- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 2, 2002

Musical excursion
The name Weekend Excursion is a pretty apt one for the Raleigh, N.C., band, as the group has put in many a long weekend touring since forming in 1995. What was once a between-classes job in college has led the hard rock quartet up and down the East Coast, making them familiar faces opening for various groups around the D.C. area. Hear the band play songs from its first full-length album "Take Me Home" at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Grog and Tankard, 2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Admission is $5. 202/333-3114.

More than flowers
One does not need to be a flower aficionado to enjoy this year's "Flower Mart 2002." The popular event at Washington National Cathedral has an Australian theme this year and features a carousel, puppeteers, lots of food, antique collectibles, live music and more. Of course, there are also plenty of flowers and garden tours for local green thumbs. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral, near the intersection of Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. It's free. 202/537-3185.

Diverse sounds
For anyone who thinks Jewish music is confined to synagogue prayers, the Third Washington Jewish Musical Festival should dispel those notions. A quick look through the acts bears this out. There's Soulfarm (folk rock with a Middle Eastern flavor), Satlah (avante-garde jazz), Golem (klezmer) and Robyn Helzner (traditional Hebrew, Yiddish and other folk songs), to name a few. Check out the music at 7:30 tonight, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, and 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets are $5 to $20. 800/494-8497.

Tap in time
Prepare for a little bit of everything when tap companies Tappers with Attitude and Step Aside Tap Company join forces in a night of unique dance. These young performers tackle the blues, gospel music, hip-hop, a cappella pretty much every type of traditional and nontraditional tap style around. Check it out at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $30. 202/269-1600.

Behind the music
Jackie Wilson went through a number of highs and lows in his life as a musician, before suffering a major heart attack in 1975 that left him hospitalized until his death nearly a decade later. Had his career not been cut so abruptly, there's no telling what direction his music may have taken. As it is, he left behind plenty of hit songs, including "Lonely Teardrops," "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" and "Higher and Higher." Hear these songs and more in a musical version of Mr. Wilson's life in "The Jackie Wilson Story" at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $25.50-$37.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Photographers Milton Greene and Art Kane were friends in the 1950s and '60s, as they photographed numerous pop-cultural legends. Before now, though, their works, which include famous snapshots of Marilyn Monroe, the Who, Bob Dylan and others, have never been shown together. See these works at their first D.C. showing from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at Govinda Gallery, 1227 34th St. NW. Admission is free. 202/333-1180.

Sign of the times
Learning a new language can sometimes be difficult, but not in the hands of David Parker. He brings audiences to their feet with his love of sign language, teaching children and their parents how to sign the words to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" or how to proclaim their love of french fries. Prepare to laugh and learn with him at 11 a.m. and 1 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.

Famous Figaro
Whether a longtime opera lover or a first-time listener, it's hard to go wrong with "The Barber of Seville" ("Il Barbiere Di Siviglia"). Rossini's classic story about mistaken love and mistaken identity has a score that even non-opera buffs will likely recognize, along with Figaro, one of the more entertaining figures in operatic history. Watch the Virginia Opera perform it at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $40-$76. 703/218-6500.
Derek Simmonsen

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