- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 27, 2001

Punk's legacy
D.C. has long been praised for its vibrant jazz, blues and go-go scenes, but punk music often falls below people's radar screens. It's a shame, as a number of influential artists have sprung up from the nation's capital, including Bad Brains, Bikini Kill, Minor Threat, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl and Rites of Spring. Thankfully, activist Mark Andersen and journalist Mark Jenkins capture the spirit of these musicians in "Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital." Hear them discuss their book at 4 p.m. Sunday at Olsson's Books & Records, 1307 19th St. NW. It's free. 202/785-1133.

New holiday tradition
Fabian Barnes' "Spirit of Kwanzaa" is only in its fifth year, but already has the makings of a classic. As artistic director of the Dance Institute of Washington, Mr. Barnes worked with writer Richard Long to create a show that not only celebrates the holiday of Kwanzaa, but also entertains through song, dance, video projections and more. See this new holiday tradition at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $10 to $15. 202/467-4600.

All aboard
Trains may not rumble through the countryside as often as they used to, but that hasn't stopped amateur conductors from celebrating the locomotive. At the Greenberg Train Show's latest outing, young and old railroad fans alike will find something to spark their interest, with hobby clinics, dozens of layouts and plenty of shopping bargains. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Capital Expo Center, Chantilly Shopping Center, off of Willard Avenue, Chantilly. Admission is $2 to $6. 703/802-0066.

Up in the air
The title of the Art League's new exhibit actually sums up the show quite nicely: "Defying Gravity." In wood, marble, bronze and other sculptures, the five artists behind this latest show create three-dimensional pieces that playfully climb, jump and hang from a variety of surfaces. See these amusing, creative works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission is free. 703/683-1780.

Mouse hunt
Spunky young mouse Lilly loves school at first, so much so that she decides to give up her dream of being an opera diva to become just like her teacher. Or at least she does until the teacher accuses her of distracting the class and Lilly realizes that even she can make mistakes. See the stage version of Kevin Henkes' children's story "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" at 1:30, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $12. 202/467-4600.

A simple photo
Photographer Sisse Brimberg has covered a wide range of topics for National Geographic, including migrant workers, fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen and even Viking culture. One of her best photographs, though, is also one of her simplest: a young girl in a wedding party posing for a shot in Manila. See this beautiful picture along with works by other photojournalists in "Women Photographers: A Different Focus" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Newseum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. It's free. 703/284-3544.
Blades of steel
It's hard to find this much skating talent together at one time. With women such as Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi and Katarina Witt and men such as Denis Petrov, Steven Cousins and Kurt Browning, you can't go wrong. See these ice champs skate circles around the competition in the "Target Stars on Ice" tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Capital Centre, 1 Harry S. Truman Drive, Landover. Tickets are $37.50 to $62.50. 202/432-SEAT.
Musical heirs
Fugazi has long been seen as the dominant "D.C. band," but a new album from local favorites, the Dismemberment Plan, may herald a new era. On "Change," the Plan's fourth full-length album, the band marries melancholy lyrics to snarling guitars, driving percussion and funky keyboard riffs. No wonder Spin magazine picked it as one of the top 20 albums of the year. Hear the Plan at 9:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $8. 202/432-SEAT.

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