- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Southern dance

The Music Center at Strathmore continues its strong spring performance schedule on Sunday when the North Carolina Dance Theatre presents the Washington-area premiere of “Under Southern Skies.” The performance includes four Southern-themed dance works that feature live accompaniment by folk singer Christine Kane and the bluegrass band Greasy Beans. The dancing starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 to $45. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Back again

After a three-month hiatus, the Washington National Opera returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House on Saturday with Richard Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” The production, based mainly on Scandinavian and German epics along with a hint of Greek mythology, follows Alberich and his battle with the gods over an all-powerful ring. Showtime is 7 p.m. Performances dates vary through April 14. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Flying high

As the Cherry Blossom Festival opens, the Smithsonian Kite Festival takes over the Mall on Saturday. This year marks the festival’s 40th anniversary, and organizers are asking kite makers to design their kites around the 1960s — meaning psychedelic is “in.” The family festival also features kite displays, demonstrations and competitions. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, with a rain date of Sunday. Call 202/357-3030 or see kitefestival.org.

Motor City rock

Detroit’s own rock ‘n’ roll bad boy Kid Rock rolls into the area tomorrow night at the Patriot Center. Kid and the Twisted Born Trucker Band, known for their energetic live shows, are touring in support of Kid’s latest album, “Live Trucker.” Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $39. Braddock and Chain Bridge roads, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Side projects

Being a member of one band just isn’t good enough for Scott McCaughey. Currently Mr. McCaughey is in four bands, including R.E.M., but he shows up Saturday at Iota as a singer-songwriter-instrumentalist with The Minus 5. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

All on film

Legendary photographer David Seymour, a co-founder of the pioneering photographers’ cooperative Magnum, redefined photojournalism, capturing wars, social upheaval and historic moments of the 1930s and ‘40s. The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s “Reflections from the Heart: Photographs by David Seymour” brings together 75 of his photographs, both color and black and white. The exhibit runs through June 4. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, until 9 p.m. on Thursday, through June 4. Admission is $3 to $12; pay what you can after 5 p.m. Thursday. 17th Street and New York Avenue Northwest. 202/639-1700.

Musical carnival

Acclaimed percussionist Cyro Baptista’s band, Beat the Donkey, takes its name from a Brazilian expression that means “let’s take it up a notch.” Its live show reflects that spirit, with sword dancing, acrobatics, tap dancers and drums. The musical carnival arrives at the Lisner Auditorium on Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $30. 21st and H streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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