Thursday 20

POETRY READINGS, Sam Hamill and Sarah Browning read from their works, and a reception follows, noon, Catholic University, Pryzbyla Center Great Room, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5488.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE, for ages 16 and older, "Kiki & Herb: The Resurrection Tour," about an aging singer and her accompanist, 8 p.m. today, 8 and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 641 D St. NW. $36-$48. 202-393-3939.

Friday 21

ART LECTURE, J. Russell Sale discusses "Heroes and Heroines of the Old Testament," 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.

ARTS CLUB RECITAL, clarinetist Jean-Francois Bescond and pianist Diane Winter Pyles, works by Debussy and Milhaud, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

FREER ART TALK, Chinese music specialist Bell Yung discusses how images of zithers appear in paintings, poetry and calligraphy, noon Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CONSERVING SILVER, conservator Constance Stromberg discusses how to take care of silver, noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Schubert and Chopin, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

PERUVIAN MUSIC, Raymi group performs on Peruvian pipes and string instruments, 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6933.

U.S. SUPREME COURT LECTURE, Nelson Lund, a professor at George Mason University, discusses "The Natural Moral Law in the U.S. Supreme Court," 2 p.m., Catholic University, Life Cycle Institute, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.

TUDOR PLACE TOUR, newly opened servants wing of the historic mansion, cider served, 3-5 p.m., 1644 31st St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

JAZZ TALK, by Chuck Redd, 5 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

MARY PICKFORD SILENT FILM, "Coquette" (1929), about a flirtatious flapper, 7 p.m.; plus newsreel footage of Pickford from the 1920s and '30s, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

IMMIGRATION TALK, producer David Grubin discusses and shows clips of his documentary "Destination America," about what compels people to immigrate to the United States, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.

UNIVERSITY CONCERT, George Washington University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., the university's Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Free. 202-994-1525.

Saturday 22

COLLEGE INFORMATION, for middle and high school students and parents; members of the Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority discuss area colleges and universities, admission application essays, financial aid and campus life; lunch provided, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1225 R St. NW. Free. 202-545-1913.

INVASIVE AND NATIVE PLANTS, Liz McDowell of Elk Ridge Nature Works discusses nonnative plants invading forests, parks and yards, 10-11 a.m.; arboretum curator Joan Feely leads a tour of the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection, 10 a.m.-noon, National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12 per program; reservations required. 202-245-4523.

GILDED LETTER WORKSHOP, artist Jean Brinton-Jaecks teaches how to apply gold leaf to raised gesso to create a framed gilded letter, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $45; materials included. 202-633-1000.

MUSEUM ART CLASS, rubber stamping and painting on fabrics, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-633-4870.

GLOVER PARK HOUSE TOURS, residents invite participants into their newly renovated homes to discuss their renovation projects, while contractors, architects and builders answer questions, to benefit Stoddert Elementary School, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., meet at Glover Park, between Tunlaw Road and 40th Street NW. $15. 202-270-1081.

COYOTE TALK, for ages 3-10, a park ranger teaches coyote calls and leads a craft activity, 11 a.m., Rock Creek Park, nature center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

HERB LECTURE, cookbook author Katie Moose demonstrates how to use herbs to make holiday dishes, 1-3 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $9; preregistration required. 202-245-4523.

BUILDING HAUNTED HOUSES, build a haunted house or barn using wood and cardboard and decorate it with miniature ghosts, monsters and jack-o'-lanterns, 2-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $16 per house; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

ROPEMAKING, for ages 6 and older, a park ranger helps make a 19th-century-style rope, 2 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

J.S. BACH CONCERT, for ages 7 and older, organist and music educator Diane Heath performs excerpts of Bach's works and involves the audience in an interactive program about the composer, 7 p.m., St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. $5. 202-363-4119.

CHORAL CONCERTS, the Catholic University Chorus and Chamber Singers and organist Robert Grogan perform a Gregorian chant and works by Tallis, J.S. Bach, Mozart and others, 7:30 p.m., St. Matthew's Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free. 202-319-5414.

DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Jane Franklin Dance performs a work based on letters written by Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; 17 and younger, $7. 202-269-1600.

Sunday 23

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS, "Land of the Settlers," a 2005 documentary about Israeli news anchor Chaim Yavin's visits to the West Bank settlements, his conversations with the Arabs and Jews there and the occupation by Israeli forces, sponsored by the D.C. Jewish Community Center, in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, 1 p.m., Carnegie Institution, 1530 P St. NW. $10 ($8.50 in advance); students and seniors, $8.50 ($7 in advance). 202-777-3247 or 800-494-8497.

CATHEDRAL GARGOYLE TOUR, for ages 10 and older, a docent leads a tour of humorous and scary gargoyles and discusses the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque, bring binoculars, 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6200.

BRITISH CHOIR FESTIVAL, Choir of Westminster Abbey performs works by William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, William Walton and others, 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $20-$60. 202-537-5527.

"THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE," a 2003 animated film about an elderly woman who raises her orphaned grandson, 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.

