- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002

Dancing tradition
For more than 30 years, residents of Northern Virginia have enjoyed the Virginia Ballet's rather lavish production of "The Sleeping Beauty." Tchaikovsky's classic is filled with elegant costumes, grand dance moves and a swiftly moving story that the company tackles with ease. See the classic come to life at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $12-$20. 703/249-8227.

Glass house
Playwright Tennessee Williams had a knack for always catching characters on their fall from grace. In "The Glass Menagerie," he captures the Wingfield family as it is being torn apart by a son's decision to leave home. See how the drama unfolds at 8 p.m. Saturday at the American University Experimental Theatre, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Tickets are $7 to $12. 202/885-2587.

Vintage vino
With more than 800 vintages from 220 wineries around the world, the Washington International Wine Festival has something to match everyone's palate. Besides letting visitors sample fine wines, the festival also offers seminars, a Sunday brunch and a speech from wine expert Kevin Zraly. Treat the tastebuds from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $48-$59 per day (participants must be 21 years old). 800/343-1174.

Special music
Bach wrote his motets only for certain occasions and special people, which is why listeners should feel honored to hear them all played at once by Ensemble Corund. The Swiss choral group, led by its American founder, Stephen Smith, tackles those works and Vivaldi's "Sonata in B-flat Major" in the final concert of the National Academy of Sciences' series. Hear them at 3 p.m. Sunday at the academy, 2100 C St. NW. Admission is free. 202/334-2436.

John's jam
Jazz guitarist John Scofield has been merging the realms between rock and jazz since his career took off in the late '70s. On his latest album, "Uberjam," Mr. Scofield and his band explore drum n' bass beats, double rhythm guitar parts and hip-hop grooves, with his famed guitar skills front and center. See him jam with his band at 7 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $20. 202/432-SEAT.

Highly collectible
What do book lovers and doll collectors have in common? Both can meet, swap antiques and learn more about their favorite hobbies this weekend. The 27th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington. Tickets are $6. 301/654-2626. Doll lovers can ply their trade from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eastern National Doll and Toy Show and Sale at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, off of Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Tickets are $5. 800/676-2188.

By the hours
Looking at Erwin Lachman's new installation "24 Hours" is like seeing a single day all at once. Or at least that's the idea behind the project, a series of 24 works that reflect on the changing light in a Maine town during the longest day of the year. See how his minimal art evokes this concept 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.

Final edition
Five years and two million visitors later, the Newseum is closing its doors for its move to the District, where it plans to reopen in 2006. To mark this occasion, the museum's last weekend will feature a talk by Helen Thomas, hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours and huge discounts on Newseum merchandise. Get your final news fix from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Newseum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Admission is free. 703/284-3544.
Derek Simmonsen

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