beer from local and European breweries, zoo conservation-oriented tours, live music and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the zoo's reproductive-science program for Asian elephants. 6-9:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $45; in advance, $35. 202-633-3026.

MICHAEL CAINE ACTION FILM, "The Ipcress File" (1965), based on the Len Deighton spy novel about fictional spy Harry Palmer (Caine). 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 ensemble. 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Friday 26

HISTORY PROGRAM, park rangers from the Maggie Walker National Historic Site and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site and guests from the American Poetry Museum discuss the philosophies of educator Bethune and businesswoman and community leader Walker, both of whom were most active after the Civil War. 10 a.m., Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-673-2402.

TROPICAL FRUIT BOTANY, Botanic Garden botanist Kyle Wallick discusses "Longing for Longans and Loquats: Some Unusual Tropical Fruits" and invites visitors to taste lychee, durian and others. 1-3 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $5; registration required. 202-226-4082.

OUTDOOR BRAZILIAN JAZZ, Bossalingo, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

CLASSIC COMEDY FILM, Ole Olsen, Robert Paige, Martha Raye and Shemp Howard in "Hellzapoppin' " (1941), the film adaptation of a no-plot Broadway hit. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

CHINESE FILM, John Woo's "The Killer" (1989). Chow Yun-Fat and Danny Lee star in a story about an assassin who accidentally blinds a nightclub singer and vows to do only one more job so that he can pay for her upcoming surgery, in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles, 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

POETRY IN THE PARK, poetry readings by 13 of Nazareth, Eddie Oliver, Chrneice Fox, Amyr Heard, Brother Earl, Second 2 Last, Ainsley Burrows and others. 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free; tickets required. 202-895-6000 or 202-397-7328.

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

AIR FORCE BAND CONCERT, "Christmas in August." 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, Independence Avenue and 15th Street NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

MARINE PARADE, Marine Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps in ceremonial uniform. 8:45 p.m.; Marine Band concert, 9 p.m., 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 27

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING, unwanted computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, televisions, audio equipment, VCRs and DVD players accepted; unacceptable items include large appliances, microwaves, smoke detectors, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Washington Convention Center, parking ramp in the loading docks for Halls D and E, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. Free. 612-291-6119.

BIKE SAFETY CLASS, teaches skills needed to ride on city streets when running errands, commuting or riding for recreation. Sponsored by the District Department of Transportation in partnership with Arlington County, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; optional on-road session for helmet-wearing riders follows, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mount Pleasant branch library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free; bikes allowed inside if brought in using the ramp to the meeting room. 202-671-0200.

KOREAN WAR REMEMBRANCE, and wreath-laying ceremony to honor the 55th anniversary of the war. 10 a.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, 23rd Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-619-7222.

RUG TALK, Martha Henze discusses "Textile Trade From the Ottoman Empire: Turkish Kilims and Carpets." 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

NATIVE AMERICAN CRAFTS, Haida weavers Lisa Telford and Laura Wong-Whitebear demonstrate the use of red and yellow cedar and spruce root to weave traditional baskets. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

HISTORIC CONSTRUCTION, for all ages. A park ranger discusses how the 200-year-old Old Stone House was built by colonial tradesmen. Noon, Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

ART TALK, graduate student lecturer Leora Maltz discusses Sigmar Polke's painting "Hope Is: Wanting to Pull Clouds." Noon, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

GEORGETOWN HISTORY TOUR, a park ranger leads a walking tour of Herring Hill and discusses its black heritage. 12:15-2 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

RIVER POLLUTION STUDY, for ages 6 and older, a park ranger discusses what residents can do to protect Rock Creek and other area streams. 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CAPRA SILENT DOCUMENTARY AND FILM, director Frank Capra's "The Italian Cruiser Libia" (1921), about the two-week visit to San Francisco by an Italian naval cruiser making a worldwide tour, shown with translated Italian subtitles and music; and "Fultah Fisher's Boarding House" (1922), based on the Rudyard Kipling poem "The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House," which tells the story of a Danish sailor who is stabbed inside a Calcutta grog shop. 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

JAZZ CONCERT, Mint Condition and vocalist Julie Dexter. 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. $22.75. 202-895-6000 or 202-397-7328.

ASTRONOMY, a park ranger and members of the National Capital Astronomers demonstrate how to view stars, planets and other phenomena using telescopes. 8:30 p.m., Rock Creek Park, Military Field, near Picnic Groves 13 and 14, off Glover and Military roads NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Sunday 28

ROCK CREEK WALK, for ages 7 and older, a park ranger leads a three-mile walk along a relatively flat area to see Rock Creek's rapids. 10 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

MULE-DRAWN CANAL BOAT RIDE, a one-hour round-trip ride with park rangers in period clothing who tell stories of the families who once lived and worked aboard C&O Canal boats. 4:30 p.m. Through Oct. 23, rides will be offered at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. $8; seniors, $6; ages 4-14, $5; ages 3 and younger, free. 202-653-5190.

ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 7 and older. A ranger leads a three-mile hike to Rapids Bridge and discusses signs of summer. 11 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

GEORGETOWN HISTORY, a reenactor portrays 1890s-era police officer Ernest W. Brown and discusses nightlife and crimes in 19th-century Georgetown. 12:15-1:45 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

TRAIL HIKE, a park ranger leads a tour of the trails on Theodore Roosevelt Island, discusses the Mount Vernon Trail, and gives bike and trail safety information. 1-3 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Island, accessible from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Free. 703-289-2500.

