- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2002

Touring spaces
Developed in 1870, Logan Circle is home to the first residential community of fine homes in Washington. This year's annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour will feature grand Victorian homes and the more intimate period homes built in the 1880s for Washington's middle class. The tour will be held on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25 and may be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour at 1324 Vermont Ave. NW. 202/265-0084.
Modern movement
Surrounded by a sea of floating sugar plums and cute, furry mice, Dance Place's contemporary dance show distinguishes itself as one of the few non-"Nutcracker" dance productions this weekend. Carla & Company will perform a modern dance show that addresses loss, hope, fear, faith and peace. The show will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday at 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $18. 202/269-1600.
Rollin' down the river
Local boat owners will light up the night this Sunday at Georgetown's first Holiday Boat Parade of Lights at Washington Harbour, which sponsors plan to hold annually. Watch brightly colored boats float down the Potomac as your children visit with Santa and make holiday cards. The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard will offer the Presentation of Colors. The celebration begins at 4 p.m., and the boat parade begins at 5 p.m. The Washington Harbour is located at 3050 K St. NW. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots drive. 202/333-1600.
The eyes have it
Sometimes words aren't necessary. Join renowned mime Milan Sladek at his premiere performance in Washington at Gallaudet University. Mr. Sladek left a prominent career in Czechoslovakia in 1968 to protest the Soviet invasion of his country and later opened the Kefka Theater in Cologne, Germany. Called the successor to the famous 19th-century French mime Jean Gaspard Deburau by Czech author Frantisek Kozik, Mr. Sladek now tours internationally. The performance will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Elstad Auditorium, 800 Florida Ave. NE. Tickets are $15. 202/432-SEAT.
Firing up
With the presence of pop star Bjork and the rising popularity of groups such as the Hives, Scandinavian bands are beginning to take the global music scene by storm. See what all the fuss is about Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat. "Out of the Norwegian Woods: A Rock Concert" features three rising Nordic groups: Bjrn Berge, Furia and Minor Majority. You won't want to miss this eclectic blend of acoustic, industrialized guitar and funk. The Black Cat is at 1811 14th St. NW. Free admission. 202/667-7960.
Tap dancin' sugar plums
"The Nutcracker" gets a new twist this Christmas season. Dolls, flowers and snowflakes tap, pirouette and jazz dance their way through the Institute of Performing Arts for Youth's take on this family favorite. "Nutcracker in a Shell All Jazz'd Up" will take place at Farmwell Station Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Parkway, Ashburn, Va., at 1:30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 to $8. 703/724-4900.
Combine exercise and entertainment as the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden resumes its "Jazz on Ice" series Wednesdays and Thursdays. Live jazz entertainment will be provided in the Pavilion Cafe while recorded work of the evening's artists plays over the loudspeakers at the skating rink. Three Wise Guys will perform today, and Jerry Gordon will perform Wednesday. So take your family to Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW and put on those skates. 202/289-3360.
The reason for the season
Currently at the forefront of the daily news columns, the Middle East is the birthplace of three major world religions. Travel back to the biblical days of the Middle East through the exhibit of David Roberts' lithographs of ancient Egypt and Israel, and see the ancient Near East through the eyes of this 19th century Scottish poet. The exhibit takes place at St. Luke's Gallery, 1715 Q St. NW, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, tomorrow until Jan. 11. 202/328-2424.
Ibsen, Texas-style
Fast-forward Ibsen's classic a few years and move it to Galveston, Texas. What do you have? Big hair, conservative values and Quotidian Theatre Company's production of "A Doll's House." Time is running out to see this show, so stop by the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, at 8 p.m. on Friday or Saturday, or 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10-$15. 301/816-1023.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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