- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 27, 2002

The other Osborne
Don't mistake Anders Osborne for the lost son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne. (Note the different spellings.) This Osborne is a New Orleans musician known for stunning live shows that combine his love of rhythm and blues, jazz and rock. He's joined by local blueshounds the Nighthawks at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $15. 703/549-7500.

Internal dance
Choreographer Marcy Schlissel is all about internal dialogue. In "Quiet Mind," dancer Stephen Clapp acts out the random thoughts that occur to a person during improvisation, and "Flawed Perfection" finds Miss Schlissel using the Barbie doll as a jumping-off point for a piece about female beauty. It's all a part of "Convergence," an evening of modern dance with live music at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $12 to $15. 202/362-3042.

From gallery to gallery

It seems appropriate that the National Gallery Chamber Players String Quartet is playing Ralph Vaughan Williams' String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor this weekend, as the piece debuted, in 1944, at the National Gallery in London. The music's ominous beginning hints at the bloodshed of World War II before ending with a rather melodic movement that originally was to be used in a film about Joan of Arc. Hear it along with works by Bartok and Beethoven at 7 p.m. Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It's free. 202/842-6941.

Jurassic rock

It combines two of children's favorite things rock music and dinosaurs so it's hard to see where the puppet performers of Dinorock could go wrong. They are just the first of a summer's worth of children's shows taking place on an almost daily basis at Wolf Trap's Theatre-in-the-Woods, near the Filene Center. Check out Dinorock at 10 a.m. and a performance from Quintango at 11:15 a.m. today through Saturday at Wolf Trap, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $4 per show. 703/218-6500.

Anything goes

Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber started dominating Broadway, a man by the name of Cole Porter penned some of the stage's catchiest melodies. You might have heard of some of his songs, numbers such as "Anything Goes," "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Another Op'nin', Another Show." He's being toasted in the musical review "Cole," part of the Maryland Arts Festival. See it at 8 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Towson University, Osler and Cross Campus drives in Towson, Md. Tickets are $8 to $18. 410/704-2787.

Mysterious Martha

Martha Washington is one of the better known first ladies, but her life often is overshadowed by her husband's. Mount Vernon is hoping to fix that problem by educating the public on the 200th anniversary of her death. Hear costumed interpreters describe household life and take a 40-minute walking tour that focuses on the nation's first first lady from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Mount Vernon, at the south end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Admission is $4.50 to $9. 703/780-2000.

Hip-hop art

What happens when existentialism meets hip-hop? That's the question artist Jefferson Pinder poses to his audiences in the form of mismatched multi-media works. His collages in "Native Son" explore urban mythology from a black perspective, using familiar icons and places to comment on contemporary society. See his works from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Wohlfarth Galleries, 3418 Ninth St. NE. Admission is free. 202/526-8022.

Hot, hot, hot

Pretend for a moment this weekend that the D.C. heat is actually the tropical sun shining on the D.C. Caribbean Carnival. A parade, with roughly 19 bands, will march at noon on Saturday, starting at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW and proceeding to Georgia Avenue and Barry Place NW. An outdoor festival with authentic food, dancing and music from the region begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Banneker Park, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. It's all free. 202/829-1477.

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