- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 22, 2003

From Harlem with love

The dynamic Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW, with two mixed-repertoire engagements. The troupe performs four works, including “Stabat Mater” (created in response to the events of September 11), at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. The second program, performed at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, includes “Wingborne” and choreographer Robert Garland’s self-described “post-modern urban neoclassical” ballet “Return.” Tickets are $26 to $65. 202/467-4600.

Red, white and blue

Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, salutes her country and the troops at the second Annual DC Salute to our Armed Forces free public festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW. Military bands, local ROTC drill teams and World War II re-enactors also will perform. There will be face painting and clowns to amuse the children. 703/696-2628.

Jazz in the park

Those not traveling over the holiday may wish to stop by Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, for the free Memorial Day Jazz Festival. The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, Yvonne Johnson, Doc Dikeman, Al Williams and the Village Jazz Band play the blues from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday. Both amphitheater and grass seating is available. Buy snacks there or bring your own. But no alcohol in the park. 703/883-4686.

Ear assembly

Dennis Owens, WGMS radio host for 22 years, shares recollections and provides insights about his career at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Known for his humor, inquisitive nature and observations, Mr. Owens referred to his audience as “assembled ears.” See the face behind the voice at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Tickets are $12 to $15. 202/357-3030.

Lunch break

There’s no free lunch, but the music is definitely gratis at noon tomorrow at the Monroe House, 2017 I St. NW. Pianist Manabu Takasawa and narrator Douglas I. Smith give voice to Jean de Brunhoff’s “Story of Babar the Elephant.” Stop by to hear a musical interpretation of the classic children’s tale. 202/331-7282.

Family matters

The boundaries between love and hate often fluctuate when it comes to family. An all-star cast, including Ernest Thomas, Bern Nadette Stanis and Terri J. Vaughan, explore what or who should be blamed for the present condition of the black family in the play “What Ever Happened to Black Love,” starting today at the Lincoln Theatre. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Monday and Saturday through May 26 and on May 29. Tickets are $25 to $32. It’s all in the family at 1215 U St. NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Reach out

The Corcoran Gallery’s ArtReach program provides free visual arts and design education to area students through classes and mentoring programs. “Expressions 2003: Art by DC Youth,” on view starting tomorrow through June 16, exhibits 50 works by these students, from paintings to photography to sculpture. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 9 p.m. Thursday, but is closed on Tuesdays. Admission is $3 to $5 per person, $8 per family and free after 5 p.m. Thursday. 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 202/639-1700.


His music might not ever be considered for the theme song of “West Wing,” but postmodern rocker Beck brings his hard-driving chords to the Washington suburbs anyway. Beck takes center stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $25 to $40. Information, 703/938-2404. Tickets, 703/218-6500.

Father and son

A retired actor makes a bold pact to save his son when news of a world disaster invades a family retreat in Andrei Tarkovsky’s “The Sacrifice.” The National Gallery of Art is giving a free screening of the film at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday in their East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

— Stephanie K. Taylor

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