- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2002

Royal impression

Haydn might have written his "Mass for Soloists" in B-flat Major for a Hungarian princess, but Empress Marie Therese was such a big fan of it that her name is attached to the music. More commonly known as the "Theresienmesse," the work blends solo artists seamlessly with a full chorus and symphony to create a warm, celebratory Mass. This is only one of two rarely heard choral works the Washington Chamber Symphony performs at 7:30 tomorrow night and 7:30 Saturday night at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $49.50. 202/467-4600.

Pet sounds

With Rush, Poison and the Scorpions all making the rounds this summer, it's only appropriate that the Pet Shop Boys get to represent the dance club side of the 1980s music scene. With hits such as "West End Girls," "Opportunities" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" the duo combined biting social commentary with catchy synthesizer melodies. What's better, the group has continued to actively record, with its material far fresher than that of the hair bands out there this summer. Hear the Pet Shop Boys at 9 p.m. Saturday at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. Tickets are $40. 202/432-SEAT.

Twice-told tales

It may seem hard to make a personal connection with stories first told thousands of years ago, but storyteller Gail Rosen does just that and more. In her performance "Women of the Book," she uses tales drawn from the Torah to better illustrate the lives of Baltimore residents Myrtle Sutton and Hilda Stern Cohen, both of German-Jewish heritage, who had extraordinary experiences in their lifetimes. Hear how these seemingly unrelated stories are drawn together at 8 p.m. Saturday with Washington Storyteller's Theatre at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Tickets are $9 to $12. 301/891-1129.

Wild at heart

In just one more year, Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" will have its 40th anniversary, and the Washington Ballet is celebrating a little early. Baby boomers, their children and anyone who ever read to a boomer likely knows the story of how young Max finds a wild jungle in his bedroom. Enjoy this children's classic, and introduce the young ones to the magical world of ballet at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. Tickets are $27 to $45. 202/432-SEAT.

South of the border

Artist Phyllis Plattner and photographer Alice Fisk MacKenzie are both in love with our southern neighbor. In "From Chiapas to Chianti," Miss Plattner explores the effects places such as Mexico and Italy have had on her own life, mixing elements of both cultures together. Miss MacKenzie presents "La Frontera," a collection of shots captured from a trip along the Mexican border in 1999. See works by both artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at Troyer Gallery, 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/328-7189.

Garden life

When private gardens open their doors, it's worth seeing what's inside. The Garden Conservancy holds a full day of horticultural adventure Saturday in the District as part of its "Open Garden Day" program. Cost is $5 per garden visit. Call 888/842-2442 or visit www.gardenconservancy.org for times and locations. Also check out the "Wings of Fancy" live butterfly show at Brookside Gardens. The colorful creatures fly among unique tropicals, shrubs and nectar plants, and are best seen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Tickets are $3 to $4. 301/949-8230.

Elemental dance

Earth, air, water and fire choreographer Deborah Riley's newest collaboration, is a colorful mix of Buddhist philosophy and modern dance. In "Oasis," she joins with visual artist Kim Powers, composer Alexandra Gardner and costume-designer Michelle Rudolph to create an abstract work that still sticks with basic Buddhist principles. See how Deborah Riley Dance Projects brings this concept to life at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $16. 202/269-1600.

All's fair

For the armchair adventurer, both Thailand and Armenia are open for exploring at two festivals this weekend. The Thai Fair features food, music, dance and more from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Thai Embassy, 1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It's free. 202/944-3600. But make sure to also check out the best of Armenia at the Armenia Festival, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. It's free, too. 703/883-4686.

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