- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Kwanzaa’s spirit

The Kennedy Center hosts its eighth annual “Spirit of Kwanzaa” celebration on Sunday in the Concert Hall. As he has in the past, Fabian Barnes, founder and artistic director of the Dance Institute of Washington, directs this year’s program, which includes turns by the Washington Reflections Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem and the KanKouran West African Dance Company Drummers. Performances are at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 through $15. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Race for a cause

Looking for a brisk afternoon run on New Year’s Eve? Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has a nice course for you. The 9th Annual MADD Red Ribbon 5K Run will be held along Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria to benefit MADD in Northern Virginia. The run is open to everyone from seasoned runners to children and even some walkers. Registration is $25 and prizes will be awarded to top finishers. The race starts at 4 p.m. The starting line and runner registration is at the Holiday Inn, 2460 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria. 703/352-3944

Young and famous

They have won numerous music awards and their public appearances across the country have caused near riots and building shutdowns: All this from four guys under the age of 18. B2K, which stands for “boys of the new millennium,” burst onto the music scene in 2002 and the group’s popularity has only grown over the past year. The boys play two shows, at 4 and 8 p.m., at DAR Constitution Hall on Tuesday. Tickets are $35.50. 18th and D streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

A bang-up start

Old Town Alexandria ushers in the new year with a bang with First Night Alexandria on Wednesday. From bluegrass and choral music to face painting and fireworks, the evening is packed with entertainment for the whole family. For admission to all of the evening’s events you must have a First Night badge which also doubles as a coupon for many establishments in Alexandria. The events begin at 6 p.m. and last until the midnight fireworks. Badges are $15. 703/838-4200, ext. 210.

Tickle the ivory

With more than 36 recordings, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin has performed all over the world. He gives a rare free performance at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday at 7 p.m. West Garden Court, West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6941.

Da Vinci unplugged

Da Vinci’s Notebook has entertained crowds all over the country for the past decade with a fun blend of a cappella music. The foursome is cutting back on its touring, though, and beginning next year they will be a rare ticket. Before they end it all, they will be performing at the Birchmere on Sunday. Tickets are $22.50. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. (703) 549-7500

Dickens blended

No Broadway show is safe from the Round House Theatre’s annual production “A Broadway Christmas Carol.” Every year multiple Broadway shows are spoofed and blended to recreate the Dickens Christmas classic in new and funny ways. Performances continue through Sunday. Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $33 to $39. East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. 240/644-1100.

Be the background

Did you ever want to be part of a live concert recording? Jammin’ Java and the folk group “We’re About 9” offer you the chance this Sunday. They will be recording new songs for an upcoming album and your screams and whistles could make the cut. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Thomas Walter

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