- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Oh, Romeo

The Kirov Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House on Tuesday to perform the Leonid Lavrovsky version of “Romeo and Juliet” to Prokofiev’s score. It’s part of the six-month “Shakespeare in Washington” celebration. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. through Jan. 20. The company also will perform two 1:30 p.m. matinees on Jan. 20 and 21. Tickets range from $47 to $125. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Open house

Signature Theatre opens the doors to its brand-new theater complex in Shirlington this weekend for two days of free performances, classes and tours. Tony Award nominees Euan Morton and Emily Skinner highlight the list of performers, while Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer leads a master class in how to audition. Events begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. All events are free and open to the public, but some performances require tickets. 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. 703/820-9771.

Big wheels

Monster trucks take over the Verizon Center this weekend for Monster Jam. Trucks like Blue Thunder, Air Force and others will speed their way down the track, popping wheelies and spinning dirt. Before the Saturday afternoon race fans can attend the Pit Party, where they can meet the drivers, see the trucks and walk on the track. Tickets range from $23 to $28. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Saturday. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Stringed heaven

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile joins musical forces with acclaimed double-bassist Edgar Meyer Saturday night at the George Mason Center for the Arts for a night of original string music at the highest level. Mr. Thile is best known for his work with bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, while Mr. Meyer has teamed with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor on several occasions. The duo gets started at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $44. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 888/945-2468.

21st-century Globe

What would Shakespeare’s Globe Theater look like today if modern architects designed it? The National Building Museum answers this question with its new exhibit, “Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century,” which opens Saturday, as part of the “Shakespeare in Washington” celebration. The exhibit features interpretive models and renderings from five leading architects — among them John Coyne and David Rockwell — along with historical images, sketches and diagrams from 16th- and 17th-century Elizabethan theaters. The exhibit continues through Aug. 27. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested. 401 F St. NW. 202/272-2448.

Full-time gig

Music was only a hobby for pianist Vienna Teng when she was earning her computer science degree from Stanford University. Upon graduation, the hobby became a full-time passion; now Miss Teng has four albums under her belt and an international tour schedule. She plays the Rams Head Tavern on Wednesday, premiering tracks from her latest release, “Dreaming Through the Noise.” Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. 33 West St., Annapolis. 410/268-4545.

New Orleans night

The New Orleans funk outfit the Subdudes debuts its latest album on Wednesday at the Barns at Wolf Trap. The album, “Behind the Levee,” re-creates the always recognizable New Orleans sound that all the members of the band grew up with. The guys also play the Barns on Thursday. Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $25. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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