- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2002

Smooth sax
It's hard to talk about contemporary jazz without mentioning the work of tenor saxman Kirk Whalum. That's his sax solo during Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," and his last album stayed at the top of the jazz charts for two years. On his newest record he covers Macy Gray and, believe it or not, 'N Sync. Hear what his fusion of jazz, pop and rhythm and blues is all about when he plays with the U.S. Air Force Band at 3 p.m. Sunday at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. It's free. 202/628-4780.

Seasonal sport
Early February might have once seemed to be a horrible time for golf, but with the warm temperatures that have hit the D.C. area this year, it may be time to pick up the clubs again. What better way to get back into the sport than by attending the Washington Golf Show, which features vendors, seminars and door prizes. Practice that swing and head on over from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center Road, Chantilly. Tickets cost $5 to $7. 800/839-0040.

Spiritual songs
A concert with the New England Spiritual Ensemble is like a historical tour through black gospel music. It starts with traditional songs (like "Steal Away to Jesus") that have no known authors, moves to Biblical classics such as "I'll Make Me a Man" (penned by Roland Hayes) and ends up in the present day with contemporary spiritual songs. Hear this talented ensemble at 7 p.m. Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It's free. 202/842-6941.

Birthday slam
Langston Hughes would be proud. To celebrate his 100th birthday, a number of local and national poets are gathering together to face off in a poetry "slam" that celebrates Hughes' love of the written word. Pay tribute to his legacy and hear some terrific poetry at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Adelphi Road, College Park. Tickets cost $5 to $8. 301/405-2787.

Little drummer children
Most youngsters love to make noise, which is why the Arlington Symphony wants to help parents turn that irksome trait into a useful skill. In the "Feast for Young Ears" program, children will learn about crashing cymbals, pounding toms and ringing gongs and maybe even light on a future hobby or career. Children ages 3 to 7 can check it out at 10 a.m., all ages at 11:15 a.m. and children ages 8 and older at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ballston Common Mall, Level 3, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets cost $5. 703/528-1817.

Artful cloggers
Blink and it's possible to miss the rapid-fire dancing of Footworks, a Celtic dance ensemble that combines the best of Irish step dance, clogging and other traditional dance forms. This weekend, check out the group's new work, "Incredible Feets," and find out why Footworks has been together for more than two decades. The dancers perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at Centerstage, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Tickets cost $15. 703/476-1111.

Tribute to George
When the Beatles found out their song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hit No. 1 in America, photographer Harry Benson was there. Linda McCartney caught the four at the press conference launching "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." And Barry Feinstein took those familiar shots of George Harrison on the cover of "All Things Must Pass." These shots and more are the highlights of "George Harrison: A Photographic Tribute," open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday at Govinda Gallery, 1227 34th St. NW. Admission is free. 202/333-1180.

Swing dance fever
Whether you can recall the swing era or are just learning to jitterbug for the first time, "Forever Swing" should stir up that inner dancer. The big-band revue follows the fictitious Tommy Vickers Band through some of the biggest hits of the 1930s and 1940s, during the heyday of the swing dance era. Celebrate those times in style at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. Tickets cost $26.50 to $50.50. 202/432-SEAT.

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