ARCHITECTURE TALK, architectural historian and photographer William Craft Brumfield discusses his book "A History of Russian Architecture," 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-2692.
NAVY BRASS QUARTET, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
OPERA PANEL DISCUSSION, how Greek mythology and tragedy influenced the development of opera in the 17th century; panelists include Opera Lafayette conductor Ryan Brown, music historian Nizam Kettaneh, Boston University classics professor Herbert Golder and mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead, co-sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage, 6:30 p.m., Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $25; students, free. 202-363-4337.
ARTS CLUB RECEPTION, for a collection of photographs by expedition photographer Gordon Wiltsie and etchings by art professor Robert Rivers, 6:30-9 p.m. today; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Dec. 23, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.
CHOCOLATE AND MONKEYS, scientist Becky Raboy discusses how Brazil's cocoa trees serve as a source of chocolate and as a food source and sleeping site for the endangered golden lion tamarin, 7:30 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-633-4085.
NEEDS OF HURRICANE VICTIMS, panel discussion of the short- and long-term housing needs of people who live and work in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina; panelists include city planner Fernando Costa of Forth Worth; housing and disaster planner Franck Daphnis of Silver Spring; and others, 9 a.m.-noon, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $22; students, $12; preregistration required. 202-272-2448.
SHAKESPEARE SAMPLER, a Folger educational ensemble performs a sampling of Shakespeare's plays; the audience will be invited to participate, 10 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $14. 202-544-7077.
WREATH WORKSHOP, horticulturist Mary Kay Crow shows how to make wreaths with cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, holly, pinecones and boxwood and helps visitors make a wreath to take home, materials provided, 10-11:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $35; preregistration required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
FRIDAY MORNING MUSIC CLUB, club members perform works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and J.S. Bach, noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
CLASSICAL RECITAL, mezzo-soprano Madeleine Gray and pianist Danielle DeSwert perform songs and arias by Schubert, Wolf, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Donizetti and Purcell, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.
OPERA NOIR, performance of a tribute to opera star Jessye Norman, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
HUMPHREY BOGART FILM, "In a Lonely Place" (1950), a psychological drama about a disillusioned screenwriter with a violent temper who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a hat-check girl, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
HANDEL'S "MESSIAH," performed by the Washington National Cathedral choirs, the Cathedral Baroque Orchestra and guest soloists, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday, the cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $20-$60. 202-537-5527.
AMELIA TRIO RECITAL, with guest flutist Eugenia Zukerman, in a performance of works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn, 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.
GARDEN WALK, led by a park ranger, who discusses the city's history, nature and culture, 9 a.m., Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free. 202-426-6905.
"HANSEL AND GRETEL," performed by the Central Pennsylvania Youth Opera, 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 9 and 10:30 a.m. 202-783-3372.
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP, staff members help visitors create a fresh wreath using a variety of greens and other supplies provided by the National Arboretum, participants should bring pruning shears, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $49; reservations required. 202-245-4523.
DISNEY'S "BAMBI," for ages 5 and older, 1942 animated film, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-789-3030.
TEXTILE TALK, Jeff Krauss discusses Japanese dyeing techniques, 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-667-0441.
HOLIDAY CARD WORKSHOP, for all ages, art teacher Mary Arcuri helps visitors create cards using stamps and other materials, noon-1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP, for ages 4 and older, museum staff members help visitors make a house to take home, 2-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $50 per house; prepaid registration required by Friday. 202-272-2448.
CHORAL CONCERT, the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale performs Haydn's "Missa Solemnis in B-Flat," "Te Deum" and "Salve Regina," 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT, narrated by Robert Aubry Davis, with Linn Barnes performing on guitar, lute and Irish bagpipes; Allison Hampton, Celtic harp; Joseph Cunliffe, flute; and Steve Bloom, percussion, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Historic Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. $28; students and seniors, $24. 202-965-2000.
CLASSICAL CONCERT, members of the National Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Ziva Spanish Dance Ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; 17 and younger, $7. 202-269-1600.
PUPPET SHOW, for children 6-12 accompanied by an adult, Chinese puppeteer Hua Hua Zhang performs "East Meets West" in conjunction with the exhibit "The Mystique of Sandalwood," 1-1:45 p.m. and 2:15-3 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-783-7370.
CATHEDRAL ANGEL ART TOUR, a docent leads a tour of angels depicted in stained glass, needlepoint, woodcarvings and stone carvings, in conjunction with the creche exhibit "The First Noel," in straw, porcelain and other materials, tour, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 8, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Tour, $5; exhibit, free. 202-537-6207.
AFRICAN ART TALK, museum curator Andrea Nicolls discusses "African Art Now: Masterpieces From the Jean Pigozzi Collection," an exhibit of works by 33 artists from 15 nations, 2 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
ART RECEPTION, for a collection of photographs by Lloyd Wolf and a display of written poetry by Sherri Waas Shunfenthal, reception, 3-5 p.m. Sunday; exhibit continues, by appointment, through Jan. 31, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Free. 202-408-3100.
