Thursday 22OWLS' CUISINE, for ages 5 and older, a National Park Service ranger discusses what owls eat in Rock Creek Park and dissects owl pellets. 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070. BIOGRAPHY TALK, author Anita Hackley-Lambert discusses her biography of her great-grandfather "F.H.M. Murray: First Biography of a Forgotten Pioneer for Civil Justice." 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A9, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1211.

JAZZ RECITAL, John Cusick's Jazz City. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

HERMANN HESSE TALK, Irmgard Wagner discusses the works of the German author and Hesse's search for solutions to the conflicts of early 20th-century Europe; refreshments. 6:45 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-289-1200, Ext. 510.

SOCIAL LIFE OF ELEPHANTS, Beth Archie discusses her work for the Smithsonian genetics program, studying kinship and the social relationships of elephants in a national park in Kenya. 7 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-633-4085.

Friday 23"BLACK POWER" HISTORY, historian Peniel E. Joseph discusses his book "Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America." Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A9, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1208.

GROWING ORCHIDS, discussed by gardener Michael Spelta; questions welcome. Noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-1116.

EXPRESSIONIST ART TALK, artist Ryan Hill discusses painter Arshile Gorky's works. 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum, Seventh and Independence SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

BALANCHINE BALLET PERFORMANCE, members of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet perform rarely performed works by George Balanchine. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

HANTAI BROTHERS AND FRIENDS, flutist Marc Hantai, fortepianist Jerome Hantai, violinist Alessandro Moccia and cellist Alix Verzier perform works by Haydn and Mozart, 8 p.m., in the Coolidge Auditorium. Music division staff members Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford and Karen Moses discuss "Flutes and Oboes in the Dayton Miller Collection," 6:15 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.75 service charge per ticket. 301-808-6900 or 800-551-7328.

BLACK COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS, representatives of the East Coast Rough Riders discuss the contributions of the pioneers to the American West. 6:30 p.m., Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. Free. 202-673-2404.

BARBER BROTHERS JAZZ CONCERT, saxophonist Rahsaan and trombonist Roland perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., KC Jazz Club, Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.

TAKOMA POP, GOSPEL CONCERT, the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. 7:30 p.m., Takoma Park Baptist Church, 635 Aspen St. NW. $10. 202-723-4700.

Saturday 24CHILDREN'S THEATER, Theatre IV performs "Patchwork: The Little House Quilts of Laura Ingalls Wilder." 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372. ART TALK FOR STUDENTS, for middle and high school students and college undergraduates. Joyce J. Scott, sculptor, jeweler, printmaker and installation artist, discusses her works and leads an art activity. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.

CHILDREN'S ANIMATED FILMS, "Knuffle Bunny," "Pete's a Pizza," "I Lost My Bear" and others. 10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $7. 202-966-6000.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION, storytelling, musicmaking, dressing in costume, creating masks and watching videos of Mardi Gras events. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-633-4866.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TEXTILES, Susan McCauley discusses "Ikat Textiles From Thailand, Laos and Cambodia." 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum Shop, 2320 S St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-667-0441.

MONASTERY ORGAN RECITAL, Robert Grogan. Noon, Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 202-526-6800.

METROPOLITAN OPERA AUDITIONS, performances by several opera hopefuls in the 2007 Middle Atlantic Regional Finals. 1 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.

PRESIDENTIAL IMAGE-MAKING, authors Susan Dunn, Gary Hart and Josiah Bunting discuss the making and management of the presidential image. 2 p.m., American Art Museum, Eighth and F NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CHILDREN'S "WORD BEAT" CONCERT, jazz percussionist Tom Teasley and voice teacher Charles Williams lead a program of toe-tapping music, combining ancient melodies with contemporary music. 3 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. $2; reservations required. 202-686-8000, Ext. 1615.

"MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY," documentary about a Sunni doctor who prepares to run for 2005 elections in Iraq. 7 p.m., National Archives, Research Center Room G24, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. 202-357-5000.

JAZZ CONCERT, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

BERLIN PIANO QUARTET, a performance of works by Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m., Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton Ave. NW. $30; students and seniors, $26. 202-965-2000.

DANCE PLACE PERFORMANCE, Fabian Barnes's Washington Reflections Dance Company. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; seniors and students, $15; 17 and younger, $7. 202-269-1600.

Sunday 25BOTANIC GARDEN KIDS PROGRAM, staff members lead singing and other activities and discuss the negative impact of invasive weeds. 1-5 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-1116.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, the Chamber Ensemble performs works by Beethoven and Mozart. 2 p.m., Marine Barracks Annex, John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Seventh Street and Virginia Avenue SE. Free. 202-433-4011.

CONCERT, the Air Force Band and the Empire Brass perform. 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

CHORAL CONCERT, the D.C. Choral Arts Society, tenors Manuel Melendez, Jose Sacin and Pablo Talamante, the Alturas Duo and castanet artist Carmen de Vicente perform Ariel Ramirez's "Misa Criolla" and other works from Latin America. 3 p.m., Natural History Museum, Baird Auditorium, 10th and Constitution NW. Free; tickets required. 202-357-3030.

"THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES," (2005), brothers Timothy and Stephen Quay's story of a 19th-century demonic doctor, his opera singer prisoner and an unsophisticated piano tuner who travels to the doctor's island to repair a collection of automated music machines, in Portugese and English with English subtitles; also, "The Street of Crocodiles" (1986), the Quay brothers' early animated short film. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth and Constitution NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

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

PIANO RECITAL, Alan Feinberg performs works by Beiderbecke, Cage, Feldman, Ives and Nancarrow; in conjunction with the exhibit "Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955-1965." 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

"JESUS CAMP," Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's documentary about children at a religious summer camp. 7 p.m., National Archives, Research Center Room G24, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. Free. 202-357-5000.

Monday 26JOB HUNTING TALK, recruiter Beth A. Berk discusses how to find a job that best matches your skills with a company's needs; sponsored by 40Plus of Greater Washington. 9:45 a.m., 40Plus of Greater Washington, 1718 P St. NW, Suite T-2. Free. 202-387-1582. KINKO FOUNDER'S TALK, Paul Orfalea discusses his book "Copy This!: Lessons From a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned a Bright Idea Into One of America's Best Companies," written with Ann Marsh. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

SALEM ACADEMY GLEE CLUB, the 40-voice high school choral ensemble from Winston-Salem, N.C. performs religious and secular music in several languages. Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.

"NIGHT KITCHEN RADIO THEATER," a reading of Arthur Yorinks's "Company's Coming." 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

AFRICAN DANCERS AND DRUMMERS, Melvin Deal's company, African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, performs in traditional costumes to honor their heritage. 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

"GIGANTIC," director Sebastian Schipper's comedy about three friends who spend one last night together before one of them starts a new job on a freighter bound for Singapore; in German with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Goethe Institute. 6:30 p.m., Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6; students and seniors, $4. 202-289-1200.

"LOVE HURTS," (2004), Ram Nahari's film about a woman whose TV star boyfriend abandons her; in Hebrew with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10 ($8.50 in advance); students and seniors, $9 ($7 in advance). 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3248.

Tuesday 27"THE COLOR PURPLE," Steven Spielberg's 1985 film adaptation of Alice Walker's novel, starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Noon, West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, pianist Cecilia Dunoyer and violinist Julie Savignon. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW.

Donations requested. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

CLARKSBURG DEVELOPMENT, Amy Presley, Lynn Fantle and Kim Shiley of the Clarksburg Town Center Advisory Committee discuss their opinions of the controversy regarding residential development in the Montgomery County town. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, Fourth and F NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

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

DOCENT TRAINING OPEN HOUSE, for those who want to become museum volunteers. 6-8 p.m., National Building Museum, Fourth and F NW. Free. 202-272-2448, Ext. 3302.

MYSTERY NOVEL TALK, author Sara Paretsky discusses "Fire Sale," the latest in her V.I. Warshawski female detective series. 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

CHILDREN'S STORIES, for age 6 and younger, a librarian reads stories, plays music and serves snacks; wear pajamas and slippers. 7 p.m., Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

FILMMAKER'S TALK, producer George Stevens Jr. discusses the book "Conversations With the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute." 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $16. 202-639-1774.

JAMES A. BAKER TALK, the former secretary of state discusses U.S. foreign policy. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-2692.

THRILLER BOOK DISCUSSION, a librarian leads a discussion of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's "The Cabinet of Curiosities." 7 p.m., Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

IRONWOOD RECORDER ENSEMBLE, a performance of music from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including some vocals. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Donations requested. 202-484-6354.

JAZZ AND POETRY, poets Cliff Bernier and M. Lee Alexander read from their works; guitarists and vocalists perform works by Duke Ellington and Count Basie; plus desserts and coffee. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Suggested donation, $5; free parking with validation at Loews Cinema Garage. 202-333-7100.

MEZZO-SOPRANO RECITAL, Joyce Didonato and pianist Julius Drake perform. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38.50. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.

Wednesday 28ART OF JASPER JOHNS, Sally Shelburne discusses the work of the American painter. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth and Constitution NW. Free. 202-737-4215. "CRASH," starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock, a 2005 drama set in Los Angeles. 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A9, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1265.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, clarinetist Geoffrey Flolo, cellist Linda Kapusciarz and pianist Kathryn Brake perform works by Beethoven, Sowash and Bruch. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

"POLTERGEIST," Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday introduces the 1982 film, directed by Tobe Hooper and starring JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson. Bring a box supper, beverage and lawn chair. 6:30-8:45 p.m., National Building Museum, Fourth and F NW. $10; students, $5; registration required. 202-272-2448.

"HELLBOUND TRAIN," film historian S. Torriano Berry discusses the 1920s work of Eloyce and James Gist and the rediscovery and renovation of the movie; followed by a screening of the film. 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; members, $4; reservations recommended. 202-783-7370.

"TWELVE MILES OUT," 1927 silent film starring John Gilbert and Joan Crawford, about diamond smuggling and a rivalry between two men for one woman's affection; the semi-documentary "MGM Studio Tour" will also be shown. 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

Thursday 1MONUMENTAL BRASS QUINTET, a performance of movie music, a science activity and more, sponsored by Discovery Theater. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Natural History Museum, Baird Auditorium, 10th and Constitution NW. $6; ages 2-16, $5; 1 and younger, free. 202-357-1500.

STAMP COLLECTING, a museum staff member discusses the basics of the hobby and invites visitors to create a collection to take home. 1-3 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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