- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hit shows, hit songs

When her song “Goodnight and Go” was included on the soundtrack for the hit show “The O.C.,” Imogen Heap got the international recognition she always wanted. The one-woman band from Britain has now released a much-acclaimed solo album and has several more songs featured in movies and TV soundtracks. She plays the Recher Theatre on Sunday. Cellist and composer Zoe Keating opens. Tickets are $12. Showtime is 7 p.m. 512 York Road, Towson, Md. 703/218-6500.

Size matters

Some artists use color and texture to convey what they think about a subject. Others use size and scale. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art examines the use of size and scale with its newest exhibit, “BIG/small,” which showcases more than 80 contemporary and traditional works. The show is designed for middle-school children but is open to all, beginning Tuesday. It runs through July 9. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202/633-4600.

Multimedia man

Singer, actor, songwriter, producer, cartoon star: Isaac Hayes’ resume keeps going and going. Yet Mr. Hayes is coming to the Birchmere tonight to do only one thing — sing. The legendary soul singer shows off his smooth baritone beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Picasso in Baltimore

The Baltimore Museum of Art kicks off its two-part “Modern Masters Series” with “Picasso: The Final Years.” The one-gallery exhibit, which opened yesterday, focuses on Mr. Picasso’s later works from 1945 to 1968, including a series of printmaking works that are part of BMA’s 250-piece collection of the artist’s works. The exhibit runs through April 16. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The BMA is closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $6 to $10, free on the first Thursday (open until 8 p.m.) of every month. 3100 block of North Charles Street, Baltimore. 410/396-7100.

Canadian dance

The National Ballet of Canada is crossing the border and heading to the Kennedy Center for six nights of dancing. The renowned ballet company, known for its performances of classic pieces, is sticking to that reputation as it presents “Swan Lake” in the Opera House beginning on Tuesday. For those looking for a pre-opening sneak peek, the ballet is hosting an open rehearsal at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are $12. Tickets for the main performances are $29 to $84. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Jan. 22. Kennedy Center Family Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

All about Ben

Tuesday is Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday anniversary, and museums all over the country are adding new exhibits about the inventor, ambassador and Founding Father. In the District, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has unveiled a new exhibit case that focuses on Franklin’s role as a statesman. The case includes an original three-piece silk suit worn by Franklin on a trip to Paris, along with a cane that was given to him on that same trip. The original suit, because of its fragile nature, will be on exhibit only through Feb. 20, when it will be replaced by a reproduction. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/633-1000.

Thomas Walter

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