"GAMER GENERATION" TALK, by John C. Beck, co-author of "Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever," about how video game playing skills can be applied to business management, 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
SPONGE PAINTING, for ages 3-6, a park ranger leads a short stroll to see foliage and shows how to sponge paint forest colors, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
OTTO PREMINGER FILM, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1950), starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, about a police detective who accidentally kills a murder suspect, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
WAR DOCUMENTARY, "The Black Dog: Stories From the Spanish Civil War" (2005), about the impact of political strife on civilians, 8 p.m. today and Friday, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"YOUNG AT HEART," Anne Snowden Crosman discusses her book "Young at Heart: 61 Extraordinary Americans Tell How to Defy Age With Zest, Work & Healthy Lifestyles," 11 a.m., Chevy Chase branch library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
MUSIC RECITAL, the Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Dohnanyi and J.S. Bach, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
SNOUT MOTH TALK, research entomologist Alma Solis discusses her travels collecting and classifying snout moths and their importance to agriculture, noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
PHILOSOPHY LECTURE, philosophy professor V. Bradley Lewis discusses "Natural Law and the Problem of Public Reason," 2 p.m., Catholic University, Life Cycle Institute, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.
SONGS, WINE AND CHEESE, Simone Marchand sings songs by Edith Piaf and others; French bread, wine and cheese served, 6:30-9 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $23; in advance, $22. 202-234-7911.
COUNTRY MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, Nina Gilden Seavey's "The Ballad of Bering Strait" (2003), about seven Russian teenagers who come to America to become country music stars, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free. 202-501-5000.
POETRY, Lorna Dee Cervantes reads from her book "Drive: The First Quartet," a reception follows, 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10; age 60 and older, $8; students, $5. 202-783-7370.
EMBASSY CLASSICAL RECITAL, soprano Rebecca Teems, mezzo-soprano Roxanne Rowedder, tenor Christopher Owens and pianist Betty Bullock, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Germany, 4645 Reservoir Rd. NW. $35. 301-907-2600.
MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS, authors Marita Golden, Mary Gordon and Amy Tan discuss real and imagined conversations between mothers and daughters, a reception follows, 8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.
VERMEER QUARTET, with guest pianist Edmund Battersby, a performance of works by Haydn, Janacek and Dohnanyi, 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.
SCIENCE LECTURE, James Yorke, a professor at the University of Maryland, discusses "The Theory of Chaos," 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.
"GREEN" ARCHITECTURE BUS TRIP, representatives from the Lemelson Center host tours of environmentally responsible building projects: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, the John M. Langston High School in Arlington and the Blair Towns apartment complex in Silver Spring, bus departs 8:30 a.m. (returning about 5 p.m.) from the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $5, includes lunch; reservations required. 202-633-3448.
STORYTELLING, for children, actress Alice McGill transforms herself into different characters as she tells funny and heartwarming stories, 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.
PALISADES USED-BOOK SALE, sponsored by Friends of Palisades Library, remaining books from the prior week's sale at half price, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; bag of books for $5, 2-4 p.m., Palisades branch library, 49th and V streets NW. Free. 202-282-3139.
GARGOYLES UP CLOSE, for children 4-8 accompanied by an adult, a docent leads a tour of cathedral gargoyles and helps create one to take home, bring binoculars, 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $6 per child. 202-537-6200.
WRIGHT BROTHERS PROGRAM, view the 1903 Wright Flyer before the exhibit's Oct. 17 closing, talk to the crew of the Wright Experience about how they build and fly Wright aircraft reproductions and try "flying" in a Wright Flyer simulator, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
USED-BOOK FAIR, sale of books, art objects, stamps and coins, sponsored by Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide, to benefit community projects and a scholarship fund, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 23, State Department, C Street entrance, between 21st and 23rd streets NW. Free admission; everything half-price on Oct. 23. 202-223-5796.
JACOBSEN HOUSE TOUR, architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen's Georgetown house, sponsored by the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 10-11:30 a.m., 1352 28th St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 703-280-1107.
WREATH LAYING, a ceremony to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, 1 p.m., National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, E Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets NW. Free. 202-737-3400.
HERB PROGRAM, members of the Herb Society of America demonstrate how to collect, preserve and use herbs and how to make a dried herbal wreath, 1-4 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4523.
MARY PICKFORD SILENT FILM, "Behind the Scenes" (1914), about a successful stage actress who discovers that marriage to a farmer is not what she expected; "Technicolor Test of Mary Pickford From the Set of the Black Pirate" and two short films precede the feature, 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
ROCK CREEK HIKE, for age 8 and older, a park ranger leads a hike along the creek, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
METAL ARTS, flatware artist and metalsmith Boris Bally discusses the design and materials in his creations of highway signs and wine corks, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC, Mexico-born vocalist Tonana performs indigenous music with an ensemble of musicians, a reception follows, 4 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
OPERA GALA, costumed musicians perform excerpts from works by Bellini, Puccini, Bizet, Verdi and others, sponsored by the Aria Club of Greater Washington, 6 p.m., Tifereth-Israel Congregation, 7701 16th St. NW. $20; students, $15. 202-723-4044.
