- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 25, 2003

No more heartbreak

After an almost 10-year touring sabbatical, Heart has hit the road once again. Fresh from the release of their new album, “Alive in Seattle,” the rock duo comes to the Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $22 to $34. 703/218-6500.

Power of prints

James McNeill Whistler was not just an oil painter extraordinaire but a skillful printmaker, whose greatest work in that vein is acknowledged to be 11 unusually detailed etchings, referred to as the “Amsterdam Set.” You can see impressions of these famous prints, as well as a selection from Whistler’s earlier days, at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW, as part of the exhibit, “Whistler’s Greatest Etchings: The 1889 Amsterdam Set.” The Freer is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, and the exhibit is on view from Saturday to Feb. 1. 202/357-2700.

Divine Duvall

From the “Godfather” to “Gods and Generals,” actor and director Robert Duvall always has given the critics a reason to write. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, he will share experiences from his career of more than 40 years at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Tickets are $15 to $20. 202/357-3030.

Thank goodness it’s Thursday

It’s summer, and at 4:30 p.m. today the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden kicks off its weekly Thursday night Art Nights with free activities for the family. Children 5 to 11, accompanied by adults, can make an artistic cast of their hand or arm from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ericka Ovette and the Larry Eanet Quartet play the blues from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sculpture Conservator Lee Aks talks about the care of outdoor sculpture at 7 p.m. And at 8 p.m. film aficionados can see a screening of the independent film “Japon.” Clearly there’s more than one reason to stop by Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. 202/357-2700.

Tchaikovsky tribute

The National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Leonard Slatkin, salutes the great Russian composer Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky this weekend. This musical journey through the composer’s oeuvre includes excerpts from many of his important works, as well as the complete performance of his Fourth Symphony. Performances are at 7 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $19 to $69. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Self-expression

Hear the voices of the voiceless and see their work at the National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall new exhibit, “Lives in Transition: Expressions of Refugee Youth.” The photographs, writings, recordings and quilts of refugee youth from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Burma and Colombia are on display through Aug. 6 at 17th and M streets NW. Explorers Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 202/857-7588.

Hellbound

Cary Grant fans can watch him in one of his earlier pieces of work, as he plays the other man in “Merrily We Go to Hell,” a 1932 film about an alcoholic reporter who marries a naive young socialite. When the reporter falls off the wagon and into the arms of another woman, Mr. Grant escorts his wife about Manhattan. (Note: the movie was made before the censorship code was enforced.) The screening will be preceded by the animated screen song “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Tickets are $4 to $5. It’s all 35 mm at 7 p.m. Sunday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Avenue and 13th Street NW. 202/783-7370.

Boys’ day out

Fathers looking for ways to fulfill their filial responsibility can head to the D.C. Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St., SE, on Saturday for the Backyard BBQ. From noon to 6 p.m., children can enjoy a moon bounce, face-painting and clowns. (Adults may prefer the live music and barbecue grub for sale.) At 7 p.m., dads can send the youngsters home as they head indoors for a boxing series. Tickets to the daytime festival are $5 for adults, while children 12 and under get in free. Boxing tickets are $20 to $110. 202/371-1561, 202/432-SEAT.

Just Jayhawks

The Jayhawks’ 7:30 p.m. performance tonight at the 9:30 Club is one more reason to head indoors and avoid the rain that has taken Washington by storm lately. It’s a country/rock/folk blend at 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. Shows from 6 to 11 p.m. 202/393-0930.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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