- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2003

Best of ballet

Ballet's A-list pirouettes across the stage of the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater for two weeks beginning Tuesday during the KC's International Ballet Festival. The American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Danish Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet share the stage during week one. The Miami City Ballet, Kirov Ballet and Adam Cooper and Company dance into week two. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until March 16. Tickets, going fast, are $45 to $95. The Kennedy Center is at F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.


I'll fly away

The winds of March will blow through Washington, and the Smithsonian Institution is ready. The Arts and Industries Building's colorful "Kites!" exhibit offers plenty of colorful reasons to grab a kite and head outdoors. Forty kites made by graphic designers and students around the country have been selected for display, starting Saturday until the end of the month. Stop by 900 Jefferson Drive SW, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. any day of the week. 202/357-4500.


Woof!

Songbird Regina Belle, sitcom actor Carl Payne, Carvin Winans of The Winans and David Ruffin Jr., son of the legendary Temptation, love, laugh and cry in T.J. Hemphill's gospel musical, "Lord, All Men Can't Be Dogs." The show, which takes a humorous look into an unsuspecting couple's life and home, opens Tuesday at the Warner Theatre. Check it out before March 9 at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Warner is at 13th and E streets NW. Tickets are $23.50 to $34.50. 202/432-SEAT.


Motown lane

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage turns 6 this year, and is throwing a truly worthy bash. Motown legends The Four Tops, who recorded "Baby, I Need Your Lovin' " and "I Can't Help Myself," take the stage at 6 p.m. Sunday. The KC expects to pack the house. It's absolutely free at F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.


Soulful sound

Sound Tribe Sector 9, whose music is a cocktail of funk, house and jazz, brings its unique sound to the 9:30 Club at 9 p.m. tomorrow. A musically evolving band, STS9 also continues to offer a soulful escape from reality. Tickets are $15 at 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.


Let freedom reign

Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani was briefly imprisoned in her homeland because her film "The Hidden Half" offended its rulers. The movie integrates romance, drama and feminism: An Iranian housewife must face her past as a student revolutionary after her husband becomes the lawyer for a woman accused of murder. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Freer Gallery of Art. See what the controversy is about at the Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th St. SW. It's free. 202/357-2700.


All things Irish

The Irish take to the streets of Old Town Alexandria Saturday in an early St. Patrick's Day celebration. The Washington Times' own Vern Parker judges a classic car show competition at 10 a.m. at the intersection of N. Royal and King streets, and a lighthearted dog show follows in Market Square. But the best comes when public officials, the Irish ambassador, local celebrities, Irish dancers and bands parade down King Street, beginning at the intersection of King and West streets, from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. It's free, so bring the family. www.ballyshaners.org. 703/237-2199.


Sweet harmony

After a 20-year hiatus, the Vienna Philharmonic returns to Washington to perform at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. An elite ensemble chosen from the best of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, they distinguish themselves by their use of period instruments. Monday night the Philharmonic will perform works by Strauss and Beethoven, and on Tuesday night they will perform selections by Schubert and Dvorak. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $95 to $150. 202/467-4600.


'Rent' party

Explore the creative process behind the making of Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning musical "Rent" via Mr. Larson's "tick, tick…BOOM!" at Baltimore's Mechanic Theatre. "Tick" gives us a young composer/waiter who pursues his dream of writing the great American musical amid pressures from his girlfriend and his successful best friend. The fun starts Tuesday and runs 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, until March 9. The Mechanic is at 1 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Tickets are $12.50 to $55. 202/432-SEAT.

Stephanie K. Taylor


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