- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 6, 2003

Here's a sampling of lectures coming up over the next few weeks. Bookstore talks are usually free, but not all lectures. Call the numbers listed for more information and registration.


Bookstores

Chapters: 1512 K St. NW. 202/347-5495.

• Valerie Martin on "Property." 7 p.m. March 18.

• Kate Moses on "Wintering," Kristin Waterfield Duisberg on "The Good Patient" first novelists reading together. 7 p.m. March 20.


Olsson's Books:

• Cornelius Le Hane reads from his debut mystery novel, "Beware the Solitary Drinker." Olsson's Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Road. 7 p.m. Wednesday. 301/652-3336.

• Mystery writer George Pelecanos reads from his latest thriller, "Soul Circus." Olsson's Metro Center, 1200 F St. NW. 7 p.m. March 17. 202/347-3686

• Bobby Unser on his new book "Winners Are Driven: A Champion's Guide to Success in Business and Life." Olsson's Arlington Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd. 3 p.m. March 23. 703/525-4227.


Politics and Prose: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/364-1919, 800/722-0790

• Eric Alterman on his book, "What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News." 7 p.m. today.

• William Pepper on "An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King." 7 p.m. tomorrow.

• J. Clay Smith Jr. on "Supreme Justice: Speeches and Writings By Thurgood Marshall." 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Malachy McCourt on his collection, "Voices of Ireland: Classic Writings of a Rich and Rare Land." 7 p.m. Monday. .


Libraries

District branch libraries

• Rosemary E. Reed Miller on her book "Threads of Time, The Fabric of History: Profiles of African American Dressmakers and Designers, 1850 to the Present." Fashion show follows. Juanita E. Thorton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 6 p.m. Wednesday. 202/541-6100.

• John Ward of the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club talks on Scottish fiddle music. Lamond Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 2 p.m. March 15. 202/645-4297.

• "Sax Appeal: The Saxophone through the Ages." Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 2 p.m. March 29. 202/671-0200.


Martin Luther King Memorial Library: 9th and G streets NW.

• "Bringing Midsummer to Christmas." Theater professionals discuss the Washington Shakespeare Company's mounting of "A Midsummer's Night Dream." Room A-5. 10:30 a.m.-noonSaturday. 202/727-1213.

• "The Path to Home Ownership Begins @ Your Library." A Wells Fargo loan officer talks about buying a house on a squeezed budget. 2 p.m. Sunday.. 202/727-1186.


The Library of Congress: 202/757-5000. All programs free.

• Paul Boyer on his book, "Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age." Room 119, Jefferson Building. 3:30 p.m. today.

• Mary Lynn McCree Bryan, Esther Katz and Barbara Bair on the newly published first volumes of the "The Selected Papers of Jane Addams (Preparing to Lead, 1860-81)" and "The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger (The Woman Rebel, 1900-1928)." Mumford Room, Madison Building. 6 p.m. March 24.


Museums and other institutions

The National Archives: Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW, Room 105. All programs free and open to the public. Call the public programs line at 202/501-5000.

• Howard Jones on his book, "Death of a Generation: How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War." 7 p.m. Tuesday. .

• Retired Army Col. David Fitz-Enz on his book, "The Final Invasion: Plattsburgh, the War of 1812's Most Decisive Battle." 7 p.m. March 18.

• Philip Taubman on his book, "Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage." 7 p.m. March 27.


The National Building Museum: 401 F Street NW. 202/272-2448

• Melvin L. Mitchell, author of "The Crisis of the African-American Architect," asks why black architecture has not developed at the same rate as other black aesthetic forms. Panel discussion, book signing follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. $10 to $17. Registration required.

• "Aging in Place: A Smart Growth Strategy." Strategies, programs, and zoning practices that allow seniors to remain in their homes. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday. Free. No registration.

• "The American Porch." Michael Dolan, author of "The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place," traces the porch's origins, rise, fall, and revival. Book signing follows. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $10 to $15. Registration required.

• "Power Tools and the American Man." Steven M. Gelber, author of "Hobbies: Leisure and the Culture of Work in America," examines men's relationship with tools. 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 24. $10 to $15. Registration required.

The National Geographic Society: Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. All events at 7:30 p.m. and $13 to $16 unless otherwise noted. 202/857-7700.

• "Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine." Lecture by Julie Summers. Today.

• "Thai Boxing: A Fighting Chance." National Geographic film takes an inside look at Muay Thai, Thailand's kick-in-the-ribs brand of boxing. Noon Tuesday. Free.

• Seanachie (storyteller) Batt Burns tells Irish stories, lore and poetry. 7:30 p.m. March 17.


Smithsonian Resident Associates: Locations vary. Call 202/357-3030 or see www.residentassociates.org.

• Dennis Romano presents "Portraits of Venice Through Time." $10 to $14. 6 p.m. today.

• Historian Alexander O. Tchoubarian presents "Victory at Stalingrad," along with two survivors of the battle. $11 to $15. 7 p.m. Monday.

• Historian Roger Kennedy on Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase. Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History. 6 p.m. Tuesday. $10. Free to resident associates.

• Hang-gliding enthusiast Joe McGregor uses historical images, film footage, and two real hang-gliders in "Hang-Gliding and Dreams of Flight." 6 to 8 p.m. March 13. $10 to $14.


The Washington Opera: Lectures at the Hammer Auditorium of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. $10 to $15. Tickets at 202/295-2400 or [email protected]

• Wayne Carter, professor of Opera History and Repertoire at the Curtis Institute and Peabody Conservatory, on Mozart's "Don Giovanni." 12:30 p.m. April 6, 5:30 p.m. April 11.

• Lou Santacroce, former host and producer of NPR's "At the Opera," on Beethoven's "Fidelio." 5:30 p.m. May 10, 6 p.m. May 21.

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