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 Oct. 27, the museum, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
JAZZ SINGING, Ashley Elise, noon-1 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.
ORGAN RECITAL, Julie Vidrick Evans, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
LATINO STAMPS, displayed by museum staff members, in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, 1-3 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.
JOB NETWORKING, meet people and discuss job search needs, sponsored by 40Plus of Greater Washington, 6:30-8:30 p.m., O Street entrance of the First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1328 16th St. NW. Free. 202-387-1582 or www.40plus-dc.org.
IRELAND LECTURE, Desmond Dinan, a professor at George Mason University's School of Public Policy, discusses "Ireland and the European Union: A Sustainable Success?" 7 p.m., Catholic University of America, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5489.
POETRY, VIDEOTAPES, MUSIC, the ambassadors of Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia present an evening of culture and food and wines from their nations, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $30. 202-639-1774.
FRAGRANCE GARDENING, Holly Shimizu, executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, discusses how to grow trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals with special aromas, noon, Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
DINOSAUR LECTURE, curator Matthew T. Carrano discusses the characteristics of dinosaurs and recent research on their evolutionary history, noon, National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
EMBASSY STRING RECITAL, the Prima Vista Quartet performs 18th- and 19th-century works, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of France, La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. $15. 202-944-6091.
"PIRATES OF PENZANCE," Catholic University Music Department students perform the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 14 and 15; 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 16, Catholic University of America, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $15. 202-319-5416.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Daedalus Quartet and violist Donald Weilerstein perform works by Prokofiev, Haydn and Mozart, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, $2.75 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 800-551-7328.
CITY BIKE TRIPS, John Fleming of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association leads a 26-mile round-trip tour on rough pavement and hills and in traffic, helmets required, riders should bring water, food and identification, locks recommended, sponsored by Cultural Tourism D.C., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., meet at the Harbor Police parking lot, south end of Water Street SW; Dan Tangherlini, director of the city's Department of Transportation, leads a ride along the Anacostia River, 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance to Washington Fish and Seafood Market Place, 1100 Maine Ave. SW. Free; reservations required. 202-628-2500 or 202-661-7581.
BROOKLAND HISTORY TOUR, area residents lead a walking tour and discuss the history and architecture of its buildings; includes stops to view the exteriors of the former homes of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ralph Bunche, Justine Ward and Pearl Bailey, bring water and wear comfortable shoes, sponsored by Cultural Tourism D.C., 9-10:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m., meet at the Brookland Visitors Center, 3450 Ninth St. NE. Free. 202-661-7581.
SOUTH ASIAN CULTURE, film screenings, literary panel discussions, readings and more, sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., National Museum of American History, Baird Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
FORT STEVENS TOUR, park ranger Ron Harvey leads a tour of the Civil War battlefield, 10 a.m., meet at the flagpole, Fort Stevens, 13th and Quakenbos streets NW. Free. 202-661-7581.
ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY, information on the basics of the art, 10:30 a.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-633-1000.
U STREET NW TOUR, led by Judith Bauer, Phyllis Fleming and Sandra Southerland, who discuss the history of the area and the neighborhood where Duke Ellington grew up and played in clubs, bring water and wear comfortable shoes, sponsored by Cultural Tourism D.C., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., meet outside the U Street-Cardozo Metro station, 13th Street exit. Free. 202-661-7581.
SHAW HISTORY TOUR, Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, leads a walking tour and discusses where Grand Canyon explorer John Wesley Powell, senator Blanche K. Bruce and historian Carter G. Woodson lived in grand Victorian homes, bring water and wear comfortable shoes, sponsored by Cultural Tourism D.C., 10:30 a.m.-noon, meet at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Mount Vernon Place NW, and 1-2:30 p.m., meet at the west corner of Seventh and R streets NW. Free. 202-661-7581.
CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY TOUR, Patrick Crowley leads a tour of the gravesites of John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover and others, 11 a.m.-noon, E and 18th streets SE. Free. 202-661-7581.
SCOTTISH EVENT, Celtic-inspired children's games, stories, garden pot painting, bagpipers and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $12; 17 and younger, free; preregistration required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
EIGHTH STREET SE FESTIVAL, to celebrate the area's recent renaissance and winning of the 2005 Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, more than 100 artists and vendors, live performances and food available for purchase, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 400 to 700 blocks of Eighth Street SE. Free. 202-544-3188 or www.barracksrow.org.
HERBAL GIFTS, members of the National Herb Garden demonstrate how to prepare herbal butter, vinegar and potpourri for seasonal gifts, 1-4 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4523.
ANTHRAX TALK, bioterrorism specialist Leonard A. Cole discusses his book "The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story," about the deadly anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001 and the public health system that investigates such emergencies, 1 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.
ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 7 and older, a park ranger leads a three-mile round-trip walk to Rapids Bridge to look for signs of autumn, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park, nature center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
KENILWORTH AREA TOUR, community historian Joe Lapp leads a walking tour of the area and discusses its African American history, participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes, sponsored by Cultural Tourism D.C., 2-3 p.m., meet at the corner of Douglas Street and Anacostia Avenue NE. Free. 202-661-7581.
