- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2003

'Stomp' your heart out
Paint buckets, brooms, garbage cans and wheel rims: No, it's not the junk in the garage, but rather the "instruments" in the popular percussion revue "Stomp." Eight performers bang away on various items of trash from a New York City street for almost two hours in this rhythm fest. The show will bang through Baltimore next at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 and 9 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and 7 p.m. on Feb. 2. All performances are at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $29 to $47.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Something old, something new
Naysayers who thought classical music could never be fresh should drop by the Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW, at 8 p.m. on Saturday for Red Priest's presentation of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." This British group is devoted to creative re-composition of baroque music to produce a show that is anything but dull. Tickets are $22 to $26. 202/965-2000.

Spain's best and lightest fandango their way through Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW, during George Washington University's Flamenco Festival. The festival kicks off with the Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras' original flamenco production of "Mariana Pineda" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then gypsy purebloods Juana Amaya and Farruquito perform "Por Derecho" at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The extravaganza concludes at 8 p.m. on Feb. 7 with a performance by flamenco guitarist Tomatito. Tickets are $20 to $50. 202/737-4941.

Open your eyes
Genoese artist Raimondo Sirotti's abstract landscapes of Liguria use startling colors and forms to express not only the spirit of his native land but also the universal human spirit. Well-known for his tapestries in the foyer of the Carlo Felice Opera House in Genoa, he will exhibit his paintings beginning Wednesday until Feb. 22 at Gallery 10 Ltd., 1519 Connecticut Ave., NW. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday until Saturday. 202/232-3326.

Mozart meets Malaysia
East meets west at the Takacs Quartet's performance at the Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th St., SW, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The well-known string quartet will perform Western standards such as Mozart's String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major , as well as Su Tan's string quartet, a piece inspired by the traditional gamelan music of Malaysia. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or one hour before the event begins at the auditorium door. 202/432-SEAT.

Movies can provide a telling glimpse into a country's culture, fears and longings. That's evident from the New York African Film Festival, which sets up this weekend at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The festival, for ages 18 and over, highlights outstanding current African films, which cover themes from village superstition to the Rwandan genocide. Screenings are free with museum admission, which is $5 to $7. The museum is on Art Museum Drive, off the 3100 block of N. Charles Street, Baltimore. 410/396-6486.

Fishin' for Fishman
Parts blues, rock and pop, the Howard Fishman Quartet breaks the boundaries of traditional jazz for a sound that is a bit folksy but refreshingly unique. The group's latest work adds drums to their usual violin/trumpet/guitar combo to infuse an edgier vibe. Check out these Brooklyn boys on Monday at 8:30 p.m. at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $10. 703/522-8340.

The sound of Europe
A musical revue doubles as a fashion show as the Duquesne University Tamburitzans take the stage this weekend. The group sings, dances and plays instruments such as the bandura, all the while wearing more than 600 costumes, many of which are originals. The show material draws from the traditions of Eastern Europe and includes music sung in its original language. Stop by at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bishop Ireton High School, Whaley Hall, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria (703/218-6500). Or at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Tickets are $18-$30. 301/279-5301.

The new source
Botox, face-lifts and tummy tucks what's next in the search for the fountain of youth? The Washington Performing Arts Society offers an alternative in the world premiere of the experimental opera, "The Nitrate Hymnal." This multi-media production catalogs the lives of a couple who hope to preserve their youth by compulsively filming their lives via home video. See it at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday or Saturday at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Auditorium, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Tickets are $15, but Thursday's performance is a pay-what-you-can preview. 202/785-WPAS.
Stephanie K. Taylor

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