ART EXHIBIT TALK, Monica Castillo discusses her works in the exhibit "Monica Castillo: The Painter and the Body," noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free with museum admission: $8; seniors and students, $6; 18 and younger, free. 202-783-7370.
SEARCH FOR SPIDERS, for ages 4-12, a park ranger will read a story about spiders and lead a search for them at the nature center as well as a craft activity, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERT, Red Poppy, a Chinese percussion group, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
EMBASSY ART RECEPTION, for a collection of oil paintings and installations by Korean artists, reception 6-8 p.m. today; exhibit continues, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, through Oct. 27, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-797-6346.
"DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE" (2004), a documentary about the effects of globalization on the economy of Tanzania and the introduction of a foreign fish that is destroying the ecosystem of Lake Victoria, 7:30 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $8. 202-857-7700.
RUSSIAN FILM, "4" (2004), about a bartender and three strangers, in Russian with English subtitles, 8 p.m. today and Friday, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"BORN YESTERDAY," comedy play by Garson Kanin about a businessman's scheme to bribe a crooked senator, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Nov. 6, Arena Stage, Fichandler Theater, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. $41-$60. 202-488-3300.
ART HISTORY LECTURE, J. Russell Sale discusses "Adam, Eve and the Patriarchs," about biblical imagery in European art through the 17th century, 10:15 a.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Friday Morning Music Club performs works by J.S. Bach, Barber and Schubert, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
ROOF GARDENING, Ed Snodgrass discusses how to plant vegetation on a roof, noon-1 p.m.; Snodgrass leads visitors through a green roof exhibit and gives tips on plant choices, 2-3 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
DOCUMENTARY FILM, "Journey to America," a 1989 documentary by Charles Guggenheim about immigrants who came to the United States between 1890 and 1920, noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
GEOLOGY TALK, Conrad C. Labandeira, curator of arthropod fossils, discusses "Why All the Diversity? The Fossil History of Plant-Insect Association," noon, National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
STAMP COLLECTING TALK, David Failor of the U.S. Postal Service shows a stamp collection; plus a tour of the exhibit "Stamps Take Flight," bring lunch, noon, National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.
PHILOSOPHY LECTURE, philosophy professor Frank Slade discusses "Versions of Political Philosophy," 2 p.m., Catholic University, Life Cycle Institute, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.
"VATICAN BEHIND THE SCENES," Monsignor Brian Ferme discusses its traditions, rituals and protocols, 6:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. $21. 202-357-3030.
CONSERVATION TALK, scientist Eric Dinerstein discusses his book "Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations" and the snow leopard, the wrinkle-faced bat and other creatures that might be near extinction, 7:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-633-4085.
MODERN DANCE PERFORMANCES, China's Beijing Modern Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company and Guangdong Modern Dance Company, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
FOLGER CONSORT and guest vocalists and instrumentalists perform Renaissance motets and songs, 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. $28. 202-544-7077.
ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 8 and older, a park ranger leads a rigorous two-mile walk on Teddy Roosevelt Trail to Pulpit Rock and discusses the Jusserand Memorial, 10 a.m., meet at Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
ORCHID SHOW, members of the National Capital Orchid Society sell orchids and discuss how to care for them, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4523 or www.usna.usda.gov.
BROOKLAND COMMUNITY FESTIVAL, a parade with the John Carroll High School Marching Band, a lawn mower brigade and other groups on 12th Street NE, from Franklin Street to Michigan Avenue, 11 a.m.; performances by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, the Barrelhouse Brawl, Dance Place students and Northeast Tae Kwon Do; community history exhibits, sale of prints, drawings and photographs by local artists, stories, children's activities and more, sponsored by the Brookland Community Development Corp., noon-4 p.m., 12th and Newton streets NE. Free. 202-529-8400.
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.
BASEBALL MEMORABILIA TALK, Stephen Wong discusses his book "Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections," 1 p.m., Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
GARDENING WITH BULBS, Brent Heath leads a walk through Bartholdi Park and gives tips on planting bulbs, 1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $5; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT, for ages 5 and older, a park ranger leads a half-mile walk searching for natural elements of the forest, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park nature center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
SILVER COLLECTING AND DESIGNING, collector and curator Jewel Stern and artists from the University of Iowa's jewelry and metal arts program discuss the appeal of collecting, designing and making silver objects, 2 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
FRAGRANCE GARDENING, Brent Heath discusses how to enhance the fragrance of a garden with different flower bulbs in each season, 3 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $10; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERT, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra performs on 250 drums celebrating Chinese traditions, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, the Oberlin Dance Collective/San Francisco performs "RingRoundRozi," "24 Exposures" and "On a Train Heading South," 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; 17 and younger, $7. 202-269-1600.
DUMBARTON OAKS PARK TOUR, for ages 8 and older, a park ranger leads a walk and discusses the landscape, bring water, 9:30 a.m., R and 31st streets NW. Free. 202-426-6851.