CATHEDRAL GARGOYLE TOUR, for ages 10 and older. A docent leads a tour of humorous and scary gargoyles, including representations of Darth Vader, 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.

DOCUMENTARY, "Recalling the Future: Art in Contemporary Africa" (2000), about the place of modern African artists in the global art world. 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

ART LECTURE, Benedict Leca, a Mellon curatorial fellow, discusses "A Day in Provence: Cezanne and the Provencal Landscape Tradition." 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

JOAN CRAWFORD FILMS, home movies of Crawford, and "Paid" (1930), an adaptation of the stage play "Within the Law," about a wrongly convicted shopgirl who goes to jail for three years and comes out wanting revenge against the store owner. 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Monday 29

HEIRLOOM GARDEN TOUR, a Smithsonian horticulture staff member leads a tour of trees, shrubs, perennials and herbs grown in American gardens for centuries. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Museum Terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

FOLK MUSIC PERFORMANCE, singer and songwriter Mark Geary performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

THEATER AUDITIONS, for Chevy Chase Players' November performances of Noel Coward's comedy "Relative Values." 7-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, All Saints Episcopal Church, 3 Chevy Chase Cir. NW (Western Avenue entrance). British accent required; bring photo and theater resume. Free. 202-944-3318.

BLUEGRASS AND COUNTRY CONCERT, the Navy Band's Country Current ensemble. 8 p.m., west side of the U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday 30

STORIES FOR SMALL CHILDREN, for ages 5 and younger. Readings by a librarian. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Southwest branch library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

WASHINGTON DOCUMENTARY, "March on Washington Remembered," about the August 1963 March on Washington, with film, photographs and the words of the participants. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1213.

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

STEEL PAN MUSIC AND DANCE, in celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago's independence. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

GARDENS AND HEALTH CARE, Teresia Hazen, coordinator of Legacy Health System's therapeutic gardens in Portland, Ore., discusses "Gardens in Healthcare: Making Environments of Care Even More Caring," about the elements of garden design and programming for patients, their families and their visitors and for staff members of health facilities. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; registration required. 202-226-4082.

ORSON WELLES FILM, "Chimes at Midnight-Falstaff" (1966), starring Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford and John Gielgud in Welles's adaptation of several Shakespeare plays, including "Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2," narrated by Ralph Richardson. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

CLEVELAND PARK BOOK BINGO, for ages 5 and older. A librarian leads a game that uses book titles instead of traditional bingo spaces. 7 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

"OTHELLO," Michael Kahn directs Avery Brooks, Patrick Page, Colleen Delany and others in Shakespeare's story of jealousy and prejudice, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30, no matinee Sept. 4. Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25; discounts for seniors and students. 202-547-1122.

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

Wednesday 31

CAPITOL HISTORY, Matt Wasniewski of the House Office of History and Preservation discusses "The Widows' Mandate: An Early and Enduring Route for Women to Congressional Office, 1923-2005." Sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, noon, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building, Ketchum Hall, 200 Maryland Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-543-8919, Ext. 38.

BAND CONCERT, the Air Force Band's High Flight performance ensemble. Noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Ruth Griefer from Geilenkirchen, Germany, discusses how her family hid from the Nazis with the help of the Dutch resistance forces. 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.

CHESS CLUB, for ages 6-11. Learn how to play the game or brush up on your skills, 4 p.m., Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

CLASSICAL CONCERT, the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble performs works from North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey and Armenia, and Sephardic pieces, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

THEODORE BIKEL PERFORMANCE, in Hyam Maccoby's "The Disputation," about a 13th-century man who is forced to defend Spanish Jews against a forced conversion to Christianity ordered by the pope. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 2, D.C. Jewish Community Center, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $28-$39. 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3230.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, a performance of works by Walter Piston, Richard Wagner, George Gershwin and others, 8 p.m., west side of the U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-433-4011.

Thursday 1

CATHEDRAL'S HIDDEN CORNERS, for ages 12 and older, a docent leads a tour of the vaulted ceilings, bosses, gargoyles and stained-glass windows that are rarely seen up close; participants should wear sensible shoes and be prepared for lots of stairs, close quarters and heights, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.

CONSTITUTION VIDEO SERIES, "The Constitution: That Delicate Balance," the 13-part Emmy Award-winning PBS series originally televised in 1984. Includes roundtable debates with Ellen Goodman, Archibald Cox, Gloria Steinem, Bill Moyers and others. Noon daily through Sept. 13, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.

DECATUR HOUSE TOURS, in "Out of Place and Out of Time," Katherine Malone-France, director of collections and programs, leads tours of the historic 1818 house and asks visitors to point out objects that would not have been found in the home in the early 19th century. 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Decatur House Museum, 748 Jackson Pl. NW. $5; reservations suggested. 202-842-0920.

DANCE PERFORMANCE, Daniel Burkholder performs "Songs That Sinatra Sung," a post-modern improvisational piece. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CLASSIC FILM, "The Last Angry Man" (1959), starring Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer and Cicely Tyson in an adaptation of the Gerald Green novel about an elderly Brooklyn doctor whose nephew makes a television documentary about him. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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