- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2007

Could she? Should she?

Broadway star Patti LuPone, a Tony and Olivier Award winner, has had her share of hits. In “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,” tomorrow night at the Music Center at Strathmore, she tells us there are plenty of musicals she wishes she had performed in — and she sings songs from them all. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $82. 301/581-5100.

A grand reopening

When the Bethesda Theatre opened in 1938, it was an art deco masterpiece that brought Hollywood glam to the suburbs. Since it closed as a traditional movie house in the early 1980s it has taken on multiple identities, but the latest could be the best: The newly renovated theater reopens tonight in all its glory with the long-running off-Broadway musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Curtain at 8 p.m. Opening night tickets range from $50 to $75. The show runs through Feb. 17. 202/397-SEAT.

Ole!

Extravagant costumes, lavish sets, classically trained dancers in the folk tradition: Now in its 55th season, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico is known for swirls of color, music and movement. The company brings its south-of-the-border flavor to George Mason University Center for the Arts Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets range from $22 to $44. 888/945-2468.

In the Jewish tradition

It’s time for the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival at the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center, a 10-day immersion in the best of contemporary Jewish culture. This year’s program, opening Saturday, ranges from theatrical short-story readings to analysis of mother-daughter conversations with linguistics maven Deborah Tannen and musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. 1529 16th St. NW. Times vary. Saturday through Oct. 16. Individual events $5 to $30, with some free. Festival pass $55 to $75. 202/777-3250 or washingtondcjcc.org/litfest.

All the pretty horses

Stately hunters, powerful jumpers, dressage showoffs: Every permutation of the rider’s art comes to the Verizon Center beginning Tuesday with the Washington International Horse Show, a six-day competition in which some 600 horses and riders vie for titles. Easing the pressure are barrel racing and terrier races. Seventh and F streets Northwest. Shows are at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. through Oct. 14. Tickets are $20 and $40. 202/397-SEAT.

Turning the tables

He’s more than a DJ; he’s a “turntablist,” an artist in the manipulation of sound. And when the Tokyo-born Hideaki Ishi, otherwise known as DJ Krush, shows up for the late show at the 9:30 Club Saturday night, he’s likely to show why most critics call him a sensation. 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. $25. 202/393-0930.

Fabric of frontier life

As early as the 1830s, quilts made a difference in the lives of America’s pioneer women. Tomorrow, the Renwick Gallery opens “Going West! Quilts and Community,” a show of 50 rare quilts that tell the stories of many who traveled the Great Platte River Road. 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Dec. 25. Through Jan. 21. 202/633-1000.

Queshonda Moore

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