- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Poetry man

One of Korea’s most celebrated writers, Ko Un has published hundreds of literary works from poetry to essays, which many consider both beautiful and controversial. With his work translated into several languages, Mr. Ko has traveled the world speaking about his writings, and he will share some of them Monday at the Folger Shakespeare Library beginning at 7:30 p.m. Poet and professor David McCann will be on hand to translate and provide a background to Mr. Ko’s work. Tickets are $10. 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202/544-7077.

Due south

Pierce Pettis, a singer and songwriter for the past 20 years, is known for insightful lyrics that pay homage to his Southern roots and songs described as humorous and haunting. Touring in support of his latest release, “State of Grace,” Mr. Pettis stops at Jammin’ Java at 8 p.m. on Saturday to play a few tunes. Tickets are $12. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Safari on ice

Some of Disney’s best-loved characters will come alive Wednesday, when Disney’s “Jungle Adventures on Ice” makes its way to the 1st Mariner Arena with Tarzan and Jane, Timon and Pumbaa from “The Lion King.” Performances end Feb. 8 with times varying by day. Tickets are $10 to $35. 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202/432-7328.

Decades of dance

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, for 40 years one of the world’s top dancing companies, is debuting three new works — “Juba,” “Heart Song” and “Bounty Verses” — during its annual visit to the Kennedy Center. Performances continue through Sunday at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Start times vary by day. Tickets are $27 to $67. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Don’t forget to laugh

Carlos Mencia’s comedy career began when he went to an open-mike night and forgot nearly all of his material the moment he got on stage. Five years later, he has several television appearances, two CDs and a sold-out nationwide tour to his credit, and the memory problem has seemingly gone away. The comic brings his truthful, sometimes controversial, blend of comedy to the DC Improv tonight through Sunday. Tickets are $22. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/296-7008.

More than dance

To many people, flamenco is simply a dance, but to the Andalusians, the people from which it originated, it is much more. Made of four main parts — the song, the dance, the guitar and the rhythms (hand clapping and feet stamping) — flamenco is truly a spectacle to be both seen and heard. Flamenco in all its forms will be on stage at the Lisner Auditorium beginning Tuesday for the fourth annual Flamenco Festival. Performers and showtimes vary by day. Performances continue through Feb. 8. Tickets are $42 to $50. 21st and H streets NW. 202/432-SEAT

Almost famous

Gavin DeGraw and Howie Day are young and talented singer-songwriters, and both want to be the next big music sensation. Next week, each of them will headline his own show at the 9:30 Club. First up on Tuesday is Mr. DeGraw, who has the talented singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson along for his nationwide tour. On Wednesday, Mr. Day plays his romantic tunes; he has recruited the popular British rock band Stereophonics to open for him. Tickets for Mr. DeGraw are $10, and for Mr. Day, $17.50. Both showtimes are 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Drop a line

Are you looking for that special fishing line or wondering why that great hunting spot is not living up to your expectations? If so, this weekend’s Chantilly Sportsman Show and Old Virginian Fly Fishing Show at the Dulles Expo Center might be a good place to get the answer to your problems. Showtimes are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $3 to $9. 4320 Chantilly Place, Chantilly. 413/467-2171.

Thomas Walter

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