- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Me man, you woman

After three extensions and sellout crowds last year, “Rob Becker’s Defending The Caveman” is back for a month’s run at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater. The longest-running solo show in Broadway history, the comedy production focuses on one important fact — men and women are different. Actor and one-time circus clown Kevin Burke stars in the D.C. touring adaptation. Tickets are $45. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 31. 1611 North Kent St., Rosslyn. 202/397-SEAT

Last chance

This weekend is the last chance to see abstract painter Sean Scully’s exhibit “Wall of Light” at the Phillips Collection. One of the most extensive exhibits of Mr. Scully’s work to date, “Wall of Light” features more than 60 works, including more than a dozen large-scale oil paintings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit is open through Sunday. Admission to “Wall of Light” is $7 to $9. 1600 21st St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Trying something new

With eight albums to his credit, Alejandro Escovedo has earned the right to cross musical boundaries and try something new. His musical catalog spans classic rock ‘n’ roll to his most recent venture, playing with a string quintet. Mr. Escovedo will showcase songs from his just released double-CD, “Room of Songs,” at the Birchmere tonight. Tickets are $20. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Philharmonic tries Vivaldi

Fresh from their New Year’s Eve performance at the Strathmore Music Center, the National Philharmonic returns on Saturday night to perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Violin prodigy Sandra Meei Cameron, 18, joins the Philharmonic for this popular performance. Tickets are $45 to $80. Performance time is 8 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 202/433-4011.

Children allowed

The National Symphony Orchestra is doing its best to attract a new generation of classical music lovers with this weekend’s “Teddy Bear Concerts: Tunes and Tales.” Suited to children 3 to 5 and their families, the concerts introduce children to basic principles of melody and rhythm and instruments. Saturday’s concert in the Family Theater features two NSO principal musicians, violinist Marissa Regni and harpist Dotian Levalier. Tickets are $15. Showtimes are 1 and 2:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Family Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

An artistic Marine

Before Marine Maj. David Richardson begins a military tour of Iraq this winter, the Zenith Gallery is honoring the 16-year veteran with a month-long exhibit of his abstract paintings. Maj. Richardson drew inspiration for this collection of large abstract works from Homer’s “Iliad.” “Trojan War Series” goes on exhibit on Saturday and runs through Feb. 5. Maj. Richardson will be present to discuss his works on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. 413 7th St., NW. 202/783-2963.

Thomas Walter

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