BAT TALES, for ages 3-10, told by a park ranger, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
WASHINGTON STAGE GUILD, members perform Joanna McClelland Glass's "If We Are Women," about three older female family members who try to pass their wisdom to a younger relative, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 27, Arena Stage, 1901 14th St. NW. Friday and Saturday evenings, $35; other performances, $30. 240-582-0050.
"STRING FEVER," Melinda Wade, Field Blauvelt and others perform Jacquelyn Reingold's introspective urban comedy, previews, 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday; play continues, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 27, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Previews: tonight and Sunday evening, pay what you can; Saturday night and Sunday matinee, $25; other performances, $15-$39. 800-494-8497.
OPERA, Catholic University students perform Marc Blitzstein's "Regina," about a Southern family affected by greed, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, the university's Hartke Theatre, Michigan Avenue and Harewood Road NE. $15, $10. 202-319-5414.
"THE BODY PROJECT," a play about women's negative perceptions of their figures, performed by Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 13, Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $30. 703-578-1100.
BIBLICAL ART IMAGERY, J. Russell Sale discusses "Images of the Youth and Public Ministry of Jesus," 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 MUSIC RECITAL, the Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Brahms, Britten and others, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
ANCIENT TEXTILES, J. Conklin, a research associate at the Textile Museum, discusses ancient Andean textiles of Peru and Bolivia, noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
FALL GARDENING, horticulturist Ariel Dressler discusses how to prepare a garden for autumn, noon-1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration requested. 202-226-4082.
DOCUMENTARIES, "The Town" (1944), about the European cultural roots of Madison, Ind.; "Steel Town" (1944), about the varied European backgrounds of Youngstown, Ohio, steelworkers and their role in aiding the United States' World War II effort; and "The Cummington Story" (1945), about the cultural assimilation of immigrants in a small New England town, noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
GREEK ARCHITECTURE LECTURE, architect Hermann J. Kienast discusses the "Tower of the Winds," an octagonal building in Athens constructed as a weather vane and water clock and later used as a bell tower, 5:30 p.m., Catholic University of America, Edward M. Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5188.
FOLK MUSIC, singer Lila Downs performs, a reception follows, proceeds benefit Hurricane Katrina victims, 7 p.m., Cultural Institute of Mexico, 2829 16th St. NW. $30. 202-728-1675.
FILM THRILLER, "Footsteps in the Fog" (1955), starring Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons, about a husband who is being blackmailed; a two-reel comedy precedes the feature, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL, Elizabeth Field, Nina Falk and others perform works by Schubert, Brahms and others, 8 p.m., St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. $20; students and seniors, $15. 202-363-4119.
JOAN DIDION READING, the author reads from her memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking," a reception follows, 8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.
CHINESE ART AND CULTURE, docents lead tours of Dunbarton House Museum and the exhibit "From East to West," plus a craft activity of sculpting coil clay pots, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dumbarton, 2715 Q St. NW. $5; 11 and younger, free. 202-337-2288.
TAKOMA HALLOWEEN EVENT, for ages 5-17, scary stories, crafts and treats, 10:30 a.m., Takoma Park Branch Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
MEXICAN CULTURE PROGRAMS, music, hands-on activities, storytelling and more for "Day of the Dead," a Mexican tradition of remembering the dead and celebrating life, noon-3 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, and 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.
GEORGETOWN WALKING TOUR, "Alley Crawl" history program, a park ranger leads a two-mile walk along Georgetown's small streets and discusses the people who lived there, 12:15-1:45 p.m., C&O Canal Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.
CEMETERY ART TOUR, historian Cynthia Mills discusses the Augustus Saint-Gaudens sculpture that was commissioned by Henry Adams in memory of his wife, sponsored by the Renwick Gallery, 12:45 and 2:15 p.m., meet at the Adams Memorial, Rock Creek Cemetery, Rock Creek Road NW near Webster Street. Free; preregistration required. 202-233-0667.
ROCK CREEK BIKE TOUR, for ages 10 and older, a park ranger leads a ride to Boundary Bridge, bring a bike, a helmet and water, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park, nature center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, historian Janet Sims-Wood, author Sharon Bell Mathis and author-illustrator Adjoa J. Burrowes discuss how black writers try to enhance the self-esteem of black children, sponsored by the Anacostia Museum, 4-6:30 p.m., the ARC, Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Center, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free; preregistration required. 202-633-4870.
DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, LEVYdance performs "Violent Momentum," 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; 17 and younger, $6. 202-269-1600.
CLASSICAL CONCERT, Bach Sinfonia performs works by George Frideric Handel and J.S. Bach, 8 p.m.; Handel scholar Richard G. King discusses the program, 7 p.m., New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. $25. 301-362-6525.
ROCK CREEK PARK HIKE, for ages 8 and older, a ranger leads a three-mile walk and discusses the park's seasonal changes, 9:30 a.m., meet at Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
ROCK CREEK COSTUME PARTY, for ages 3-12, wear a Halloween costume, with animal charades, face painting, bobbing for apples and more, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park, nature center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
FRENCH FILM, "The Chorus" (2004), about a music teacher who uses the beauty of music to influence juvenile delinquents in post-World War II France, 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.
JERRY LEWIS BOOK READING, the actor and comedian reads from his book "Dean & Me (A Love Story)," co-authored with James Kaplan, about his professional partnership with singer Dean Martin, 5:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10. 202-518-9400, Ext. 393.
GUITAR RECITAL, Paul Galbraith performs works by Mozart, Ravel, J.S. Bach and Manuel Ponce, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
LIBRARY HALLOWEEN PARTIES, scary stories, games and treats (wear costumes), 4 p.m., Palisades Branch Library, 49th and V streets NW, 202-282-3139; 4 p.m. Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Branch Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-541-6100; and 6 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Branch Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE, 202-645-4297. Free.
CAPITOL VIEW LIBRARY FRIGHT NIGHT, for ages 5-17, Halloween treats and prizes for the scariest, funniest and most original costumes, 4:30 p.m., Capitol View Branch Library, Central Avenue and 50th Street SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
ROMAN POLANSKI FILM, "The Fearless Vampire Killers," a comedy about vampire-slaying buddies, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $6. 202-289-1200.
NORTHEAST LIBRARY PARTY, for all ages, Halloween theme, with games, music and light refreshments, wear costumes, 5-8 p.m., Northeast Branch Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.
"PHANTOM OF THE OPERA," 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney, with live organ accompaniment, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
CITY LIVING BOOK TALK, Ann Breen and Dick Rigby discuss their book "Intown Living: A Different American Dream," a study of the renaissance of eight American cities, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10; reservations required. 202-272-2448.
CATHEDRAL'S HIDDEN CORNERS, for ages 12 and older, a docent leads a tour of vaulted ceilings, gargoyles and stained-glass windows; participants should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb stairs, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.
AUTHOR'S TALK, historian John Hope Franklin discusses his book "Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin," about his experiences with racism as an African American, 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.
"NOT SO BIG HOUSE" TALK, architect Sarah Susanka discusses her new book, "Inside the Not So Big House: Discovering the Details That Bring a Home to Life," 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $12; reservations required. 202-272-2448.
POETRY READINGS, Mel Belin and Barbara Orton read from their works, 7:30 p.m., Takoma Park Branch Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
HISTORY OF THE SOUTH, "Communities in a Changing Nation: The Promise of 19th-Century America," museum docents discuss the history of slavery in South Carolina and visitors may examine a sweetgrass basket, learn how to harvest rice and speak a phrase in the area's Gullah language, 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 30, except Thanksgiving Day, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
GEORGIA O'KEEFE TALK, Wanda M. Corn, an art history professor at Stanford University, discusses "Georgia O'Keefe as Autobiographer," 7 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"ERASERHEAD," 1977 film by David Lynch, a macabre fantasy about a man who struggles to find new ideologies in a world without hope, 7 p.m., Catholic University of America, Koubek Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5188.
FAURE'S "REQUIEM," performed by Washington National Cathedral choirs, 8 p.m., the cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
ANACOSTIA MUSEUM PLANNING, staff members and visitors discuss possible topics for future programs, bring lunch, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., the museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-4844.
"WHITMAN AND PLACE," panel discussion, Joann Krieg of Hofstra University, Ted Genoways of the University of Virginia and William Pannapacker of Hope College discuss "Walt Whitman in New York," "Whitman and the Civil War" and "Whitman in Camden-Philadelphia," noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5383.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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