- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 14, 2003


Broadway brings a little of its magic to town as the Tony Award-winning musical “Beauty and the Beast” comes to Washington. Based on the Disney film of the same title, the production includes all of the songs from the film score, as well as seven new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. The fairy tale begins Wednesday and runs through June 7. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and matinees vary. Tickets are $35 to $75. Love is blind at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800/447-7400.


Alternative rockers Matchbox Twenty light up the MCI Center stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday in support of their December release, “More Than You Think You are.” They are joined by Sugar Ray and Maroon 5. Tickets are $40. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.


Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has had a lasting effect on American history. And “In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” on display starting today through July 27 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, is the first major visual arts exhibition to pay homage to the civil rights leader. The works of 115 artists — including Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell — trace Mr. King’s role in the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to his assassination. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW. 202/357-2700.


Known as one of the best ballet schools in the country, the Washington School of Ballet trains award-winning students. Their annual spring performance takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Students will perform original classical, modern and jazz productions by faculty members, as well as selections from Marius Petipa’s “Swan Lake.” Tickets are $13 to $16. 202/432-SEAT.


Saturday is Armed Forces Day and you can see what military life is truly like in the new exhibit at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial called “A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces.” On Oct. 22, 2002, more than 125 photographers, both civilian and military, captured images of U.S. military personnel around the globe in an effort to see beyond stereotypes. The exhibit is located at Memorial Drive, Arlington, and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 703/892-2606.

Work and play

You can take a look into the life and work of architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Shakespeare Theatre will perform a free reading of “Work Song,” a new play written by Eric Simonson and Jeffrey Hatcher that provides a new perspective on the architect’s life. Reservations are required at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. 202/547-1122, Ext. 4.

Jazz it up

Hard-swinging gospel jazz, known as “hardbop,” comes to life during the jazz musical directed by Mike Malone and written by former Duke Ellington Orchestra trombonist Gregory Charles Royal, “It’s a Hardbop Life.” Musicians from the bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Art Blakey transport the audience back to 1964, when, through a dream, a young man named Q must come to grips with his attitudes toward women, his talent and the world. The blues begin Wednesday and don’t leave until May 25. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $30. Head to the Ira Aldridge Theater, Howard University, 2445 6th St. NW. 202/806-7194.


It’s quite possible to eat your way through Arlington from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. This year’s Taste of Arlington takes place at 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (beside Ballston Common Mall) and offers grub from 23 ethnically diverse area restaurants. Local band Cityscape provides the tunes, and ABC Channel 7 provides the entertainment via a live local version of “The Bachelor.” Admission is free, and ticket books good for eight tastes are available for $25. 703/841-7768, ext. 333.


It’s time for a little romance as the Cathedral Choral Society presents “The Grand Romantic,” its season finale, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Soprano Harolyn Blackwell and baritone Gordon Hawkins sing “Ein deutsches Requiem.” Other selections include Franz Schreker’s “Psalm 116” and Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger’s “Organ Concerto in F Major.” Tickets are $15 to $48. 202/537-5527.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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