- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Would you like to visit a place where you’re surrounded - all free of charge - by Alexander Calder’s “Red Horse,” trees, lawns, a fountain and last, but not least, the syncopated rhythms of live jazz.

Where is this dreamy-sounding place?

In downtown Washington, namely at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest. Friday marks the start of the gallery’s annual free Friday night “Jazz in the Garden” series.

It starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. and features everything from Brazilian to traditional jazz. The series runs through Aug. 28.

In the event of rain, concerts are held inside the Pavilion Cafe, which serves light fare, dessert, beer and wine.

Let’s hope for clear skies, though, as sitting outside near the fountain with a view of Roy Lichtenstein’s colorful “House 1” and Hector Guimard’s art nouveau model “An Entrance to the Paris Metropolitain” is a real treat.

For more information on “Jazz in the Garden” concerts and performers, call 202/ 289-3360 or visit www.nga.gov/programs/jazz; for a map of the sculpture garden, visit www.nga.gov/feature/sculpturegarden/general/map.shtm; for the cafe menu, visit www.pavilioncafe.com.

- Gabriella Boston

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