Wednesday, April 20, 2005

On Music: Tim Rollins + KOS, at the Kreeger Museum, brings the fruits of this collaborative artists’ collective to Washington. Mr. Rollins, 49, founded KOS, Kids of Survival, in 1982 to expose disadvantaged and troubled young people in many cities to what he calls “the transformative power of the arts.” Here in Washington, he and local participants collaborated at Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic Art Center to make the exhibit’s centerpiece, “The Creation” print portfolio, based on Franz Josef Haydn’s famed oratorio. 2401 Foxhall Road NW. Tours 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through July 30. Suggested donation $8; students and seniors $5. Call 202/338-3552 for tour reservations; otherwise 202/337-3050 or

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Call Me Madam, an irresistible vehicle for a great musical comedy performer, Ethel Merman, is being revived at the Mary Pickford Theater of the Library of Congress today at 7 p.m. Released in 1953, the movie was made soon after Miss Merman had concluded the theatrical version of the show, reinforced by a marvelous Irving Berlin score that includes “The Hostess With the Mostes’ on the Ball,” “It’s a Lovely Day Today,” “The Best Thing for You” and “You’re Just in Love.” Donald O’Connor, fresh from his triumph as Gene Kelly’s sidekick in “Singin’ in the Rain,” continued to endear himself as the singing-and-dancing co-star of “Madam.” With George Sanders as Miss Merman’s Old World romantic catch, Vera-Ellen as Mr. O’Connor’s sweetheart and Billy DeWolfe in his peerless stuffed-shirt routine. All Pickford screenings are free, but seating is limited to 64. Third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

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