- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2003

‘Lake’ effectAs part of the Kennedy Center Tchaikovsky Festival, the Kirov Ballet continues its two-week stint at the Kennedy Center Opera House performing one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular ballets, “Swan Lake.” Based on a Russian fairytale, “Swan Lake” is one of the few ballets in which the score becomes as much a focal point as the dancer. Performances take place tonight through Sunday. Performances tonight, tomorrow and Monday are at 7:30 p.m. while showtimes Saturday are 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 through $110. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600. About faceKnown as “the man with the thousand faces,” Lon Chaney made his name in Hollywood by using his skills with makeup. His role in “False Faces” solidified his reputation as a makeup genius and a character actor — and is one of the only movies in which he is seen applying his own makeup. Films on the Hill begins its 2004 series with “False Faces” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Tickets are $5. 202/547-6839.Philly boysPhiladelphia is home to the Liberty Bell, the cheesesteak and the hip-hop superstars The Roots. But while you’ll have to travel north to see the bell and taste the cheesesteaks, The Roots are coming to the District with the rest of their Okayplayer music family. The Philly crew takes to the stage of the 9:30 Club tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.Road warriorFrom his days backing up the James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, to his current career as a solo artist, Maceo Parker is known as one of today’s best saxophonists. From blues to funk and alto to tenor, Mr. Parker has played it all and proved his versatility. He keeps a grueling tour schedule of more than 250 dates a year and he stops at the Birchmere tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/549-7500Six-string melodiesWhen Speidel, Goodrich, Goggin and Lille started out in 1983, they were told that they would never make it in the music business. Now, with thousands of live shows behind them, the acoustic foursome play to sell-out crowds all over the country. SGG & L, as fans know them, play the Barns of Wolf Trap Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.Bringing the noiseFrom broomsticks and lighters to bananas and ball point pens, the cast of “Stomp” can use almost anything to make a noise and a beat. With no plot and no dialogue, “Stomp” could be simply a barrage of noise, but in fact it is a choreographed movement of bodies and objects that culminates in a percussive explosion. “Stomp” starts at the Warner Theatre on Tuesday and continues through Jan. 18. Performance times vary and tickets are $26.50 to $46.50. 13th and E streets NW. 202/432-SEAT. Learn the waltzFor more than 60 years “A Salute to Vienna” has introduced audiences all over North America to the musical legacy of Johann Strauss Jr. The performance brings together some 75 musicians, singers and dancers in Viennese costume to perform the music of Strauss and his contemporaries. Johannes Wildner conducts the Strauss Symphony of America and is accompanied by the Vienna Opera Ballet at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Showtime is 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $35 to $67. 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410/783-8000.Digital to disposableLearn the best way to find camera angles, composition and portrait shots in a museum this Sunday when the Corcoran Gallery of Art hosts “Beyond The Frame: Photo Safari.” Presented by E. David Luria, director of the Washington Photo Safari, the session will give novice and pro photographers alike hands-on instruction. The “photo safari” starts at 10 a.m. and costs $50 to $55. Registration is required. 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 202/639-1700. — Thomas Walter

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