- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 4, 2003


The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players bring their opera divas and comedians to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center for a production of “Pirates of Penzance.” The troupe is known for its progressive staging, and this show includes intricate choreography and the latest in special effects. You can catch the show at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $20 to $65. 703/218-6500.

A different view

Northeast D.C. doesn’t make it on the guided tour list too frequently, but from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, you can explore the historic houses and gardens of the Brookland area. There are 10 homes and gardens to view, including the Franciscan Monastery Gardens and the Island Jims Tropical Gardens. Tickets are $12 to $15, and may be purchased at the Brookland Visitor Center, 3420 9th St. NE. 202/526-4848.


There’s entertainment for all ages at this weekend’s Celebrate Fairfax festival. Live music will be provided by the likes of Everclear, Uncle Kracker and others. Children can enjoy carnival rides, petting zoos and other activities. Tickets are $7.50 to $10. Stop by between 6 p.m. and midnight tomorrow, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. 703/324-3247. www.celebratefairfax.com.

In short, everything

The Reduced Shakespeare Company expands upon its dramatic specialization as it performs “All the Great Books (abridged)” starting Tuesday at the Kennedy Center. A comedic compendium of some of the world’s greatest literary works, the play gives new meaning to the term educational theater. Class is in session at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 1. Tickets are $36 to $41. Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

A la natural

Put on your classiest threads and head to…a lawn party? That’s right — it’s time for the annual Wolf Trap Gala, the D.C. area’s largest black-tie lawn party. And “Natural Woman” Aretha Franklin headlines the event. It is Miss Franklin’s last official tour, so respect yourself at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $20 to $34. 703/218-6500.

Modern movement

Marsden Hartley is considered to be one of the greatest early American modernists. And you can view a wide selection of his work, from his early post-impressionist Maine landscapes to his abstract pre-war and wartime Berlin paintings to his late primitivist paintings of Maine, at the Phillips Collection’s new exhibit, starting Saturday through Sept. 7. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Weekend admission $4 to $7.50. Weekdays by contribution. 1600 21st St. NW. 202/387-2151.


The Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, hosts a night of free film screenings at 8 p.m. next Thursday to celebrate work devoted to encouraging democracy and protecting human rights. The embassy will screen three films: “Dark Side of the World,” “Valley of the Last Mujahedeen” and “One World Film Festival,” which explore the Russian occupation of Grozny, life in post-Taliban Afghanistan and a film festival devoted to human rights. 202/274-9105.

Family fun

Georgetown’s Family Day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, might be the only time to get something for nothing from the famously expensive NW neighborhood. For a few hours, scavenger hunts at Dumbarton House, walking tours, and a Civil War encampment and fashion show at the C&O; Canal Visitors Center are just that — free. A complete schedule is available at the Georgetown Visitor’s Center, 3242 M St. NW. 202/333-1600.

Hot, hot, hot

Just as summer heats up, it’s Hot 99.5’s anniversary show. The radio station has assembled Jewel, Wayne Wonder, Amanda Perez and Lillix, among others, to celebrate. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $25 to $40. 202/432-SEAT.


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, whose influences range from ballet to musical theater, premieres a new work, “Full Grown Man,” set to music by none other than post-modern rocker Beck, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The troupe also will perform Jim Vincent’s “Counter/part,” Danny Ezralow’s “Super Straight is Coming Down,” and Nacho Duarto’s “Cor Per Dut.” Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $10 to $30. 703/218-6500.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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