HARVEST MOON VIEWING, join members of the Japan-American Society of Washington for music, haiku, food and more, 6-9 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $10; $25, with box dinner. 202-833-2210.
RENAISSANCE CHORAL CONCERT, the Palestrina Choir performs Palestrina's "Ave Maria," and works by other composers, 8 p.m., Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. $28; students and seniors, $24. 202-965-2000.
DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, CityDance Ensemble performs Ludovic Jolivet's "Forgotten Consciousness," 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; 17 and younger, $7. 202-269-1600.
CITY HISTORY TALK, G. Martin Moeller Jr., vice president for special projects at the National Building Museum, discusses the city's history, 10 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 16th and H streets NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP, staff members lead a tour of the exhibit "Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community," and help children create a building-shaped photo frame to take home, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $7. 202-272-2448.
ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 8 and older, a park ranger leads a 21/2 -mile hike along the Pinehurst Branch of the creek, 2 p.m., nature center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
LYRIC BARITONE RECITAL, Michael Andre Houston, 3 p.m., Lincoln Congregational Temple, 1701 11th St. NW. Donations requested. 202-332-2640.
EBONY MAGAZINE FASHION FAIR, couture from designers Bob Mackie, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy and others, to benefit the Washington D.C. Continental Society's scholarship fund and children's charities in the Washington area, 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$75. 202-467-4600.
D.C. YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 4 p.m., Coolidge High School, 6315 Fifth St. NW. Free. 202-723-1612.
HARPSICHORD RECITAL, Joseph Gascho, 4 p.m., George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus, Post Hall, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW. Free. 202-994-1525.
FRENCH FILM, "Grand Voyage" (2004), about a young Frenchman who drives his religious father to Mecca for the traditional pilgrimage and comes to understand 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.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, jazz by the Dick Morgan Quartet, 6 p.m. Sunday; guitarist Diane Zeigler, 6 p.m. Monday, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
PIANO RECITAL, Rita Bouboulidi performs works by Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
CHAMBER MUSIC, cellist John Kaboff performs three cello suites by J.S. Bach, sponsored by the Southwest Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Donations requested. 202-484-6354.
DOCUMENTARY, "Paris 1900," about the city and its residents, from 1900 to 1914, including Sarah Bernhardt, Enrico Caruso and others, 4:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $6; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
"THE GENE KRUPA STORY," 1959 film about the jazz drummer, starring Sal Mineo, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
ART THEFTS, Edward Dolnick discusses his book "The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece," 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1774.
CHURCHILL TALK, Martin Gilbert discusses his book "Churchill and America," about the prime minister's close relationships with Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
SPANISH AND FLAMENCO MUSIC, Chick Corea's Touchstone Quintet, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, $2 service charge per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.
FULL MOON HIKE, a staff member leads a mildly strenuous five-mile hike, 8-10 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15; reservations required. 202-245-4523.
UDC JAZZ ENSEMBLES, concert, 8 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Building 46-East, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15; seniors, $10; students, $5. 202-274-5803.
GENEALOGY LECTURE, National Archives technician Nathaniel Patch discusses using World War I naval records for research, 11 a.m., archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Friday Morning Music Club performs works by J.C. Bach, Karl Dittersdorf and Luigi Boccherini, noon, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
BARTHOLDI PARK TOUR, a staff member leads a tour and gives gardening tips, noon-1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
JAPANESE MUSIC, Washington Toho Koto Society, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
CIVIL WAR LECTURES, historian John F. Marszalek discusses the command decisions and different perspectives of Henry Wager Halleck and William Tecumseh Sherman; history professor Craig Symonds discusses Abraham Lincoln and his admirals; and historian James McPherson discusses Lincoln and his generals, noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
AIR FORCE BAND CONCERT, 4 p.m., Mount Pleasant branch library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-0200 or 202-767-5658.
RICHARD WAGNER DISCUSSION, his life and music, 6:45-8:45 p.m., Chevy Chase branch library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0023.
CABARET PERFORANCE, pianist Steve Ross sings tunes by Cole Porter and Noel Coward, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $30. 202-639-1774.
FRENCH TROUBADOUR POETRY, Robert Kehew discusses the anthology he edited, "Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours, a Bilingual Edition," noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-2692.
MARY PICKFORD SILENT FILM, "The Hoodlum" (1919), about a spoiled rich girl who lives with her sociologist father in a New York slum apartment; screen tests and other footage of Pickford will be shown before the feature, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
AFRICA HISTORY TALK, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses "Lost Kingdoms and Ancient Mysteries of Africa," 7 p.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
ART MARKET TALK, collector Barbara Guggenheim discusses "Money Plus Art: An Inside Look at the Art Market," 7 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
GIANT PANDA CUB LECTURE, Lisa Stevens, assistant curator for primates and pandas, and other zoo staff members discuss the care of the new panda cub and the research behind panda conservation, 7:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-633-4085.
"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING," Shakespeare comedy starring Kate Eastwood Norris and P.J. Sosko, previews, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 22, 2 p.m. Oct. 23; play continues, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Nov. 27, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Previews, $25-$33; other performances, $30-$49. 202-544-7077.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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