- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 22, 2004

King of the musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning productions — “Cats,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Phantom of the Opera” — have made him one of the most recognizable names in musical theater. Beginning Tuesday night, the Kennedy Center will honor the legend with six days of performances of his most acclaimed hits. “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” features Broadway stars and a 32-piece orchestra. Tickets are $25 to $150. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 30, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1 and 2. Opera House, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Gehry deconstructed

The Corcoran Gallery takes a deeper look into the work of architectural mastermind Frank Gehry with its exhibit “Frank Gehry, Architect: Designs for Museums.” Looking at four finished museums and four incomplete projects, including the new Corcoran wing, the multimedia exhibit features models, drawings, plans, photographs and videos. The exhibit runs through March 21. Admission is $3 to $12. Times vary. 17th Street and New York Avenue, NW. 202/639-1700.

Toe-tapping rock

Inspired by artists such as the Pretenders, Elvis Costello and Cheap Trick, Washington’s own Getaway Car makes radio-ready rock that leaves you tapping your feet and humming along. The trio releases “All Your Little Pieces” with a show tonight at Jammin’ Java. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Off the road

The 2005 Washington Auto Show brings next year’s hottest new cars, trucks and SUVs to the Washington Convention Center starting Sunday. The show features 37 automakers showing off more than 700 new vehicles. Patrons can get up close and personal with nearly all of the cars. The show runs through Jan. 2. Show times are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2. Tickets are $4 to $10, with children 5 and under admitted free. 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. 866/WASH-AUTO.

Eclectic hip-hop

With a sound unlike any other, the Roots have found their own level of respect in a crowded genre. Leaving behind sample tracks and prerecorded music, the six-piece group performs its tracks with live instruments for a distinctive hip-hop experience. They play Sunday and Monday at the 9:30 Club. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Doodling for fun and profit

From Crayola crayons to the electro-mechanical fly catcher, American history is full of inventions, useful and otherwise. The Smithsonian Institution has documented many of these with its newest traveling exhibition, “Doodles, Drafts & Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian Institution.” The show features more than 70 works and is on view at the Octagon through May 1. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except Christmas. Admission is $3 to $5. 1799 New York Ave. NW. 202/638-3221.

Bye-bye, reindeer

As another holiday season winds down, so does part of the annual Norwegian Christmas celebration at Union Station. Tuesday is the last day to view Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen’s photo essay “Frost: Life and Culture of the Sami — Reindeer People of Norway.” The exhibit offers an inside look into the nomadic reindeer herders’ way of life in Norway. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202/333-6000.

Thomas Walter

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