WAIKIKI LECTURE, Veneeta Acson, author of "Waikiki: Nine Walks Through Time," discusses the city's historic and contemporary sites, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5677.
NATIVE AMERICAN FILM, "House Made of Dawn" (1972), about a Native American who must adapt to life on the reservation and life in the city, 6 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
NEW BUS SHELTERS, representatives of the D.C. Department of Transportation discuss a plan to replace all city shelters with new ones that include bus maps and that electronically display arrival information, 6:30-8 p.m., 7th Police District station, meeting room, 2455 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-671-2333.
CAVIAR AND CAROLS, performance by American University Chamber Singers, 7 p.m.; reception with caviar, appetizers and champagne, 6:30 p.m., Decatur House Museum, 748 Jackson Pl. NW. $15; seniors and students, $12; reservations required. 202-842-0920, Ext. 329.
POETRY READING, John Haines reads from his works, 6:45 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-4225.
MONTGOMERY CLIFT FILM, "The Big Lift" (1950), about the Berlin Airlift as seen by two U.S. soldiers, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
"AN AFFAIR WITH A HOUSE," Bunny Williams discusses her book about her efforts to restore an 18th-century New England house, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1774.
ONE-ACT PLAYS, Catholic University Drama Department students perform Arthur Kopit's "Chamber Music" and Fernando Arrabal's "Picnic on the Battlefield," 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the university's Hartke Theatre, Michigan Avenue and Harewood Road NE. $12; seniors, $8; students, $5. 202-319-4000.
ALBERT EINSTEIN PROGRAM, university students perform dance and music in honor of the scientist's work, 7:30 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Free. 202-994-6424.
CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, soprano LeNaya Crandall, pianist Theodore Guerrant and clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich perform works by Purcell and Schubert, noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.
ART INSTALLATION TALK, curator Anne Ellegood discusses Ann Hamilton's "Palimpsest," a 1989 creation of a room covered with beeswax tablets and thousands of slips of paper containing handwritten texts, 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
GOSPEL RECITAL, the Howard University Choir performs classic choral works and American spirituals, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
"IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA," Teada band performs with dancers and other musicians, 6 and 8:30 p.m., National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. $26. 202-857-7700.
EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA, "Akran" (1969), about a mythological city where the past and present meet; Hans Richter's "Ghosts Before Breakfast" (1928), starring Paul Hindemith and Darius Milhaud; Richter's "Rhythmus 21" (1921); and "Fugue in D Minor" (circa 1970), 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
DUMBARTON HOUSE TOURS, led by docents, a holiday-decorated mansion, with holiday craft activities for children and light refreshments, 7-9 p.m., 2715 Q St. NW. $10; 11 and younger, free; reservations recommended. 202-337-2288, Ext. 450.
"THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERATOR," Caroline Martel's film about the role of female telephone operators in the development of global communications, 7 p.m., National Archives, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-501-5000.
NORWEGIAN HOLIDAY PROGRAM, "Joy of Christmas: A Norwegian Festival," the Cathedral Choral Society, the Washington Symphonic Brass and guest soloists perform works by Eyvind Skeie, Paul Christiansen, Edvard Grieg and others, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Robert Aubry Davis moderates a discussion of the program, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $20-$60. 202-537-6200.
JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS, pianist Hank Jones with vocalist Marcia Ball and other instrumentalists, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
ANDY BEY QUARTET, jazz vocals, soul and blues, 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.
"EINSTEIN'S WARPED UNIVERSE," lecture by Ted Jacobson, a University of Maryland physics professor, 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
"MESSIAH" SINGALONG, ticket giveaway for the 8 p.m. Dec. 23 performance by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, soloists and a 200-voice choir, 10 a.m., Kennedy Center, Hall of Nations, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets, limit of two per person. 202-467-4600.
CHILDREN'S SHORT FILMS, "Olive the Other Reindeer," an animated film with the voices of Drew Barrymore and Ed Asner; "Hanukkah at Bubbe's"; and "A Charlie Brown Christmas," 10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.
TREE ORNAMENT WORKSHOP, for ages 7 and older, a staff member helps visitors create paper flowers and stars; plus a tour of a greenhouse, 10-11 a.m., Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free; preregistration required. 202-426-6905, Ext 31.
