Sunday, October 23, 2005


SILENT MOVIES WERE rarely, well, silent. Even though the characters "spoke" only by means of intertitles, their actions were accompanied by live music performed in the theater by a lone piano player, a full-scale orchestra or something in between.

You can enjoy that live, interactive experience at next Saturday's 7 p.m. screening at AFI Silver Theatre of the 1922 vampire classic "Nosferatu" (it repeats Monday at 9 p.m.). F.W. Murnau's movie is extraordinary for its eerie images, visual innovation and creepy performance by Max Schreck as the vampire. While Schreck gazes with hungry longing at human necks, you'll hear a score performed by the musical duo Silent Orchestra. Don't let the small number of players fool you: Carlos Garza on keyboards and Rich O'Meara on vibraphones, electronic samples, cymbals and gongs will fill the auditorium so you can party like it's 1922.

-- Desson Thomson

At AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 9 p.m. $20. Call 301-495-6720 or visit For more information about the music group, visit, where there's an MP3 sample of highlights of its "Nosferatu" score.


SOCIAL COMMENTARY alternates with abstract compositions in "Hot Talas, Cool Ragas," a program performed by Mallika Sarabhai and her company, Darpana. Saturday's program centers on women's experiences in mental asylums and the recent riots in Bombay. Sarabhai -- one of India's leading dancers and named among the "1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005" for her work pursuing social justice through the arts -- performs here as part of a two-night flurry of Indian dance presented by Washington's Daniel Phoenix Singh. His company, Dakshina, will perform Friday, along with regional Indian dance presentations from troupes Nrityanjali and Kuchipudi Kalanidhi.

-- Sarah Kaufman

At Tawes Theater, University of Maryland, College Park. Friday (Dakshina) and Saturday (Mallika Sarabhai) at 8 p.m. $32 ($22 students), plus $1 facility fee. For more information call 301-405-2787 or visit


JENNY HOLZER , an art world veteran who has won virtually every kind of honor and award, makes art that's built around words. She's used scrolling banks of LEDs to send messages that are both cryptic and strangely telling. Other oracular aphorisms by Holzer have been carved into granite benches or printed on T-shirts. Last year she was in Washington to present a new body of work in which she projects once-secret documents across building facades. She's back here Wednesday for a lecture at the Corcoran. This time the words will issue from her mouth, rather than her art. But she's known for being as eloquent with one as with the other.

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