- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Presidential gardens

See the White House gardens this weekend during the annual White House spring garden tours. Visitors can explore the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the Children’s Garden and the South Lawn. Free timed tickets are required for all visitors, including children, and will be distributed on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion. Tickets are first-come, first-served, with one ticket allowed per person. Tour times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 202/208-1631.

Lights, camera, action

The 21st annual Washington D.C. International Filmfest kicks off tonight with more than 80 films from 30 countries. New this year is the Views from the News series, which will feature films taken from the international headlines and Voila Cinema, a series of new films from France. Tickets for most screenings are $9. The festival continues through April 29. Locations and showtimes vary. Purchase tickets at tickets.com or by calling 800/955-5566.

Under the skin

See the human body beneath the skin at the new “Bodies” exhibition in Rosslyn. From the skeleton and the respiratory system to the nervous and circulatory systems, guests can see the human body on the inside. “Bodies: The Exhibition” is on display at the Arlington Dome in Rosslyn through Oct. 28. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Tickets range from $18 to $32.50. 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 888/263-4379.

Walking Washington

Grab a comfortable pair of shoes this weekend and see a new part of Washington with the spring edition of Walking Town D.C. On Saturday and Sunday, Cultural Tourism D.C. will host more than 60 free walking tours in 18 city neighborhoods. For a full list of tours see culturaltourism dc.org or call 202/661-7581.

Seeing beyond the pose

Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Lenny Kravitz, Jimi Hendrix: These are just a few of the musicians whom Paris-based photographer Claude Gassian has captured in his camera for more than 30 years. Mr. Gassian tries to go beyond the stage to catch the artists in private, showcasing their off-stage personalities. See the photographic legend’s first-ever solo exhibition in the United States, “Anonymous,” at the Govinda Gallery. The show runs through May 12. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 1227 34th St. NW. 202/333-1180.

Multimedia trio

Combine jazz, the spoken word and electronica with a barrage of photos, film and live action and the result is “Still Life with Commentator,” a multimedia art piece created by pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd and conceptual artist Ibrahim Quraishi. Evoking the culture’s 24/7 immersion in media, the work is touring the East Coast and plays George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium tomorrow. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $35. 730 21st St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

N’awlins music

The Music Center at Strathmore will echo with the sounds of the French Quarter on Saturday when its hosts the Big Easy Ball. The evening kicks off with a concert by Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and is followed by a night of dancing with Grammy-winning artist Dr. John. Proceeds from the gala benefit Strathmore’s education and arts programming. The music begins at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $65 to $125.

Thomas Walter

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