- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2002

Cultural stew
It's no wonder that the Kennedy Center is choosing to focus on the arts of Latin America this month, as the region boasts artistic traditions from three continents. One group alone could include elements of indigenous dance, African beats and Portuguese music. Take, for example, Grupo Corpo, a Brazilian modern dance company that mixes bits of classical dance with Afro-Brazilian movements. See why the group is at the top of Brazil's dance scene at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets are $23 to $36. 202/467-4600.

Down from the mountain
Ever since the success of the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" audiences have been rediscovering bluegrass music. Of course, in the streets of Charlottesville, audiences have been listening to the Hackensaw Boys play old-time country music for years now. Listen to the 10-piece ensemble as it hits town at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Iota Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $10. 703/522-8340.

Hit the books
For area bibliophiles, Bethesda is the place to be this weekend as the city throws its annual Literary Festival. Check out children's events from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes School (7500 Pearl St.), meet local author Patricia Gaffney at 1 p.m. Saturday, have antique books appraised at 2:30 p.m. at the Writer's Center (4508 Walsh St., Bethesda) and hear P.J. O'Rourke discuss his latest work at 3 p.m. Sunday at Olsson's Books and Records (7647 Old Georgetown Road). Not only are these events free, but there are plenty of others around the city. 301/215-6660.

Legendary women
Back in the 1700s, Antonio Vivaldi turned a poor Italian girls' orphanage into a renowned all-girl orchestra, composing hundreds of works for the girls to perform. Now, nearly 300 years later, the Washington Chamber Symphony is highlighting talented young female singers with its Viva Vivaldi competition. The lucky winners will re-create Vivaldi's legendary group at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $12-$37.50. 202/467-4600.

Patriotic dance
Gallaudet Dance Company's latest show is a mixture of show tunes, Americana and patriotism that hopes to blend new pieces with familiar works. This September 11 tribute, "Dancing into the Seventh House," melds American sign language and dance to tunes such as "God Bless America," "Cotton-Eyed Joe" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B." Watch the company at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. Tickets are $8 to $10. 202/651-5591.

Strange trips
What does a terrier, a Mexican boy with a sword and a dollhouse all have in common? They're only a few of the many elements in artist Judy Goodkind's surreal painting "The Alice Effect." In her new exhibit "Imaginary Journeys," she integrates cut-outs and paintings to create visual puzzles that chart the history of art through the ages. See her works from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Admission is free. 202/232-8734.

Classical thunder
In the classical music world, the brass and percussion sections are the orchestral equivalent of a heavy metal band; with only a few members they can easily drown out the rest of the company. The U.S. Marine Band brings out its big guns this weekend, performing pieces such as Stravinsky's "Fanfare for a New Theater," Tenney's "Crystal Canon" and Tanner's "Concerto for Timpani and Brass Instruments." Listen to the group at 2 p.m. Sunday at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Admission is free. 202/433-4011.

Houses of history
If walking through the cobble-stoned streets of Georgetown has ever made you want to take a peek inside some of the neighborhood's gorgeous homes, now is your chance. The 2002 Georgetown House Tour features everything from classical decor to the latest modern fashions, with an emphasis this year on history. Walk through homes that once belonged to slaves of the elite, shipping magnates and early politicians from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $30 for one day, $50 for both days. Call 202/338-2287 for meeting locations or visit www.georgetownhousetour.com.

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