- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2003


It’s fitting that telling the story of the “King of Pop” should take a musical format. “Michael Jackson and the Ghost of Ben” chronicles the life and troubles of Mr. Jackson at 8 tonight and tomorrow at Market 5 Gallery, Eastern Market, 7th and North Carolina streets SE. Jermaine Crawford, a finalist on “Apollo Kids,” stars as a young Michael Jackson. Tickets are $25. 240/676-9355.

Problem free

Kenny Chesney, a long-time favorite who has become one of the stars of country music, brings his rich baritone voice and rockin’ country sound to Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge at 7 p.m. Saturday. Mr. Chesney’s latest release, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” went triple platinum. Hear what all the fuss is about at 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). Tickets are $24.50 to $49.75. 202/432-SEAT.

Eating, American-style

Hear how American culinary appetites developed. At 7 tonight at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, food historian Barbara Haber presents “From Hardback to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals.” She shares stories ranging in topics from a Confederate Jewish woman’s chicken soup to the “Harvey Girl” waitresses to that crisp graham cracker. Tickets are $8 to $12. 202/639-1770.

Under the stars

Abandoning its traditional home at the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra has moved outdoors for the summer, appearing at the Wolf Trap Filene Center. At 8:15 p.m. tomorrow, the orchestra will perform, in conjunction with the Washington Chorus, “Carmina Burana” and “Clair de lune,” among others. Tickets are $16 to $34. Let classics serenade you at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Spirit, mind and body

It’s an estrogen double-header at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Avenue and 13th Street NW, as its new exhibit “Lesley Dill: A Ten Year Survey” opens tomorrow. Miss Dill’s art was transformed in 1990 after an encounter with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Her mixed-media works explore the intersection of the mind, body and spirit. The exhibit is one view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 14. Admission is $3 to $5. 202/783-5000.


See the work of both emerging and established area choreographers at Dance Place’s choreographer’s showcase this weekend. The program combines elements of modern, contact improv, physical comedy, hip-hop, capoeira, African and aerial dance. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $6 to $18. 202/269-1600.

Love lite

Mini Mo needs to lose serious weight and fast. Why? Because her ex-boyfriend is coming to town. So she enlists the aid of “Fatso” for dieting companionship. And the rest, of course, is history. “Love on a Diet” is part of the Freer Gallery of Art’s “Made in Hong Kong” film fest and you can gorge at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th St. SW. Just like true love, it’s free. 202/357-2700.

My favorite things

The hills come alive with the sound of the five-time Tony award-winning musical “The Sound of Music” as the Wolf Trap Filene Center presents the beloved family show. Hear favorites such as “Maria,” “Do-Re-Mi” and the title song at 8 p.m. Tuesday through July 19, and at 2 p.m. July 19 and 20. Tickets are $18 to $55. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Smooth sailing

The vikings may be gone, but there are still a few pirates around. The Pyrates Royale improv comedy group/musical troupe cajole and sing for guests as they eat a light picnic dinner and cruise through the Chesapeake Bay from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $35, and a portion of the proceeds benefits First Night Annapolis’ programs. Boarding begins at 6:45 p.m. at the City Dock, Dock Street, Annapolis. 410/268-8553.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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