- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2002

Mixing chemicals

Most fans came across the folk rock of Beth Orton by way of the Chemical Brothers, as she has contributed a track to nearly all of the duo's albums. Her haunting, melancholy voice has steadily matured since her 1996 debut, "Trailer Park" and its 1998 follow-up "Central Reservation," as she continues to move away from the electronic-meets-folk sound that brought her recognition. What she sounds like on her new album, "Daybreaker," due out in July, is anyone's guess, though. Fans can hope to hear some of those new songs when she plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $15. 202/393-0930.

Music of the night

It has to be a rare occurrence to hear Cole Porter's "Always True to You in My Fashion" and Alan Menken's "Little Shop of Horrors" in the same night. The National Symphony Orchestra makes it happen, though, with its "Bravo, Broadway" concert. In addition to those tunes, the company also plays songs from "Funny Girl," "Grease," "Beauty and the Beast" and about 10 other popular modern musicals. Hear it all at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $16 to $34. 703/218-6500.

From rogue to 'Rouge'

You could say that John Leguizamo is growing up. The comedian once known for his outrageous characters has become a dad and is gaining mainstream credibility through roles in "Moulin Rouge" and the animated feature "Ice Age." His show, which explores the history of Latino people, family and relationships, was even nominated for a Tony. Watch him in action at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $16.50 to $55.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Let freedom ring

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in the Southwest and Texas were finally freed. The day has come to be known as "Juneteenth" and is considered the moment the last slaves in the United States were granted freedom. At the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, this event will be marked by dance performances, arts and crafts, and live blues and jazz. Stop by from 1-6 p.m. Saturday on the 900 block of Wythe Street, Alexandria. It's free. 703/838-4356.

Dance survey

Ballet lovers who like their programs varied will find much to appreciate at the McLean School of Ballet and Jazz's latest concert. The troupe performs a modern version of Jules Perrot's "Pas de Quatre," a piece from the mid-19th century, tackles the serious ballet of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and gives some swing to Broadway jazz. Check it out at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ernst Theater at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $10 to $12. 703/356-3048.

Political art

The feminist movement of the 1960s and '70s influenced most other areas of American culture, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that it reached the art world. What may come as a surprise is the witty way in which many artists fused politics with their works, even using traditional arts and crafts to get their agenda across. The results are collected in "Feminism and Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection," which is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Admission is $3 to $5. 202/783-5000.

Eye for art

Local artist Peggy Fleming isn't a professional photographer; in fact, she's a trained anthropologist and only recently retired from the National Park Service. Her background in sociology and science is actually one of her great assets, though, as her keen eye is adept at capturing real-life people in their natural environment. See her black-and-white works in "Si Por Cuba" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Factory Photoworks Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission is free. 703/683-2205.

Haunted history

Washington has plenty of haunted locations, but few rival the stories behind Lafayette Square. For starters, an assassin attacked Lincoln's secretary of state there, Stephen Decatur died from dueling wounds in the street and a congressman killed the son of Francis Scott Key. Dolley Madison even lived and died in the area. Be on the lookout for ghosts when historian Anthony Pitch leads a walking tour at 11 a.m. Saturday, starting at the equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson in the center of Lafayette Square. Tickets are $10. 301/294-9514.

Derek Simmonsen

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