- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2003

This week provides three opportunities for those who love to sing. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington, hosts a free "Messiah" singalong at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 703/527-8574. Or sing inside a cathedral. The Cathedral Choral Society leads a singalong of "Ein Deutsches Requiem" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Participants may bring their own scores or rent them for $1. Tickets are $5 to $7, and reservations are suggested. 202/537-5527. Or, if you prefer gospel, consider the Levine School of Music's Community Sing at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $5. You can add your voice to this choir at 2801 Upton St. NW. 202/686-9772.

Through the looking glass
Renowned glass artist Richard Marquis returns to Washington for his first exhibit in more than 20 years. Trained in Venetian glass techniques in Italy, Mr. Marquis also incorporates common objects into his colorful pieces of art. The exhibit runs until May 10 at the Maurine Littleton Gallery, 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 202/333-9307.

You never know what story your neighbor may have to tell. Round House Theatre apprentice Adam Mellema adapted for the stage 10 stories of local residents, some of whom survived World War II, endured prison for protesting the Vietnam War and played with the Kennedy children in the White House. "Washington Talks" will be performed at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Round House's Bushey Drive Center, 12210 Bushey Drive, Silver Spring. Suggested donations are $5 to $10 per adult at the door. 301/585-1225.

Egg hunts
Rain, snow or shine, at least two egg hunts will go on this weekend, both in Old Town Alexandria. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., and the Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., will hold their egg hunts indoors. Children should bring their own baskets and hunt for the tavern keeper's eggs, all the time learning about the history of Alexandria. The search is on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for one site are $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 and older, and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets to visit both sites are $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 and older and free for children 5 and younger. (703) 838-4242.

Mother Russia
First seen at the American Dance Festival in the summer of 2001, avant-garde Russian choreographer Tatiana Baganova brings her fresh dance-theater fusion to the Kennedy Center for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and April 24. Be cutting-edge at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $20. Afterward, company members lead a free post-performance discussion. 202/467-4600.

Spring into spring
Mount Vernon's blooming, and everyone can have a piece of the action at the Gardening Days fest, starting Saturday and continuing until May 4. Plant lovers can purchase boxwood cuttings from the estate grounds as well as flowers, plants, herbs and seeds from the greenhouse. Garden and landscape walking tours leave daily from the Mansion Circle at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. A guest herbalist discusses the art of making teas and balms Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Admission is $11 for adults, $10.50 for senior citizens, $5 for children ages 6 to 11 and accompanied by an adult, and free for children younger than 5. Garden Days hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 703/780-2000.

Family matters
James Taylor and Carly Simon's son brings his 21st-century brand of folk to the 9:30 Club at 9 p.m. tomorrow as the Ben Taylor Band opens for Dar Williams. Fresh from the release of its debut album in February, the band melds pop, rock and folk in easy tunes and thoughtful lyrics. Tickets are $25. Check it out at 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Hill staffers looking for a different breed of celebrity might wish to stop by the National Museum of Natural History at 7 p.m. Monday for a screening of the film "Confidence." Ed Burns stars as a con man indebted to the Mafia in this film, but the best part is that director-screenwriter James Foley answers questions before the screening. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for general admission. It's lights, camera, action at the Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/357-3030.

Stephanie K. Taylor



Click to Read More

Click to Hide