- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2003

Bavarian Brahms

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of Brahms classics at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Lorin Maazel, the newly appointed conductor for the New York Philharmonic, leads this ensemble known for its far-reaching repertoire and diverse style. Tickets are $40 to $85. 202/467-4600.


Forty years from a marriage is on display at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ring Auditorium. Photographer Harry Benson, who has been taking pictures of former President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, for close to 40 years, gives a slide-illustrated lecture full of personal reminiscences of his experiences with America’s 40th president and his wife. Stop by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Tickets are $12 to $14. 202/357-3030.

Red, white and blue

The chance to revel in American spirit presents itself as the radio show “This American Life” comes to Washington at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at George Washington University Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H streets NW. Ira Glass, Sarah Vowell, Jonathan Goldstein and Davy Rothbart headline the live documentary taping of “Lost in America,” and the OK Go band plays the musical segues. Tickets are $30. 202/432-SEAT. www.wamu.org.

Yin Yang

The Corcoran Gallery’s new exhibit “Robert Frank: London/Wales” juxtaposes images of London’s financial powerhouses with scenes from the working classes in post-World War II Britain. The exhibit explores the disconnections between the social classes during one of Britain’s transitional periods, and reveals Mr. Frank’s desire to establish a new type of narrative photography. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through July 14 at 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 9 p.m. Thursday, but closed Tuesday. Tickets are $3 to 5 per person, $8 per family and free after 5 p.m. Thursday. 202/639-1700.

The price of love

Internationally renowned opera and stage director Francesca Zambello returns to the Washington Opera to direct “Fidelio,” opening Saturday and running through May 24 at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. Soprano Susan B. Anthony and tenor Christopher Ventris star in the Washington Opera’s first production of Beethoven’s classic since 1988. Tickets are $41 to $285. 202/432-SEAT.


The Kennedy Center is celebrating women in jazz this month, and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen will impart her expertise to potential successors from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery. Miss Jensen and the IAJE/BET Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Quintet teach female jazz instrumentalists the ins and outs of performing in a combo in the open clinic session, “Molding the Young: All-Star Jazz Combo.” It’s free and open to the public. Class is in session at F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

All things Asian

Asian Pacific artists and their crafts will fill the rotunda on the first floor of the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Festivities include multiple demonstrations — Thai fruit and vegetable carving, Japanese doll making, ikebana and Malaysian batik painting. Visitors artistically inclined can experiment with Chinese paper cutting and Philippine-style cloth weaving. And it’s free. 202/357-2700.

Body image

Body image issues aren’t confined to one culture, to which the Chinese Living Dance Studio can attest. Their production, “Report on Body,” uses dance, video and stories to explore both the past and present relationships that Chinese women have with their bodies and the cultural messages that they receive about them. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets are $25. 202/269-1600.

Music lane

World War II ended and America celebrated, partially through the works of Broadway’s great composer duos Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Lane and Harburg, and Weill and Hughes. The American Century Theater pays homage with the second American Century in Song series, “American Century in Song: Post-war Broadway 1947.” Performances begin Saturday and run through May 18, but showtimes vary. The ACT is Broadway-bound at Gunston Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets are $10. 703/553-8782.

Stephanie K. Taylor

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