Thursday 15

ORGAN RECITAL, David Lamb, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

ART RECEPTION, for "Adolf Cluss, From Germany to America: Shaping a Capital City Worthy of a Republic," an exhibit of artifacts from the life of German architect Cluss, including multimedia and guided tours in a Cluss building, lectures, concerts and more, sponsored by the Goethe Institute, 6:30-8 p.m. today; exhibit continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 28, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200, Ext. 177.

ARCHITECTURE DOCUMENTARIES, Charles Guggenheim's "Monument to a Dream: The Building of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial" (1964), about the challenges Eero Saarinen faced in creating the St. Louis Arch, and "Santiago Travels" (2004), about the designs of engineer-architect Santiago Calatrava, 7 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

JAZZ CONCERT, bassist and songwriter Jay Leonhart, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $14. 202-467-4600.

Friday 16

CHILDREN'S THEATER, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer perform "Bon Appetit," including songs about eating healthy food and exercise, 10 and 11:30 a.m., Smithsonian's S.D. Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $5; ages 2-16, $4; 1 and younger, free. 202-357-1500.

FLOWERS IN ART LECTURE, Philip Leonard of the National Gallery of Art discusses how flower imagery was used in the masters' paintings created long ago in Europe, noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.

LATINO ART DOCUMENTARY, a screening of "Visiones: Latino Art and Culture," followed by a discussion of the film by Henry C. Estrada, project director for the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, noon, National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

INDIAN MUSICAL STORIES, musicians from Folk Arts Rajasthan tell the history of Indian kings and discuss Indian cultural heritage, noon Friday, 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

LATIN MUSIC CONCERT, the Son de Madera ensemble, 7 p.m. Friday, Cultural Institute of Mexico, 2829 16th St. NW, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Cardozo Senior High School, 13th Street and Florida Avenue NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-728-1675.

ASIAN DANCE PERFORMANCE, the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

JAZZ CONCERT, singer Roseanna Vitro, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Kennedy Center's Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $14. 202-467-4600.

RIVER TERRACE DANCING, salsa music by Son de Aqui, 9-11 p.m.; dance lesson, 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Center's River Terrace, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Saturday 17

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.

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FESTIVAL, for all ages, visitors help build a log cabin or a brick wall, participate in a nail-driving contest, try stone carving and woodworking, learn surveying, make a model of a city using boxes, climb on construction equipment and more, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-272-2448.

BUGFEST 2005, scientists who work with bugs discuss what it's like to be a bug, how to identify them and more, visitors may watch a cockroach race, hunts for bugs and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

AFRICAN STORY, a museum staff member reads the book "Mcheshi Goes to School," about how children in a rural Kenyan school make new friends, meet a new teacher and experience new challenges, 10:30 a.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

USED BOOK SALE, many categories, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

ARTS ON FOOT FESTIVAL, art, music, theater, dance, film, children's programs, samples of food from area restaurants and more, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., National Archives; Canadian Embassy; Warehouse, Warner and National theaters; National Gallery of Art; Bead Museum; and other sites, Fourth and 14th streets NW from L Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. Free; events booklet available from merchants the day of the festival.

ART HISTORY WALKING TOUR, historian Alice Stewart discusses German immigrant artists including architect Adolf Cluss, painter Max Weyl and others who lived or worked in the downtown area around the Goethe Institute, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at the institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free; preregistration required. 202-289-1200, Ext. 510.

NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC, DANCE, performance ensemble Yarina performs traditional Andean music and original compositions that blend jazz, blues, Latin and classical music, noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, 202-633-1000, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600. Free.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCING, Eastern Band Cherokee performs 18th-century dances, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

GARLAND CREATION, staff members help visitors make the type of garlands presented by friends to each other in India, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art courtyard, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

PERSIAN CARPETS TALK, journalist Brian Murphy discusses his book "The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery and Lore of the Persian Carpet," about the patterns and knots of Persian carpets and their artistic, religious and cultural origins, 2:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $10; preregistration required. 202-667-0441.

SOPRANO AND STRING RECITAL, soprano Ann Elizabeth Jones, violinist Cecilie Jones and the Lennox String Quartet perform works by Hindemith, Holst, Sametz and Villa-Lobos, 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1285.

Sunday 18

ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION, teams of students from area schools of architecture work on design projects, the public is invited to observe the planning sessions, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; awards ceremony and reception, 6 p.m. Monday, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; preregistration required for Monday ceremony and reception. 202-272-2448.

ZOO FIESTA MUSICAL, live music and dance performances, zookeeper lectures, traditional Hispanic food and crafts, discussion of animals native to Latin America and animal feedings, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, some activities conducted in English and Spanish, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-4085.

KALORAMA HOUSE, EMBASSY TOURS, self-guided visits to the Woodrow Wilson House, residences of the ambassadors of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Austria, Colombia, Cypress and Iceland and other homes, sponsored by Friends of the Wilson House, noon-5 p.m., tickets include a program on the architecture and history of each site, tour begins at the Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. $25; in advance, $22. 202-387-4062, Ext. 18.

