Thursday, February 14, 2008



Alden Theatre

1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703/790-9223,

• “Mark Nadler in a Nutshell.” Singer, piano player, storyteller, comedian, tap dancer, actor in the Victor Borge vein plays everything from chopsticks to Lizst. 8 p.m. March 15. $28, $34.

The Athenaeum

201 Prince St., Alexandria. Second Thursday Series. 703/548-0035,

• “Love, Friendship, Romance and The Rest of It: A Belated Valentine.” Comedic, dramatic and spiritual readings about love with Kristine Cornils and Cheryl Felicia Rhoads. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $10.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. 301/405-ARTS,

• William Yang: “Shadows.” With singer and composer Colin Offord underscoring his tales, storyteller and photographer William Yang uses photo slides and monologue to tell of two Australian communities haunted by history. Kogod Studio Theatre. 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 29 and March 1. $7, $30.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Tivoli Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202/234-7174,

• “Oyelo, Out Loud!” Hip-hop, spoken word and poetry with the Nuyorican La Bruja and Washington’s Quique Aviles and Silvana Straw. 8 p.m. March 7 and 8, 3 p.m. March 9. $20.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 888/945-2468,

• Rik Reppe: “Staggering Toward America.” The storyteller paints a portrait of the country and its people based on his cross-country trek following September 11. Concert Hall. 7 p.m. March 2. $15-$30.

Lincoln Theatre

1215 U St. NW. Tickets through 877/77CLICK or See

• The Vagina Monologues Tour. Eve Ensler’s celebration of female sexuality tours with a celebrity cast: Star Jones, Sherri Shepherd, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Denise Dowse, Juanita Jennings, Dawnn Lewis, Rhonda Stubbins White, Taj Johnson George, Jeannie Jones, Justin Love. 8 p.m. Feb. 16. $35-$100.

Wolf Trap: The Barns

1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets at the box office or at, 703/218-6500. See

• The Amazing Kreskin. The renowned mentalist entertains with his predictions and illusions. 8 p.m. Feb. 15. $22. Sold out.


Dance Place

3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600,

• Tim Miller: “Us.” One man’s whirlwind journey through the United States in search of gay rights. 8 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1; 4 p.m. March 2. $17, $22; $8 for children 17 and under.

Kennedy Center

Performance art at the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. Millennium Stage, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Performances start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free. 202/467-4600.

• Yasuki Fukushima. Exclamatory poet, best known for zekkyo (shouted) tanka poems 31 syllables long, performs some of his works, accompanied on piano by Masato Nagahata. Feb. 14.

• Maywa Denki. A performance art troupe of two brothers — exhibition creators and curators, and producers of music, videos, writings, toys, and electronic devices — perform several of their works on robotic instruments. Feb. 16.

• A Harajuku Evening. Japan festival finale devoted to Harajuku, the Tokyo neighborhood known for youth style and fashion. Featuring the latest trends in global street culture and music: hip-hop, punk, robot DJs, Ura-Hara, Goth-Lolitas, and an invitation to dress up in a Harajuku-inspired fashion. Feb. 17.


Kennedy Center

Robotics shows at the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free unless otherwise noted. 202/467-4600,

• “Robotopia Rising.” Robot extravaganza on the science and culture of Japanese robotics, with some of the world’s most sophisticated robots. Kokoro’s Actroid DER2 greets visitors in the Hall of States; Mitsubishi’s Wakamaru does the same in the Nations Gallery. 12:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through Feb. 17.

• “Robotopia Rising” robot shows: Honda’s Asimo and Toyota’s Partner Robot in 15-minute shows throughout the day. Nations Gallery. For complete schedule see the Web site. Through Feb. 17.

• Guided tour of “Robotopia Rising.” Tim Hornyak, author of “Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots,” in a one-hour tour and a discussion of the history of robots in Japan. Interactive demonstrations of humanoid robots, examination of robots’ coexistence with humans. South Gallery. 10 a.m. Feb. 14. $5. Sold out.

• Maywa Denki’s robotic instruments. Display of the robotic instruments used by the performance art troupe, North Millennium Stage 10 am.-6 p.m. Feb. 13-15. Lecture and demonstrations of the instruments, North Millennium Stage 4 and 5 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. The troupe will perform on the Millennium Stage 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

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