- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 28, 2002

Music royalty
Prince's moniker may no longer be an unpronounceable symbol, but he's not about to give up his eccentricities. After finally ending his record company squabbles and becoming a Jehovah's Witness, he's released his first new record in three years, "The Rainbow Children." The quasi-concept album drops the sexual innuendo and instead puts a jazzy backdrop to his spiritual awakening, which should make for an interesting show. See him (in true Prince fashion) at midnight tomorrow and at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Tickets are $51.50 to $126.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Summer love
Take a time warp to the days of slicked-back hair, muscle cars and poodle skirts in the granddaddy of nostalgia musicals, "Grease." The rather simple tale of girl meets boy is spiced up with odes to drag racing and teen-age flings in a production that has remained popular for roughly 30 years. Get prepared to rock around the clock at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Tickets are $25-$34. 301/924-3400.

Lions, tigers and bears
They don't call it "The Greatest Show on Earth" for nothing. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus is back in town, with a Latin theme that promises samba-stepping clowns, high-flying acrobatics and a menagerie full of exotic animals. Catch it at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the D.C. Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $11-$40. 202/432-SEAT.

Back to nature
Composers have long tried to convey emotion through music, and few things can pull at people's emotions so much as the grand sweep of nature. The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival uses this idea as a theme in "Art in Nature and Nature in Art," a musical survey of works by Vivaldi, Riley, Dvorak and even a traditional Native American flute piece. It's as close to nature as one can get in a concert hall. Hear it at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets are $25. 202/467-4600.

Glass houses
Jay Musler's art looks far more solid on the page than it actual is. His flat panels, bowl forms and wall-hung masks are actually made of glass, albeit glass that has been delicately shaped by his artistic touch. The results are colorful and complex works that challenge conventional notions of sculpture. See his works from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Maurine Littleton Gallery, 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/333-9307.

French twist
The familiar fairy tale "Cinderella" gets a bit of a makeover in the Lyon Opera Ballet's new production "Cendrillon." The company, known for its inventive retellings of classic tales, takes on the children's fable with its mix of modern dance and classical ballet techniques. Check out the visually dazzling results at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets are $23 to $36. 202/467-4600.

Hikes through history
Two of D.C.'s most popular historians are back from a winter hiatus to lead their walking tours through the city. Mary Kay Ricks homes in on "Georgetown Women of the Federal Period," sponsored by Tudor Place, in a walk through the brick-laned streets of Georgetown at 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 to $15. Call 202/965-0400, ext. 110, for meeting location, or register online at www.tudorplace.org. Local historian Anthony Pitch leads a two-hour hike through Adams Morgan at 11 a.m. Sunday starting outside the Wyoming apartment building, 2022 Columbia Road NW. Tickets are $10. Reservations unnecessary. 301/294-9514.

The hunt is on
The little ones will have plenty of opportunities to hunt for eggs in trees, hidden in grass and lurking behind rocks this weekend at a wide variety of Easter egg hunts. A "Hunt for History," with the hunt for the children and the history for the adults, takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Admission is $4 to $8. 703/838-4242. Or why not take part in a familiar tradition with the White House Easter Egg Roll, the largest public event of its kind to take place there each year? It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. It's free. 202/456-7041.
Derek Simmonsen


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