ROOSEVELT ISLAND NATURE TALK, a ranger discusses the park's trails, the Mount Vernon Trail, and bike and trail safety, 1-3 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Island, accessible from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Free. 703-289-2500.

COOKING WITH HERBS, members of the Herb Society of America discuss recipes and give tips for saving the flavors of herbs for use throughout the year, 1-4 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4523.

TUDOR PLACE TOUR, former curator Melinda Huff and executive director Leslie Buhler lead a tour of areas throughout the mansion rarely seen by the public, including the servants' dining hall, the kitchen and a Cold War-era bomb shelter and kitchenette, 1:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

BRAZILIAN SENATOR DOCUMENTARY, for adults, "I Was Born a Black Women" (2000), about the life of Benedita da Silva, elected to Brazil's senate, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

ARTIST LECTURE, glass blower Dante Marioni, winner of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, discusses his designs, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

JAZZ CONCERT AND ART, Davey Yarborough Quintet and the Washington Jazz Arts Institute Ensemble, 4 p.m.; a reception for "Portraits of a Vanishing Community: The Neighborhood Archive Project," an exhibit of photographs by Harlee Little, Bruce McNeil, Michael B. Platt and Hank Ferrand, 5-6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Donations requested. 202-363-4900.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Contemporary Music Forum performs works by Lina Bahn, George Perle, Adam Silverman and Eric Moe, a reception follows, 4:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

Monday 19

EMPLOYMENT LECTURE, Jonathan Kirkendall, head of the D.C. Women's Center's Career Counseling Program, discusses "Working With Negative Emotions During the Job Search," 10 a.m., 40Plus of Greater Washington, Suite T-2, 1718 P St. NW. Free. 202-387-1582 or

AUTHOR'S TALK, Gloria Kaiser discusses her novel "Saudade: The Life and Death of Queen Maria Gloria of Lusitania," about a young, exiled Brazilian princess who becomes the queen of Portugal, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

KENNEDY CENTER JAZZ, bassist John Previti performs a musical tribute to Mingus and Monk, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

ARCHITECT'S LECTURE, James Eyre, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, discusses his firm's use of new technologies and materials and its plans to design and build a bridge that will span the museum's Great Hall, 7 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $10; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

Tuesday 20

COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT, Joe Wilson, former director of the National Council for Traditional Arts, hosts country and old-time musicians in a musical tribute to the Carter Family, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5510.

MEXICAN MUSIC, Mariachi Estrellas, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

SOLAR HOME TALK, Alden Hathaway, director of the Clean Power Program at the Environmental Resources Trust, discusses the energy-efficient home he designed, built and displayed on the Mall in 2001 and moved to Loudoun County, 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

"GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL," Rocco Zappone leads members of the Capitol Hill Book Club in a discussion of Jared Diamond's book "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies," about how cultures on continents developed, 6:30 p.m., Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

CONSTITUTION DAY LECTURE, politics professor Stephen Schneck discusses "Origins and Ideas of the 1787 Constitution," 7 p.m., Catholic University of America, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5128.

FREUD AND LITERATURE LECTURE, Gloria Kaiser discusses "Freud's Influence on Literature: The Example of Stefan Zweig," a wine and cheese reception follows, 7:30 pm, Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.

ROBERT PINSKY TALK, the poet discusses his book "The Life of David," 7:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10. 888-621-2230.

Wednesday 21

WALT WHITMAN POETRY TALK, Alice Birney discusses the creation of "Leaves of Gress," noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Southwest Gallery, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

ENGRAVING LECTURE, a museum staff member discusses "Engraving, Etching and the Associated Intaglio Techniques," about the development of incised metal plates as a vehicle for artistic expression, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, East Building auditorium, and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24, West Building auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

CLASSIC FILMS, Dashiell Hammett's "The Glass Key" (1935), starring George Raft, Edward Arnold, Ann Sheridan and Ray Milland in a story about big-city political corruption, and the Laurel and Hardy comedy "Chickens Come Home" (1931), 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

CHORAL MUSIC PANEL DISCUSSION, WETA's Robert Aubry moderates a panel of choral group directors, including J. Reilly Lewis of the Cathedral Choral Society, Donald McCullough of the Master Chorale of Washington, Norman Scribner of the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Robert Shafer of the Washington Chorus, in a discussion of each director's career path, the choruses they lead and trends in choral music, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

Thursday 22

CATHEDRAL NATURE WALKS, birder Sheila Cochran leads a bird walk, wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars, 8:30 a.m.; Olmsted Woods project director Dede Petri leads a tour of the woods and discusses their impact on the city and the cathedral close, 10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319.

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. 29, the museum, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

CHINESE REFUGEE HISTORY TALK, Marcia Ristaino discusses "History's Forgotten Hero: Jacquinot de Besange, S.J.," the French Jesuit who saved Chinese refugees during the Sino-Japanese War, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

RACIAL STEREOTYPES IN FILM, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses "Racial Stereotypes in American Film," 7 p.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

BRASS QUINTET CONCERT, a performance by the Navy Band ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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