GEORGETOWN HISTORY, a park ranger leads a walk along the waterfront and discusses the history of the once bustling port and the area's evolution since Colonial times, 12:15-1:15 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
ART DECO TALK, architectural historian Linda Lyons of the Art Deco Society of Washington discusses historic preservation and the Art Deco elements of the exhibit "Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design," 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
ASIAN ABORIGINAL SONGS, the Formosa Aboriginal Song and Dance Troupe performs works associated with coming-of-age rituals, women's celebrations and festivities for the new year, 3 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"MONSIEUR IBRAHIM," 2003 film starring Omar Sharif, about a grocer who befriends a boy whose father ignores him, in French with English subtitles, 4:30 p.m., George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus, Eckles Library Auditorium, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW (enter from Whitehaven Parkway). Free. 202-242-6673.
CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Scott Hanoian, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
DANCE RECITAL, by Dean Anderson of Washington Reflections Dance Company and Dana Tai Soon Burgess, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
BEAUX ARTS TRIO CONCERT, works by Beethoven and Schubert, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
COLUMBUS DAY OBSERVANCE, wreath-laying ceremony by Armed Forces Joint Honor Guard, Knights of Columbus Color Corps and Marine Band; vocal performance by Kevin L. Bennear; Irtefa Binte-Farid, a youth essay contest winner, reads from her winning entry "Christopher Columbus: Imperfect Hero"; appearances by representatives of the diplomatic corps of Italy, Spain, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the Organization of American States, 11 a.m.; music, 10:45 a.m., Union Station, Columbus Memorial Statue and Fountain, Delaware and Massachusetts avenues NE. Free. 202-619-7222.
ARCHIVES GENEALOGY FEST, for adults and children, "Coming to America" program in celebration of Columbus Day, make a family chart, plot the immigration of relatives' to the United States on a map, learn about the experiences of immigrants, design a quilt square that tells part of your family story, observe a demonstration of sampler stitching and quilting and more, noon-4 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000.
MAGIC SHOW, James Kroener and David London, 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372.
HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA, a performance of works by Zhao Jiping and Peng Xiuwen on traditional instruments, 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10. 202-467-4600.
MARSHALL PLAN HISTORY LECTURE, by Kenneth Heger of the National Archives, 11 a.m., the Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
IRISH STORYTELLING, author Frank Delaney discusses the importance of traditional storytelling as a way of preserving history, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.
MUSIC RECITAL, faculty members of the Levine School of Music, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
BLOGS AND POLITICS, political science professor Henry Farrell discusses the influence of Internet blogs on politics, light refreshments served, 6 p.m., George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, 1957 E St. NW. Free. 202-994-1667.
D.C. HISTORY LECTURE, Cynthia R. Field, chairman of the Smithsonian's Office of Architectural History, discusses the influence of architect and city planner Adolf Cluss on the development of Washington, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10; reservations required. 202-272-2448.
MEXICAN FILM, "Danzon" (1991), about a single mother who finds adventure while investigating the disappearance of her longtime ballroom dance partner, in Spanish with English subtitles, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; 60 and older and students, $4; reservations recommended. 202-783-7370.
"MELTING SIBERIA," a 2004 documentary about director Ido Haar's experience helping his mother find her estranged Russian father, in Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles, 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). 202-777-3248.
PIANO RECITAL, Gleb Ivanov performs works by Haydn, Chopin, Barber, Rachmaninoff and Liszt, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP, floral designer Linda Roeckelein demonstrates how she designs English-style flower arrangements for the home, museums, churches and other public sites, a buffet lunch will be served, 10:30 a.m., St. David's Episcopal Church, 5150 Macomb St. NW. $50; reservations required. 202-966-3362 or 301-299-4586.
AFRO PERUVIAN MUSIC AND DANCE, Negrura Peruana performs, noon Oct. 12, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE, and 6 p.m. Oct. 13, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-707-5677 or 202-467-4600. Free.
PARIS TALK, David Downie discusses his book of essays "Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light," a reception follows, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $8. 202-234-7911.
COMMUNITY SINGALONG, Ysaye Maria Barnwell of the vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock leads participants in gospel singing, 7-9 p.m., Levine School of Music, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. $5. 202-686-9772.
POLITICAL ETHICS LECTURE, Jean Bethke Elshtain, professor of social and political ethics at the University of Chicago, discusses the role of religious beliefs in public debate, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $15; seniors and students, $8. 202-537-2221.
CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, pianist Peter Serkin and the Orion String Quartet perform works by Mozart and Beethoven, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $34. 202-467-4600.
INTERNATIONAL COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL, a three-day conference on "Comics and National Identity" and "Politics and Political Cartooning"; Tom Toles of The Washington Post, Kevin Kallaugher and Ann Telnaes discuss creating editorial cartoons, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5836.
SOPRANO RECITAL, Stacey Sartor, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
U.S. POET LAUREATE READING, Ted Kooser reads and discusses a poem, 6:45 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-4225.
BLACK EXPLORERS TALK, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses "Black Explorers: 2300 B.C. to the Present," 7 p.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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