- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2003

Never-never land
The whimsical boy who refused to grow up visits the oh-so-serious District this weekend with the Washington Ballet's presentation of "Peter Pan." The rules of physics cease to apply in this production where dancers truly fly and crocodiles dance. Embrace the child within at 7 p.m. tomorrow, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Take the second star to the right and go straight on 'til morning right to the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. Tickets are $45 to $60. 202/432-SEAT.

No time for a siesta
Sizzle your Sunday afternoon away at a "Fiesta of Spanish Music" at the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. An accomplished group of artists Guadalupe Kreysa, Giancarlo Baci, Manuel Melendez Juarez, Jose Sacin, Maria Isolina, Jose Caceres and Marija Temo will perform Spanish songs, arias, piano solos and dances. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted. 202/332-3133.

That's amore
Multi-tasking takes on a new meaning as a New York socialite manages her children, plans a dinner menu, gossips with friends and flirts with a lover all while taking an Italian lesson in Ruth Draper's monologue, "The Italian Lesson." To add delight to a treat, Deborah Kent will sing the operatic version of this story following the monologue. "The Italian Lesson and Other Divertissements" opens tomorrow at the Theatre Outback, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md., and runs until Feb. 16. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $22. 410/772-4900.

Prima donna
In vogue with the latest trend of big-name acts performing at alternative venues in Washington, the Donnas will do the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Strong drums and guitar work play backup to sassy vocals in this all-girl rock band, so stop by. Tickets are a mere $15. 202/393-0930.

You don't have to go to Athens to see Greece. Underpaid government bureaucrats can opt for the cheaper route and learn about the culture and view prolific cinematography at the National Museum of Women in the Arts' Greek Cinemafest. Travel to Alexandria with a Greek mother and daughter as they face the mother's secret past on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the screening of "Alexandria." On Wednesday at 7 p.m., a deceptively stable marriage must confront a hidden crisis in "Quartet in 4 Movements." The festival continues until Feb. 9. The museum is located at the intersection of New York Avenue and 13th Street NW. Tickets are $4 to $6. 202/783-5000.

Virginia is for lovers and so is chocolate. And you can get your endorphins racing at Fairfax's Chocolate Lovers Festival Saturday and Sunday. View chocolate sculptures, learn about the history of this all sumptuous delicacy and sample, sample, sample. Events are held at a variety of times and locations and prices for each event varies. But it's worth the drive. www.chocolatefestival.net. 703/293-7120.

Music to my ears
The Kennedy Center Jazz Club begins this weekend, bringing great jazz to town for moderately low prices. The bluesfest starts today as the D.D. Jackson Trio performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Things heat up as the James Carter Trio takes the stage tomorrow and Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. And the truly superb thing is, the KC will continue to bring new acts to town every weekend until March 1. The KC Jazz Club is in the Education Resource Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $22.50. 202/467-4600.

What's in a name
A rose by any other name actually might not smell as sweet, at least according to best-selling novelist Christopher Buckley. Mr. Buckley will discuss the importance of a good title, and how he comes up with so many good ones, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The good news is that the ticket price is manageable: $12 to $16. 202/639-1770.

The seen and unseen
From Esther to the woman at the well, female personalities make up a startingly low percentage of all people mentioned in the Bible and consequently have been the source of extensive recent scholarship. Now 19 contemporary artists have attempted to flesh out these women, from the iconic to the unnamed, in order to challenge the traditional perceptions. "Archetype/Anonymous: Biblical Women in Contemporary Art" opens on Wednesday and runs until June 22. Stop by the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW, and be challenged. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 202/518-9400, Ext. 208.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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