- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2003

Penance

In a society of relativism, it can be difficult to make an opera audience scorn adultery. But director John Pascoe says the Washington Opera's production of "Don Giovanni" focuses on the emotional wreckage that results from Giovanni's irresponsible behavior and takes the audience on a voyage of justice and vengeance. See an international lineup of singers at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. Performances start Saturday and run until April 11. Tickets are $41 to $285. 202/432-SEAT.


Clownin' around

The unusual, exotic and absurd take center ring as the circus comes to town. Clowns, trapeze artists and a tiger "whisperer" are just part of this family show. If you show up an hour before showtime, you can learn to juggle as part of the "Three Ring Adventure." The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, starting today through April 6. Then it heads to the D.C. Armory, 22nd and East Capitol streets SE, from April 9 to 21. Tickets are $8 to $40. Call for showtimes. 202/432-SEAT.


Pendulum

The Washington Ballet combines classical favorites and contemporary moves in its mixed-repertoire program, "Mood Swings." The program includes George Balanchine's "Rubies," Choo San Goh's "Unknown Territory" and the world premiere of a new work by choreographer Trey McIntyre. Performance times are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, starting Wednesday through April 6. Tickets are $29 to $75. Check it out at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.


Classic

The Academy of Ancient Music, a period-instrument orchestra devoted to music from the baroque and classical years, is known for both its technical excellence and interpretation. Now conductor Andrew Manze leads the group through a program that includes selections by Handel, Biber, Locatelli and Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Stop by George Mason University Center for the Arts, Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $21 to $42. 703/218-6500.


Viewpoint

Windows shape how we view the world both inside and outside of our dwellings. The National Building Museum's exhibit, "Picture This: Windows on the American Home," displays windows, advertisements, film and TV clips, models and photographs to trace the architectural history of windows as well as their contribution to design. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs until Aug. 11. Stop by 401 F St. NW. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 202/272-2448.


Down south

Inti-Illimani's performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, provides the chance to take your musical horizons south of the equator. This Chilean ensemble performs South American folk music with both energy and grace. Check it out at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Adelphi Road. Tickets are $20 to $30. 301/405-ARTS.


He-man

Funnyman Rob Becker isn't a psychologist, but he manages to provide plenty of laughs and a few revelations with his lighthearted gender analysis in "Defending the Caveman." See it starting today at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $48. 202/432-SEAT.


Picture perfect

Comic book aficionados might wish to stop by the Library of Congress at 4 p.m. Tuesday to hear comic book artist Will Eisner discuss the graphic novel. An influential force in his realm, Mr. Eisner has written several stories, more than 200 pages in length, told through illustration art. It's free, so stop by the Mumford room, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202/707-5221.


You don't say

Local band Jonasay has proven itself to D.C.-area fans time and time again. With tight vocal harmonies, solid melodies and sweet guitar hooks, they've earned their reputation as the pop-rock band to watch. You can catch them with the Lloyd Dobler Effect at 9 p.m. tonight at the 9:30 Club. So head to 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $10. 202/393-0930.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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