Thursday 10

FIDDLE-MANDOLIN CONCERT, Alexander Mitchell, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

COURTYARD DESIGN, architect Frank Schlesinger discusses courtyards he designed for National Place, Cady's Alley in Georgetown and the St. Francis of Assisi Parish School in Virginia, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students, $12. 202-272-2448.

AMERICA'S CHAIN BUSINESSES, a screening of Jem Cohen's film "Chain," about how malls, theme parks, hotels and corporate centers are contributing to the homogenization of the country, 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Friday 11

VETERANS DAY EVENTS, "Vietnam: In Their Own Words," veterans tell stories of their war experiences, 8 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., Vietnam Women's Memorial, 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 301-314-8505; speeches, stories, a color guard and a wreath laying ceremony, 1 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 202-619-7222; representatives of the Naval District of Washington lay a wreath at the Lone Sailor Statue, and the Navy Ceremonial Band, Ceremonial Guard and Color Guard perform, 1 p.m., Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. Free.

BIBLICAL ART IMAGERY, J. Russell Sale discusses "Mary, Angels and the Saints," 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.

ANCIENT COLOMBIAN GOLD, Clara Isabel Barton, director of the Gold Museum of the Bank of the Republic, in Bogota, Colombia, discusses the exhibit "The Spirits of Ancient Colombian Gold," noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

NATIVE AMERICAN DOCUMENTARIES, "War Code: Navajo" (1995), about U.S. soldiers who communicated military secrets in the Navajo language, and "Forgotten Warriors" (1996), about Canada's Indian veterans who served in World War II, 1 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ARGENTINE TANGO MUSIC, guitarist Fabian Leandro and vocalist Patricia Martinez, 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6933.

PHILOSOPHY LECTURE, J. Budziszewski, a philosophy professor at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses "Natural Law as Fact, as Theory and as Sign of Contradiction," 2 p.m., Catholic University, Life Cycle Institute, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.

THE SCIENCE OF MEDITATION, panel discussion of how meditation affects the brain: psychologist Daniel Goleman discusses his research on meditation practitioners and brain imaging technology; stress reduction specialist Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses how meditation relates to science; and Cistercian monk Thomas Keating discusses a meditation technique, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $15; students and seniors, $8. 202-537-2221.

Saturday 12

HERB AND SPICE ORNAMENTS, workshop on how to create holiday ornaments using herbs and spices found in many kitchens, materials provided, 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15; preregistration required. 202-245-4523.

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP, John Philip Colletta, author of "Finding Italian Roots: The Complete Guide for Americans," demonstrates how to use U.S. and Italian resources in family research, 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $20; reservations required. 202-501-5000, Ext. 5.

WARTIME LETTERS, Andrew Carroll, editor of "War Letters" and "Behind the Lines," discusses wartime letters written since the American Revolution, 1-2:30 p.m.; staff members show war letters to visitors and help them write a letter to a member of the military, 2-4 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.

Sunday 13

CHILDREN'S MUSIC, for ages 9 and older, cellist Yvonne Caruthers and other National Symphony Orchestra members perform Mozart, 1 p.m., Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

TUDOR PLACE TOURS, Jill Sanderson, director of education, and Ann Steuart, curator of collections, discuss the challenges in re-creating the historic mansion's service areas and servants' dining room, 1:30 p.m., 1644 31st St. NW. $15; preregistration required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

VOCAL RECITAL, mezzo-soprano Florence Teh performs Chinese and Philippine songs and works by Handel, Lerner and Lowe, 2 p.m., Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-347-9620.

RENAISSANCE ART, arts professor Jonathan J.G. Alexander discusses "Illuminated Choral Manuscripts of the Italian Renaissance," 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT, the George Washington University Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3," Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, 3 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Free. 202-994-6425.

CHORAL CONCERT, J. Reilly Lewis and Leonard Slatkin conduct the Cathedral Choral Society and guest soloists in a performance of Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," Barber's "Toccata Festiva" and other works, 4 p.m.; music critic Cecelia Porter discusses the program, 2:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $20-$60. 202-537-5527.

CHEVY CHASE RECITAL, by soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson and organist Andrew Channing, a reception follows, 4 p.m., Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Donations requested. 202-363-2202.

LYRA CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, a performance of works by George Crumb, Max Bruch and Alexandra Gardner, 4 p.m., Sitar Center, Suite 101, 1700 Kalorama Rd. NW. $20. 202-316-1646.

D.C. YOUTH ORCHESTRA, concert, works by Cesar Franck and Claude Debussy, 4 p.m., American University, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-723-1612.

Monday 14

WOOLLY MAMMOTH DRAMA, for ages 16 and older, performance of S.M. Shephard-Massat's "Starving," about a 1950s Atlanta neighborhood, previews, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; regular performances, 8 p.m. most Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. most Sundays, through Dec. 18, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. Previews, pay what you can; regular performances, $30-$48. 202-393-3939.

Tuesday 15

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, for ages 4-10, storyteller Sharon Salluzzo and librarian Wendy Lukehart tell tales by the Danish writer, 10:30 a.m.; Lene Balleby of the Royal Danish Embassy discusses Andersen's works, 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1183.

BOOK DISCUSSION, Breena Clarke's novel "River, Cross My Heart," noon, West End branch library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.

ARBORETUM NIGHT HIKE, a docent leads a mildly strenuous five-mile hike through gardens, 7-9 p.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15; preregistration required. 202-245-4523.

MASTER CHORALE OF WASHINGTON, a performance of works marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, 7:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-6179.

SHAKESPEARE'S "THE WINTER'S TALE," performed by an all-male cast from Propeller Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Nov. 17, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

CAPITOL HILL HISTORY, Deborah J. Warner, curator of the Physical Sciences Collection at the National Museum of American History, discusses the workshops of makers of scientific instruments in the 19th century in the Capitol Hill area, 8 p.m., Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; reservations requested. 202-544-1845.

Wednesday 16

DINEH TAH NAVAJO DANCERS, performance, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5677.

EMBASSY ART RECEPTION, for "Chewing Gum, Nylons, Chocolate, Jazz," a collection of contemporary photography, paintings, drawings and small sculpture by Austrian artists, light refreshments served, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Jan. 13, Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.

AUTHORS' TALK, Erica Jong and Allegra Goodman discuss "Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer," part of the Jewish Literary Festival, reception follows, 8 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $20. 202-518-9400, Ext. 393.

Thursday 17

CHILDREN AND HOLOCAUST, co-editors Iris Posner and Philip K. Jason discuss their book "Don't Wave Goodbye: The Children's Flight From Nazi Persecution to American Freedom," memoirs of Austrians who immigrated to the United States as children during World War II, co-sponsored by the Austrian Embassy, noon-2:30 p.m., B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, 2020 K St. NW. Free. 202-857-6583.

"BLACK BARBERSHOPS," Craig Marberry discusses his book "Cuttin' Up: Wit and Wisdom From Black Barbershops," about his travels to barbershops across the country, 7 p.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-4844.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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