- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

Patriotic spirit

One doesn't need to be a military historian to appreciate the "Spirit of America" show. The patriotic musical and live-action event showcases the history of the U.S. Army while letting units including the U.S. Army Drill Team, Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon and the U.S. Army Band perform their precision routines. Get in the patriotic spirit and check it out at 1 p.m. today, 10 a.m. tomorrow and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Tickets are free. 866/239-9425.

Price is right

Rhythm-and blues-singer Kelly Price worked behind the scenes for years as a backup vocalist for Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and Faith Evans before getting her big break singing on the Puff Daddy track "No Way Out." Now a platinum-selling superstar-in-the-making, Miss Price is touring in support of her third release, "Priceless." Hear her sing new tunes as well as some of her favorite hits when she plays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Tickets are $45. 410/783-8000.

Helping hands

A lot of people talk about how the Anacostia River needs to be cleaned up, but few are ready to do something about it. Now's the chance to make a difference as hundreds of local volunteers start building the Anacostia Riverwalk and trail as part of National Public Lands Day. Take part by clearing brush, planting trees, clearing trails and doing other work, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE. 800/865-8337.

Photographer's dream

Nine D.C.-area photographers took a two-week vacation in Cuba last summer as part of an arts exchange program with the communist nation. The results are on display in "Cuba," a country once described as a "photographer's dream" for its rich variety of culture and tropical beauty that often stands in sharp contrast to the nation's daily economic and political realities. See the photographs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Washington Works on Paper Gallery, 3420 Ninth St. NE. Admission is free. 202/526-4848.

Opera, Maryland-style

Take an afternoon of classical opera, put it outside and add tasty local seafood dishes and wine, and Opera on the Half-Shell is born. The first-ever festival features performances from soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, the Annapolis Orchestra and the Chesapeake Youth Chorale, along with a sampling of Eastern Shore specialties and wines. Even better, proceeds will benefit the Queen Anne's County Arts Council. Stop by after gates open at 2 p.m. Saturday at Conquest Preserve on Conquest Road, near Centreville, Md. Tickets are $35 to $40. 410/758-2520.

Merging dance

Celebrate along with Crossroads Dance Project as it marks its fifth anniversary with a night of favorite works. Known for mixing classical methods with modern dance, the company has tackled traditions from around the world, including works that explore love in the Old Testament, the role of women in Indian culture and the life of a young girl hiding from the Nazis. See the troupe at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Joy of Motion, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $10 to $12. 301/263-2861.

Living space

Before beginning those fall renovations, it would be a good idea to check out the Capital Home Show, a weekend-long expo that shows off the latest trends in home design. Not only can you talk to more than 350 exhibitors and get helpful advice on home redecorating, you also can meet Genevieve Gorder, a designer for TLC's popular show "Trading Spaces." Check it out from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Place Center, Chantilly. Admission is $3 to $8. 202/969-2976.

Influential work

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" is one of the best-known books in American literature, yet modern readers often skip over it. The classic story (written by Harriet Beecher Stowe) helped change the minds of many Americans about the institution of slavery and remains both an insightful history lesson and a dramatic story. See the American Century Theater present a rare stage version of the book at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets are $17 to $24. 703/553-8782.

Derek Simmonsen

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