- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2001

To the lighthouse
Ever wonder what it was like being a child during the Civil War? Teen-ager Amelia Martin has a part-time job tending a lighthouse in Delaware and learns just how important her job is once war breaks out between the states. See "A Light in the Storm" come to life at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $12. 202/467-4600.

Back to birdland
When jazz legend George Shearing first tried his hand at live performing back in the '30s, he couldn't have known what kind of impact he would have. During a career that's spanned seven decades, he's written more than 300 songs, including the jazz standard "Lullaby of Birdland." Hear him tickle the ivories at 2 p.m. Sunday at the George Mason University's Center for the Arts, at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Tickets are $21 to $42. 703/218-6500.

Brazilian flavor
Sample the best of Brazilian culture this weekend without leaving the city as the National Museum of Women in the Arts holds its family program "Festival Brasil." There will be storytelling, art, music and the chance to learn the bossa nova. Check it out from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, New York Avenue and 13th Street NW. It's free. 202/783-5000.

Dynamic duo
She's a celebrated soprano who towers over the operatic stage. He's a French virtuoso pianist, known for his skilled interpretations of classic works. Together, Renee Fleming and Jean-Yves Thibaudet have taken the classical world by storm, releasing their first record together, "Night Songs," this past spring. Hear them at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $30 to $75. 202/467-4600.

Underground dance
Choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin could do a lot worse than pay homage to Dostoevsky in her new work "Notes from the Underground." Through three pieces that are premiering in the D.C. area, her love for exploring below the surface of life fits well with Dostoevsky's own skilled probings of the human psyche. See the second part of a three-part work called "Existence" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6-$16. 202/269-1600.

Below the surface
Like choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin, artist Sheep Jones also likes to get beneath the surface of things, except in his works he does so literally. In "Underground," a collection of works by Mr. Jones, he uses watercolors and oils to show the way plants connect to the rest of the world by revealing their deep roots. See his works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. It's free. 703/683-1780.

One more haunting
Halloween may have ended, but that doesn't mean there are no more good scares to be had. The Nightmare Woods walk is continuing for one more weekend in the trees around Merriweather Post Pavilion. Prepare to be frightened from 6:30 to 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the pavilion, South Entrance Road, off Route 29, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $14.95. 202/432-SEAT.

Summer on the pond
Retired professor Norman Thayer and his wife Ethel have been summering alone in a cottage in the woods since the early days of their marriage, but their plans are about to change. Their daughter unexpectedly drops off their grandson with them, leaving the three to find a bond that wasn't there before. See the tale of "On Golden Pond" unfold at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. Tickets are $12-$15. 703/683-0496.

It's no mystery
If mystery authors can be judged by how memorable their characters are, then Walter Mosley and Gary Phillips are some of the greatest yarn-spinners in the country. Their creations Easy Rawlins and Ivan Monk are two of the best-loved characters crime fiction has to offer, which is why their insights on black mystery writers should be most revealing. Hear them speak with author Jabari Asim at 1 p.m. Saturday at the District of Columbia Public Library, 901 G St. NW. It's free. 202/727-2313.

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