Thursday, February 7, 2008

Borders Books

1801 K St. NW. 202/466-4999,

• Talk and signing: “The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang.” Author Binka Le Breton on the American nun murdered for challenging the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St. NW. 202/387-7638,

• “Our City Film Fest.” Inaugural day-long festival of 11 films that take place in or focus on Washington, its communities, history and culture. Cash prizes to be awarded in four categories: short documentary, mid-length documentary, feature documentary and student film. Created and sponsored by Yachad, a non-profit that mobilizes the Jewish community to help with redevelopment in poorer sections of the city. Limited seating. Noon-9 p.m. Feb. 10. $6 door, $7 through

Catholic University

Spring Architecture Lecture Series: “An Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage,” exploring Irish design in the city of Dublin, in County Mayo and in the United States. All events at Koubek Auditorium, Crough Center for Architectural Studies, 620 Michigan Ave. NE unless otherwise noted. All at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Through April 14. 202/319-5188,

• “Architecture and the Celtic Tiger.” The work of McCullough Mulvin Architects of Dublin, with speakers from the firm. Feb. 11.

• Symposium: “James Hoban, Architect of the White House.” Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Irish-born architect. Scholars, authors, historians. Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St. NW. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13. Register through

Fifth Annual National Black History Month Film and Discussion Series

Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The Urban Film Series presents films with the theme of “The Black Hand Side” 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in February. $10-$15 per day; $25-$40 per series. 202/452-7672,,

• Two-Fistedness: “Brush Strokes” (6:30 min.); “The Willie Lynch Letter: The Making of a Slave” (15 min.); “Revolution ‘67” (83 min.). Feb. 7.

• The Strong Black Hand: “Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot’s Journey from Slavery to Capital Hill” (57 min.); “Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey” (56 min.). Feb. 14.

• Palms of Blackness: “Drawing Angel” (19 min.); “Too Saved” (78 min.). Feb. 21.

• The Back Hand: “68 Degrees and Clear” (12 min.); “A Loud Color” (7 min.); “Back To You” (36 min.); “Chocolate City”(45 min.). Feb. 28.

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 East Capitol St. NE. 202/544-7077,

• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: Imagination as Subversion: The Role of Imagination in Memoir and Short Fiction. Azar Nafisi, Daniel Mendelsohn, Samantha Power. 8 p.m. Feb. 8. $15.

• Poetry conversation: Of Light and Darkness: Gerald Stern and Ross Gay. Moderated by Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. $12.

• Words on Will: Teller. The magician of Penn & Teller fame talks with “Macbeth” director Aaron Posner on magic’s thematic and inspirational role in their staging of the play. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 6 p.m. Feb. 27. $25.

• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: Washington Writers: Beyond the Capitol. PEN/Faulkner finalist Edward P. Jones and writer Dinaw Mengestu, both Washington residents, read from their latest works. 8 p.m. Feb. 29. $15.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703/838-4242,

• Talk: “A Species of Public Property, Sacred in My Hands: George Washington’s Revolutionary War Letters.” Edward Lengel of the University of Virginia, a George Washington historian, scholar and author. Book signing follows. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Doors open 7 p.m. $12. Tickets at the door, by phone or through the Web site.

Goethe-Institut of Washington

812 Seventh St. NW. 202/289-1200,

• Films: “Best of the Fest.” Twenty of the best films from the 2007 4th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9. $10 per show, $15 for the entire evening (includes both shows). Tickets at the door or through Information: 202/393-4266.

International Spy Museum

800 F St. NW. Unless otherwise noted, advance registration required; tickets do not include admission to the museum. Tickets through Ticketmaster at 800/551-SEAT, on line at, in person at the museum or through 202/393-7798.

• Operation Night Spy: Espionage in the Dark. 7-9 pm. Feb. 28. Sold out.

Kennedy Center

Literature, manga and anime at the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. All events free unless otherwise noted. 202/467-4600.

