- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2004

All good things come to an end, and now that includes Anonymous 4, the sublimely ethereal medieval music ensemble that brought the so-called Dark Ages into the sun. After 17 years, 17 albums and sales of more than 1.1 million recordings worldwide, the group says adieu to fans with a farewell tour that will bring it to four locations in this area. The local stops begin with a program called La bele marie — a concert of 13th-century French music in honor of the Virgin Mary — at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Tickets are $10 to $20; call 202/319-5416. Next month, at 4 p.m. on March 14 at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW, the group performs music by the 12th-century German abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen, as it joins the Cathedral Choral Society in works by Mystics Ancient and Modern. Tickets are $15 to $50; call 202/537-5527 or see www.cathedralchoralsociety.org. And find information on A4’s coming stops in Fairfax and Baltimore at www.anonymous4.com.

— Cathryn Donohoe

What would the cancan, that naughty dance of 1890s Paris, have been without Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec — or, for that matter, what would the artist have achieved without those dancers? Now, visitors can see the extent of that love affair in the exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Moulin Rouge, which opens Sundayat the Baltimore Museum of Art. The museum owns an almost complete set of the artist’s posters, and they play a major role in its show of 100 rarely seen prints and posters by Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries. At the Baltimore Museum, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Through May 23. $12 adults; $10 seniors, college students and groups of 12 or more; $6 for ages 6 to 18. Weekend admission requires advance reservations through Ticketmaster, at 202/432-SEAT, 410/481-SEAT or 800/551-SEAT. The Museum’s direct phone is 410/396-7100.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The National Gallery of Art concludes a cycle of Danish movies with a pair of features from the silent period. Fra Piazza del Poppolo, which concerns a Danish art community in Rome in the early 19th century, screens Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building. It was directed in 1925 in Copenhagen by Anders Wilhelm Sandberg. Once Upon a Time, a romantic comedy directed in 1922 by the most esteemed of all Danish filmmakers, Carl Theodor Dreyer, will be shown Sunday at 4:30 p.m. It derives from a popular operetta of the period. A live piano accompaniment will enhance both screenings. Admission is free. 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

— Gary Arnold

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