THEATER COMBAT WORKSHOP, library staff members teach combat and swordplay, 10 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $12. 202-544-7077.
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP, a Botanic Garden staff member teaches how to create a door or mantle wreath using evergreens, cones and ribbon. Bring pruning shears and berries or other decorations, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. $38; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
CHILDREN'S BOOK READING, a museum staff member reads Niki Daly's "What's Cooking, Jamela?" about a girl in South Africa who tries to save her pet chicken from being cooked for Christmas dinner, 10:30 a.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
CONSERVING FAMILY HISTORY, museum educator Robert Hall and genealogist Maria Goodwin discuss how to take advantage of family gatherings to collect information about family history, such as interviewing relatives, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-633-4844.
ZOO CHILDREN'S PROGRAM, improvisational musical children's theater group Now This! performs animal-themed songs, comedy sketches and musical fairy tales; plus educational games, zookeeper talks and refreshments, noon-4 p.m., National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; bring a gift for a needy child. 202-633-3026.
NAVY BAND BRASS QUARTET, concert, noon, Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.
ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP, for ages 4 and older, museum staff members show how to use a variety of materials to make ornaments in the shapes of Washington buildings, 1-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3 per project. 202-272-2448.
CHAMBER CONCERT, Air Force Band Chamber Players, 1:30 p.m., Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
MUSEUM CAROLING, by the Fredericksburg Singers, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
OTTOMAN ART PANEL DISCUSSION, on silk production in the Ottoman court, the role of Ottoman fashion and costume in Italian opera and more, panelists include Walter B. Denny, a University of Massachusetts professor; Louise Mackie, a curator of textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Iiber Ortayli, director of the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul; and Julian Raby, director of the Freer and Sackler galleries, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS," performed by Bel Cantanti Opera, 3 p.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $20; 11 and younger, $10. 301-438-8682.
SILVER ART TALK, silversmith Alexandra Austin discusses her tableware designs, 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"NUTCRACKER" OPEN HOUSE, a reading of the "Nutcracker" story; a brief dance by the Washington Ballet; guided tours of the historic mansion; light refreshments, 4-7 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10; ages 6-18, $5; 5 and younger, free; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
GOSPEL CHORAL CONCERT, by Voices Supreme: the Second Generation, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
GEORGETOWN CHORALE CONCERT, works by Charpentier and Handel and carols; audience participation invited, 7:30 p.m., Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Nolan Performing Arts Center, 1524 35th St. NW. $20; 17 and younger, $10. 202-832-3210.
CONGRESSIONAL CHORUS CONCERT, "Star of Light," a performance of American choral music about stars and light, including "Beautiful Star," by Paul Nasto, and "Hanukkah Blessing," by Paul Leavitt, 8 p.m., Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 Fourth St. SE. Donations requested. 202-441-2394.
TAP DANCE PERFORMANCE, Tappers With Attitude Youth Ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; 17 and younger, $7. 202-269-1600.
VICTORIAN KISSING BALLS, a cathedral greenhouse staff member helps visitors create this traditional item, 1 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, greenhouse, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $30; reservations recommended. 202-537-6263.
MUSEUM CAROLING, the Annapolis Christian School Madrigal Singers, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
ART SCANDAL TALK, Elizabeth Cropper discusses her book "The Domenichino Affair: Novelty, Imitation and Theft in 17th-Century Rome," 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
HANDLING FRAGILE TEXTILES, museum conservation chairman Esther Methe discusses how to create mounts for the display and storage of textiles, 2:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Suggested donation, $10; preregistration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
"AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS," performed by Bel Cantanti Opera, 4 p.m., St. David's Episcopal Church, 5150 Macomb St. NW. $20; 11 and younger, $10. 301-438-8682.
CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT, members of the Friday Morning Music Club, the First Baptist Church choirs and the Runnymede Singers perform works by Robert Pearsall, Vaughan Williams and others, 4 p.m., First Baptist, 16th and O streets NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
AMERICAN SILVER DESIGN, Lella Vignelli, designer, and Kevin Tucker, curator at the Dallas Museum of Art, discuss silver designs; plus a tour of the exhibit "Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design" and a reception, 4 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $24. 202-357-3030.
CONGRESSIONAL CHORUS CONCERT, "Star of Light," a performance of American choral music, including "Beautiful Star" by Paul Nasto and "Hanukkah Blessing" by Paul Leavitt, 5 p.m., Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Donations requested. 202-441-2394.
