- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2002

Pickin' on you

Bela Fleck isn't an easy man to pin down. Sure, he plays banjo better than the hillbilly at the start of "Deliverance," but he's never limited himself to bluegrass and country. During his two decades in the music business, and with recent partners the Flecktones, he's managed to blur the lines between country, jazz and bluegrass. Hear his unique sound when he and the Flecktones play with Keller Williams, Charlie Hunter and others at the Grassroots Music and Arts Festival, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park, 13403 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Md. Tickets are $38 to $45. 800/594-8499.

Kennedy's summer

This summer has literally belonged to Jacqueline Kennedy more than 60 Kennedy-related events have been scheduled, or already taken place, in the D.C. area as part of a city-wide promotion. This weekend, the highlight is the "Camelot on the Potomac" festival, which features live 1960s music, a retro fashion show and even Jackie Kennedy look-alike and hula hoop contests. Check it out from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Washington Harbor, 3050 K St. NW. It's free. 202/295-5000.

Write stuff

Holding on to a pen for a week can be a challenge, let alone keeping one for a hundred years. That's what makes the 10th Annual Pen Super Show so unusual. It features an 1880s Victoriana pen, 1915 Art Nouveau pens and more recent collectibles, as well as more than 200 exhibitors, on-site repairmen, hands-on demonstrations and plenty of top designers. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Tickets are $6. 703/448-1234.

Classical gas

Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix may be the legends people think of when guitars are brought up, but the instrument was used in classical circles long before the monsters of rock started strumming power chords. The first Alexandria Guitar Festival highlights some of the best classical performers of today, including Nicholas Goluses at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Larry Snitzler at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Tickets are $15. 703/548-0035.

In praise of dance

Three years ago, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange asked cities around the country, "What are we in praise of?" The answer is finally here and culminates this weekend with the last performances in the "Hallelujah/USA" project. "Uneasy Dances" features members of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange along with a live instrumental ensemble at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Saturday. "Ordinary Angels" features the Rudy Hawkins Singers and members of the Washington Area Performing Arts Society's Men and Women of the Gospel at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, University Boulevard and Adelphi Road, College Park. Tickets are $25. 301/405-3198

Ancient stars

Ovid's "Metamorphoses" is a who's who of the mythological world. From Phaeton driving the chariot of the sun, to the sculptor Pygmalion and the vain Narcissus, Ovid's stories still manage to draw readers in, as evidenced by Ted Hughes' recent successful translation, "Tales From Ovid." Those stories now come to life on stage through a production of the same name by the H Street Playhouse at 8 p.m. today through Saturday (through Aug. 31) at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. Tickets are $20. 800/494-8497.

More than paint

Maryland artist Robin Amer is not content to stick with one medium. She works with recorded sound and video and still manages to dabble in oil and watercolor paints. Though she's now studying at Brown University in Rhode Island, a show of her works will be on display in the area this weekend. Check it out from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Yellow Barn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. It's free. 301/492-6229.

Cheesy music

The name is pure rock, but the sound is hundreds of years old. The Suspicious Cheese Lords perform music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including Carmelite chants, selections from a Mass for Three Voices and several motets of Elzear Genet. Hear them at 2 p.m. Saturday in the rotunda at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road NE. A donation of $5 is requested for admission. 202/635-5464.

Derek Simmonsen

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