- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Joffrey’s ‘Nutcracker’

In what has become a holiday tradition, the Joffrey Ballet returns on Wednesday to the Kennedy Center to stage Robert Joffrey’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” With colorful costumes and incomparable dancers, the show is a holiday treat for the entire family. Showtime on Wednesday is 7:30 p.m. Other showtimes include 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24-26. Tickets range from $47 to $125. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Lace up

Grab your ice skates: The National Gallery of Art ice rink in the Sculpture Garden opens Saturday. Now in its eighth year, the rink has become a “must” for the holidays. Skating hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 to $7 for a two-hour session. Skate rentals are $3. Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/737-4215.

Questioning reality

The Corcoran Gallery of Art blurs the line between fiction and reality with its new multimedia installation, “The Paradise Institute.” The sound and video installation is a 16-person mini-theater where visitors become part of the movie projected on the screen. It’s featured in the exhibit “Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection,” on view through Jan. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, until 9 p.m. on Thursday. Admission ranges from $3 to $8; it’s pay what you can after 5 p.m. Thursday. 17th Street and New York Avenue Northwest. 202/639-1700.

Fjord aboarbd

Travel the mountains and fjords of Norway all within the confines of Union Station when the 10th anniversary “Norwegian Christmas at Union Station” model train exhibit opens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The upgraded exhibit features two replica train sets along with all-new housing, a forest and moving elements throughout the track. Regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibit runs through Jan. 7. Admission is free. 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202/289-1908.

A young Elvis

Photographer Alfred Wertheimer was hired in 1956 to photograph an up-and-coming 21-year-old musician — and not long after that, Elvis Presley became the king of rock ‘n’ roll. The acclaimed photographer is now showing his collection of photos at Govinda Gallery as a celebration of his new book, “Elvis at 21: New York to Memphis.” The exhibition features 40 black-and-white photographs, some of which have never been seen. It continues through Dec. 30. 1227 34th St. NW. 202/333-1180.

The face of folk

From his counter-cultural songs in the 1960s to his recent No. 1 album, “Modern Times,” Bob Dylan has been the face of American folk music for nearly five decades — and has managed to stay relevant. The legend comes to the Patriot Center tomorrow night with the Raconteurs. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Crafty style

The annual Washington Craft Show makes its way to the Washington Convention Center this weekend. Now in its 19th year, the juried show and sale will feature nearly 190 craftsmen from all over the country and a wide range of limited-edition works. This year’s theme is “Personal Style: Craft as Self Expression.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 to $14, with children under 12 free. 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. 800/832-7831.

Thomas Walter

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