Thursday, January 31, 2002

Let’s get digital
Photographer Rob Rudick majored in photography back in college, but had strayed away from the hobby over the years. That all changed with a birthday gift of a state-of-the-art digital camera, which captures images in such a clean way that the digital prints look no different from photographic ones. Explore these new developments in photography at his show, “Digital Photographs,” from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park. Admission is free. 301/270-2233.

Mysterious playwright
Not much is known about 17th-century playwright John Webster, save for the works he left behind. The Shakespeare Theatre is reviving his favorite one of these, “The Duchess of Malfi,” which tells the tale of an Italian noblewoman who decides to marry for love against the wishes of her brothers. Learn more about Webster through his play as he touches on power, religion, love and fate. The classic runs at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Tickets are $14.50 to $63. 202/547-1122.

Famous flyer
The Red Baron may have been Germany’s most famous fighter pilot during World War I, but there were plenty of brave Americans who took on the challenge of facing him. One of them, Eugene Bullard, made his mark on the ground, as well, as a black American struggling for equality. See his story brought to life by Mad River Theater Works in “Wings of Courage” at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $12. 202/467-4600.

Surprising chord
For a work that’s called “Symphony in C Major,” it’s quite interesting to note that Beethoven began the work with another chord entirely. Critics have interpreted this move as a bold statement of the radical changes the composer would soon render to classical music, but whether or not this was Beethoven’s intent, the work is still one of his best. Listen for that opening chord as the Falls Church Chamber Orchestra play this work and others at 3 p.m. Sunday at George Mason Junior/Senior High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Tickets are $10. 703/548-0332.

Stereo sound
The Welsh group Stereophonics continues to be a major force on the British music scene, but has long had trouble finding a foothold in the U.S. market. Which is a shame, as singer-guitarist Kelly Jones is a skilled songwriter, able to create whole narrative worlds in the span of a four-minute tune, with drummer Stuart Cable and bassist Richard Jones giving the songs a needed kick. Hear why Brits love them when they play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $15. 202/432-SEAT.

Architectural art
Artist Jeanne Garant’s works can be traced straight back to her parents: Her father was a carpenter and her mother a seamstress. Those influences clearly play into her current mixed media art, with its focus on space and order versus chaos. See her works in “New Talent” along with those of photographer Elsie Hull from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Spectrum Gallery, 3524 International Court NW. Admission is free. 202/333-0954.

Surreal dance
One never knows what to expect next in a Laura Schandelmeier piece. The solo performer tackles the holidays this time around, with a piece about a bride who gives birth to a golden egg, a cupid who carries the weight of love and an Independence Day piece that involves oppression, sex and fireworks. She will be joined by the edgy Lacey and Shade team, which features dancers Sandra Lacey and Mary Williford Shade. See these three unique performers at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6-$16. 202/269-1600.

Model life
For lots of children, making models is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. For architects, it’s just another day at the office. See how models are used to turn ideas into reality in “Modeled Space/Space Modeled” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is free. 202/272-2448.

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