- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001

Songs of Christmas past
If Christmas carols could be considered "golden oldies," than the Washington Chorus will be sure to hit all the top hits in its annual Christmas concert. With the National Symphony Orchestra brass and organ and the Washington-Lee High School Madrigal Singers, it should be an entertaining evening for all. Hear them perform at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $15-$48. 202/467-4600.

Celtic past
Gazing at the stark black and white photographs of Catriona Fraser, it's quite possible to imagine the fierce battles that once took place over the ancient grounds she documents. Seeking to record the past of Scotland, Ireland and the other original Celtic nations, her photographs capture in infrared film the historic places where much of Scottish history was won and lost. See her works from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Fraser Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW. Admission is free. 202/298-6450.

Jazzy nutcracker
If traditional performances of the ballet "The Nutcracker" do not spark interest, why not consider seeing a spiced-up reworking of the classic show? The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is offering a jazz and hip-hop version of the story of a toy soldier come to life, promising a fresh take on the familiar holiday tale. See it at 8 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the workshop headquarters, 545 Seventh St. SE. Tickets are $5 to $10. 202/547-6839.

True confessions
Think of Kristin Garrison as that witty friend whom everyone likes to listen to at dinner parties. Her wry, comic observations on life touch on everything from '70s music to the art of language in such a casual way that it's quite easy to forget she's performing at all. See her perform "Are You There God? It's Me, Kristin" after the play "Intimate Exchanges" at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $10. 202/462-1073.

Modern art
Few artists have captured modern pop culture as well as Roy Lichtenstein. The Corcoran is celebrating its acquisition of 17 major Lichtenstein works including his "Industry and the Arts (1969)" and "The Oval Office (1992)" by hosting "Lichtenstein and Beyond," a celebration of modern works from artists such as Robert Motherwell, William T. Wiley, Lee Bontecou and more. See them on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. Admission is $3-$5. 202/639-1700.

Southern opera
Too punk for country and too country for punk pretty much sums up the Drive-By Truckers. On its latest album, "Southern Rock Opera," the Alabama band hopes to dispel some southern myths by exploring the legend of a fake band (based on Lynyrd Skynrd) over a full two-CD set. With its high-octane, alt-country beats, it shouldn't be hard for them to win over northern audiences. Hear them at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $10. 703/522-8340.

Stagefright
Scooby-Doo is about to have one of the strongest cartoon comebacks in years. With episodes running regularly on the Cartoon Network, a live action movie coming out in the summer and now a stage show, the comic dog is more popular than ever. See him solve mysteries with Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy in "Scooby-Doo in Stagefright Live on Stage" at 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. Tickets are $19-$29. 202/432-SEAT or 410/752-2100.

Holiday art sales
Getting gifts for friends and family doesn't have to be a chore this holiday season. Start out with the Art League Gallery's holiday ornament show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. It's free. 703/683-1780. Then be sure to check out a Ukrainian Christmas bazaar, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 16631 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. That's free too. 301/434-6075. And be sure to stop by the Glen Echo Park holiday show and sale, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. It's also free. 301/492-6229.

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