- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 19, 2002

Tell me anytime

Andrew Lloyd Webber lovers take note: It's time for the Kennedy Center's annual musical theater foray, and this year the show is Mr. Webber's "Tell Me on a Sunday." Tony nominee Alice Ripley plays Emma, a young British import reaching for the American dream, in this one-woman show. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the story and Mr. Webber's noted score. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday until Jan. 12. At the Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $20 to $90. 202/467-4600.


Return of the king

Simba, Mufasa and Pumbaa return to the big screen Christmas day with the large-format debut of the Disney favorite "The Lion King" at the Maryland Science Center's Imax Theater. The jungles of Africa and all your favorite characters will be larger than ever in this reformatted version. Feel the love at the Maryland Science Center, at Light Street and Key Highway at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Tickets are $10 to $12 for the movie alone and $14.50 to $19.50 including museum admission. Call for times; the movie will be showing until April and showtimes vary. 410/685-2370.


The view from Cuba

Contraband cigars are the closest most people get to Cuba. But now you can view aspects of Cuban life through Elsie Hull's work at the Spectrum Gallery. Miss Hull's exhibit, "Vislumbres," juxtaposes single images alongside diptychs and triptychs to provide a narrative of local color. The gallery is open from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. See it soon, because the exhibit closes Sunday. 202/333-0954.


Russian soiree

Traditional holiday favorites receive an infusion of all things Russian at the Choral Arts Society's "Christmas Music" concert at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall. In addition to a carol singalong, the group will perform several songs in the Russian Orthodox tradition, as well as popular Russian carols, joined by the Washington Balalaika Society. Renowned soprano Alessandra Marc also will perform. The Kennedy Center is at F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $18 to $50. 202/467-4600.


Caliente

Spice up your Christmas vacation with a visit to the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center to view the Latin American and Caribbean video art exhibit. The exhibit consists of 53 videos, each under five minutes long, made by artists from 21 different Latin American countries. Themes range from specific socio-political statements to more inclusive reflections about humanity. The IDB Cultural Center is at 1300 New York Ave. NW, and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit runs through Jan. 17. 202/623-3774.


Dynamite doo wop

Be bop your way through the evening tomorrow night as some of the leading ladies of doo wop perform '60s chart-toppers such as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Please, Mr. Postman." If you still love them, join Shirley Alston Reeve of the Shirelles, Denise Morgan of the Marvelettes, The Chantels, The Bobbettes and Washington locals Kimmy & Klasse at the Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. "The Divas of Doo Wop" starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 to $40. 202/432-SEAT.


Cedar by candlelight

Sometimes forgotten because of its distance from the Mall and other national monuments, Frederick Douglass' home, Cedar Hill, is a treasure too often overlooked. See it aglow by candlelight this Christmas and enjoy the 19th-century decorations and period characters. Cedar Hill is at 1411 W St. SE. Free tours are offered at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. today and tomorrow.202/426-5961.


All that jazz

Three's company, but four and more is definitely not a crowd at the Kennedy Center's annual "All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam." Jazz bassist Keter Betts welcomes "unexpected" visitors, including Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Lenny Robinson, Delores Williams and Tom Williams. See them at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. All Millennium Stage performances are free. 202/467-4700.


A mouse in the wall

Nibble on some cheese and enjoy a traditional tea at the Hay-Adams Hotel as children's author Cheryl Barnes reads from her popular book "Woodrow the White House Mouse." Children will receive a signed copy of the book and a stuffed Woodrow. Eat, drink and be entertained from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $35. The Hay-Adams is at 800 16th St. NW. 202/638-6600.


Stephanie K. Taylor

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