- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2008

STAGE

The Athenaeum

201 Prince St., Alexandria. Second Thursday Series. 703/548-0035, nvfaa.org

• “Love, Friendship, Romance and The Rest of It: A Belated Valentine.” Comedic, dramatic and spiritual readings about love with Kristine Cornils and Cheryl Felicia Rhoads. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $10.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. 301/405-ARTS, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

• L.A. Theatre Works: “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers.” Playwright Geoffrey Cowan’s radio-theater docudrama that relives The Washington Post’s decision to publish the leaked “Pentagon Papers,” and the subsequent trial. Kay Theatre. 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8. $7, $40.

• William Yang: “Shadows.” With singer and composer Colin Offord underscoring his tales, storyteller and photographer William Yang uses photo slides and monologue to tell of two Australian communities haunted by history. Kogod Studio Theatre. 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 29 and March 1. $7, $30.

Lincoln Theatre

1215 U St. NW. Tickets through 877/77CLICK or www.vdaytour.com. See www.thelincolntheatre.org/events.asp

• The Vagina Monologues Tour. Eve Ensler’s celebration of female sexuality tours with a celebrity cast: Star Jones, Sherri Shepherd, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Denise Dowse, Juanita Jennings, Dawnn Lewis, Rhonda Stubbins White, Taj Johnson George, Jeannie Jones, Justin Love. 8 p.m. Feb. 16. $35-$100.

Wolf Trap: The Barns

1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets at the box office or at www.tickets.com, 703/218-6500. See www.wolftrap.org

• The Amazing Kreskin. The renowned mentalist entertains with his predictions and illusions. 8 p.m. Feb. 15. $22. Sold out.

PERFORMANCE ART

Dance Place

3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600, www.danceplace.org

• Tim Miller: “Us.” One man’s whirlwind journey through the United States in search of gay rights. 8 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1; 4 p.m. March 2. $17, $22; $8 for children 17 and under.

Kennedy Center

Performance art at the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. Millennium Stage, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Performances start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free. 202/467-4600.

• Junko Koshino Fashion Show. Fashion designer Junko Koshino, nominated for a Tony for her work on Amon Miyamoto’s “Pacific Overtures,” emphasizes contrasts in her designs. Feb. 7.

• Koji Kakinuma. Calligraphy artist paints countless repetitions of a simple, powerful phrase, producing a giant calligraphic work. Feb. 12.

• Takagi Masakatsu. Visual artist and musician in a multimedia performance with live music and digitally altered video projections. Feb. 13.

• Yasuki Fukushima. Exclamatory poet, best known for zekkyo (shouted) tanka poems 31 syllables long, performs some of his works, accompanied on piano by Masato Nagahata. Feb. 14.

• Maywa Denki. A performance art troupe of two brothers — exhibition creators and curators, and producers of music, videos, writings, toys, and electronic devices — perform several of their works on robotic instruments. Feb. 16.

• A Harajuku Evening. Japan festival finale devoted to Harajuku, the Tokyo neighborhood known for youth style and fashion. Featuring the latest trends in global street culture and music: hip-hop, punk, robot DJs, Ura-Hara, Goth-Lolitas, and an invitation to dress up in a Harajuku-inspired fashion. Feb. 17.

ROBOTICS

Kennedy Center

Robotics shows at the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free unless otherwise noted. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

• “Robotopia Rising.” Robot “extravaganza” on the science and culture of Japanese robotics, with some of the world’s most sophisticated robots. Kokoro’s Actroid DER2 greets visitors in the Hall of States; Mitsubishi’s Wakamaru does the same in the Nations Gallery. 12:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Feb. 7-17.

• “Robotopia Rising” robot shows: Honda’s Asimo and Toyota’s Partner Robot in 15-minute shows throughout the day. Nations Gallery. For complete schedule see the Web site. Feb. 7-17.

• Guided tour of “Robotopia Rising.” Tim Hornyak, author of “Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots,” in a one-hour tour and a discussion of the history of robots in Japan. Interactive demonstrations of humanoid robots, examination of robots’ coexistence with humans. South Gallery. 10 a.m. Feb. 8 and 14. $5. Sold out.

• Robotics lecture: “The Karakuri Doll.” Yoshikazu Suematsu on these 17th-century precursors to modern robots. Millennium Stage. 11 a.m. Feb. 9.

• Robotics lecture: “Robots in Japanese Science Fiction.” Tim Hornyak and Fred Schodt, author of the forthcoming “Astro Boy Essays,” on the role of robots in Japanese science fiction. Millennium Stage. 3 p.m. Feb. 9.

• Robotics lecture: “Being a Robot Creator and the Role of Robots as Entertainers.” Tomotaka Takahashi, creator of ROBO-Garage, the world’s best-known character-type robot, and Takanori Shibata, the creator of Paro, the seal-like therapeutic robot. Millennium Stage. 11 a.m. Feb. 10.

• Robotics lecture: “The Value of Creating Androids: The Role of Android Science and Prospects for Androids in Society.” Hiroshi Ishiguro, researcher in human robots (androids) with an expertise for making them move and interact, on the future role of androids in society. Millennium Stage. 3 p.m. Feb. 10.

• Maywa Denki’s robotic instruments. Display of the robotic instruments used by the performance art troupe, North Millennium Stage 10 am.-6 p.m. Feb. 13-15. Lecture and demonstrations of the instruments, North Millennium Stage 4 and 5 p.m. Feb. 13-15. The troupe will perform on the Millennium Stage 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

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