ART DECO LECTURE, Jim Linz of the Washington Art Deco Society discusses the influence of art deco in the 1930s and on the designs of products such as cocktail shakers, clocks and flatware, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
WASHINGTON WOMEN'S CHORUS, hand bell and choral students from the Stone Ridge Academy of the Sacred Heart join the chorus in a performance of songs and carols, 4 p.m., St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Pkwy. NW. $20; seniors and students, $15. 202-244-7367.
CLASSICAL CHORAL CONCERT, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Northern Virginia Community Chorus perform works by J.S. Bach, Saint-Saens and Wagner, 5 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. $10; 17 and younger, free. 703-799-8229 or 703-845-6097.
A CAPPELLA CHOIR, Croatian group Klapa Sinj, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
ACCORDION RECITAL, Geir Draugsvoll performs works by Mozart, Grieg, J.S. Bach and Norgard in conjunction with the Norwegian Christmas Festival at Union Station, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
BILINGUAL BOOK FAIR, fiction and nonfiction in English and Spanish, to benefit the Oyster Bilingual Elementary School library, 1-7:30 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Dec. 8 and 9; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10, the school, 29th and Calvert streets NW. Free admission. 202-671-3035.
ARTIST'S TALK, Sam Gilliam discusses his works and career with curator Jonathan Binstock, 3 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.
KENNEDY CENTER HOLIDAY CONCERT, tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players led by Harvey Phillips, 6 p.m., Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
FOLK MUSIC, instrumentalists Linda Littleton, Karen Hirshon and other musicians perform on the violin, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, guitar, baritone fiddle and other instruments, 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; tickets required. 202-783-3372.
UDC HOLIDAY JAZZ, performances by the UDC Jazz Ensemble and the UDC Chorale, 7:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Building 46-West, Recital Hall, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803.
UNIVERSITY PIANO RECITAL, George Washington University students, 7:30 p.m., the university's Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-6425.
WOODROW WILSON HOUSE, docents lead tours of the mansion decorated for the holidays with Victorian-style greenery; plus a display of letters and cards sent to Wilson, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 8, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2340 S St. NW. $5; seniors, $4; students, $2.50; 7 and younger, free. 202-387-4062, Ext. 12.
POETRY READINGS, poets from Virginia read from their works, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1308.
WASHINGTON BACH CONSORT, concert, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
ARMY BLUES BRASS CONCERT, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
"CHILDREN OF THE TSUNAMI," documentary, about how the youngest victims are coping with the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, 6:30 p.m., George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 213, 1957 E St. NW. Free. 202-994-6424.
HOLIDAY DECORATING, floral designer Rance Goff discusses how to decorate a dining table and mantel and how to make and install a garland, 7 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
"WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN?" film starring Larry Blyden, John Forsythe and Barbara Rush, about competition in the Hollywood movie industry, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
TAKOMA POETRY READINGS, Colette Thomas and others read from their works, 7:30 p.m., Takoma Park Branch Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
AUTHOR'S TALK, Jan Karon, author of the "Mitford" series of novels, discusses how she wrote her first novel at age 10, became successful in advertising, then returned to writing after 40 years, 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $15; students and seniors, $8. 202-537-2221.
GOSPEL CONCERT, the Birmingham Sunlights, an a cappella gospel quartet, noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-5510, and 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600. Free.
"INVENTING BEAUTY" TALK, New York Times patents columnist Teresa Riordan discusses her book "Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations That Made Us Beautiful!" about orange lipsticks, the hoop skirt and bustle and more, noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between Seventh and Ninth streets. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
JAZZ CONCERT, the Ron Diehl Quartet, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.
EVENING WITH DIANA GABALDON, author of the "Outlander" series of books discusses her latest novel, "A Breath of Snow and Ashes," a continuation of the series about the pre-American Revolutionary War-period Fraser family, 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian, S.D. Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $28. 202-357-3030.
MOZART LECTURE, composer Peter Schickele, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
NATIONAL MALL'S FUTURE, architects and historians discuss their proposals for the Mall, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1774.
EMBASSY PIANO RECITAL, Jeffrey Swann performs his own works and pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Berg and Wagner, 7:30 p.m., Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 4645 Reservoir Rd. NW. $20. 301-907-2600.
HIV/AIDS DOCUMENTARY, Alfredo Jaar's "Muxima" (2005), about the spread of the disease and civil strife in Angola, Africa; in Spanish, Portuguese and several African dialects, with English subtitles, 7:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CATHEDRAL BIRD WALK, birder Sheila Cochran leads a walk through Olmsted Woods and discusses the birds and other wildlife there, wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars, 9 a.m.; a walk to identify buds and trees, 10 a.m., meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road for both events, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
ORGAN RECITAL, Stanley Thurston, 12:15-12:45 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free. 202-232-0323.
WINSLOW HOMER LECTURE, Elizabeth Johns discusses her book "Winslow Homer: The Nature of Observation," about how the artist's development as a person influenced his art, a reception follows, 3:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
NORWEGIAN MUSICIANS, concert, with trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen, keyboardist Atle Halstensen, percussionist Helge Norbakken and bassist Tom Erik Antonsen, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
YITZHAK RABIN'S SON, Yuval Rabin, son of the late Israeli prime minister, discusses his views on recent events in the Middle East, 8 p.m., Jewish Primary Day School, 6045 16th St. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-291-5737.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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