D.C. YOUTH ORCHESTRA,concert, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
PACIFICA STRING QUARTET, a performance of works by Beethoven, Janacek and Mendelssohn, 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
PHOTOGRAPHER'S TALK, Alex Webb discusses how he captures street life in the Caribbean and Latin America, 3 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.
"THE QUEEN'S ROYAL CHRISTMAS," harpsichordist Gary Schwartz portrays a 16th-century court musician entertaining Queen Elizabeth I, with minstrels, jugglers and other Renaissance reenactors, 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372.
HANUKKAH MUSIC, the Temple Shalom choir and instrumentalists perform, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
NEW BUS SHELTERS, representatives of the D.C. Department of Transportation discuss a plan to replace all city shelters with new ones including bus maps and electronic displays of arrival information, 6:30-8 p.m., Capitol View branch library, Central Avenue and 50th Street SE. Free. 202-671-2333.
AMERICAN FOOD LECTURE, about innovators and innovations in American cuisine since 1965, by Joan Nathan, author of "The New American Cooking: 280 Recipes Full of Delectable New Flavors From Around the World as Well as Fresh Ways With Old Favorites," 6:30 p.m., Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
ONE-WOMAN SHOW, singer-actress Joanne Schmoll performs excerpts of Broadway shows, with piano accompaniment by Howard Brietbart, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $25. 202-639-1774.
BASEBALL MANAGEMENT TALK, journalist Buzz Bissinger discusses his book "Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager" with St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and author John Grisham, 7 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. $25. 202-357-3030.
THEATER AUDITIONS, for Chevy Chase Players' March performances of Bernard Slade's thriller "Fatal Attraction," 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, All Saints Episcopal Church, 3 Chevy Chase Cir. NW (Western Avenue entrance). Free. 202-944-3318.
SHORT FILMS, witty, surrealist works by Miranda July: "The Amateurist," "Atlanta," "Nest of Tens," "Getting Stronger Every Day" and "Haysha Royko," 7-8:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; students and ages 60 and older, $4. 202-783-7370.
CHAMBER MUSIC, the George Washington University Chamber Wind Ensembles, 7:30 p.m., United Church, 1920 G St. NW. Free. 202-994-6425.
EVENING WITH HAL PRINCE, Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser talks with the Broadway producer and director about his career, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $10. 202-467-4600.
DUMBARTON HOUSE RECITAL, members of the Friday Morning Music Club perform works by Mozart, John Dowland, John Johnson and Francis Cutting, noon, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
CELLO AND GUITAR RECITAL, the Moeller Cello and Guitar Duo, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
"EINSTEIN'S MIRACULOUS YEAR," John Stachel, a Boston University physics professor emeritus, discusses Albert Einstein's production of five important papers that altered the study of physics in 1905, a reception follows, 5 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
JAZZ PERFORMANCE, Hot Kugel performs jazz, folk, blues rock and reggae, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
BETTE DAVIS FILMS, "Bad Sister" (1931), based on the Booth Tarkington novel about two sisters' rivalry for the same man, and "The Golden Arrow" (1936), about a vacationing heiress, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
MAHLER'S THIRD SYMPHONY, James Conlon conducts the Cathedral Choral Society, the National Cathedral Schools Children's Choir and mezzo soprano Jane Gilbert in celebration of the Juilliard School's 100th anniversary, 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$28. 202-467-4600.
NORWEGIAN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, traditional songs, dances and a telling of the "Three Billy Goats Gruff," with audience participation, 10 and 11:30 a.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $6; ages 2-16, $4; 1 and younger, free. 202-357-3030.
LIBRARY TRUSTEES MEETING, 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A-5, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1175.
CAROL RINGERS AND PEACE RINGERS, religious and pop holiday music performed with hand bells, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
ARBORETUM FULL MOON HIKE, a staff member leads a five-mile hike through gardens, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 15, National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15; reservations required. 202-245-4523.
COMMUNITY SING, Ysaye Maria Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock leads singers of all experience levels, 7 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. $5. 202-686-8000.
HARP-FLUTE RECITAL, performed by members of the Navy Band, 7:30 p.m., Navy Museum, Building 76, 901 M St. SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-6897.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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