Who says art has to be serious? In “Second Childhood,” a group of artists (including New York painter Ron English and seminal low-brow movement champion Anthony Ausgang) tackle childhood through various media, with the emphasis on the wild and crazy. See life-size dinosaurs and leaping slugs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Rockville Arts Place, 100 E. Middle Lane, Rockville. It’s free. 301/309-6900.
The Gulf War may have been one of the shortest conflicts in U.S. history, but its effects are still raging, according to local author Laurie Mylroie. The Harvard-educated writer has made Saddam Hussein’s regime her principal focus, and her new book, “Study of Revenge: Saddam Hussein’s Unfinished War Against America,” further shows how the United States is still tied up with Iraq. Hear her speak at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Georgetown Public Library, Wisconsin Avenue and R Street NW. It’s free. 202/282-0213.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be able to pronounce Meshell Ndegeocello’s name to enjoy her music. Her mix of funky rock with the soulful sounds of rhythm and blues (not to mention her husky voice) have been winning acclaim since she first gained notice singing a duet with John Mellencamp. Hear her on her own at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $23.50. 703/549-7500.
Brave new dance
Technology has long been at the forefront of film and music, but for some reason dance tends to lag behind. Enter Doug Hamby Dance, a local troupe that integrates visual artists, dancers, musicians and, yes, even robotics engineers to create a spectacle of sound, video and movement. See the troupe perform two new works at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $12-$15. 202/269-1600.
Land before time
Dinosaurs and the Old West may seem like an odd combination, but in the hands of puppeteer Ingrid Crepeau it all makes sense. A baby Tyrannosaurus rex goes missing in Fossil Junction and the sheriff is hot on the missing infant’s trail in this tale of the wild, Mesozoic West. See “Dinosaur Desperadoes” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Towson University Center for the Arts, Cross Campus and Osler drives, Towson. Tickets are $7. 410/704-6055.
Golf of fame
Ray Berry, Bill Russell, Sonny Jurgensen and Oscar Robertson are getting ready to play again, but they aren’t contemplating a Michael Jordanesque comeback. They’re hitting the golf field for charity in the Bobby Mitchell/Chrysler-Jeep Hall of Fame Golf Classic, which pits more than 40 sports heroes against one another to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. See them play from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Landsdowne Resort, 44040 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, Va. Admission is $5. 703/960-1100.
Though Helen Thomas might recall quite a few presidential administrations, she doesn’t go as far back as Emily Edson Briggs. As one of the first female journalists to cover Congress and the presidency in the early part of the 20th century, Miss Briggs knew her way around the Hill. She’ll be impersonated by a tour guide Saturday when a two-hour walking tour highlights famous landmarks of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The tour starts at 4 p.m. at the Eastern Market Metro station, Pennsylvania Avenue and Seventh Street SE. Tickets are $12. 202/828-WALK.
If you’ve ever pondered what kind of art inspires presidents, then look no further than the Woodrow Wilson House’s new exhibit, “A Professor’s Eye.” Featuring prints and drawings collected by the 28th president before and during his stay in the White House, the works are mostly portraits of the men he admired, from George Washington to Daniel Webster. See them from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the house, 2340 S St. NW. Admission is $2.50-$5. 202/387-4062.