- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

Late Start
Musicians may be becoming stars at younger and younger ages, but folk and gospel singer Kate Campbell didn't go professional until she was in her 30s. The maturity shows on her five studio albums, works that are brought alive through her prodigious skills as a storyteller. Hear the Nashville singer spin some of her favorite musical yarns at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jammin' Java, 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. Tickets are $12. 703/255-1566.

Historic dance
Seeing a performance from local troupe Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble is like taking a mini-history lesson on Mexico's past. They perform the drum-driven dances of the pre-Spanish tribes, Guerrero dances brought on by the California Gold Rush and Yucatan styles that fuse the old with the modern. See the group in action at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 7 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Tickets are $12. 703/204-3466.

Like a rock
It's hard enough to imagine a 35,000-pound block of marble, yet alone have a plan to transform it from a hunk of rock into art. But that's exactly what local artist Pamela Soldwedel does all the time, creating massive works of art that are tributes to the awe-inspiring power of nature. See seven new abstract sculptures by her on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Corporate Centre at Tysons II, 1600 Tysons Blvd., McLean. No admission charge. 800/337-8907.

Enter the dragon
Dragon boat racing is a 2,000 year old sport in China, but the Potomac River has not yet played host to this ancient form of competition. That's all about to change this weekend as eight 45-foot long dragon boats (painted to resemble the mythical beasts) will carry roughly 40 teams, with each boat holding 20 paddlers at one time. Check out the excitement from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday between the Key Bridge and Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave. NW. It's free to watch. 202/298-9222.

Dragon junior
Speaking of dragons, PBS has created a new children's TV show called "Dragon Tales" that harks back to the glory days of "Sesame Street." Don't worry if it doesn't ring a bell your children can probably tell you all about the adventures of Cassie, Ord, Quetzal, Zak and the rest, and would probably love to see these characters brought to life in "Dragon Tales Live Missing Music Mystery." Treat the little ones to a night of dragon adventure at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 10:30 a.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $14 to $24. 202/432-SEAT.

Hidden spaces
As history artist Peter Waddell points out, most people are quite familiar with the exterior of the U.S. Capitol, but few people know of the beautiful treasures inside. In "Inside the Temple of Liberty," he displays original oil paintings that illustrate the history of the Capitol, including its days as a social haven during the 1800s. Visitors will be able to see the Capitol's original rotunda, early art that decorated the walls and a depiction of the massive toga-draped statue of George Washington that was removed because it was controversial. See his works from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Sunday at the Octagon Museum, 1799 New York Ave. NW. Admission is $3 to $5. 202/638-3105.

Pop goes the orchestra
Think of it as America's greatest hits. The Columbia Orchestra's "American Pops" concert features plenty of tunes that will sound familiar, such as Morton Gould's "American Salute," Duke Ellington's "Martin Luther King," Michael Daugherty's "Route 66" and three songs by big band leader Artie Shaw. Listen in at 8 p.m. Saturday at Howard Community College at Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $5 to $12. 410/715-0034.

With honor
There are any number of ways to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend. A September 11 tribute concert takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean (donations welcome, 703/356-0670); another concert, with the National Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Church, Chicago, the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters and others (to air live on PBS) takes place at 8 p.m. Sunday at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn (free, 202/467-4600). On Memorial Day itself there are free ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia side of Memorial Bridge, Arlington (202/737-2300); at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (202/433-2525); and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive NW (202/634-1568).
Derek Simmonsen

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