- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 31, 2002

Softer Spike
Spike Lee has told tales about Malcolm X, the Son of Sam killer and the Million Man March, but his latest opus is about a rambunctious toddler. He wrote the children's book "Please, Baby, Please" with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, and illustrator Kadir Nelson. The book shows a more tender side of the often controversial director. Mr. Lee is just one of many authors at the Kennedy Center's Multicultural Children's Book Festival, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. It's free. 202/467-4600.

Live dead
The surviving members of the Grateful Dead will be playing as the Other Ones at the MCI Center in mid-November, but music fans who want a Dead fix now should check out Dark Star Orchestra. The band re-creates original Grateful Dead shows in their entirety, down to period instruments and set lists from actual shows. Hear Dark Star Orchestra play at 9 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $20. 703/237-0300.

Flip for Flip
Don't worry hypnotist Flip Orley isn't trying to get you to quit smoking or go on a diet at least not while he's at the Improv. The comic hypnotist uses improvisational comedy and audience participation to create a show that is constantly changing and often side-splittingly funny. See him at 8:30 p.m. tonight and 8 and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday (he plays through Nov. 10) at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15 to $17. 202/296-7008.

Southern bond
She's a cantankerous Southern matron; he's her endlessly patient black chauffeur. The odd friendship that develops between Miss Daisy and her driver is at the heart of the popular "Driving Miss Daisy," a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that was made into the popular Oscar-winning film. See it in its final weekend at 8 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Saturday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Tickets are $15 to $35. 301/924-3400.

Simple life
Artist Polly Haecker's subjects are pretty simple a vase of flowers, a pile of apples on a table but her execution makes her paintings interesting. In "Still Life," she exhibits a collection of, well, still-life oil paintings that use subtle colors and careful placement to create images of beauty. See her works from noon to 6 p.m. today through Saturday and meet her from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Spectrum Gallery, 1132 29th St. NW. Admission is free. 202/333-0954.

Oodles of art
Trying to find good local arts events? Look no further than Art-O-Matic, which brings together dance, theater, art, music (roughly 200 local bands) and just about everything else for a month-long celebration of D.C. culture. The popular event (returning after a two-year absence) runs from noon to midnight tonight, noon to 1 a.m. tomorrow and Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 30) at the Waterfront, 401 M St. SW. Admission is free. 202/661-7582.

Healing hands
The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery end their residency in Towson, Md., this weekend with a celebration of Tibetan history, music and dance. The appropriately named "Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing" features Buddhist lamas performing ancient rituals, singing in multiphonic fashion (they can sing three notes in a chord simultaneously) and playing traditional instruments, including the 10-foot-long dunchen trumpets. See them at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Stephens Hall theatre at Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson. Tickets are $7 to $15. 410/704-2787.

Dream a dream
With a 62-piece orchestra, famed soloists and a 190-member chorus, it's safe to say the Choral Arts Society of Washington's latest show is no small production. The ensemble tackles Edward Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius," a musical chronicle of the final hours, death and afterlife of an old man. Hear why critics call it Elgar's masterpiece at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $16 to $48. 202/467-4600.

Haunted hollow
Almost every town has some famous ghoul or ghost that makes residents quiver, and the Goatman has long been a popular local urban legend. Take a trip down to "Goatman Hollow" to celebrate Halloween from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at 42nd Avenue and Oliver Street in Hyattsville. Tickets are $5. 301/442-4670.
Derek Simmonsen

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