- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2002

Venice as a fish

More than 500 years ago, Jacopo de Barbari created a definitive, birds-eye-view map of Venice that led artists to see the city for what it looks like: a giant fish. Inspired by this ancient map, the artists of Atelier Aperto Graphics Workshop in Venice have created prints that turn street corners and roads into other types of fanciful creatures. See their works on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Gallery 10 Ltd., 1519 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/232-3326.

Family heirlooms

Ever wonder what grandma's antique lamp is worth? Or looking perhaps to find its mate? Then start the New Year out with a local institution, the 47th annual Washington Antiques show. Check out the exhibits, dealers, lectures and more from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Admission is $12. 202/965-0640 or 202/756-5291.

Country for kids

Children who fell in love with the movie "Toy Story 2" may recognize the Riders in the Sky. The western ensemble created an entire album full of country tunes around the fake TV show hosted by the cartoon cowboy, Woody, and won a Grammy for their efforts. See the popular ensemble blend comedy and honky tonk at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Tickets are $22 to $27. 703/790-9223.

Pick your own ending

Coming in at 400 pages and two volumes, playwright Alan Ayckbourn's script for "Intimate Exchanges" would be daunting to almost any theater company. The Source Theatre deftly took up the challenge, though, creating three distinct plays from the larger work and letting the audience pick each night between two different outcomes. See the comedy in its last weekend at 8 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20-$25. 202/462-1073.

Personal expressions

Put local artists Gesel Mason and Reggie Glass together with New York City artists Will Power and Meoleake Jones and the result is a powerful night of dance. In "Black Expressions," these four artists combine modern dance, spoken word and hip-hop to offer poignant, yet humorous social commentary. See them at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $16. 202/269-1600.

Artful bodies

One common element runs through the work of local artist Angela White's works: the human body. Her new exhibit "Soundings," features paintings that celebrate the human form in abstract ways, as people crouch, leap and jump through dreamlike backdrops. See her works in their last weekend from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Works on Paper Gallery, 3420 Ninth St. NE. Admission is free. 202/526-4848.

Musical cup of tea

Take four men, a dozen instruments and several old-time genres of music and the end result is the Wood's Tea Company. An eclectic Vermont group formed in the early '80s, the Company plays bluegrass, Celtic, sea chanties and folk songs with a varying collection of instruments, including banjos, bouzoukis and even tin whistles. Warm up with their sound at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blake High School, 300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $20. 301/774-1183.

Classical new year

Start the New Year out right with two outstanding classical music concerts. Cellist Yvonne Caruthers and the National Symphony Orchestra Ensemble hope to show children and adults why music is the universal language in two concerts for ages 9 and up. Listen in at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Theater Lab at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets are $12. 202/467-4600. With a better appreciation of music, the National Gallery Orchestra's Viennese New Year concert will sound all the better, as well. Hear it at 7 p.m. Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is free. 202/842-6941.

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