• Manga Cafe and Reading Lounge. Casual fare spiced by anime trailers, popular manga for reading and a vintage robot toy collection. South Gallery. Feb. 7-17. Manga author Robin Nishi captures festival happenings in a “Daily Manga” drawing and conducts a free public workshop for ages 10 and up, 11 a.m. Feb. 16.

• Talk: Poet Hiromi Ito. A leading voice in women’s poetry now living outside San Diego. In Japanese with translation. KC Cafe. 9 p.m. Feb. 12. $10.

• Genius Party Premieres. Original films by top anime talents Shinichiro Watanabe, Koji Morimoto and Mahiro Maeda, introduced by Genius Party Executive Producer Eiko Tanaka. Family Theater. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 16. $25.

• Panel discussion: “A Thousand Years of Genji.” Jeffrey Angles of Western Michigan University and scholars Naomi Fukumori and Melissa McCormick examine the 11th-century Japanese classic “The Tale of Genji.” Family Theater. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $10.

• Discussion: “Tanka: An Ancient Poetic Form in a Modern World.” Japanese poet Mutsuo Takahashi and tanka scholar Amy Heinrich discuss the role of tanka — a poetic short form — in contemporary Japanese poetry and society. Family Theater. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $10.

• Spoken-word performance: Writer Yoko Tawada and jazz pianist Aki Takase. Author of more than two dozen novels, books of poetry and essays, Yoko Tawada is accompanied by Aki Takase, a Japanese-born jazz pianist and composer. KC Cafe. 9 p.m. Feb. 16. $10.

• Anime Premiere Marathon. Screening marathon featuring three new anime features: “5 Centimeters Per Second,” 11 a.m.; “The Piano Forest,” 1:15 p.m.; “Appleseed: Ex Machina,” 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Family Theater. $15.

The Library of Congress

202/707-4604, 202/707-5664,

• Symposium: The Historical and Intellectual Legacy of the Druze. Ten U.S. and Middle Eastern scholars on this thousand-year-old religious community of the Middle East. Room LJ-119, Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 7. Reception, Northeast Pavilion, 5-7 p.m. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5676.

• Talk: “America in the Middle East.” Michael B. Oren, of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, discusses and signs his book “Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present.” Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon Feb. 7. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5221.

• Poetry: “Love Poems.” Poets E. Ethelbert Miller, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and Benjamin Morris read poems about love for Valentine’s Day. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 12. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5394.

• Talk: Community Focused Approaches to Journalism. Leon Harris, WJLA-TV anchor. Mumford Room, LM 649, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5479.

• Talk and book signing: The 1932 Election of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Donald A. Ritchie, author of “Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932.” Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 1 p.m. Feb. 14. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5221.

• Family program: “Food Ways and Folktales: From Africa and America and Back.” Food historian Michael Twitty and storyteller Vera Oye’Yaa Anna. Ethnic food tasting follows. African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ 220, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 16. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-1979.

• Panel discussion: The National Visionary Leadership Project collection of African American oral histories. Celebrating the 200 videotaped interviews with prominent black Americans whose oral life histories will be held in the American Folklife Center. Choreographers Arthur Mitchell and Carmen De Lavallade, moderated by TV correspondent Renee Poussaint. Performance by students of the Dance Theater of Harlem. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 11 a.m. Feb. 22. Free; no tickets required.

• Black History Month film screenings: Clips from the Library’s comedy collections, including performances by Moms Mabley, Chris Rock, Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 29. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5479.

National Air and Space Museum

Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: L’Enfant Plaza. 202/633-1000. Imax theater schedule: 877/932-4629.

• Talk: “Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Apollo 11 and the Civil Rights Movement.” Museum curators Margaret Weitekamp and Alan Needell. A Black History Month program. Meet at the museum seal near the National Mall entrance. Noon Feb. 13.

• Talk: “Tuskegee Airmen”s Congressional Medal of Honor.” Museum curator Alex Spencer. Meet at the museum seal near the National Mall entrance. Noon Feb. 27.

