- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Big Bird and friends

The gang at “Sesame Street” has trained children how to count, spell and play musical instruments. Now, in their new live show, “Out of This World,” Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Ernie and the rest are teaching youngsters how everyone is the same regardless of where they come from. The show starts tonight at the D.C. Armory and continues through Sunday. Showtimes vary each day. Tickets are $13 to $23. 2001 E. Capital St., SE. 202/432-SEAT.

Lace up

Combining arresting art objects with brisk winter fun, the ice rink at the National Gallery Sculpture Garden ranks as one of the city’s top cold-weather attractions. Visitors can survey the surrounding sculptures while circling the icy oval and can take a hot-chocolate break at the Pavilion Cafe right next to the rink. The rink is open, weather permitting, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight; and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 to $6 and skate rental is $2.50. Seventh Street and Madison Drive NW. 202/289-3360.


Join nearly 2,500 other music lovers at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to create your own rendition of Handel’s “Messiah.” The annual singalong features choral groups and soloists, including the Metropolitan Chorus and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. The free tickets, two per person, are available now at the Kennedy Center box office, but call ahead to confirm they are still available. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

All-around entertainer

During her 30-year career, the Grammy- and Emmy-winning Cyndi Lauper has released 10 albums and starred in numerous television shows and movies. Miss Lauper’s newest release is “At Last.” She makes a solo appearance at the 9:30 Club tomorrow night. Tickets are $35. Showtime is 8 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Popcorn, anyone?

The AFI Silver Theater’s “Naughty and Nice” series of 16 movies has a movie for every member of the family. The fare ranges from classics like “A Christmas Story” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” to not-so-recent blockbusters with Christmas tie-ins like “The Godfather” and “Die Hard.” The series begins tomorrow and runs through Jan. 1. The film schedule varies each evening. Tickets are $7.50 to $8.50. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720.

Boys from ‘Bama

After nearly 60 years in the business, the Blind Boys of Alabama are proving that age doesn’t matter when it comes to good music. The R&B group recently released a new CD, “Higher Ground,” which critics say is destined for awards. The “boys” play a Christmas show at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on Saturday with special guests Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples and John Medeski. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45. 21st and H Streets NW. 202/994-6800.

From steam to gasoline

See a 1950s subway car from Chicago or a 250-ton locomotive named “1401” at the National Museum of American History’s newest exhibit, “America on the Move.” The exhibit follows the history of transportation from 1876 to 1999 with more than 300 historical artifacts and numerous multimedia exhibits. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 202/357-2700.

Local laughing stock

When Jim Gaffigan graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in finance, he never thought he would end up a comic. But through cartoons, television, movies and a steady string of stand-up tours, Mr. Gaffigan has made people laugh all over the world. He’s brought his quirky sense of humor and his offbeat characters to the DC Improv and will continue through Sunday. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15 to $17. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/296-7008.

Thomas Walter

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