- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2001

B movie magic
Combine one part Shakespeare, one part oldies and two parts campy science fiction and you've got "Return to the Forbidden Planet." The tale follows Captain Tempest and his crew (including a roller skating robot) who must fend off an evil mad scientist and monsters while searching for love in all the wrong places. Come for the puns, stay for the music at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. Tickets are $15-$17. 703/683-0496.
Great Scot

Throw on a kilt, tune up the bagpipes and get ready for some caber tossing when the 2001 Virginia Scottish Games and Gathering of the Clans comes to town. It's not necessary to be from the highlands to enjoy the day of haggis and Angus beef, fine ale, dancing, pipe music and crafts. Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Episcopal High School, 3700 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $9. 703/912-1943.
Lost at sea

British artist Tacita Dean may not be a household name here, but her work in melding cinema with the conventions of modern art makes her works worth viewing. In "Disappearance at Sea," she contrasts the image of a lighthouse with a sunset on the ocean, symbolizing the gulf between the rational and the irrational mind. See her wide-screen film installations in "Directions" from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. It's free. 202/357-2700.
Art smorgasbord

The all-day arts festival at D.C. Live is the visual equivalent of a gigantic feast. With poets, singers and more than 30 artists on two floors, including former Redskins linebacker Andre Collins (in his artistic debut), the show has a little something for everyone. Check it out from noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at D.C. Live, 932 F St. NW. Admission is free. 202/588-1992.
Folk life

After hearing Lisa Moscatiello's heavenly alto, it's not difficult to understand why she's garnered more than 25 local music awards (including best album and best artist of the year). The Takoma Park musician puts her own spin on the old folk tradition with incisive lyrics, Latin beats and Celtic melodies. Hear her play with her band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, North Second and Columbus streets, Arlington. It's free. 703/228-6960.
Star wars

Ever notice how alien ships from the 1950s look like today's stealth bomber? While government conspiracies may sound intriguing, the more logical explanation is that scientists simply tried to mimic what they saw on the silver screen. See for yourself when the National Air and Space Museum screens "The War of the Worlds" at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a pre-film lecture at 7 p.m. at the museum, Independence Avenue and Sixth Street SW. Film tickets are $5 ($17.50 with a pre-movie buffet). 202/357-2700.
Dance fusion

Eleone Dance Theatre boasts its shows are more than just a performance, they're an experience. With an upbeat mix of rhythm and blues, traditional African beats, hip hop and a touch of the spiritual, it's easy to see why people might have a hard time just sitting on their hands. Let the spirit move you when they perform "Still Holding On," at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $10-$17. 202/269-1600.
Speedy Shakespeare

It's tough to perform one Shakespeare play in under two hours, let alone his entire theatrical catalog, but that's a challenge the Reduced Shakespeare Company is willing to take. In "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," they tackle the Bard's best and worst in high-speed comedy fashion in a night intended for Shakespeare veterans and neophytes alike. See it at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $30. 202/467-4600.

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