- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2003

Classical cantata
Founded in 1886 to promote fine music in the Washington area, the Friday Morning Music Club has a lengthy tradition. You can enjoy that tradition at its 15th annual Twelfth Night Concert. This year, the chorale will perform Franz Josef Haydn's "Cacilienmesse" and Anton Bruckner's Te Deum in C Major as well as an assortment of shorter selections. The concert will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, 16th and O Streets NW. It's free. 202/333-2075.

Everybody loves Lerman
His lyrics are tinged with sentimental ballads about lost love, but his pop-infused folk tunes are downright catchy. The best part is that Vienna, Va.-raised, Manhattan native Peter Lerman will return to his roots to perform songs from his debut CD, "Another One Just Like You." Mr. Lerman's new album has potential, so stop by the Iota Club, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, at 9 p.m. on Sunday so you can say that "you heard him when." Tickets are $8. 703/522-8340.

Just by looking at her
The mystery of women and the mikvah are explored in "The Mikvah Project," the latest exhibit at the Jewish Community Center Goldman Art Gallery. Janice Rubin's photographs of mikvahs (baths used by Jewish women for ceremonial cleansing) and portraits of Jewish women are combined with text gleaned from interviews with the subjects by Leah Lax in an attempt to capture the modern voice of Jewish women. He who has eyes, let him see, at 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The exhibit runs through Feb. 9. 301/881-0100.

Munchkin land
L. Frank Baum lovers and movie buffs alike will want to attend tomorrow's production of "The Wizard of Oz" by The Musical Theater Center. Actress Margaret Pellegrini, better known as "the flower pot lady" munchkin from the 1939 movie, will make a special appearance. Miss Pellegrini will reminiscence about the production of the movie at 7:30 p.m., perform in the show and sign autographs afterward. The event takes place at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville campus of Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Tickets are $15 to $20 for this performance only. 301/251-5766.

Something to sing about
Martin Luther King Day is rapidly approaching, and a plethora of events have been scheduled in his memory, including the Choral Arts Society's 15th annual tribute. The Howard University Choir, KanKouran West African Dance Company and others join the CAS for a concert with more than 400 performers. The tribute takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Tickets are $15. 202/244-3669.

Speak easy
Sharing can often be therapeutic; take it one step further and it's art. The Washington Storyteller's Theatre is calling all storytelling enthusiasts to participate in its "Story Slam," a competition for adults. Each contestant has five minutes to speak on "Pets, Parents, Plants and Kids: Things We Love (and Hate) to Take Care of." A panel of judges will determine the winner. So bring your best ideas at 8 p.m. on Tuesday to HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. Admission is $5. 301/891-1129.

Broadway's best
Grab your needles, because Broadway costume designer William Ivey Long is coming to Washington. Mr. Long, who was nominated for seven Tony awards and won three for "Nine," "Crazy for You" and "The Producers" will talk about his theatrical experiences. His credits also include "Hairspray," "Cabaret," "Seussical the Musical" and "Annie Get Your Gun." Stop by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW at 7 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are $15 to $20. 202/639-1770.

Death row drama
Husband-and-wife playwright team Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen spent three months traveling the country to interview 40 former death row prisoners who were exonerated. They took the stories of six of them and made a play starring Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow and Chad Lowe. "The Exonerated" has come to Washington's Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. The play opens Tuesday and runs through Jan. 19. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16.50 to $59. 202/432-SEAT.

Through the eyes of babes
It's always difficult to introduce children to the cruelty that exists in the world. But the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has begun to host a series of "Family Day" programs to provide Holocaust education for children 9 to 12 years old. On Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., the theme will be "Learning Through Song." Children and parents can take self-guided tours of the children's exhibition, hear performances by Capital Klezmer singer Frieda Enoch and folksinger/musicologist Jerry Silverman, and participate in art activities. Is it entirely pleasant? No. But is it important? Yes. The museum is located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. www.ushmm.org. 202/488-0400.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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