FALLEN TREE TALK, for ages 7 and older, a park ranger leads a walk and discusses the role of fallen trees in the ecosystem, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
LATIN MUSIC, featuring vocals by Lura, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
"DRACULA," Arlington's Synetic Theater performs a choreographed adaptation of the gothic thriller, 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
NATIVE AMERICAN DOCUMENTARIES, "Welcome Home" (2005), about the September 2004 opening of the Smithsonian's newest museum and how it captures the spirit and energy of the historic Native Nations Procession; and "Roxanne Swentzell" (2005), about the Pueblo sculptor and "For Life in All Directions," her creation that is outside the museum's Rasmuson Theater, noon, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
ART TALK, programs manager Milena Kalinovska discusses artist Eva Hesse's interest in the absurd and her place among a generation of artists, 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
OUTDOOR BIG-BAND JAZZ, Raggs and the All-Stars, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.
KOREAN FILM, "Arahan" (2004), an action and comedy film that pokes fun at the martial arts film genre, in Korean with English subtitles, 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE, a performance by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Bill Miller, a member of the Mohican nation, and storyteller Cochise Anderson, a member of the Chickasaw and Mississippi Choctaw nation, 7:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $21. 202-357-3030.
KAFKA PLAY, a performance of Steven Berkoff's adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Trial," about a man who is guilty of an unnamed crime, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 16, Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $20-$25. 703-684-7990.
DECISION SCIENCE LECTURE, Kimberly Thompson, an associate professor of risk analysis and decision science at the Harvard School of Public Health, discusses "Life in the Age of Risk Management," sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington, 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
ORCHESTRA PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, staff and faculty members with the D.C. Youth Orchestra program introduce the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, tuba and harp and percussion instruments to prospective students; facility and registration information will be available; 9 a.m.-noon, Sheridan Street entrance, Coolidge Senior High School, 6315 Fifth St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-723-1612.
JAPANESE KOI SHOW, members of the Potomac Chapter of the Zen Nippon Airinkai display, discuss and offer for competition the best of their brilliantly colored nishikigoi fish, and pond supply and fish vendors display their wares, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898 or 202-245-4523.
SYMPOSIUM, "Writing Iconography in the Pre-Columbian World," an exploration of nonverbal communication among indigenous peoples of the Americas before 1492; a curator's tour of the exhibit "The Cultures and History of the Americas" follows; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5434 or 202-707-5218.
CHILDREN'S ARCHITECTURAL TOUR, Mary Kay Lanzillotta of the American Institute of Architects leads children on a walking tour of Dupont Circle and discusses the styles, shapes and materials used to form buildings, then leads a workshop to help them design and create a rowhouse to take home; light snacks will be served; 9:30 a.m.-noon, American Institute of Architects/D.C. Chapter House, 1777 Church St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-667-1798 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL BOX UNVEILING, D.C. City Council member Jack Evans and representatives of the Dupont Circle Conservancy, the Dupont Circle Citizens' Association and Cultural Tourism DC unveil the circle's 22 Art on Call boxes, the former police and fire call boxes that now feature scenes of the famous circle; art will be available for purchase and the artists will be on hand; the 257th Army Band Brass Quintet will perform; light refreshments will be provided by local merchants; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 20th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. Free. 202-661-7581.
GARGOYLES FOR KIDS, for ages 6-12 with adult companions, gargoyle petting, stone carving, explorations of stained glass, mosaics and other cathedral art forms, and a gargoyle workshop, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 24, Washington National Cathedral, crypt-level classroom, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5 per group of four or fewer people. 202-537-2934.
ARTS CENTER OPEN HOUSE, staff members discuss the classes and workshops being offered this fall and invite visitors to participate in a pilates class at 10 a.m., youth jazz hip-hop at 11 a.m., adult hip-hop at noon, and early childhood "kindermusik" at 1 p.m.; demonstrations of collage and mixed media, knitting, photography, ceramics and other arts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
ROOSEVELT ISLAND TALK, a park ranger discusses the historic and environmental accomplishments of the 26th president and the history and natural environment of the island, 10 a.m., Theodore Roosevelt Island, accessible from George Washington Memorial Parkway in Rosslyn. Free. 703-289-2500.
