Thursday 1

CONSTITUTION VIDEO SERIES, "The Constitution: That Delicate Balance," a 13-part Emmy Award-winning 1984 PBS series featuring 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.

WOODLAND TRAIL WALK, for ages 5 and older, a park ranger leads a quest for hidden forest treasures, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

DECATUR HOUSE TOURS, "Out of Place and Out of Time," Katherine Malone-France, director of collections and programs, leads tours of the 1818 house. 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.

Friday 2

NATIVE AMERICAN ART PRESENTATION, James Pepper Henry, a member of the Kaw/Muscogee Nation, and a member of the museum's Community Services staff, discusses the challenges of managing a large collection of Native American ethnographic and archaeological material, noon, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

CRIME FILM, "Cruising" (1980) stars Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen and Powers Booth in the story of a serial killer who targets New York City gays, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

SARAH RUHL PLAY, "Passion Play," a blending of three plays in which performers navigate challenges to their faith in Elizabethan England, in Nazi Germany and in America just after the Vietnam War, 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Oct. 16, Arena Stage, Fichhandler Theater, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. $41-$60. 202-488-3300.

Saturday 3

RECOVERING-PATIENT HIKE, a park ranger leads a short, easy hike designed for those recovering from pregnancy, stroke, surgery, chemotherapy or other challenging situations, 9 a.m. every other Saturday, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free; reservations requested. 202-426-6905.

GEORGETOWN HIKE, for ages 10 and older, a park ranger leads a hike along forest trails to Dumbarton Oaks Park, 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Lover's Lane entrance of Dumbarton Oaks, 31st and R streets NW. Free. 202-426-6829.

ROCK CREEK PARK CLEANUP, for all ages, a park ranger leads a trash cleanup; gloves and bags will be provided, 10 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

TEXTILE TALK AND TOUR, guest curator John Wertime discusses the exhibit "Silk and Leather: Splendid Attire of 19th-Century Central Asia," 11 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

D.C. BLUES FESTIVAL, performances by Saffire (The Uppity Blues Women), Candye Kane, DeConstance, Sharrie Williams, Ruby Hayes, Blues on Board and others, 1 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-0486.

PIANO RECITAL, Stanley Babin, sponsored by the Society of the Cincinnati, 1:30 p.m., Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-785-2040, Ext. 499.

ETHNIC DOCUMENTARY, "The Earth Sings" (1933), Slovakian folk art, including singing and dancing, and craft demonstrations such as weaving, stick-binding and grape-pressing, a silent movie with Czech and English subtitles, 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

NEW PLAY READINGS, actors from more than 25 local theaters read plays and musicals, and hold open rehearsals, seating available 30 minutes before each play. 3-10 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Monday, various locations within the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

ROOSEVELT ISLAND NIGHT HIKE, a park ranger leads an easy one-mile hike and discusses what the island's animal inhabitants do while we sleep, 7-8 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Island (accessible from George Washington Memorial Parkway). Free. 703-289-2500.

Sunday 4

OLD STONE HOUSE TOUR, for all ages, a park ranger discusses the house's place in the early history of Georgetown, noon, Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

CHILDREN'S CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP, for children accompanied by an adult, a look at Frank Gehry's stainless steel architecture, followed by a project using shiny building materials to create a work of art to take home, 1-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $4 per artwork. 202-272-2448.

CATHEDRAL EXTERIOR TOUR, a docent discusses angels, gargoyles, grotesques and flying buttresses on the building's exterior, 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.

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

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 8 p.m., west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday 5

BAT TALK, for ages 4 and older, a park ranger discusses the waves used by bats to find bugs at night, avoid crashes with other bats and communicate with each other, 9 a.m., Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free; reservations requested. 202-426-6905.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH COMEDY, performance of local playwright Gina Gionfriddo's "After Ashley," about the media and the line between reporting and exploiting a family's tragedy. Monday and Tuesday previews at 8 p.m.; 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 9, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. Tickets, $30-$48; pay what you can for preview performances Sept. 5 and 6. 202-393-3939.

Tuesday 6

PARK WALKING TOUR, Botanic Garden staff members lead tours and discuss possibilities for home landscapes, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

RECITAL, pianist Diane Winter Pyles, clarinetist Jean-Francois Bescond and cellist Jan Timbers, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

CHORAL OPEN HOUSE, the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C., seeks prospective members to sing everything from classical to popular music for performances in October, December and January, all levels of experience and voice parts welcome, 6:30-8 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 222 Eighth St. NE. Free. 202-546-1549 or

Wednesday 7

ART TALK, curator emerita Judith Zilczer discusses "Music for the Eyes: Abstract Painting and Light," about the music-inspired roots of abstract painting and cinema in the early 20th century, noon, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DIGITAL DESIGN LECTURE, Dennis R. Shelden, chief technology officer with Gehry Technologies, discusses the designs of architect Frank Gehry and technologies used in the design process, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

Thursday 8

FALLEN TREE TALK, for ages 7 and older, a park ranger discusses the role of dead trees in the park's ecosystem, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ART CRITIC BOOK TALK, New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman discusses "The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa," his book about the link between art and the world, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE LECTURE, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses "Africa, Black America, and World War II," 7 p.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

LECTURE, Agnes Streissler, head of the Economic Policy Department in the Chamber of Labour in Vienna, Austria, discusses "EUrope and the US: Two Distinct Models of Social Policy," wine and cheese reception follows, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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