National Building Museum

401 F St. NW. Films 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $5, $10. Prepaid registration required, through the Web site. Walk-in registration based on availability. 202/272-2448,

• “Bachelors, Secretaries and Spies: Mid-century Style in American Film.” A series of three films illustrating Hollywood’s treatment of mid-century style: “The Best of Everything” (1959), Feb. 13; “In Like Flint” (1967), Feb. 20.

National Gallery of Art

East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Events free. First come, first seated. 202/737-4215,

• Film: “Duke Ellington at the White House.” Historical, 16 mm, 18-minute film shows the jazz legend observing his 70th birthday at a White House party hosted by President and Mrs. Nixon. A Black History Month program. Noon Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26.

• Film series: “Istvan Szabo’s 20th Century.” Honoring the Hungarian filmmaker on his 70th birthday. “The Age of Daydreaming” (1964) and the early short “Koncert,” 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9; “Father” (1966), 4 p.m. Feb. 10; “Meeting Venus” (1991), 5:45 p.m. Feb. 10; “Budapest Tales” (1976), 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Confidence” (1979), 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Taking Sides” (2001), 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Sunshine” (1999), 4 p.m. Feb. 17; “Being Julia” (2004), 4 p.m. Feb. 23; “Relatives” (2006), 4 p.m. Feb. 24.

• Special lecture series: “The Collecting of African American Art.” Three illustrated programs. 2 p.m. Sundays. Introduction by Alvia Wardlaw, Feb. 10; “Reflections on Collecting” through Andrea Barnwell Brownlee’s talk with Dr. Walter O. Evans of Savannah, Feb. 17; “A Peculiar Destiny: The Mission of the Paul R. Jones Collection,” with Mr. Jones and Amalia Amaki, Feb. 24. A Black History Month program.

National Geographic Society

NG Live! at Grosvenor Auditorium. 17th and M streets NW. Metro: Farragut North. 202/857-7588, Tickets 202/857-7700,

• Films: The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Films on mountain sports and cultures from one of the most respected film festivals. 7 p.m. Feb. 5-9. $16, $20.

• Films: “Global Glimpses: Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Films.” The five nominees, one week before the awards: “The Counterfeiters,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14; “12,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15; “Beaufort,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Mongol,” 2 p.m. Feb. 17; “Katyn,” 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Individual screening $7; series pass $25. Free reception one hour before screening.

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. All events in Rasmuson Theater unless otherwise noted. 202/633-1000,

• Vine Deloria Jr. Native Writers Series: Ron Welburn. Book reading, discussion and book signing with the poet and professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Noon and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

• Community Discussion: Native Women in Documentary Filmmaking. With Velma Craig (Navajo), Yolanda Cruz (Chatin), Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), and Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). Resource Center, Third level. 3:30 p.m. March 15. Free.

• Vine Deloria Jr. Native Writers Series: Buffy Sainte-Marie. Reading, discussion, and CD signing with the Cree musician, songwriter and visual artist. In celebration of Women’s History Month. Noon and 6:30 p.m. March 19. Free.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

600 I St. NW. 202/789-0900,

• Guilt & Pleasure Salon. Sixth & I’s premiere Salon. Wine, cheese, and a discussion about the intersection of blacks and Jews in the development of American popular music. 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Free. Reserve through Limit 25 participants.

• Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer in Conversation. The justice talks with Jeffrey Rosen of the George Washington University Law School. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. $8.

• “American Gangster” Inspiration: Richie Roberts. The detective tells the story of his pursuit and capture of gangster Frank Lucas. 8 p.m. Feb. 25. $18, $25.

Washington DC Jewish Community Center

1529 16th St. NW. 202/518-9400,

• Nextbook series: “How to Read the Bible.” James Kugel of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible, Bar-Ilan University. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

Woodrow Wilson International Center

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. All discussions free and open to the public; advance reservations required through the Web site for some. Photo ID required for entry to all discussions. 202/691-4000,

• Discussion: “Make Me a Hip, Make Me a Hop: Afro-American Music, African Migration and Class Identity in Ukraine.” Adriana Helbig, visiting assistant professor of Musicology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 19. No reservations required.

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