- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2002

Roots of rap
The Roots may not deserve as much credit as Public Enemy or Run-D.M.C. for bringing rap to the masses, but the Philadelphia group certainly helped bridge the gap between live instrumentation and hip-hop vocals. Largely shunning samples, the Roots have created a unique live sound that continues to draw a strong concert crowd, even if the group doesn’t have the album sales to match. Hear them play at 9 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. 202/432-SEAT.

Art’s long history

When the Walters Art Museum reopened in October, the curators picked an exhibit for its permanent collection that has quite a story behind it. In “Wondrous Journeys,” the museum traces artistic achievement over the course of 5,000 years of human history, with roughly 2,000 works of art. Go on a journey from Egyptian tombs to medieval castles from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Admission is $5 to $8. 410/547-9000.

Parental anxiety

Howard and Judy Kleinman are in for a big surprise when they go to visit their son, Marc, in Israel, just before the Gulf War breaks out. With Scud missiles flying overhead, Marc reveals he has joined an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group and has agreed to an arranged marriage. Now his parents must find a way to reconnect with a son they no longer understand. See the sometimes dramatic, sometimes comic results in “Miklat” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Theater J in the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $18 to $30. 202/518-9418.

Slavic melodies

The first stops on the Folger Consort’s musical tour through the world were Medieval France and Renaissance Italy. Now the company continues its journey with “Slavic Splendor,” which features selections highlighting the Czech and Polish Middle Ages, Hungarian and Polish Renaissance and Polish Baroque periods. Hear them with Il Canto, a mixed vocal ensemble, at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Tickets are $20 to $38. 202/544-7077.

Real life as dance

The members of Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange do not just want to talk about their life experiences, they want to show them to you. Through dance, the company brings to life trailer park melodramas, forgotten memories and mythic tales that highlight the skills of the exchange’s individual members and the dance collective as a whole. See them at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $16. 202/269-1600.

From scribe to comic

Comic Kathleen Madigan was a freelance journalist and waitress in St. Louis when she decided to try her hand at a comedy club’s amateur night. Now, a little more than a decade later, the American Comedy Awards have crowned her the country’s best female stand-up comic. See why she’s gaining so much attention when she performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the D.C. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $15 to $17. 202/296-7008.

Director’s chat

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom worked in his homeland for nearly two decades before gaining notice on U.S. shores for his film “My Life as a Dog.” Since then, he’s continued bringing books to film, including “The Cider House Rules,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and his latest, “The Shipping News.” Hear him discuss his life’s work as part of the Smithsonian Associates series at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Tickets are $16.20 to $23. 202/357-3030.

Salutes to King

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day early with two creative tributes to the legendary civil rights leader. A poetry reading takes place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Admission is free. 202/727-6274. The Choral Arts Society also gives tribute to the legend through song at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $15. 202/467-4600.

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