Thursday 17

ART RECEPTION, for "Artistic Expressions of the Jewish Renaissance," a collection of lithographs, etchings, drawings and more by Hermann Struck and E.M. Lilien, 4-6 p.m. today; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment, George Washington University, Gelman Library, 2130 H St. NW. Free. 202-994-2675.

ROCK CREEK POLLUTION TALK, for ages 6 and older, a park ranger reads a story and demonstrates how the public can help prevent pollution at Rock Creek and other streams, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

MUSIC AND CONVERSATION, Samuel Bonds, founder of the show choir at Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, sings a tribute to opera singer and actor Todd Duncan; George Winfield, retired head of Howard University's Department of Music, discusses Bonds's association with Duncan and his music; hors d'oeuvres, wine and soft drinks served, 5:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $15. 202-331-7282.

"DON QUIXOTE" TALK, by literary scholar Mary M. Gaylord, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the classic by Cervantes, 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2013.

MARIMBA RECITAL, percussionist and composer Paul Fadoul, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

PREHISTORIC CAVE ART, Jean Clottes , a prehistoric-art scholar, discusses the 27,000-year-old paintings and drawings found by deep-sea diver Henri Cosquer as he explored a submerged cave on the French Mediterranean coast, 6:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. $20. 202-357-3030.

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE, Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, author or "The Chicago Architectural Club 1875-1925: Prelude to the Modern," discusses how the city became the birthplace of modern architecture, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15; students, $10; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

AL PACINO FILM, "Serpico" (1973), based on a New York City investigation of police corruption, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL," Martin Rayner stars in a play based on Charles Dickens's story about miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 31, no performance Nov. 24, call for complete matinee schedule, Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $30-$55. 202-347-4833.

"THE CURATOR," Warren Perry's comedy about how progress affects the curator of a small Mississippi museum, 7:30 today and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Catholic University of America, Callan Theatre, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $12; seniors $8. 202-319-4000.

DANCE PERFORMANCE, students from the George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance, 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, the university's Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. $12; seniors and students $8. 202-994-6178.

COMBAT VETERAN MEMOIRS, Robin Olds, a retired Air Force brigadier general, discusses his military career, from West Point through the Vietnam war, 8 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free; tickets required. 202-633-2398.

Friday 18

CAPITOL LANDSCAPING, conference on "The Landscape Architecture of the U.S. Capitol": Architectural historian Pamela Scott discusses "A Gentle Eminence: The Capitol Grounds, 1791-1876," 9:15 a.m.; architectural historian Jane C. Loeffler discusses "Olmsted's Legacy: His Landscape Architecture in the Nation's Capital," 10 a.m.; Matthew Evans, landscape architect of the Capitol, discusses "Anatomy of a Current Capitol Landscape Architectural Project," 11 a.m.; a panel discussion follows, sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Altria Group's Suite 400W, 101 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-543-8919, Ext. 11.

BIBLICAL ART IMAGERY, J. Russell Sale discusses "More Saints and The Last Judgment," 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.

BRAHMS PROGRAM, a performance by the Friday Morning Music Club, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

WRITERS EVENT, writers from the University of Iowa International Writing Program read their poems and essays inspired by Jim Hodge's "Don't Be Afraid" billboard displayed outside the museum, noon, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL, Giorgia Cavallaro and Phil Mathieu perform works for two guitars by William Foden, Carrie Van Haydn and others, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

GEORGETOWN VIOLIN RECITAL, James Stern and pianist Audrey Andrist, 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6933.

PHILOSOPHY LECTURE, Mary Keys, a professor at University of Notre Dame, discusses politics and Aquinas, 2 p.m., Catholic University, Life Cycle Institute, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT, Leonard Slatkin conducts high school students and the National Symphony in a performance of works by J.S. Bach, Shostakovich and Sibelius, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

EGYPTIAN CULTURE, the Brooklyn Museum's Richard Fazzini discusses "Egyptomania," about how Egypt's art influences civilizations today, 6:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 703-922-3838.

