HERE & NOW

Sunday, December 18, 2005

THE WRY TRIO of women who make up the harmony-enriched group Betty are settling in again at Theater J for another run of "Betty Rules," a smart, acerbic and tuneful autobiographical show that explores personal growth through, among other things, sex, drugs and rock-and-roll. That "Betty" is Washington-born and -bred makes the evening all the more endearing.

-- Peter Marks

At Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Tuesday through Jan. 29. $15-$40. Call 202-777-3229 or visithttp://www.theaterj.org.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

ASIDE FROM HIS three surviving operas, Claudio Monteverdi is best remembered for his "Vespers of 1610." Indeed, in much the same way that Giuseppe Verdi, some 260 years later, turned momentarily away from opera to write his Requiem, Monteverdi gives us sacred music so vital and exciting that it often sounds as though it might have been taken from a music theater piece. The Cantate Chamber Singers will present the entire "Vespers" this afternoon, with some fine soloists -- soprano Joan McFarland, mezzo Barbara Hollinshead, tenors Robert Baker and Adam Hall, baritone Bobb Robinson and bass Mark Mason. Gisele Becker will conduct.

-- Tim Page

At St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. Today at 4 p.m. $30; $12 for those 18 and younger. For more information call 301-986-1799.

FILM

THE FREER GALLERY OF ART concludes its month-long "Views of Vietnam" series today with a screening of "Deserted Valley," Pham Nhue Giang's 2000 film about three teachers whose tangled personal relationships threaten to take them from the students they have devoted their lives and careers to. The director will be at the screening, as will Nguyen Thi Hong Thai, deputy general director of the Vietnam Cinema Department.

-- Ann Hornaday

At the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Today at 2 p.m. A 1:15 p.m. tour of the gallery's Vietnamese Ceramics exhibit precedes the screening (meet at the information desk). Free. Tickets are required and are available through Ticketmaster or at the auditorium one hour before the screening. Call 202-633-4880 or visithttp://www.asia.si.edu.

FILM

THE FREER GALLERY OF ART concludes its month-long "Views of Vietnam" series today with a screening of "Deserted Valley," Pham Nhue Giang's 2000 film about three teachers whose tangled personal relationships threaten to take them from the students they have devoted their lives and careers to. The director will be at the screening, as will Nguyen Thi Hong Thai, deputy general director of the Vietnam Cinema Department.

-- Ann Hornaday

At the Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Today at 2 p.m. A 1:15 p.m. tour of the gallery's Vietnamese Ceramics exhibit precedes the screening (meet at the information desk). Free. Tickets are required and are available through Ticketmaster or at the auditorium one hour before the screening. Call 202-633-4880 or visithttp://www.asia.si.edu.


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