- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Cutting-edge classical

The award-winning Kronos Quartet brings its innovative classical sound to the Lisner Auditorium on Sunday. The quartet, whose work has been featured in a range of Hollywood films, will offer the Washington premiere of Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park,” a work inspired by the September 11 attacks and set against the backdrop of conversations with elementary school children. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Showtime is 7 p.m. 730 21st St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Gravity-defying dance

Pilobus, which blends gymnastics with dance movement, is not your mother’s modern dance: It’s not uncommon to see the group’s seven dancers stacked three or four high and hanging from the ceiling. The gravity-defying company premieres a new work, “Memento Mori,” in a single show at the Warner Theatre on Wednesday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $27 to $57. 13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

A musical lesson

Amos Lee taught elementary school in his native Philadelphia. But when the five-song EP he recorded on a whim fell into the hands of Norah Jones, she hired the teacher as the opening act on her 2004 tour. His new album, “Supply and Demand,” blends jazz, soul, folk and rock, and he comes to the 9:30 Club on Saturday.. Tickets are $21. Showtime is 10 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Sweden’s new look

The House of Sweden, which includes the Embassy of Sweden, officially opens the doors to its new digs on the Georgetown waterfront this week. A full week of cultural events celebrate the occasion, including Sunday’s Salute to Sweden Waterfront Festival. The festival will feature Swedish dance and music groups including rockers The Ark, who officially kick off their U.S. tour at the festival. The festival is free and open to the public. The celebration runs from 1 to 5 p.m. 901 30th St. NW. 202/467-2600.

Creative bluegrass

Mix some bluegrass with some rock ‘n’ roll and the result is newgrass — a musical genre made popular by vocalist and bassist John Cowan. The creative musician and his band headline a night of foot-stompin’ tunes at the Barns of Wolf Trap tonight. Tickets are $22. Showtime is 8 p.m. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Country legend

Eleven-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris comes to the Music Center at Strathmore tomorrow night for an evening of new hits along with some classic old tunes. Singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson opens with a solo acoustic set. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $65. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5199.

Triple bill

The Washington Ballet kicks off its 2006-07 season on Wednesday with a triple-bill performance. The company premieres the new work of Septime Webre and Karen Akers, “oui, non,” along with Twyla Tharp’s “The Upper Room” and Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night.” Performances continue through Oct. 29 in the Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center. Showtime is 8 p.m. through Oct. 28, with additional 2:30 p.m. performances on Oct. 28 and 29. Tickets range from $19 to $115. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Thomas Walter

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