METALWORKING FOR CHILDREN, for ages 4-8 with adult companions, staff members discuss how metal is bent, twisted, hammered and sculpted into decorative pieces, including wrought-iron gates and bronze statues throughout the cathedral, a workshop follows in which the children may do some smithing and make a piece of art 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.
RUG TALK, Austin Doyle and Frances Plunkett discuss "Baluch on a Smaller Scale: Bags and Cushion Covers," about the work of the Baluch culture of central Asia, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
KENNEDY CENTER OPEN HOUSE, 34th birthday celebration kicks off with a parade and more than 30 performances and activities showcasing native cultures of the Americas, a salute to William Shakespeare and the Renaissance, and a dance company previewing the upcoming Festival of China, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., 2700 F St. NW. Free; some events require free tickets. 202-467-4600.
BLACK FAMILY REUNION, cultural exhibits, health screenings, international arts and crafts, food and live music, sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women, noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Washington Monument grounds, Independence Avenue and 15th Street NW. Free. 202-737-0120.
ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 10 and older, a park ranger leads a six-mile-round-trip mildly strenuous hike to Boundary Bridge, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
HOUSE TOUR, a visit to three examples of modern loft apartments at the Rainbow Lofts, originally an auto body shop, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, 2-5 p.m., meet at 1449 Church St. NW. $30; prepaid preregistration required. 202-667-1798 or e-mail email@example.com.
JAZZ BRUNCH, alto saxophonist Marshall Keys performs, brunch foods will be served, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $5, suggested donation. 202-333-7100.
DOCUMENTARY, "Half a Day on Sunday: Jewish-Owned Mom and Pop Grocery Stores of the Washington Area," in the 19th and early 20th centuries, in conjunction with the exhibit "Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community," 1-1:20 p.m. and 1:40-2 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
GLOBAL POVERTY TALK, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute and professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, discusses the fate of the world's poor, 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
KOREAN FILM, "Spying Cam" (2004), about two men trapped in a motel room with only a video camera, in Korean with English subtitles, 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
ART BOOK TALK, curator David A. Brown and scholar Jane Van Nimmen, co-authors of "Raphael and the Beautiful Banker: The Story of the Bindo Altoviti Portrait," discuss the 500-year-old mystery of the man who promised to destroy the Medici dynasty, 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
ART EXHIBIT CLOSING EVENTS, researchers Lauren Hebert and Ryan Dougherty lead a tour of the exhibit "Visual Music," 3 p.m.; Norwegian pianist Hakon Austbo performs, and Hirshhorn curator Kerry Brougher discusses the performance and shows film footage that documents other light-and-sound compositions, 4 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
BUILDING WITH GROCERIES COMPETITION, teams of architects, engineers and contractors create large works of art from donated canned goods that will later be given to the Capital Area Food Bank. Anyone who donates a non-perishable canned food item can vote for their favorite construction, 6 p.m.-midnight, The Mall at 2000 Penn, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-667-1798.
ORGAN RECITAL, Lawrence Schreiber performs classical music on the center's Filene Organ, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
VICTORY GARDEN TOUR, a horticulturist leads a tour of the museum's recreated garden, which has been planted with World War II-era vegetable varieties, 1 p.m. Monday and Sept. 26, National Museum of American History, lower-level cafe terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
WORKING WITH AN ARCHITECT, a discussion of how to work with an architect when planning a new house, addition or office, and how to avoid common misunderstandings, 6 p.m., American Institute of Architects, 1777 Church St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-667-1798.
CARPET LECTURE, Jon Thompson, of the Ashmolean Museum and the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East at the University of Oxford, discusses the mystery of the Mamluk and other carpets, 6:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $10; preregistration required. 202-667-0441.
GERMAN FILMS, "Art Liberates," Israelis and Germans discuss their opinions on the Holocaust, Israel, guilt, memory, freedom, language and more; and "House and Desert," director Anna Faroqhi's views on how people live today and how that reflects the history of the country; both films in German with English subtitles; a discussion with Faroqhi follows the screenings, 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $6. 202-289-1200.
WEB BOOK TALK, Web designer Hillman Curtis discusses his designs for Yahoo!, Adobe, RollingStone.com, British Airways and others and his book "Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web," about what it takes to make digital Web films using cutting-edge techniques and tools, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.
