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The Ottoman Empire reigned over three continents and seven centuries, yet the handicrafts from the era, particularly the rugs and other textile works, are some of the most distinct in world history. Almost all of the textile works attributed to the empire are embellished with characteristic florals, including tulips, roses, carnations, hyacinths, and honeysuckles. The Textile Museum’s current exhibit, “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art,” highlights selections of Ottoman textiles from the Kalorama museum’s collection of thousands of pieces, and tells the story of how these florals developed along with the empire. On Saturday, get a last look at the exhibit, which closes March 10, during the museum’s fourth-annual Mid-Winter Family Festival. Throughout the day, enjoy performances fit for a sultan by the Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater and try your hand at traditional Turkish arts and crafts.

Saturday at the Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW. 202/667-0441. Web:


Glengarry Glen Ross

As the aftermath of the real estate crisis continues to affect the United States, David Mamet’s real estate drama “Glengarry Glen Ross” is all the more relevant. The 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows four greedy, desperate real estate salesmen in Chicago over two days as they use everything from lies and bribery to threats and even burglary to sell properties, including the Glengarry Highlands and the Glen Ross Farms developments. The play, which Mr. Mamet based on his brief experience working in a real estate office in Chicago in the 1960s, premiered in London in 1983 and opened on Broadway the following year, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards. You can download the 1992 film version starring Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey — or you can head to Bethesda’s Round House Theatre for the live production, which opens Wednesday.

Through March 3 at the Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. 240/644-1100. Web: