Thursday 1CHESS FOR TEENS, for ages 12-19, Vaughn Bennett teaches the basics and advanced strategies. 4 p.m., Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-645-5880. CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, cellist Vasily Popov, pianists Ralitza Patcheva and Wanhan Anderson and violinist Sarah Geller perform works by Brahms, Saint-Saens and Paert. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A9, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1175.

"JOSEPHINE BAKER: IMAGE AND ICON,"curator Wendy Wick Reaves discusses the exhibition about the American-born entertainer who achieved her greatest success in France. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DANCE PERFORMANCE, Bowen McCauley Dance and BosmaDance perform "Fratres," a work commissioned by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Choreographer Lucy Bowen McCauley leads a discussion after the performance. 6 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Free. 703-524-4641.

"AMERICA AND THE WORLD IN 2007," Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Washington Post, moderates a discussion by Post foreign news journalists Keith Richburg, Pamela Constable and Anthony Shadid. 6:30 p.m., National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. $25; students, $20. 202-293-1051.

POETRY AND JAZZ, poets Kenny Carroll and Brian Gilmore and saxophonist Marshall Keys perform. 7:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Recital Hall, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5685.

Friday 2"AESOP BOPS!," for age 4 and older, updated morality tale, with David Gonzalez performing witty songs, plus music by the Yak Yak Band and audience participation. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays through March 10, 1:30 and 4 p.m. March 11, Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

"STRIKE WHILE THE IRONY'S HOT," musical political satire performed by Hexagon. 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 24, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 1698 35th St. NW. Wednesdays and Thursdays, $20; other performances, $25. 202-333-7469.

CHESS FOR TEENS, for ages 12-19, instructor Vaughn Bennett teaches the basics and advanced strategies. 4 p.m. Fridays, Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

CLASSICAL RECITAL, Friday Morning Music Club members perform works by Schubert, Schumann and Kodaly. Noon, Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075 or 703-237-2213.

HIRSHHORN ART TALK, curatorial research associate Ryan Hill discusses works in the exhibit "Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works From the Collection." 12:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum, Seventh and Independence SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

MUSIC LECTURE, composer Douglas Boyce discusses " Notations, Improvisations and Working Titles: The Function of Printed Scores in Shaping Modern Musical Performances." 3:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Room 113, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

SPELMAN COLLEGE GLEE CLUB, Kevin Johnson directs the Atlanta choir in a program of religious and secular choral music for women's voices. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

ARON QUARTETT, a performance of works by Haydn, Schoenberg and Korngold, 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Fred Wasserman, a curator at the Jewish Museum, discusses Schoenberg and Kandinsky, 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.

GPS TALK, physicist Thomas McCaskill discusses how Global Positioning Systems work. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

Saturday 3CHESS FOR TEENS, for ages 12-19, Vaughn Bennett teaches the basics and advanced strategies. 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-645-5880. CHILDREN'S THEATER, juggler Michael Rosman in "Way, Waaay Off Balance," humor with blenders, bikes and bowling balls. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

"ELOISE IN HOLLYWOOD," children's film, with the voices of Lynn Redgrave, Tim Curry and Cynthia Nixon. 10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $7. 202-966-6000.

ORCHID AUCTION, the National Capital Orchid Society-sponsored event to support orchid culture and conservation, plants from growers across the United States. Viewing, 11 a.m.-noon; auction, noon-4 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 24th and R streets NW. Free admission. 703-329-1899.

WASHINGTON SITES ON STAMPS, philatelist May Day Taylor discusses depictions of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Mary McLeod Bethune House and other sites on postage stamps. 1-2 p.m., National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-1000.

STORIES ABOUT TEXTILES, by storyteller Judith Gravitz, who also invites visitors to create a textile storybook to take home. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

ASTRONOMY, for age 7 and older, a National Park Service ranger discusses stories and myths about the Big Bear, Queen Cassiopeia and other constellations. 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

JAZZ VIOLIN RECITAL, John Blake Jr. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

JANE FRANKLIN DANCE, a performance collaboration with media artist Bryan Leister and composer Gina Biver. 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $15. 703-298-3235 or http://www.janefranklin.com.

Sunday 4SHAKESPEARE-INSPIRED MUSIC, for age 7 and older, Leonard Slatkin conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in a performance of works by Daniel Kellogg and others; plus a "Kids Chat" with the conductor after the 3 p.m. concert. 1 and 3 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$18. 202-467-4600.

GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE TOUR, a cathedral docent discusses the carvings and walls throughout the cathedral and why the architectural style was chosen for a 20th century building. 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $5. 202-537-2223.

"SWIFT TO MY WOUNDED," actor Bill Largess performs excerpts from E. Warren Perry Jr.'s adaptation of Walt Whitman's writings about the Civil War and the injured soldiers for whom he cared inside the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-275-0570.

INDIAN FILM, Anup Kurian's "Manasarovar" (2004), a tragic-comic love story of her lover, in Malayalam with English subtitles. 2 p.m., Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ROOSEVELT ISLAND "SAFARI," National Park Service rangers lead a tour of the island. 2-3 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Island, accessible from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Free. 703-289-2500.

