- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

Big Birthday

Nearly 400 years ago (395 to be precise), settlers founded what would become the first permanent English colony in the new world: Jamestown. Visitors to the area during this anniversary will have a unique chance to see both the original site and to learn how those early colonists survived at a living history museum that re-creates the settlement. Check out the original site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Jamestown Island, Va. It's free. 757/229-1773. Then take part in history from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Jamestown Settlement Museum, on Route 31 South at Colonial Parkway. Admission is $5.25 to $10.75. 888/593-4682.

Antique rhymes

When anonymous poets sat down to write odes to spring and love back in the 13th century, they could have hardly known how long their works would last. Nearly 700 years later composer Carl Orff set the ancient texts to music, creating "Carmina Burana," one of the most popular choral works in the world. Hear the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra bring those ancient texts to life at 8 p.m. Saturday at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville. Tickets are $25. 301/840-0008.

Young country

Local fans of country music have probably come across Katy Benko before. She started performing at age 7 and by her teens was singing in clubs around the area, even opening for Kenny Rogers, Brooks and Dunn and Brad Paisley. Now in her college years, her voice has continued to mature, and her stage presence has become more assured. See her open for Willie Nelson, Lonestar and Sarah Evens at WMZQFest at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Road, Bristow. Tickets are $12.50 to $42. 202/432-SEAT.

Tales of the brew

It's a bit of a stretch to consider beer drinking high adventure, but listening to author Alan Eames, the "Indiana Jones of beer," is as close as one can get. He's traveled the Egyptian desert and the mountain peaks of Peru in search of the right brew and distills what he's found in two lectures entitled "The Secret Life of Beer: Legends, Lore and Little Known Facts." Leave the children behind and prepare to learn about (and taste) exotic beers of the world at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Tickets are $15. 202/226-4082.

Caught in traffic

Sabine Carlson's paintings should be a familiar sight to D.C. residents. In her exhibition, "Repairs," she paints construction barrels in oil on canvas, endowing them with a sense of mystery and wonder they do not ordinarily have. Perhaps seeing her work will make those long commutes a little easier. Her paintings are on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at Gallery 10 Ltd., 1519 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/232-3326.

One moment in time

Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre hopes to take audiences on a time-traveling trip this weekend, with dances from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. First there's "Grant Us Courage…Grant Us Peace," her response to September 11. It's followed by works such as "Care to Dance?" about grand ballroom dancing, and "Battleground," which explores the role of women during the Civil War. See the group at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets are $20. 703/413-3811.

Brotherly love

Long before the Farrelly brothers, Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey started tackling comedy, the Marx Brothers were putting the country in stitches. "The Cocoanuts," for instance, puts Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo in Florida during the real estate boom of the 1920s. The plot involves confused lovers, stolen jewels, crazy hotel guests and plenty of slapstick comedy besides. Check out a staged version of the classic film at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. Tickets are $14 to $17. 703/683-0496.

It's her day

Whether a new mother or a proud grandmother, this weekend is all about moms. Why not treat yours in style with a range of activities in the area? There's a Mother's Day tea at 4 p.m. Saturday at Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie. Tickets are $17. 301/809-3089. Or take a wildflower walk at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ford Nature Center, 5700 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. It's free, but reservations are required. 703/838-4829. Finally, consider a Mother's Day Cruise at 11 a.m. and 1, 3, 5 and 6 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Lake Accotink Park Road, Springfield. Tickets are $3.50 to $7. 703/569-3464.

Derek Simmonsen

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