- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2002

Rough revenge
Ever really wanted to get even with someone bad? Probably not as bad as Iago, the scheming soldier who plots revenge on his superior, Othello, after being passed over for a promotion. He keeps his friends close and his enemies closer and weaves a web of jealousy and betrayal in the process. See Shakespeare's classic tale "Othello" performed at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Sunday and at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, with additional performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $25 to $41. 202/544-7077.

Vintage vino
For more than 20 years, local wine lovers have been marking the start of the summer season with the Vintage Virginia Festival. It's easy to see why. Participants can sample more than 350 different wines from local, national and international producers, find fine arts and crafts and enjoy a day's worth of free music in the process. Check it out from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Great Meadow, off of Route 17 in the Plains, Va. Tickets are $16 to $20, $13 to $16 for designated drivers and $5 for children. 202/432-SEAT.

Saucy sounds
Music fans who happen to come to shows with an empty stomach have a friend in Bill Wharton. The self-proclaimed "Sauce Boss" not only dishes up classic blues tunes, he literally dishes out gumbo to his audience. By his estimate, he's fed about 90,000 people since starting to play in the 1970s, even earning him a tribute from Jimmy Buffett. Watch him cook up his sauce as he sings the blues at 10 p.m. Saturday at Madam's Organ, 2461 18th St. NW. No cover, but drink minimum is $7. 202/667-5370.

Art that heals
Carolyn Manosevitz takes her art seriously. As the daughter of Jewish immigrants, she has set about trying to bridge the gap between Christians and Jews, and to reach the second generation of Holocaust survivors, in her mixed media art. In "Healing: A Personal Journey," she uses fine papers, silver mesh, translucent fabrics and other materials to create haunting abstract works. See them from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Dadian Gallery, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/885-8674.

Summer of jams
The Fort Reno concert series has become a D.C. institution by letting local residents see the cream of the indie and punk rock scene for free. D.C. Sessions, a new series launching this weekend and sponsored by Coca-Cola, may be able to replicate this success by giving fans of jam bands, funk and alternative rock a series to call their own. It kicks off with G. Love & Special Sauce at 5 p.m. Saturday on the steps of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and G streets NW. Admission is free. 202/471-4200.

Out late
Another summer series about to kick off is the Smithsonian Museum's family-focused "Art Night" evenings, offering extended hours to the Sackler and Freer Galleries, Hirshhorn Museum and the National Museum of African Art. Celebrate at 5 p.m. tonight with "Bright Lights, Big City," an interactive tour at the Hirshhorn that lets visitors become visual detectives, and stay to hear a free lecture on the "Metropolis" exhibition at 7 p.m. Meet at the information desk at the museum, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. Admission is free. 202/357-2700.

Energetic dance
If one word had to be used to describe choreographer Kris O'Shee it would likely be energy. Collaborating with women from City Dance Ensemble, she uses modern dance to explore the ways in which women have expressed themselves artistically throughout history. These works range from the premiere of "Three Part Invention: Women, War, the Piano," to "SiteVisit," a 1994 piece based on prehistoric female imagery. See these works and others when she performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $16. 202/269-1600.

Walk and learn
Get some much needed exercise this weekend and learn about art, politics and history with the 19th Annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend. Take a free tour of the Heurich Mansion (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW), view new photographs of Vietnam at Meridian International Center (1624 Crescent Place NW) and celebrate the magic of weaving, spinning and braiding at the Textile Museum (2320 S St. NW), among other activities. Events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday around the Dupont Circle area. Admission is free. Call 202/673-2402 for a complete schedule and more information.


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