- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 21, 2004

From producer to rapper

As the producer behind some of hip-hop’s biggest acts, Kanye West has made a name for himself in the studio, but now he has stepped out from behind the mixing board to record his own CD. His debut album, “College Dropout,” is one of this year’s biggest-selling albums. He will be at the UMBC Fieldhouse tonight to perform some of those songs live. The beat drops at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore. 410/455-1000.

Headliners

Switchfoot has finally made it to the big time. The four guys from San Diego have one of the most-played songs on radio, “Meant to Live,” along with a platinum-selling album and a string of sold-out shows from coast to coast. Switchfoot rocks out the Recher Theatre on Sunday. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. 512 York Road, Towson. 410/337-7178.



Catch a flick

From two Oliver Stone documentaries about Fidel Castro (“Comandante” and “Looking for Fidel”) to director Morgan Spurlock’s film (“Supersize Me”) chronicling his monthlong binge at McDonald’s, the 2004 DC Filmfest has a film for everyone. It runs through May 2 at venues throughout the city. Admission for most showings is $9. See www.filmfestdc.org, or call 202/628-FILM.

A whole new big top

As one circus packs up and leaves for a new town, another arrives in the capital area. The Cole Bros. Circus pulls into Woodbridge High School tomorrow and runs there through Sunday, then continues to Prince William County Fairgrounds for performances Monday and Tuesday. Highlighting this year’s show is Zarina, the human cannonball, and Rodrigo Fernandez and the giant gyro wheel. Tickets are $5 to $15. 800/796-5672.

Classic revisited

The National Gallery of Art is offering the chance to see a rare screening of the dye-transfer print of the original “Wizard of Oz” tomorrow and Saturday in a showing geared especially to children. Several students will discuss the differences between the film and L. Frank Baum’s original book. The screening begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free, but seating is first come, first served. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/789-4995.

A taste of Sicily

If you enjoy olive oil, then make sure you go to Bella Italia on Saturday. From 1 to 5 p.m., Gabriella Becchina and Zeke Freedman of Becchina and Company, producers of the award-winning Olio Verde olive oil from Sicily, will have a free sampling of the new pressing of Olio Verde. Mrs. Becchina and Mr. Freedman will also speak about olive oil and its many uses and share some of their secret recipes. 4844 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. 301/654-2667.

Money, money, money

Money talks, but what does it say? The IMF Center of the International Monetary Fund hopes to answer this question with its new exhibit, “Money and Sovereignty,” which opens on Wednesday. Featuring more than 150 coins and bills from across the globe, the exhibit will focus on what money has to say about the viability and sovereignty of a nation. The free exhibit runs through Oct. 28, 2005 at the IMF Center. 720 19th St., NW. 202/623-6869.

Two days of dance

The Miami City Ballet returns to the George Mason Center for the Arts this weekend with performances from two dancing greats. On Saturday, the troupe performs “The Neighborhood Ballroom — A Ballet in Four Acts,” a new work by Edward Villella. On Sunday, it celebrates the 100th anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth with three of Mr. Balanchine’s best-loved ballets. The dancing begins Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $50. Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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