- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2003

The gods among us

The gods meet the mortals this weekend, as the Wolf Trap Opera Company performs the North American premiere of Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s “Dardanus.” Forbidden love, magic and monsters surface in this opera from the French Baroque era, as mythical intervention leads to that rare happy ending. The charm begins at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $54, but ticket-holders are invited to a free discussion about the opera to be held in the Center for Education one hour before curtain. The Barns, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Fair fun

You can escape the honking horns, anxious Metro passengers and overall tense atmosphere of the District this weekend with the good old-fashioned Fauquier County Fair. In addition to amusement rides and arts and crafts vendors, folks can see a lawn mower tractor pull, racing pigs and strongman/strongwoman contest. (The brave might even participate in a few of these activities.) The fun lasts from noon to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Make the drive to 6209 Old Auburn Road, Warrenton, Va. Admission is $5. 800/385-9860, ext. 114.

European, the American way

See the American side of impressionism, through the new exhibit opening Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, “The Impressionist Tradition in America.” The exhibit explores American impressionism through paintings, sculptures and works on paper culled from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit is organized thematically, divided into segments: the urban scene, the rural landscape, John Singer Sargent and his impact and Gilded Age depictions of women, among others. The museum is at 17th Street and New York Avenue NW, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. Thursday, and is closed Tuesday. Admission is $3 to $5 per person, and $8 per family; free after 5 p.m. Thursday 202/639-1700.


It’s a metalhead’s dream: Rockers Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and the Deftones all at one show. From the hard-drivin’ chords of Metallica to the alternative influence of the Deftones, there are plenty of reasons to head to FedEx Field, Arena Road, Landover, at 3 p.m. tomorrow. And don’t forget the up-and-coming Mudvayne shares the stage. Tickets are $75. 202/432-SEAT.

The power of love

Noted Iranian director Dariush Mehruji illustrates the conflict in his culture between tradition and modernity in the film “Leila,” showing at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Arlington Central Library. Leila, a young woman deeply in love, allows her mother-in-law to convince her that her husband must take a second wife to produce an heir when the couple discovers that she is infertile. See the effects of both manipulation and the power of love at 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. It’s free. 703/228-4788.

Shakespeare punked

The Bard’s work has received many er, interpretations, and “Titus! the Musical?” is definitely in the running for the “Most Fun Interpretation” award. Kicking off the Source Theatre’s 23rd Annual Washington Theatre Festival, the play is a punk rock treatment of Shakespeare’s classic. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through July 26 at 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15. 202/462-1073.

All in the family

Nobody knows a person the way family does. Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, Grace Guggenheim presents two of her father Charles’ documentaries. Mr. Guggenheim was a noted documentary filmmaker who was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won four. Tonight you can see two of the films that brought the coveted statuettes home: “Robert Kennedy Remembered” and “A Time for Justice.” Tickets are $8 to $12. 202/639-1770.

Backstage pass

Youngsters aged 8 to 17 looking for ways to fill those empty summer days might wish to head to the University of District of Columbia, 3220 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, for Summerscope. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through July 25, both performers and jock superstars will hold a free entertainment and sports camp. Youth can practice their skills both on and off the court through workshops held by Walter McCarty and Malik Allen and get the inside scoop on the entertainment industry from those-in-the-know such as Kelly Rowland, Elektra, Lil’ Mo, Big Tigger J and Jaheim. Reservations are required, but walk-up registration is allowed on Monday and Tuesday as well. 888/579-5229. www.summerscopeonline.com.

Rising star

Add your voice to the choir: The Western Presbyterian Church is hosting a singalong at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of their annual Washington Summer Sings. Tuesday’s selection is the rewarding Brahms Requiem. So head to 24th and G streets, NW. Admission is $8, with a $2 fee for the music rental. 703/442-9404.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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