- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Mount Vernon remembers

Beginning Feb. 1, Mount Vernon commemorates Black History Month by remembering the many slaves who built and operated the estate. Each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., interpreters at the slave quarters will educate visitors on the slaves’ contributions. A wreath-laying and presentation at the Slave Memorial on the grounds will take place every day at noon. The commemoration runs through Feb. 28. South end of George Washington Memorial Parkway. Admission ranges from $6 to $13; children under 5 are admitted free. 703/780-2000.

South American ballet

The Washington Ballet travels to Latin and South America for its newest production, “Noche Latina!” which hits the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater next Wednesday and runs through Feb. 4. The work pays tribute to Artistic Director Septime Webre’s native Cuba and also explores Argentinean tango, Brazilian samba and bossa nova and Mexican folk music and banda. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Feb. 3 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Tickets range from $19 to $115. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

JT’s night

After his breakout solo debut, “Justified,” Justin Timberlake is ruling the airwaves once again with hits from his second release. “Future Sex/Love Sounds.” The one-time boy-band star brings his nationwide tour, which comes complete with a full band, multiple stages and dancing, to the Verizon Center on Feb. 2. Tickets range from $56 to $95. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 601 F St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Circus with a twist

Cirque Eloize blends traditional gymnastics, high-flying circus acts, theatrical lighting and a soulful soundtrack for its new production “Rain,” which plays three shows at the George Mason University Center for the Arts on Feb. 2 and 3. The Quebec-based company has performed to sold-out audiences around the world, and this year’s production promises no less. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Feb. 2, and 2 and 8 p.m Feb. 3. Tickets are $22 to $44. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 888/945-2468.

Korans illuminated

The Walters Museum sheds light on Islam’s holy book, the Koran, with its new exhibit, “Speaking the Word of God: Illuminated Korans from the Walters Art Museum,” which opens on Feb. 3. The show features 22 Korans dating from the ninth to the 19th century. It will run through April 29. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free. 600 North Charles St., Baltimore. 410/547-9000.

Sharing the struggle

The Duke Ellington School for the Arts hopes to shed new light on the AIDS epidemic with its new multimedia theater work, “Patience Wept.” Combining dance, music and visual art, the work illuminates the struggles of people, both here and in Africa, living with the disease. Performance times at the Ellington School are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9. Tickets range from $5 to $15; proceeds will help raise funds for the production to be performed in Senegal. 3500 R St. NW. 202/337-4825.

N’Awlins night

New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band join forces with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Pops to celebrate Mardi Gras at the Music Center at Strathmore on Feb. 8. Andrew Constantine conducts, while jazz singer Banu Gibson handles the vocal duties for the evening. Tickets range from $43 to $80. Showtime is 8 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Flamenco fest

The seventh annual Flamenco Festival kicks off on Feb. 8 at Lisner Auditorium with a night of wine, cheese and dancing. Washington’s own Sara Jerez-Marlow will lead the dancing lessons while dancers and non-dancers can enjoy some of Spain’s best wines and cheeses. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for opening night are $20. Other festival events include guitarist Paco de Lucia on Feb. 9, a Bienal de Sevilla gala event on Feb. 13, the Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras on Feb. 15 and 16, and Compania Rafaela Carrasco on Feb. 17. For showtime information including ticket prices and times see www.lisner.org. 730 21st St., NW. 301/808-6900.

Visual music

Tap dancer extraordinaire Savion Glover presents his newest long-form dance program “Classical Savion” on Feb. 9 and 10 at the Warner Theatre. In his new work, Mr. Glover adds a dancing element to such classics as Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, all of which will be performed live by a eight-member classical ensemble. Performance times are 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets range from $32 to $62. 13th and E Streets, Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Scissorhands on stage

Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne brings his new and eccentric dance adaptation of Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” to the Kennedy Center Opera House beginning Feb. 13. The dancing musical includes new music and arrangements based on Danny Elfman’s original score and performed live by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 through 16, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18. Tickets range from $29 to $84. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

The finest of African art

After receiving one of the world’s finest known collections of African art in 2005, the National Museum of African Art is finally set to showcase its wonders, beginning Feb. 15. “African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection” contains more than 525 pieces from more than 20 African countries and five centuries of artistic work. The exhibit is open through Sept. 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Free. 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202/633-4600.

World-changing songs

You won’t hear Chris Tomlin’s songs on pop radio. They’re sung by millions of churchgoers around the world, and Mr. Tomlin bids fair to change the sound of the Christian church song by song. His newest release, “See the Morning,” hit the Billboard charts at No. 15 and has stayed near the top of the Christian charts since its release in September. Mr. Tomlin plays the Patriot Center with fellow artist Matt Redman and author-speaker Louie Giglio on Feb. 16. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $25. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Back to back to back

One night of music isn’t enough for the well-traveled guitarist Nils Lofgren. Playing professionally since the age of 17, he has recorded and toured with some of this era’s greatest musicians, including Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Ringo Starr and Branford Marsalis. Fans have the chance to see this legend live at the Birchmere Feb. 16 through 18. Showtime each night is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Side project

It was a break from his band — the punk act Something Corporate — and a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia that led vocalist-pianist Andrew McMahon to finally take up a pet project. The result is Jack’s Mannequin, a piano-driven rock band that sounds a bit like his main band, but features more personal and intimate lyrics. Jack’s Mannequin headlines two nights of music at the 9:30 Club on Feb. 25 and 26. Showtimes are 6 p.m. both dates. Tickets are $23.50. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Cherishing tradition

To close out the month of February, the Barns at Wolf Trap hosts the acclaimed all-female Irish band Cherish the Ladies. The five-piece group, named after a jig tune, has grown into one of the most successful Irish “trad” acts, with 11 albums and several international awards to its credit. The women perform back-to-back shows on Feb. 27 and 28. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tickets are $24. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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