- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 14, 2002

Mary music
The popular Baltimore band Mary Prankster has been out of the limelight for the past few months, locked in a studio recording its third, as-yet-untitled album. If the group's past work is any indication, though, the possible late-spring or summer release should be full of catchy hooks, witty wordplay and the trio's own brand of pop-influenced punk. Hear some of that new material when Mary Prankster plays solo as part of the St. Patrick's Day Festivities at 10 p.m. Sunday at Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. Tickets are $10. 202/588-9188.

Bard's tale
When young orphan Widge stumbles upon the Globe Theater during William Shakespeare's day, he has no idea what he's getting into. "The Shakespeare Stealer" is a tale full of colorful characters, intrigue and swordplay follows, with an ending children won't want to miss. Based on the book of the same name, see it 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.

Marching through time
Take a trip through the past without ever leaving Virginia at "Military Through the Ages," a re-enactment day that features soldiers from the War of the Roses to the Gulf War. Depictions of camp life, unifoms, weapons and everyday life will be a part of the event, which brings nearly 40 military units together in one location. See history firsthand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jamestown Settlement, on Route 31 South at the Colonial Parkway, near Williamsburg. Admission is $5.75 to $10.75. 757/253-4838.

Hot Mikado
Gilbert and Sullivan never had the chance to check out jazz and swing dance music, but perhaps if they had, "Hot Mikado" would have been the result. A jazz-and-gospel-meets-swing reinterpretation of the popular musical changes the ancient Japanese town of Titipu into a neon-lit, zoot suit-filled city. See what happens when the duo's witty wordplay and catchy tunes meets the 1940s at 7:30 Saturday and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $27 to $43. 703/218-6500.

Travel art
Nilo M. Santiago was inspired on a recent trip to the Philippines to record what he saw in a way that would do justice to the country's inherent beauty. In "My Philippines," his Asian-Pacific background helps add meaning to his paintings of costumes, traditions, customs and other facts of daily life. See these colorful slices of life from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Gallery West, 205 S. Union St., Alexandria. Admission is free. 703/549-7359.

Premiere dance
Fans of dance should be sure to check out two new works from Lucy Bowen McCauley's company in an evening performance that mixes ballet and modern dance. The new pieces are a work commissioned by a local arts patron set to a Bach cantata and a second number with guest dancer Olivier Munoz, set to the music of the Drummers of Kodo. See these works and other challenging pieces at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Gunston Theater One, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets are $15 to $20. 703/995-0382.

No strings attached
Not happy with the kinds of traditional marionettes on the market, Joseph Cashore decided to create his own, and thus a company was born. The puppets are more fluid and animated than most traditional marionettes, which gives Mr. Cashore's works added life. See his company perform "Simple Gifts" for children at 4 p.m. Saturday at the NOAA Auditorium, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. Tickets are $7 to $10. 301/588-7525.

Green auctions
With warm temperatures returning to the area and the Cherry Blossom Festival only a little more than a week away, it's time to get back into flowers again. Garden buffs have the chance to buy colorful orchids at two auctions taking place this weekend at Brookside Gardens and the National Arboretum. Check out the Arboretum's auction, courtesy of the National Capital Orchid Society, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Admission is free. 202/245-2726. Also, be sure to visit Brookside Gardens for its auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 301/949-8320.
Derek Simmonsen

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