- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Looking in on Cinderella

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Bolshoi Ballet’s “Cinderella” when the company hosts an open rehearsal on Wednesday in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The rehearsal begins at 1:30 p.m.; the opening performance is at 7:30 p.m. that same day. “Cinderella” performances continue through Feb. 23. The company also presents “Don Quixote” on Feb. 24 and 25. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Feb. 23, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 25. Tickets range from $47 to $125. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Oscar nominees, free

What’s better than seeing Oscar-nominated films before awards night? Seeing them free, of course. The National Archives begins free screenings of nominees in four categories — documentary feature, documentary short subject, live action short film, and animated short film — on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and continues at varying times through Feb. 25 at its William G. McGowan Theater. Seating is first-come, first-served. Get your free tickets at the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest beginning 60 minutes before start time. For complete schedule call 202/357-5300 or see archives.gov.

A weekend with George

Mount Vernon celebrates Presidents Day with a weekend of events at the home of President George Washington. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can join Washington for his favorite breakfast — hoecakes with butter and honey — around an open fire and ask him questions about farming, politics or life in the 18th century. At 1:30 p.m. both days, “America’s Smallest Hometown Parade” features marchers playing patriotic tunes. On Monday,, the holiday, the Military District of Washington will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at Washington’s Tomb at 10 a.m. The parade returns to the grounds at 1:30 p.m. for one last musical march around Mount Vernon. Admission ranges from $6 to $13 on Saturday and Sunday, with children under 5 free. Admission is free on Monday. South end of George Washington Parkway, Alexandria. 703/780-2000.

500 years of African art

The National Museum of African Art acquired the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art collection in 2005, and beginning today will display a portion of the 525-piece collection. The exhibition features 88 pieces from 75 ethnic groups and 20 African countries representing nearly 500 years of history. “African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection” runs through Sept. 7, 2008. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202/633-4600.

Open house

The Music Center at Strathmore opens its doors Monday for its annual “Discover Strathmore” open house. This year’s event has a special focus on jazz and big-band music, with performances by local and national musicians. Strathmore will also offer workshops, classes and demonstrations. “Discover Strathmore” runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free, but tickets are required. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Rock ‘n’ roll hymns

While Chris Tomlin’s music is famous inside Christian churches, the small-town Texas boy is stepping out with a new nationwide live tour, which plays the Patriot Center tomorrow night. Mr. Tomlin is one of the biggest names in contemporary Christian music, writing songs sung in churches worldwide, attracting a younger generation to Christian music and winning awards along the way. Singer-songwriter Matt Redman and speaker Louie Giglio also are on the bill for the evening. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $25. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Urban dance

The fourth annual “Black Expressions: Hip-Hop Festival” takes center stage at Dance Place this weekend. New York City’s Full Circle Productions highlights the festivities, which include artists from the District performing dance and spoken word. Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday . Tickets range from $7 to $20. 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.

Thomas Walter

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