- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Three legends, one concert

The Choral Arts Society of Washington takes on three musical legends on Sunday in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Mozart’s Missa Solemnis, Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” and Gershwin’s American classic “Porgy and Bess” are all on the schedule for the afternoon performance. The music begins at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $59. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

First listen

Hear a sneak peek of Mae’s new album, “Singularity,” when it plays the 9:30 Club with fellow punk rock acts Relient K and Sherwood on Monday. Tickets are $17.50. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

More than flowers

The annual Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral isn’t just for green thumbs. The two-day event has activities for the whole family, including rides on an antique carousel, live music, puppet shows and plenty of flowers. Flower Mart 2007 begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. and runs through 6 p.m. On Saturday, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues Northwest. 202/537-3185.

The singing comedian

Don’t expect to hear John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the “Weird Al” Yankovic show at Rams Head Live on Tuesday. Part comedian, part musician, Mr. Yankovic retools hit songs like “Gangsta’s Paradise” into comedic parodies like “Amish Paradise.” For his latest album, “Straight Outta Lynwood,” Mr. Yankovic has taken on artists like Green Day, Usher, Chamillionaire and even “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $40. 20 Market Place. Baltimore. 410/244-1131.

Twice the art

The National Gallery of Art welcomes two new exhibitions on Sunday. “Fabulous Journeys and Faraway Places: Travels on Paper, 1450-1700” features 60 works of art that showcase European perspectives on the world from the 15th to the 18th century. “Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings” unveils approximately 100 rarely seen works of art from masters like Bernini, Boucher, Degas, Delacroix, Jordaens and many more. Both exhibits are on view through Sept. 16. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/737-4215.

Patriots on display

See and hear some the military’s top musical talent every Wednesday at the annual Twilight Tattoo military pageant. The sunset event features soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”), the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team, the U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), the U.S. Army Chorus and the U.S. Army Chorale. Twilight Tattoo begins at 7 p.m. in the northwest quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds. Performances continue through June 27. Admission is free.

Presidential school days

Why did John F. Kennedy miss 65 days of kindergarten? What kind of grades did Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter receive in school? Which president received offers to play pro football? Learn the answers at the National Archives’ “School House to White House” exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets Northwest. 202/357-5000.

Thomas Walter

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