THEODORE BIKEL FILM AND INTERVIEW, "The Defiant Ones" (1958), the actor discusses and answers questions about his 50-year career in the film industry following the screening, 7:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10 ($8.50 in advance); students and seniors, $8.50 ($7 in advance). 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3248.
ASTROPHYSICIST LECTURE, Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discusses the Space Age, 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5664.
PIANO QUINTET, faculty members from the Levine School of Music perform works by Elgar, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
TOUR AND TEA IN THE TOWER, a docent leads a tour that culminates in a scenic view of Washington from the cathedral's seventh-floor Pilgrim Observation Gallery, tea and sandwiches served, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Oct. 26, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $22; reservations required. 202-537-8993.
CAPITOL CONSTRUCTION TOUR, representatives of the architect of the Capitol and RTKL Associates Inc. discuss the underground space that is being built to accommodate visitors; hard hats will be supplied; tour includes considerable walking. Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., meet at the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds (Senate side), at the security booth near the tented area. Free; reservations required. 202-667-1798 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT, performance by Madlenium, a contemporary dance company from Serbia, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
FILM EVENT, Wim Wenders's "Hammett" (1982), stars Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle and Marilu Henner; and "Jojo in the Stars," a computer-generated animated piece, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
BOOK TALK, Phillip Hoose, from the Nature Conservancy, discusses his book "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird," about the enigmatic ivory-billed woodpecker's sudden resurrection from extinction, 7:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-633-4085.
LECTURE, Joseph L. Browne, project director of the Adolf Cluss Exhibition Project, discusses "Cluss on Capitol Hill," 8 p.m., Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-544-1845.
ART LECTURE, Eric Denker discusses "Woodcut, Wood Engraving, and Other Relief Techniques," about the development and innovations of European printmaking techniques and the works of Gauguin and Munch, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the East Building and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in the West Building, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
WALT WHITMAN TALK, Barbara Blair, from the library's manuscript division, discusses "Whitman in Washington During the Civil War," in conjunction with the installation "Revising Himself," noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Southwest Gallery, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
ART DOCUMENTARY, "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time" (2000), about the sculptor's use of natural materials that reflect their local settings, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sept. 16, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
ARCHITECTS OF THE FUTURE, representatives of SmithGroup Inc. talk with high school students interested in architecture and lead them through a real-world problem-solving session, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, 4-7 p.m., 1825 I St. NW, Suite 250. Free; reservations required by Friday. 202-667-1798 or e-mail email@example.com.
PUBLIC POLICY DISCUSSION, the challenges of the Middle East will be discussed by Johannes Ebert, regional director for the Goethe Institute in the Near East and North Africa; Alberto M. Fernandez, director of the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy Bureau of Near East Affairs; Hans-Guenter Gnodtke, commissioner for dialogue with the Islamic world at the German Foreign Office and Cultural Department; Horst Harnischfeger, former secretary general of the Goethe Institute in Munich; and others, 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-289-1200, Ext. 167.
SILENT LON CHANEY FILM, "Outside the Law" (1920), directed by Tod Browning, with Chaney playing two roles, shown with recorded musical accompaniment; and a two-reel Laurel and Hardy comedy, "Habeas Corpus" (1928), 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839 or www.filmsonthehill.com.
ARMY CHORUS CONCERT, a performance of male choral literature, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free; tickets required. 202-467-4600 or 703-696-3399.
DOCUDRAMA, "Last Best Chance," about the lack of security for nuclear weapons and materials, 7:30 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $17. 202-857-7700.
DANCE PERFORMANCE, "Handle With Care," an all-female cast in a multimedia performance, photography by Andy Thibadeau, video projections by Kaira Hart, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
JACK LEMMON FILM, "The Great Race" (1965), co-stars Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk, 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
HISTORY TALK, C.R. Gibbs discusses "The Chinese in Mississippi," 7 p.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
JAZZ CONCERT, bassist and songwriter Jay Leonhart, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
CHAMBER MUSIC, the Southwest Chamber Players perform works by Holst, Vaughn Williams, Hindemith and others, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free; donations welcome. 202-484-6354.
CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, pianist Kemal Gekic performs works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and Liszt, 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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