- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 13, 2003

All in the stars
Tragic love haunts the District Tuesday through Feb. 23 as the American Ballet Theatre stages Sir Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet." ABT's agglomeration of some of the finest dancers in the nation has earned it a reputation for beauty, grace and elegance. Don't miss this ballet standard in its first engagement at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $27 to $72, much less than a Metroliner ticket to Manhattan. 202/467-4600.
Medieval mayhem
Love is in the air as the Folger Consort and the vocal trio Trefoil celebrates Valentine's Day with a selection of virtuoso songs and instrumental works from the 14th century. The ballati and istampiti help create luscious harmonies and rustic tunes that will whisk anyone away to a medieval court. "Medieval Tales" performance times are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $27. 202/544-7077.
Croonin' country
He's the winner of 17 Country Music Association awards and 14 Grammies. Now Vince Gill brings his pop-traced country hits at 7 p.m. Sunday to the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, just days after the release of his new album, "Next Big Thing." What is the singer's next big thing? Find out. Tickets are $40. 202/393-0930.
Surf on your own turf
There's no need to simply admire the goods at Georgetown's Washington Harbour any longer. The Washington Boat Show drops anchor today at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth Street and New York Avenue NW, and doesn't cruise out until Monday. With more than 500 boat models, electronics and accessories, why wait any longer when you could be rollin' down the river? Stop by between noon and 9:30 p.m. today and tomorrow; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday. Tickets are $4 to $9. 703/823-7960.
The Irish have it
Contemporary Irish songs are an oft-underappreciated sect of modern music. But stop by Jammin' Java at 8 p.m. Tuesday for a delightful collaboration between Celtic music's brightest rising stars. Brothers Niall and Cillian Vallely play the concertina and uillean pipe, respectively, providing an eerily whimsical background for Karan Casey's chillingly thoughtful vocals. Check it out at 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. Tickets are $15. 703/255-1566.
Holiday legacy
New Orleans jazz vocalist Troi Bechet sizzles up the stage at the John Addison Concert Hall portraying Baltimore native Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill." This touching cabaret tribute to the diva of jazz explores the dusk of Miss Holiday's extraordinary career during the spring of 1959 before her death. The blues start at 8 p.m. Saturday at Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. Tickets are $12 to $15. Please note that parental discretion is advised. 301/203-3803.
Broadway's beloved, Tony award-winning musical "Rent" sings its way into the District this weekend at the Warner Theatre. Come explore the lives, loves and challenges of a group of friends in lower Manhattan as they question friendship, vocation, love and death. Performances are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. See what the fuss is about at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. But warning: "Rent" gets evicted Sunday Tickets are $26.50 to $64. 202/432-SEAT.
Birthday blowout
The Father of our Country is turning 271 and Mount Vernon believes that's worth more than one extra candle on the cake. Celebrate George Washington's birthday presidential-style at the estate of Washington and his wife at the south end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Feast on Washington's favorite type of old-fashioned pancakes on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon. Then stick around until 1:30 p.m. and enjoy "America's Smallest Hometown Parade." These events are included in the $5 to $11 price of admission. But if you come back on Monday, admission is absolutely free. Meet ol' George in the flesh (or a good imitation) and watch the wreath-laying ceremony at his tomb at 10 a.m. 703/780-2000.
Dark and dirty
Travel back to the Reagan-era downtown via the artistic mastery of Joseph Mills. Mr. Mills' photographs were made on expired photographic paper and varnished to capture a true "inner city" feel. The exhibit begins Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $3 to $5 a person, $8 per family, and free after 5 p.m. Thursday. 202/639-1700.
Stephanie K. Taylor

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