MEL BROOKS FILM, "To Be or Not to Be" (1983), co-starring Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning, a remake of the Ernst Lubitsch comedy about Polish actors who try to deceive their Nazi captors, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

"ORPHAN" COPYRIGHT WORKS, a panel discussion about the challenge for documentary filmmakers and other potential licensees to determine who holds the copyright for certain intellectual properties; panelists include Jeffrey P. Cunard, counsel to the College Art Association; Jule L. Sigall, U.S. Copyright Office; Maggie Burnette Stogner, Blue Bear Films; Robert B. Townsend, American Historical Association; and a representative of the Library of Congress, 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.

CHAMBER RECITAL, the Kennedy Center Chamber Players perform works by Prokofiev, Grieg and Mendelssohn, 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Tickets are available by phone for a service charge of $2 per ticket plus $1.25 per phone order. 301-808-6900 or 202-432-7328.

METRO PLAYERS, performance of Pat Nicolette's "The Brother," 8 p.m. Friday; Stanley Houghton's "The Fifth Commandment," 5 p.m. Saturday; St. John Emile Clavering Hankin's "The Burglar Who Failed," 2 p.m. Sunday, a portion of the proceeds to benefit a hurricane relief fund, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $15. 202-363-4900, Ext. 27.

LITERATURE READING, Lorrie Moore reads from her collections of stories including "Birds of America," 8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.

VOLCANO LECTURE, Cindy Van Dover of the College of William & Mary discusses "Beyond the Edge of the Sea: Volcanoes and Life in the Deep," 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.

Saturday 19

CITY OFFICIALS FORUM, "Citizen Summit: Lifting All Communities," Mayor Anthony A. Williams and other elected officials and community leaders discuss youth development, health care, employment and affordable housing, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Convention Center, Hall D, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-727-2823.

CHILDREN'S BIRD WALK, for children 2-6 accompanied by an adult, guided walk plus a craft activity, 8:30 a.m., Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free. 202-426-6905.

SPACE TOURISM, museum staff members discuss SpaceShipOne, a craft built with private funds, and the possibility of nonprofessional astronauts exploring outer space, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

STAINED GLASS FOR KIDS, for children 4-8 accompanied by an adult, a staff member leads a tour of stained-glass windows, discusses techniques used to create them and helps children create stained-glass art to take home, 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, crypt-level classroom, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $6 per child-adult pair. 202-537-2934.

STRING INSTRUMENT COMPETITION, for area high school students, sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club, 10:30-3:30 p.m., Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

HERB TALK, herbalist Jane Irvin-Klotz discusses the history and symbolism of traditional seasonal plants, 11 a.m., National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12; reservations required. 202-245-4523.

MID-20TH-CENTURY ART, Jed Perl, an art critic, discusses "New Art City: Adventures Among the Painters and Poets of Mid-Century Manhattan," about the works of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol and others, noon, National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

TEXTILE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE, staff members discuss textiles from central Asia, Japan and South America, lead tours of the exhibit "Silk and Leather: Splendid Attire of 19th-Century Central Asia," lead craft workshops and more, 1-4 p.m., 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

PHOTOS OF MIDWIVES, historian Linda Holmes leads a tour of the exhibit "Reclaiming Midwives," a collection of photographs of midwives by Robert Galbraith, 2 p.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-4844.

HISTORIC SILVERWARE, Olive Graffam, curator of collections at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, discusses American decorative arts and 19th-century cultural history, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ALLENDE DOCUMENTARY, Patricio Guzman's "Salvador Allende" (2004), about the life of the controversial South American leader, in Spanish with English subtitles, 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

DON QUIXOTE MUSICAL HOMAGE, performance of Manuel de Falla's "Master Peter's Puppet Show," in which life-size puppets perform a 30-minute opera, Ravel's "Don Quixote" songs and a song sequence by Jacques Ibert, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

"EYEWITNESS BLUES," playwrights Mildred Ruiz and Steven Sapp perform their work about a hard-luck horn player from the ghetto and his muse, sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society, 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. $20. 800-494-8497.