TAKACS STRING QUARTET, a performance of works by Haydn, Borodin and Beethoven, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

"THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA," a 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney, with live organ accompaniment by Paul Fleckstein, 7:30 p.m.; potluck supper, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and G streets NW. Donations requested. 202-628-4317.

Monday 24

CHESS CLUB, all experience levels, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

"ROME, OPEN CITY," Roberto Rossellini's 1945 film starring Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani, about a World War II resistance movement leader who flees Rome when the Nazis discover his activities, in Italian and German with English subtitles, 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $6; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

AUSTRALIA TRAVEL TALK, a librarian leads a discussion of Bill Bryson's book "In a Sunburned Country," 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-2079.

"STATE OF THE UNION," a play about politics in Washington, read by Judith Ivey, Nancy Robinette and others, 7 p.m., Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-347-6262.

Tuesday 25

BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, Robert Slater, author of "No Such Thing as Over-Exposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump," discusses writing about business executives, 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

FOOTBALL DOCUMENTARY, "Greatest Moments in Washington Redskins History," historic games, players and plays from the 1930s to the 1990s, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1175.

CHORAL RECITAL, the Palestrina Choir, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

BEETHOVEN BIOGRAPHY, pianist Edmund Morris discusses his book "Beethoven: The Universal Composer," 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

"GREAT PRIVATE GARDENS," Dominique Browning discusses her book "The New Garden Paradise: Great Private Gardens of the World," 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1774.

D.C. HISTORY, preservationist Sally Berk and architectural historian Caroline Hickman discuss "Celebrating a Century of Wardman Row-House Neighborhoods," about Harry Wardman's role in building the Bloomingdale, Brightwood and Columbia Heights neighborhoods in the early 20th century, 7 p.m., Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. $10; reservations requested. 202-383-1850.

"A THOUSAND CLOWNS," a 1965 film starring Jason Robards Jr., Barbara Harris and Martin Balsam, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

JAZZ AND POETRY, bass player Emory Diggs and poet Kenny Carroll, dessert and coffee served, 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Donations requested. 202-333-7100.

Wednesday 26

FAILED SLAVE ESCAPE, historian Josephine F. Pacheco discusses her book "The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac," about the escape attempt and trial of those who tried to help 76 slaves escape to Pennsylvania and other destinations, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2273.

MAP EXHIBIT TALK, Ed Redmond discusses the Revolutionary War era maps and British Atlantic Neptune Map Collection on display in the "American Treasures" exhibit, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Southwest Gallery, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

STAMP COLLECTING, a staff member discusses the basics of the hobby; plus a display of John Lennon's childhood stamp album, 1-3 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.

LIBRARY HALLOWEEN PARTY, for all ages, costumes welcome, with games, stories and more, 4 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

JAZZ AND SWING MUSIC, the Pete BarenBregge Quartet, 6 p.m. Wednesday; the J Street Jumpers, 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

ARTIST'S LECTURE, installation artist Jenny Holzer discusses her works that have been exhibited in New York City and Spain, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $30. 202-639-1774.

"THE WINTER'S TALE," George Washington University drama students perform the Shakespeare play, preview, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; regular performances, Oct. 27, 28 and 29, 2 p.m. Oct. 30, the university's Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Preview, $5; regular performances, $12; students and seniors, $8. 202-994-6178.

Thursday 27

NATURE WALK, for ages 5-12, a museum staff member leads a tour of the George Washington Carver Nature Trail and discusses conservation, 10:30 a.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; preregistration required. 202-633-4870.

TUBA RECITAL, Michael Parker, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.

CITY PLANNING, Christopher Leinberger, a partner in the Historic District Improvement Co. in Albuquerque, discusses the fundamentals of renovating a downtown, 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

LATIN MUSIC LECTURE, Patricia Caicedo discusses "Art Song in Latin America," 12:30 p.m., Inter-American Development Bank Conference Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3558.

HALLOWEEN "SPOOKTACULAR," games, face painting, scary stories, treats and more, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28, Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS LECTURE, Michael E. Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, discusses "Grave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century," 6:30 p.m., the university's Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 213, 1957 E St. NW. Free. 202-994-1667.

ARCHITECTURE LECTURE, architectural historian Jayne Merkel discusses the life and works of Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

BLACK HISTORY TALK, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses "African Americans and Native Americans in the American Revolution," 7 p.m., Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

MARY PICKFORD FILM, "Secrets" (1933), co-starring Leslie Howard, about a married couple in the unsettled American West, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

PEDRO PAN REFUGEES, panel discussion about the children who emigrated from Cuba to the United States from 1960 to 1962; panelists include three former refugees, Eduardo Aguirre, U.S. ambassador to Spain; the Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington; and Maria de los Angeles Torres, political science professor at DePaul University in Chicago, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.

DECATUR HOUSE GHOST HUNT, light refreshments served, 8 p.m., Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St. NW. $10; reservations required. 202-842-0920, Ext. 239.

"A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE," Kerry Waters and Mark Rhea star in the Keegan Theatre production of the Tennessee Williams drama, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 26 (no performance Nov. 24), Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $25; seniors and students, $20. 703-527-6000.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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