Sunday, January 29, 2006


THE SIXTH ANNUAL D.C. FLAMENCO Festival, which kicks off Saturday, promises an array of performers from Spain, among them a couple of revered veterans of the art form. In the 1980s, choreographer and dancer Cristina Hoyos starred in Carlos Saura's trilogy of dance films ("Blood Wedding," "Carmen" and "El Amor Brujo"). Now nearing 60, she directs -- and still performs with -- the 20-member Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia, which appears for the first time in Washington on Feb. 11 and 12. Elder statesman Manolo Marin, a featured star of the festival gala on Feb. 17, turns 70 this year. Other performances include the Nuevo Ballet Espanol on Saturday and guitarist Vicente Amigo on Feb. 8.

-- Sarah Kaufman

At George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Saturday through Feb. 17. $25-$60. Call 202-397-SEAT or visit


ANTON BRUCKNER'S SYMPHONY No. 9 is one of the most glorious leave-takings in the repertory. It was left unfinished upon the composer's death, but it is hard to imagine what Bruckner could have done to follow the great Adagio he wrote for a third movement, which alternates between frenzied agitation and the proverbial "peace that passeth all understanding." Gunther Herbig conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a program that also includes Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 (with Philip Munds as soloist) and Steven Stucky's "Anniversary Greeting."

-- Tim Page

At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Saturday at 8 p.m.; remaining tickets, $43 to $78. Call 877-276-1444 or visit


NEW WORKS BY Dean Kessman, who coordinates fine-art photography at George Washington University, look like the latest in medical imaging. In one of them, an amorphous field of gray smudges gives way, here and there, to a tangle of darker marks the color of clotting blood -- hinting at the presence of a hideous growth, maybe, or a very bad case of stomach knots. Look closer, and you see it's even worse than that: Revealed among the colored smudges is half the red bull's-eye that makes up the Target logo, with a telltale "TM" just barely visible beside it. Kessman, it turns out, is giving us a close look into the guts of our consumer culture. The image is part of a series of works, luscious and disturbing at the same time, for which Kessman simply crumpled plastic shopping bags on the bed of his digital scanner, then output the results as ultra-high-resolution inkjet prints. The show closes Wednesday, so you've only a few days left to see Kessman's penetrating visions.

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