- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2002

Kings of the blues
Between the three of them, B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Clarence Carter have released more than 100 records, a figure that doesn't even begin to calculate the number of greatest-hits collections and guest appearances the trio has made. In the process, the three have defined the blues for several generations that grew up with rock 'n' roll and continue to show the youngsters how it's done (just look at Mr. King's recent collaboration with Eric Clapton). Hear the three at 7 p.m. Sunday at Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Tickets are $45. 202/432-SEAT.

Fishy art
When the city of Baltimore decided to exhibit fish sculptures throughout the city, the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington was inspired to create some fishy business of its own. Residents in the home worked with various local artists to create unique fish works out of ceramics, jewelry, textiles and paint. See the colorful results from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lobby Galleries, 6121 Montrose Road, Rockville. Admission is free. 301/770-8307.

Sweet music for kids
In its 28-year history, local favorite Sweet Honey in the Rock has paid particular attention to its young audience, culminating in a Grammy nomination last year for its children's album "Still the Same Me." The ensemble makes sure to get parents and kids up and moving during its children's shows, with upbeat rhythms that are hard not to sing, dance and clap along with. Hear them at 6 p.m. Saturday at Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW. Tickets are $12. 202/785-WPAS.

Quarterlife crisis
Young actor Jason Biggs ("American Pie," "Loser") is a good fit to revive Dustin Hoffman's role as the insecure Benjamin Braddock in the stage adaptation of the film "The Graduate." With his experience playing a young reject, it shouldn't be hard for him to grasp the role of a young grad who has an ill-fated affair with the wife of his father's business partner. See how he fills Mr. Hoffman's famed shoes at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore. Tickets are $15 to $57.50. 410/625-4230 or 800/638-2444.

Those darn kids
It would have been hard to predict, back when the show premiered in 1969, that a TV series about a gang of teen-agers (and their talking dog) solving crimes would ever be a hit. But "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" has gone on to gain a unique foothold in pop culture, as villain after villain has cursed "those darn kids." See a live action version of the cartoon favorite in "Scooby-Doo in Stagefright" at 1, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $15 to $35. 202/432-SEAT.

Hard host
Let it not be said that Chris Matthews keeps his opinions to himself. In his latest book, "Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think," the fiery (and loud) political commentator and host of MSNBC's "Hardball" weighs in on the 2000 presidential election, Bill Clinton's days in the White House and the world after September 11. Hear him speak his mind at 7 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. It's free. 301/986-1761.

Unity through music
In organizing a classical music tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., flutist Eugenia Zukerman and pianist Rachelle Jonck wanted to bring varied styles together to honor King's ideas of unity. That's why arias from Mozart and Handel stand next to a Bartok suite, a Dvorak sonatina and the contemporary "Mother and Child" by W.G. Still. Hear these works and others at 7 p.m. Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It's free, but space is limited. 202/842-6941.

Monster mash
It's four-wheel drive, weighs more than 10,000 pounds and produces more than 1,500 horsepower with its V-8 engines. No, it's not the latest SUV, but "Grave Digger," the popular monster truck that's been crushing cars and wowing audiences for the past 20 years. See the truck and other "monsters" at the "Monster Jam" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Centre, One Harry S. Truman Drive, Landover. Tickets are $8-$20. 202/432-SEAT.

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