- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 18, 2002

Overlooked Man
Irish and Scottish folk have plenty of celebrations in their honor, but the residents of the world's smallest Celtic nation, the Isle of Man, are often overlooked. The D.C. Area Manx Society has been working hard to remedy this and hosts a dinner this weekend to celebrate its own 25th anniversary. Whether a former Isle resident, or just a Celtic admirer, check out the festivities at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pier Seven Restaurant, 650 Water St. SW. Dinner is $30 and reservations are required. 301/229-1216.

Rebels without a cause
Though its moniker is taken from the name of Marlon Brando's biker gang in "The Wild One," Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sounds pretty far removed from the "Born to Be Wild" image that name implies. Instead, the group produces distorted, somewhat psychedelic rock that recalls bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Stone Roses and even the Stooges (though they do dress in biker-style black). Take a listen when the band opens for space-rockers Spiritualized at 9 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $15. 703/218-6500.

Dressing in time
It may seem hard to believe now, but someday the clothes of 2002 will be "vintage" and prized for their kitsch value. Just check out the Art Deco Society's Vintage Fashion show, which features clothes from the 1920s through the 1950s, including the former Eastern Airlines stewardess uniforms. While checking out the classic duds, patrons can also listen to historic commentary on the clothing and watch a live dance demonstration from each decade. Brush up on the Charleston and be there at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets are $20 to $25. 202/298-1100 or www.adsw.org.

Soul of the city
If only the city looked this good. Arthur Day's vibrant oil paintings of Washington and New York skip over the grittier elements of both towns in favor of warmer images that still manage to capture the soul of the city. Whether the corner of M Street and Pennsylvania or rain in the Theater District, Mr. Day's sharp lines and clever use of shadows brings these familiar places to life. See his works from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Spectrum Gallery, 1132 29th St. NW. Admission is free. 202/333-0954.

Olympic spirit
Few composers gain the kind of wide audience that George Mason University music student Karin Hendrickson has drawn with her latest, "Carry the Flame." The song, used as the 2002 Winter Olympics Torch Relay anthem, was recorded by Aretha Franklin for the official Salt Lake City album and performed in 110 cities where the torch passed. Leonard Slatkin, of the National Symphony Orchestra, gives the piece its first orchestral performance with the GMU Symphony Orchestra and Choruses at 7 p.m. Sunday at the GMU Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $8 to $15. 703/218-6500.

Dysfunctional family
The folks on the Jerry Springer show have nothing on Clytemnestra and her family. She kills her husband Agamemnon, hero of the Trojan War and takes over, not knowing her son Orestes is set to avenge his father. That's just the beginning of a two-part night of ancient Greek drama given new life in "Letter to Orestes" and "The Supper" by modern playwright Iakovos Kambanellis and Scena Theatre. Watch the tragedy unfold at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. Tickets are $10 to $25. 703/684-7990.

Back to earth
With the beauty of spring unfolding around the D.C. area, it's time to pay respects to nature on this year's Earth Day. Be a part of a family celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Discovery Creek Children's Museum, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. It's free. 202/364-3111. Or stop by a similar celebration from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Horizon Organic Farm and Education Center, 100 Dairy Lane, Gambrills. Tickets are $4 to $6. 410/923-7600. Finally, bring the children to "Once Upon a Planet," a puppet homage to nature at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Tickets are $4 to $6. 202/225-8333.

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