- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Footloose

“Riverdance” premiered at the Point Theatre in Dublin in 1995 and took Broadway by storm in March 2000. Now the original version of the show — which highlights traditional Irish music and dance against a story line that spans centuries — comes to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Performances are at 8 p.m., starting Tuesday through June 29, and at 2 p.m. June 28 and 29. Tickets are $16 to $70. Information, 703/938-2404. Tickets, 703/218-6500.

Just James

Legendary folk singer James Taylor brings his breezy contemplations to the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge at 8 tonight. Mr. Taylor, once the epitome of the introspective singer-songwriter, has refined his sound during his more than 30-year career. You can check it out at 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). Tickets are $33 to $62. 202/432-SEAT.

Premiere

Legends of Fells Point — one of Baltimore’s oldest maritime neighborhoods — come to life with the inauguration of the Fells Point Maritime Museum, 1724 Thames St., Baltimore. The waterfront museum will showcase maritime objects and artifacts from the Maryland Historical Society’s collection as they tell the tales of the privateers, immigrants, sailors and shipbuilders that earned Fells Point its reputation. The museum opens Saturday and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission will be $4 for adults, $3 for students, children and seniors, and children 12 and under will get in free. Admission is free both Saturday and Sunday for the grand opening. 410/732-0278.

Blues fest

Soulful melodies and hard-driving jazz share the stage at Wolf Trap’s Jazz and Blues Festival, starting tonight through Sunday. From traditional blues and jazz musicians, to those influenced by Latin, R & B, and neo-soul sounds, there’s something for traditional jazz aficionados and changeover fans alike at the Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Highlights include performances by Grammy-winning Norah Jones and Gillian Welch at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for each performance range from $20 to $38. 703/218-6500.

Meet and greet

Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson gives insight into his creative genius at 7 p.m. Monday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Mr. Wilson discusses his work with Ari Roth, artistic director at Theater J, and Peg Denithorne, who is directing Mr. Wilson’s play “Talley’s Folly” at Theater J. Come see the “Playwright on Stage.” Tickets are $15 to $20. 202/639-1770.

Rarity

Not too frequently produced today, “La clemenza di Tito” was composed by Mozart and performed within 18 days of its commissioning. And the Wolf Trap Opera Company brings this tale of passion and political drama in the court of the Roman emperor Titus to life at 8 p.m. tomorrow and June 28, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $54. Stop by The Barns, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Russian revelry

St. Petersburg turns 300 this year and Hillwood Museum and Gardens is celebrating as they welcome the summer solstice with their White Nights festival. Live music, a Faberge workshop, storytelling, gallery talks and “appearances” by Peter the Great and Catherine the Great contribute to the Russian aura. Admission is $5 for children under 18, and $25 for everyone else. The blowout takes place from 4 to 9 p.m., starting Tuesday and continuing nightly until June 28. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202/686-5807.

Godfather

American gangster film circa 1955 meets Tokyo in Samuel Fuller’s “House of Bamboo,” which will be screened at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th St. SW. Shirley Yamaguchi stars as the widow of an American soldier opposite Robert Stack, an army investigator attempting to a bring down a criminal gang headed by an American ex-GI. It’s free. 202/357-2700.

Pyro

Barbecue grillmasters from around the country will descend upon Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 7th and 13th streets, this weekend to fire up their grills, compete for $15,000 in cash and prizes, and raise funds for the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club at Safeway’s National Capital Barbecue Battle. Non-culinary types can stop by and appreciate food samples provided by Safeway, children’s activities and a musical lineup of more than 30 bands, from rock to reggae to blues. Sample what you can between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 to $7. 202/828-3099.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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