- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thinkin’ about tomorrow

Sandy, Daddy Warbucks and everyone’s favorite moppet hit the Warner Theatre at 13th and E streets NW on Feb. 26, when the Broadway legend “Annie” opens a six-day run. And who’s to say the little redhead’s dogged optimism in the face of the Great Depression isn’t timely? See Theater.

Spring’s around the corner

When the Capital Home & Garden Show comes to the Dulles Expo Center, spring can’t be far behind. So mark the calendar for Feb. 21 to 24, when eager gardeners and DIYers can browse more than 750 garden displays, gadget exhibits and a range of homey products at 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. See Etc.

Jazz-tap combo

Combine a Grammy-winning pianist and jazz master with virtuoso instrumentalists and a Tony-winning choreographer and tap genius, and you have McCoy Tyner, his Trio, and Savion Glover. It’s the perfect recipe for smooth. They mix it up at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. See Pop Music.

Through a glass

Artomatic, that home-grown arts festival that invigorates the town every spring, debuts its first international glass exhibit, a three-week show opening Feb. 21 on the lower level of The Shops at Georgetown Park. “Glass3” shows off the work of glass artists from Sunderland, England; Toledo, Ohio; and local artists represented by the Washington Glass School. It runs through March 9 at 3222 M St. NW. See Galleries.

Black classics

The late William Grant Still, sometimes called the dean of American black classical composers, wrote symphonies, operas and more than 150 other pieces imbued with the spirit of the black experience in America. At 12:10 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the National Gallery of Art, soprano Celeste Headlee and pianist Danielle DeSwert will perform works by Mr. Still and other American black composers, in honor of Black History Month. The concert’s in the Lecture Hall on the ground floor of the West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. See Classical Music.

Yosemite’s allure

The splendor of Yosemite — the forbidding El Capitan, the sheer face of Half Dome, the torrent of Bridalveil Falls — has captivated artists and travelers since the mid-19th century. In 1927 it enthralled the late Japanese artist Chiura Obata, and now, for the first time on the East Coast, the Smithsonian American Art Museum presents “Obata’s Yosemite,” a show of 27 prints and watercolors and a series of 20 progressive proofs that resulted from the artist’s visit. The exhibit opens Feb. 22 at Eighth and F streets NW and runs through June 1. See Museums.

A little flute music

Sir James Galway, the Belfast-born flutist with the alluring Irish brogue, has the knack of interspersing serious music with an engaging patter. He and his wife, flutist Lady Jeanne Galway, team up for an evening’s entertainment Feb. 25 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The show is at 8 p.m. See Classical Music.

Swash and buckle

There’s nothing like a little Gilbert and Sullivan to put the real world in perspective. And there’s nothing like “The Pirates of Penzance” for musical farce. The Washington Savoyards make a rollicking band of pirates in the operetta, opening Feb. 23 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The show runs through March 9. See Theater.

The dances of Africa

Sylvia Soumah is the founder and artistic director of Coyaba Dance Theater, the 11-year-old Washington company that specializes in presenting traditional and contemporary West African dance and music. She’s put her being into a piece called “Destiny,” and Coyaba’s dancers and drummers bring it to life on Feb. 23 and 24 at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. See Dance.

Sugar and spice

You couldn’t wait, could you, for Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty to reunite? Well, they’re back together for “The Return of the Spice Girls” World Tour, and Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown and Victoria Beckham (yes, David’s wife) take over the Verizon Center, at 601 F St. NW, on Feb. 21. Washington may never be the same. See Pop Music.

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