- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

A Walters first

The Walters Art Museum, which just began a free-admission policy, has another innovation: “For This is My Body: The Medieval Missal,” an exhibit that opens the Walters’ collection of illuminated missals, liturgical manuscripts and printed Mass books to the public for the first time. The show opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 28. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410/547-9000.

Mencia on demand

Carlos Mencia’s no-holds-barred comedy is striking the national funny bone with a Comedy Central show, “Mind of Mencia,” that is seen by millions weekly. After a quick sellout of his 6 p.m. performance at the Warner Theatre on Sunday, the promoters added two more Sunday performances to meet demand. The additional showtimes are 3 and 9 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50 to $44.50. 13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Barbershop revisited

The Singing Capital Chorus wants to take music lovers back to a simpler time, when barbershop quartets were the music stars of the day and a finely tuned voice was the only instrument needed. The 60th annual Harvest of Harmony this Saturday features the 50-man chorus in songs that date to the late 19th century. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Tickets range from $12 to $18. 730 21st St. NW. 301/946-0934.

Naked ladies

Don’t let the name fool you. The Barenaked Ladies have no ladies in their group and none of them have been naked on stage. For fans of the group the name fits perfectly, as the six-man musical troupe is known as much for its onstage comedic banter as for its music. The Ladies headline a show Saturday at the Patriot Center. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50 to $59.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/307-SEAT.

The originator

Hall of Fame rocker Bo Diddley is leaving the smoky clubs for the white birch and maple lined walls of the Music Center at Strathmore on Wednesday. For more than 50 years, Mr. Diddley’s gritty, guitar-driven tunes have inspired big-time acts like the Who, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Alvin Youngblood Hart and Ruthie Foster also appear with the rock icon. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $55. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5199.

Rock duo

Listen to the Black Keys and it is hard to believe that all that sound comes from only two musicians and two instruments. Dan Auerbach fronts the group, playing guitar and singing, while Patrick Carney supplies the rhythm on the drums. The duo recently released its fourth album, “Magic Potion,” in September. It headlines back-to-back shows at the 9:30 Club on Sunday and Monday. Doors open at 7:30 both nights. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Voices unite

The Washington Choral Arts Society begins its 2006-07 season on Sunday at the Kennedy Center with the “Missa Solemnis.” Maestro Norman Scribner leads the 200-voice chorus through the work Beethoven considered his crowning achievement. The performance begins at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets range from $17 to $59. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Thomas Walter

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