Sunday 20

ROCK CREEK WALK, for ages 7 and older, a park ranger leads a three-mile round-trip hike to and from Military Road, 10 a.m., meet at Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRA CONCERT, Leonard Slatkin conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in performances of Ferde Grofe's "Huckleberry Finn," Copland's "Down a Country Lane," David Del Tredici's "Rip Van Winkle" and other works, performances narrated by Brian Stokes Mitchell, 1 and 3 p.m.; children may arrive an hour early to look at instruments, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $18, $15. 202-467-4600

BASKET MAKING, for ages 13 and older, a staff member helps visitors create a coil-sewn basket. Bring round cotton clothesline, two packages of long raffia and a darning needle with a large eye; 1:30-3 p.m., Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free; preregistration required. 202-426-6905, Ext. 31.

AFRICAN ART TALK, museum curator Andrea Nicolls discusses "African Art Now: Masterpieces From the Jean Pigozzi Collection," an exhibit of 33 artists from 15 African nations, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

SAXOPHONE RECITAL, Jacques "Saxman" Johnson performs, 3 p.m., Lincoln Congregational Temple, 1701 11th St. NW. Donations requested. 202-332-2640.

CHILDREN'S BOOK READING, author Nikki Giovanni reads from her book "Rosa," about the civil rights activist Rosa Parks, 3-5 p.m., American University, Kay Spiritual Life Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-545-1913.

D.C. YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 4 p.m., Coolidge High School, auditorium, 6315 Fifth St. NW. Free. 202-723-1612.

CHORAL CONCERT, George Washington University Singers, 4 p.m., Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-994-6425.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Wayne Marshall, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

CLASSICAL CONCERT, the Adkins-Newman Duo performs works by Stravinsky, Franck and others, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday 21

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY, for ages 5 and older, help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for residents of local homeless shelters by cooking, cleaning or being a team leader, 4:30-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10; preregistration required. 202-518-9400, Ext. 581.

"SUITE HAVANA" DOCUMENTARY, Fernando Perez's profile of a hospital launderer, a railroad mechanic, a carpenter and others who inhabit the Cuban capital city and pursue unusual activities in their non-working hours, in Spanish with English subtitles, 4:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $6; seniors and students $4. 202-289-1200.

WHITEHURST FREEWAY MEETING, representatives of the D.C. Department of Transportation discuss the proposed removal of the freeway, recent research on improving traffic access to Georgetown and a planned waterfront park, 5-9 p.m., St. Mary Armenian Church, 4125 Fessenden St. NW. Free. 202-673-6813.

JAZZ ON FILM, rare clips of performances by Nat "King" Cole with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and others, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

DINEH TAH NAVAJO DANCERS, performance of the "Corn Grinding Act," the "Basket Dance" and other works, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

BAGHDAD HISTORY TALK, historian Hugh Kennedy discusses his book "When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty," about the city in the eighth and ninth centuries as a center of the arts and sciences, 6:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Branch Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

ARCHITECT LECTURE, James Carpenter discusses the potential of glass and other materials for providing light in an architectural or sculptural design, 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17; students $10; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LECTURE, Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life," discusses the genius of the colonial leader, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1774.

SHAKESPEARE TALK, Peter Ackroyd discusses his book "Shakespeare: The Biography," a reception follows, 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.

Tuesday 22

TOYS FOR TOTS EVENT, Knut Vollebaek, Norway's ambassador to the United States, gives the first gift from the Royal Norwegian Embassy to the U.S. Marines' holiday charity and starts the Norwegian holiday model train that runs through a Norwegian landscape. Bring a new, unwrapped toy, 8:30 a.m., Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-289-1908.

U.S.-FRANCE RELATIONS, journalist Eric Maurice discusses "France and the U.S.: Love, Hate and Misunderstanding Through the Press of Two Nations," sponsored by Alliance Francaise, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2905.

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

UDC JAZZ ENSEMBLES, 12:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Recital Hall, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803.

JAZZ AND POETRY, guitarist Donal Leace and poet Grace Cavalieri, dessert and coffee served, 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Donations requested. 202-333-7100.

Wednesday 23

FRENCH FILM, Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher" (2001), about a middle-aged piano teacher who lives with her domineering mother, in French with English subtitles; Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger of Lafayette College discusses the film, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-895-6776.

Thursday 24

KENNEDY CENTER JAZZ, the Paul Wingo Quintet, 6 p.m., Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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