AIR FORCE BAND CONCERT, with the New York Voices ensemble and flutist Betty Macias. 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

FOUR-HAND PIANO RECITAL, Naoko Takao and Kenneth Slowik perform works by Mozart written for four hands. 3 p.m., American Art Museum, Eighth and F NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT, plus the a cappella ensemble Anonymous 4, in a performance of Randall Thompson's "The Peaceable Kingdom" and other works. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20-$40. 202-537-5527.

"THE RAPE OF EUROPA," (2005), author Lynn H. Nicholas introduces the film based on her book "The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War," about the theft and destruction of artworks stolen by the Nazis. A discussion with the author follows the screening. 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth and Constitution NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

"JOB," organist Kaori Hongo and narrator Sheldon Smith perform Petr Eben's work about the Old Testament figure. 4 p.m.; a reception and an exhibit of mixed media, oil paintings, lithography, colored pencil works and watercolors depicting plants follows. 5-6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Donations requested. 202-363-4900 or http://www.nationalchurch.org.

JAZZ TRIBUTE CONCERT, the Levine School of Music's jazz quintet salutes the Adderley Brothers Quintet. 5 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. $20. 202-686-8000, Ext. 1615.

RAGTIME PIANO RECITAL, Dick Hyman performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

MUSEUM CLASSICAL RECITAL, the Contemporary Music Forum performs works by John Cage and others, 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.

MARIAN MCPARTLAND JAZZ, the pianist celebrates her 89th birthday by performing with a surprise guest. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

Monday 5FINDING JOB SUCCESS, career management consultant Marshall Brown discusses how to take charge of your future in changing workplaces, 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. POETRY AND MUSIC, Mike Walls performs "Mundaynite Live," including his observations on life and love, with his original poetry and hip-hop music. 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 5:30 and 7 p.m. 202-783-3372.

HEMINGWAY TALK, Michael L. Manson, an American University professor of American literature, discusses Hemingway's semi-autobiographical novel "A Farewell to Arms." 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1774.

VIOLIN AND PIANO RECITAL, Tibor Kovac and Lambert Orkis perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. $20. 202-895-6776.

Tuesday 6TOUR AND TEA IN THE TOWER, a cathedral docent leads a tour that ends with a scenic view of Washington from the seventh-floor Pilgrim Observation Gallery, tea and sandwiches served. 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 25, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $22; reservations required. 202-537-8993.

WASHINGTON BACH CONSORT, a performance of works by J.S. Bach. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Donations requested. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

DRED SCOTT TALK, Mary E. Neighbour discusses her book "Speak Right On: Dred Scott, a Novel," about the slave whose suit for freedom was rejected by the Supreme Court in the mid 1800s; author Lynne Jackson, a descendant of Scott; Richard Hollyday, a descendant of Montgomery Blair; and Henry E. Autrey, a U.S. District Court judge, read from the book. Light refreshments served. 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

JAZZ AND SWING, clarinetist Eddie Daniels performs with the Navy Band's Commodores. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday 7"FAMILY SECRETS," Sherry Glaser and Greg Howells perform Glaser's comedy about five members of a family transplanted from the Bronx to Southern California. Previews, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and March 8. Regular shows, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through April 15, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Sundays, $25; other performances, $15-$45; $5 discount for tickets bought before March 15. 800-494-8497. AFRICAN DRUMMING, DANCING,by Farafina Kan troupe. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and March 8 and 9, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6; ages 2-16, $5; 1 and younger, free. 202-357-1500.

CHESS FOR TEENS, for ages 12-19, Vaughn Bennett teaches the basics and advanced strategies. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Capitol View branch library, Central Avenue and 50th Street SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

QUILTING CLUB, for beginning and experienced quilters, bring projects and learn from other group members. 10:30 a.m.- noon, Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6300.

ANTI-SLAVERY CRUSADE TALK, Maurice Jackson, a fellow at Georgetown University, discusses "Anthony Benezet (1713-1784) and the Atlantic Anti-Slavery Crusade," about the French-born man who educated slaves in his Philadelphia home and founded the Negro School of Philadelphia. Noon, Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

"CINDERELLA,"for ages 6-12, performed by the Washington National Opera. 1:30 p.m., Capitol View branch library, Central Avenue and 50th Street SE. 202-645-0755.

JAZZ RECITAL, trombonist Curtis Fuller and saxophonist Benny Golson. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CLASSICAL MUSIC TALK, Joseph Horowitz, author of " Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall," discusses the genre's decline in popularity and what might be done to revitalize it. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE.. Free. 202-707-5502.

Thursday 8"CINDERELLA,"for ages 6-12, performed by the Washington National Opera. 10:30 a.m., Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

"HUNGRY AS THE SEA," members of the D.C. Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped discuss Wilbur Smith's seafaring adventure story. 11 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A9, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1175.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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