In Lives and Works: Talks With Women Artists, Vol. 2, 14 contemporary artists voice frustrations associated with their calling. Dotty Attie’s high-school art teacher called her parents to tell them they’d be wasting their money sending her to art school. As she got older, Charlotte Robinson had trouble getting shows because art by older women was clearly menopausal and thus not serious. Other women talk of being confined to certain forms, preferably those not involving heavy equipment or hard hats. Attie and Robinson, along with Nancy Azara, Patricia Lay, Miriam Schapiro, Mimi Smith, Joan Snyder, Jackie Winsor, and the authors of the book, Beryl Smith, Joan Arbeiter, and Sally Shearer Swenson, come together for “Lives and Works: Conversations With Artists,” a round table and book signing, in hopes “that the next generation of women artists may direct their energies to their art rather than to the battle.” At 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Auditorium, 1250 New York Ave. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 783-7370. (Amanda Ripley)