- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2003

Stepping forward
French singing sensations Helene and Celia Faussart of Les Nubians are back. Poised to release their second album, "One Step Forward," in the States, this duo brings its fresh R&B;/soul/hip-hop blend to Washington at 9 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club. Stop by 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. 202/393-0930.

Critical mass
The Washington National Cathedral provides a suitable setting for the Cathedral Choral Society's "Mass Appeal" concert at 4 p.m. Sunday. Washington Opera star Elizabeth Futral is a soloist as the choir performs Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor. Other selections include Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor and the world premiere of Stephen Paulus' "Mass for a Sacred Place." Tickets are $15 to $48. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202/537-5527.

Rising star
Fox's "American Idol" has nothing on the National Symphony Orchestra. Principal pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch selected seven of the best new musicians from top conservatories to perform with the NSO as "Stars of Tomorrow." Discover tomorrow's musical leaders at 7 tonight and 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $72. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Love personified
When modern dance choreographer Andrea E. Woods found a declaration of affection a suitor wrote to her great-aunt in 1941, Miss Woods decided to choreograph a work exploring love and relationships in the black community. Founder of the dance company Souloworks and a powerful dancer with a fresh approach to the genre, Miss Woods combines dance, music and the spoken word in her work. "Love Letters" has it all at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $20. 202/269-1600.

Irish mania
With St. Patrick's Day rapidly approaching, venues inside the Beltway lately have seen no shortage of Irish performers and bands. But now one of the finest traditional Irish combos, Altan, plays at the Wolf Trap's Barns at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. With haunting melodies and deli-

Visual essays
The new photography exhibit at the Open Society Institute, "Moving Walls 2003," offers a collection of photo essays by seven established photographers. The subjects range from Islam to homeless Ukrainian children to sugarcane workers in the Dominican Republic to international war veterans. Although the gravity of the topics alone demands reflection, the artistry of the photos is both thought-provoking and compelling. The exhibit runs through Dec. 20 and is open to the general public from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment. It's on the 8th floor at 1120 19th St. NW. 202/721-5619.

Tall order
Do giraffes have a future or do they not? Network news correspondent Lynn Sherr explores the question in the film documentary "Tall Blondes," showing at 7:30 p.m. today at the Visitors Center in the National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The film is free, but call 202/673-4801 to reserve a seat. The movie is one of the 130 environmentally related films being screened all over the city for the next week and a half as the Environmental Film Festival returns. Call for schedule and details. 202/342-2564 or www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

The Wright stuff
The Renwick Gallery's exhibit, "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," pays homage to 48 stained glass windows by the architectural icon. Many of the windows included in the exhibit have never been shown to the public, and almost half hail from private collections. Stop by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. The exhibit opens tomorrow and runs until July 20. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 202/357-2700.

Storytime
Past and present, reality and lore combine when award-winning writer/performer Brenda Wong Aoki performs "Tales of Love and Passion: Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Ghost Stories about Women." At 8 p.m. Saturday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Travel with Miss Aoki to ancient Japan and 1940s California. Tickets are $9 to $12, and the museum is located at New York Avenue and 13th Street NW. 301/891-1129.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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