- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2002

City scenes
Once cameras started becoming much more portable in the 1950s, photographers were able to more easily capture the reality of their surroundings. This becomes quite apparent in "Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950," a new exhibit of international photography at the Hirshhorn Museum. Instead of posed shots, photographers were able to take candid photos of street life in the United States, Japan, Britain and elsewhere, revealing much about the lives of people after World War II. See these works from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the museum, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Admission is free. 202/357-2700.

Can you dig it?
If your children have a hard time understanding history, then let them feel it firsthand. The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is offering a family dig day for parents and children to get an up-close look at what it means to uncover the past. Participants should wear hats, sunblock, gardening gloves and sturdy shoes, and registration is required. Plan to be there from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday behind the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. The program is $5 per person. 703/838-4399.

Iron chefs
To most people, cooking on the grill is a good way to pass a Saturday afternoon. To the chefs at the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, it's war. Teams will be competing for more than $15,000 in cash and prizes and the chance to represent the mid-Atlantic region at the Barbecue World Championship. Patrons will be able to sample their finest grub, hear great music from Joan Jett and Chuck Brown and even help out charity (the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs). Stop by from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 13th streets NW. Admission is $3 to $7. 301/860-0630.

In the doghouse
Another woman is about to ruin Greg and Kate's marriage, except this woman is a dog. Literally. Greg grows close to the new family pet, Sylvia, and Kate finds that she's fighting for her husband's affections. See what happens when man, woman and dog collide in the Little Theatre of Alexandria's production of "Sylvia." It plays at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the theatre, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. Tickets are $12 to $15. 703/683-0496.

Space invader
Who would have thought, 30 years ago, that a man pretending to be an alien rock star would record one of the best albums of the 1970s? David Bowie brought glam rock into the mainstream and created one of his most memorable characters with the record "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars." Photographer Mick Rock was there from the beginning, capturing Mr. Bowie and other leading stars of the rock scene, including Queen, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. Relive those strange days with the photos of "Moonage Daydream" from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday at Govinda Gallery, 1227 34th St. NW. Admission is free. 202/333-1180.

Singular sensations
It's the story of young performers trying to make it on Broadway, being performed by young people who could someday be performing there. What show could be more appropriate for the Musical Theater Center than "A Chorus Line"? This youth show keeps the spirit of the original, with catchy tunes, flashy costumes and plenty of high kicking. See it at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Baltimore Road and Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Tickets are $10.50-$15.50. 301/545-5660.

Jazzy trap
Few musical genres mesh together quite as well as jazz and blues, which is probably why Wolf Trap is throwing a whole festival together around them. The Jazz and Blues Festival features a wide range of performers, from the jazz funk of Galactic (tomorrow night) to the world sounds of Angelique Kidjo (Saturday afternoon), who dips into salsa, funk, jazz, rumba and half a dozen more musical styles. Check it out at 7 p.m. tomorrow night, 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (closing with the Wynton Marsalis Septet). Tickets are $20-$30. 703/218-6500.

-Derek Simmonsen

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