- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 24, 2002

Latin flavor
Baltimore might seem like the last place one would expect to find good Latin jazz, which is why it's so surprising to see the energetic Rumba Club making its home there. The nine musicians that comprise the group's jazzy stew blend Afro-Cuban and Calypso rhythms with jazz and salsa to give Baltimore a spicy kick. Hear them bring their sound to the District at 9 p.m. Saturday at Twins Jazz Club, 1344 U St. NW. Tickets are $15. 202/234-0072.

Meaty plays
The two plays may be set 100 years apart, but the slaughterhouse settings of Sarah Daniels' "The Gut Girls" and Naomi Wallace's "Slaughter City" reveal how some things change little over time. In the first work, young Victorian-era women find their freedom suffers when brought into "proper" society, and the second deals with class, race, gender and a host of other issues in a modern-day meat packing plant. See the "Gut Girls" at 8:30 tonight and tomorrow and "Slaughter City" at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. Tickets are $5. 202/332-3300.

Icy compositions
When the Iceland Trio formed back in 1998, one of its goals was to bring new works from Icelandic and Scandinavian composers to American ears. Local music fans will have just that chance this weekend as the trio (made up of violin, cello and piano) gives a piano trio piece from Atli Heimir Sveinsson its U.S. debut, and plays two other piano trios from Beethoven and Brahms. Hear them at 7 p.m. Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It's free. 202/842-6941.

High strung
With 46 strings and the ability to leap between octaves with the push of a pedal, the harp is one of the most complex musical instruments around. But after taking part in the Washington Chamber Symphony's latest children's concert, no one will think of the beautiful sounds of the harp as mysterious. Hear master harpist Caroline Gregg describe her instrument as she plays with the symphony at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $22.50. 202/452-1321 or 202/467-4600.

Coming of age
While getting a driver's license is often the hallmark of growing maturity today, African tribes have long used art to express the tough transition between childhood and becoming a young adult. In "Spectacular Display: The Art of Nkanu Initiation Rituals," these works are on display to show how rites of passage vary from culture to culture. See them from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Admission is free. 202/357-2700.

Reggae queen
Sister Carol has been winning over reggae fans since the 1980s, with her uplifting lyrics that push for ending sexism, gaining respect for women and combating violence. Her style, which mixes dancehall beats with reggae rhythms, has helped the DJ and singer keep her following, both in the United States and her native Jamaica. Hear her at 9 p.m. Saturday at Kaffa House, 1212 U St. NW. Tickets are $15. 202/462-1212.

Personal journeys
Photographer Margaret Paris went on long driving trips through the south. Printmaker and artist Sharon Keim explored Cape Cod. Sculptor Maria Velez sought out holy places. The result is "Footsteps," a unique show that uses gravestone etchings, mysterious photographs and striking religious icons to visually describe the creative sojourns these three women undertook. See their works from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Gallery 10 Ltd., 1519 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/232-3326.

Remembering Eric
When choreographer Eric Hampton died of Lou Gehrig's disease last February, he left behind a rich legacy in the Washington dance scene. In a tribute to Mr. Hampton, many of the men and women who worked in his company have come together to honor his memory in "Remembrance: A Little Touch of Eric in the Night." See members of Eric Hampton Dance, Tony Powell/ Music and Movement, City Dance Ensemble and more perform some of Mr. Hampton's best pieces at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Tickets are $15 to $20. 301/230-3775.

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