- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2005

From Russia with love

Starting the 2005 ballet season at the Kennedy Center Opera House is one of the most respected dance companies in the world, the Kirov Ballet. For its six-day engagement, the troupe will perform a new production of “Cinderella,” choreographed by Alexey Ratmansky and featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev. Performances begin Tuesday and continue through Jan. 16. After the ballet series, the Kirov Opera and Orchestra will join with the ballet for two more productions Jan. 18 to 23. Tickets are $47 to $112 for the ballet series and $40 to $250 for other shows. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Make me laugh

Born in Virginia and raised in Maryland, Wanda Sykes is among the top comics in the country. Miss Sykes is making people laugh with a new book, her own TV show, several movie roles and a near-sold-out comedy tour. She returns to her home state tomorrow for a night of comedy at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50. 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 202/397-SEAT.

Children’s delight

The high-energy music troupe Hi-5 makes its way to the MCI Center on Sunday to re-create all the fun of its TV show. Shaun, Jenn, Kimee, Curtis and Karla, the five stars of the show, are on their first U.S. tour. The show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $30. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Behind the scenes

The BBC hit series “MI-5” seems to offer an inside look into Britain’s security intelligence agency. Find out how much of the action and drama is real Monday at the International Spy Museum’s “Spies on Screen: Behind the Scenes of BBC Video’s ‘MI-5.’” “MI-5” espionage consultant and former CIA covert field operations officer Mike Baker hosts clips from the show and then explores the inspiration and authenticity behind them. The program runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $15. Registration is required. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-SEAT.

Marley uncovered

From Bob Marley’s “Exodus” tour in 1977 to his death in 1981, photographer Kate Simon had nearly unlimited access to the reggae master and his band, the Wailers. To mark the 60th anniversary of Mr. Marley’s birth, Miss Simon is publishing a new collection of photos, titled “Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae.” The Govinda Gallery showcases a number of these shots through Jan. 15. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 1227 34th St. NW. 202/333-1180.

Utensils included

For one week only, beginning Monday, more than 100 of Washington’s finest restaurants will come together to offer the deal of the year for area diners. For Restaurant Week, each restaurant will be offering gourmet three-course prix fixe meals, $20.05 for lunch and $30.05 for dinner. Certain restaurants offer only lunch or dinner. A full list of participating eateries can be found at www.washington .org/restaurantwk. Make reservations quickly, as some restaurants book up fast.

Two sides of the capital

Unlike any other city in the United States, Washington was built as a capital. It is home to the government but it is also home to more than half a million residents. The National Building Museum looks into this relationship with its exhibit “Washington: Symbol and City,” which uncovers the tension between being a national symbol and an evolving city. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. 401 F St. NW. 202/272-2448.

A classical beginning

After a five-week break in performances, the Barns at Wolf Trap dives back into a full winter-spring music schedule beginning tomorrow night with the Brentano String Quartet. The quartet, which is in residence at Princeton University, will perform works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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