- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

Teen idol
If would be hard to find a teenager who doesn't know who skateboarder Tony Hawk is, even if parents may draw a blank on the name. The so-called ambassador of action sports has made a name for himself in the skating world, with a successful line of products, video games and world records to his name. Now he has a traveling show filled with motocross, skateboarding and music sort of a Ringling Bros. for the next generation. Catch Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Tickets are $28 to $78. 202/432-SEAT.

Tickling the keys
Pianist Jeffrey Kahane is perhaps best-known for his versatility. The acclaimed musician tackles works from Bach to Gershwin and is celebrated not only for his soloing skill, but for his work behind the baton as well. Hear him play works by Debussy, Chopin and others at 7 p.m. Sunday at the National Gallery of Art's West Building, West Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It's free. 202/842-6941.

Double time
Conventional wisdom says you can't play a guitar like a piano, but conventional wisdom hasn't met Stanley Jordon. The jazz artist has perfected his own unique style of guitar playing that allows him to play two lines at once, much as a pianist does, or even to play two guitars at the same time. See why he's such a popular live performer when he shows off his skill at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $23. 202/337-4141.

Class act
As a teacher, W. Michael Bartman III gets to grade his students all the time. Now it's the students' turn to grade their teach, when his work goes on display at Yellow Barn Gallery (where he serves as assistant director). The local artist specializes in landscapes, and his colorful works are worth a look and should merit good marks from spectators. See them from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Admission is free. 301/492-6229.

On the move
The Georgian State Dance Company's performances aren't just art they're an aerobic workout. The energetic troupe depicts everyday life in its native Georgia (not the peach state) through dance routines that carefully balance vigorous moves with elegance. The upbeat production takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday at George Mason University Center for the Arts, at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. Tickets are $20 to $40. 703/218-6500.

Pan on stage
Long before Disney immortalized the boy who doesn't want to grow up, "Peter Pan" thrived on the stage. The spirit of J.M. Barrie's original story about never-never land, pirates and lost boys comes to life in Center Stage's current production of the children's classic. See it at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Head Theater, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. Tickets are $15 to $50. 410/332-0033.

Army's best
The U.S. Army is the best in the world, so why shouldn't its entertainers be the same? The U.S. Army Soldier Show "Freedom" features active-duty troops performing country, classic jazz, rock, pop, hip-hop and plenty of patriotic songs in a revue aimed at both parents and children. See it one night only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. 703/806-6393.

From screen to stage
The opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors" has the odd distinction of being the first opera written for television, but that shouldn't be construed as an indicator of quality. After all, it premiered in 1951, long before "Fear Factor" and "Survivor" took to the airwaves, and has been a holiday favorite ever since. Hear the George Washington University Music Department perform the tale of a crippled boy who encounters the three biblical wise men at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Suggested donation is $4 to $8. 202/994-6245.

Derek Simmonsen

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