SHAKESPEARE AUTHORSHIP MYSTERY, entertainment lawyer Bertram Fields discusses the evidence used to evaluate the question of whether Shakespeare wrote all that is credited to him; actors from the Washington Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting read scenes from the works in question, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
KIDS LINCOLN MEMORIAL TALK, for children 4-9 accompanied by an adult, Nicole Barrion, Sarah Imes and Christy Pachucki discuss Abraham Lincoln's childhood, the reason for his beard, what kind of pajamas he wore and more, sponsored by Cultural Tourism D.C., 6-7 p.m., meet at the Reflecting Pool at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. Free. 202-661-7581.
NAVY YARD CANDLELIGHT TOUR, docents discuss the history of the Central Yard, the oldest part of the complex, 7:30 p.m., Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897.
FIREWORKS DISPLAY, in celebration of the Kennedy Center's Festival of China, 9:50 p.m., viewable from the center's River Terrace, North and South plazas, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
BONSAI CARE, a National Arboretum staff member discusses the proper winter care of bonsai; topics include air circulation, temperature control, light levels and more, 1-3 p.m., arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12; reservations required. 202-245-4523.
GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE TOUR, a Washington National Cathedral docent discusses the carvings and soaring walls throughout the cathedral, 1:30 p.m., Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.
ROCK CREEK PARK BIRDING, for all ages, a ranger leads a walk to Fort DeRussy and along the surrounding trails and discusses the birds that live in the park, 2 p.m., Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
ARGENTINE FILM, "Afroargentines" (2000), about the history of racism in Argentina, in Spanish with English subtitles, a discussion follows the screening, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
BRAZILIAN DANCE, for children 6-12 accompanied by an adult, members of two capoeira groups perform different dance styles and teach audience members some moves, 2-4 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-783-7370.
ORGAN RECITAL, Andrew Lang, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
CLASSICAL CONCERT, the National Gallery Orchestra and violinist Nicolas Kendall perform works by Mahler, Schoenfield and Stravinsky, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
ANACOSTIA RIVER RESTORATION, members of the Earth Conservation Corps discuss their work with city youths in restoring the Anacostia River and show the documentary "Endangered Species," about the local ecosystem, dinner will be served, 6:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 3116 O St. NW. $5. 202-554-1960 or 202-479-6710.
GEORGETOWN BLACK HISTORY, historian C. R. Gibbs discusses the African Americans who contributed to Georgetown's heritage and its history of slavery, 10:30 a.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-633-1000.
ARCHIVES BOOK TALK, Smithsonian research associate Patricia O. Afable discusses her book "Japanese Pioneers in the Northern Philippine Highlands: A Centennial Tribute, 1903-2003," about the Japanese laborers, artisans, farmers and entrepreneurs who built Baguio City, a highland resort in the Philippines, in the early 20th century, 11 a.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
WASHINGTON BACH CONSORT, concert, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM TOUR, of the exhibit "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," about how Nazi medical professionals tried to promote a "master race" by killing mentally and physically disabled people, 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, through Oct. 29, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-6162.
CATHEDRAL CHORAL SINGALONG, Cathedral Choral Society director J. Reilly Lewis leads visitors in singing Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" and Louis Vierne's "Messe Solennelle," all experience levels welcome, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Singers, $7; spectators, $5; score rental, $1. 202-537-5527.
CHUCK YEAGER LECTURE, the retired brigadier general discusses his career, 8 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free; tickets required. 202-633-2398.
"MORALITY IN ANCIENT GREECE," G.E.R. Lloyd discusses his book "The Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece, China and Today," noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2692.
"GENTLEMAN PIRATE," Blaine Pardoe discusses his book "The Cruise of the Sea Eagle: The Amazing True Story of Imperial Germany's Gentleman Pirate," about Felix von Luckner's posing as a captain of a neutral sailing ship whose real purpose was the capture and sinking of British merchant ships during World War I, noon, Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897.
RENAISSANCE MUSIC LECTURE, Robert Eisenstein, artistic director of the Folger Consort, discusses the music for upcoming concerts on Oct. 7, 8 and 9, 6 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.
CROSSING THE EURASIAN ARCTIC, French explorer Gilles Elkaim discusses his four-year, 7,500-mile journey from Norway to the Bering Strait by dog sled and kayak, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $12. 202-234-7911.
"FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO," (1943), Billy Wilder's film about German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and the North Africa campaign during World War II, starring Franchot Tone, Erich von Stroheim and Anne Baxter, 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.
ART LECTURE, art critic Roberta Smith discusses "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Art Criticism, Art Theory and the Art Market," a reception follows, sponsored by the Renwick Gallery, 7 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"PROOF" PLAY, George Washington University students perform the David Auburn work about a woman who took care of her brilliant, mentally ill father before he died, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 6, 7, 8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9, the university's Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Wednesday preview show, $5; regular prices: $12; students and seniors, $8. 202-994-6178.
GEORG JENSEN JEWELRY, folklife specialist David A. Taylor discusses the creations of the Danish silversmith and the evolution of his firm from 1904 to the mid 1970s, 1 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0945.
BOOK DISCUSSION, a librarian leads a discussion of Ursula Hegi's "Floating in My Mother's Palm," about the memories and family secrets of a young girl in post-Hitler Germany, 2:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1175.
ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION, for a collection of photographs by Charles Johnstone and paintings by Kay Jackson, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 6; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 29, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 19.
JIM CROW TALK, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses "Smashing Jim Crow in the Nation's Capital," 7 p.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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