- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 14, 2002

Storytelling day
The Decatur House welcomes the holiday season by hosting a storytelling day featuring stories by Edward Lear, a 19th century author who wrote "Book of Nonsense," "Nonsense Songs and Stories" and "Laughable Lyrics." Lear is perhaps best-known for his nonsensical limerick "The Owl and the Pussycat." Children and parents can sip hot chocolate as they hear the stories. Listen to Lear between 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. Suggested donation is $5. Reservations are required and can be made at 202/842-0918.

Native American Festival
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning about the rich traditions of Maryland's Native Americans at the Maryland Historical Society. During its Native American Heritage Festival, children and adults can learn to make paper canoes, wampum bracelets and copper necklaces. There will also be storytelling, dancing, drumming and singing. For empty bellies, there will be traditional foods. Catch this celebration between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. Admission is $7. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 410/685-3750, Ext. 321.

Jazz it up
There are more ways than one to warm up as nights are getting colder. One is to burn wood in the fireplace, another is to swing one's hips to the tunes of Brazilian jazz performed by the Joe Byrd Quintet at the Theatre at Washington, Virginia. In a musical tribute to the late Charlie Byrd, bass player Joe Byrd (his brother); Chuck Redd, vibes; Steve Abshire, guitar; Mike Shepherd, drums; and Robert Redd, piano, will perform Brazilian melodies. The tribute will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Theatre at Washington, Virginia, 291 Gay St. Admission is $15 for the general public, and $5 for students 18 and younger. 540/675-1253.

Washington Craft Show
The Washington Craft Show, as part of its 15th anniversary celebration, will bring together the works of 180 juried craft artists this weekend at the Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $11 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and free for children younger than 12. The event, produced by Crafts America in Greens Farm, Conn., will showcase work in many media, including baskets, fiber, jewelry, glass, metal, paper and wood. There will be a gala preview party, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today, to benefit Washington Hospital Center's Washington Cancer Institute. For information or gala reservations, call 202/877-6558. There will be two lectures tomorrow: 11 a.m. David McFadden, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design in New York, "Body and Soul: The Human Image in Contemporary Art"; and 2 p.m. Rick Snyderman, director and owner of Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia, "40 Years of Discovery and Trends in the Craft World: A Leading Gallery Owner Reflects." 202/371-4200 or www.craftsamericashows.com.

Celebrating the West Wing
No, it's not NBC's award-winning drama that's being celebrated at the White House Historical Society. It's the real thing, and it's turning 100 years old. "The West Wing: Workshop of Democracy," an exhibition of newly uncovered photographs and artifacts, is shown at the White House Visitor Center. Exactly 100 years ago, in November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt transformed and expanded the home to include perhaps its most famous portion, the West Wing. Other changes were made to the White House in the 20th century, all chronicled and displayed at the exhibit. The exhibit is open daily 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 2, 2003, at the White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is free. 202/737-8292.

The Cathedral sings
Music director J. Reilly Lewis invites all devotees of choral music to perform Vivaldi's "Gloria" and selections from Handel's "Messiah" in Washington National Cathedral during the Cathedral Choral Society's first "Cathedral Sings!" of the 2002-2003 season. Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets is also on the program. The event gives singers of all ages the opportunity to make music in one of Washington's greatest concert halls. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Reservations are suggested and can be made at 202/537-5527. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7; singers may bring their own scores or rent them for $1.

Picturing sculpture
"Picturing the Corcoran's sculpture: Photographs by David Finn," an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, explores the relationship between sculpture and photography. David Finn, an 81-year-old photographer, documented selections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art's world-renowned sculpture collection over a period of four years, capturing the essence of the works. Using a Hasselblad camera, he created large-scale, richly toned black-and-white images. The pictures not only portray the sculptures, but also reveal a new perspective on them. The images include Auguste Rodin's "Paolo and Francesca" and Frederic Remington's "Off the Range." The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday except Tuesday, and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays at the museum on New York Avenue and 17th Street NW. Admission to the Corcoran is $5 for adults, $8 for families, $3 for seniors; $1 for students with valid ID. 202/639-1800.

Gabriella Boston


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