- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Monk’s multimedia

A little dance, some video and plenty of music — that’s what people can expect at the George Mason Center for the Arts on Saturday for Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble’s new showcase, “Impermanence.” The piece originated in a workshop Miss Monk led in a London hospice and is meant as a meditation on the human spirit. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $40. Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. 202/433-4011.

Rookie rockers

The Fray’s first album, “How To Save A Life,” might remind some of Coldplay, Ben Folds or Keane. But the Denver-based rock quartet’s piano-driven, melodic rock outstrips even those stars’ recent releases. The Fray just finished opening gigs with Ben Folds and Weezer, and are now headlining. They play the 9:30 Club tonight with Cary Brothers and the Damnwells. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

More than a song

Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik is best known for his chart-topping 1996 hit “Barely Breathing,” but there’s more: Mr. Sheik has scored works for theater and films, produced records for fellow songwriters and released four more albums — including his latest, “White Limousine,” which could bring him back into the spotlight. He plays the Birchmere tonight with fellow troubadours David Poe and Jim Boggia. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

All dance at KC

The New York City Ballet takes over the Kennedy Center Opera House for five nights of dancing, beginning with an all-Russian program on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.. They’ll follow up with all-European, all-American and all-Balanchine programs. Other showtimes vary through March 5. Tickets are $29 to $99. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Anchored

Million-dollar yachts, small fishing boats and nearly all things nautical will be featured this week at the Washington Boat Show at the Washington Convention Center. More than 500 craft and hundreds of exhibitors will cover the nine acres of showroom floor. Showtimes are noon to 9 p.m. todayand tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 to $10. 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. 703/823-7960.

Laughing at the Barns

Since 1959, the sketch comedy company Second City has been known for launching comedic actors toward stardom — think Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Farley, John Candy and Tina Fey. The current touring troupe, no doubt packed with stars of the future, is at the Barns of Wolf Trap tonight to make you chuckle. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Tuned in

Chris Botti is one of the best-selling trumpeters in music today and David Sanborn is recognized as one of the greatest saxophone players of all time. These musical masters come together tonight at the Warner Theatre for one night of great music. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 to $62.50. 13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter


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