- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2002

Young country
She's been performing since she was 7 years old, so it should not come as a shock that college-age Katy Benko feels comfortable onstage. The young country singer has been winning vocal competitions through her teen years and has already been the opening act for Brooks and Dunn, Kenny Rogers and Brad Paisley. Hear her perform an acoustic show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jammin' Java, 231 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. Tickets are $10. 703/255-1566.

Marking time
Ever tap in time to music or wonder just why the conductor is so animated while directing an orchestra? Maestro Stephen Simon of the Washington Chamber Symphony will show young audiences just why a baton-wielder is needed not only to keep performers playing together, but also to make sure they don't drown one another out. Budding conductors will also get the chance to conduct along to "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Bring children ages 6 and older along to learn more at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $22.50. 202/467-4600.

Magic gardens
The recent cold snap should not get you down. Just head to the Washington Home and Garden Show and start making plans for how to redo a home both inside and out. The show features full-sized landscaped gardens, more than a million blooms and plenty of experts to offer design advice. Find that perfect blossom, buy an antique tub or just browse from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Tickets are $4-$9. 703/823-7960.

King of swing
Artie Shaw was always a rather reluctant success, gaining hits with one band before abruptly disbanding and forming a new one. He even took a 30-year break to pursue writing before coming back to the bandstand in the early 1980s. Although he no longer performs, his legacy continues with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, under the direction of Dick Johnson. Hear them cover his most famous tunes in a night of swing dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $20. 703/359-9882.

Utopian art
Back in the early 20th century, machines were becoming integrated into human life and the future looked like wondrous. Avant-garde art reflected these visions of painters, sculptors and photographers and is an interesting reflection of the early-20th-century mindset. See "Metropolis in the Machine Age" from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Admission is free. 202/357-2700.

Challenging photos
Photographers Link Nicoll and Grace Taylor may not have much in common, but both want audiences to look at their works in new ways. Ms. Nicoll snaps random images, such as a straw, the Lincoln Memorial and a roller coaster, to test the boundaries of composition. Ms. Taylor captures images of Montana rodeos and other Western scenes using the historical Van Dyke process. See works by both artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Factory Photoworks Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission is free. 703/683-2205.

Mysterious meeting
Noted physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg met in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen in 1941 and what they discussed remains open to speculation. Now, in the Tony Award-winning "Copenhagen," this meeting is imagined in three different ways that deal with atomic physics, the uncertainty principle and the role of conscience in war. See this work at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $20 to $68. 202/467-4600.

Harlem dance
Roughly 100 years ago, the Harlem Renaissance was born, ushering in a new era of poetry, prose, art, music and social reform among black Americans that would go on to influence the whole nation. Dancers Karen and Alvin celebrate that legacy with Deborah Riley, Leonard Wood and others in a night of song, dance and poetry. See "Honoring the Ancestors" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eight St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $16. 202/269-1600.
Derek Simmonsen

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