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Friday, August 18, 2006

Music By Richard Harrington

Bob Dylan titles his upcoming album "Modern Times" -- due Aug. 29, it's his first in five years -- but the mercurial singer (and astoundingly entertaining XM radio DJ) is also about ancient tunes -- his own and those bluesmen, mountain balladeers and Tin Pan Alley craftsmen always restlessly reinvented. Naturally, Dylan's touring in minor league baseball stadiums, including Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick on Saturday, with guests Jimmie Vaughan, Junior Brown and Elana James and the Continental Two . Kids 12 and younger get in free with each adult ticket-holder. Call 202-397-7328.

Film By Stephen Hunter

"Heading South," about three women of a certain age and the young Haitian man they fall for, doesn't make the mistake that so many Westerners-in-World-3 make, where they concentrate so fully on the horror of the posh observers, they pass on the horror of the exploited. In its way, the film is a piercing indictment, though it makes its point without much screaming, hectoring or preening. It's quietly terrific.

See review on Page 30.

Exhibition By Eve Zibart

"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky" -- and they're oddities from the collection of what you might have thought was a very genteel place. "Obsolete, Odd and Absolutely Ooky Stuff From the DAR Museum Vaults" includes a (real) ram's head snuffbox, early surgical tools and leech pots, a Revolutionary-era mousetrap and archaic kitchen utensils (including a wooden meat grinder that would never pass inspection today), odd musical instruments and human-hair jewelry. Even the most museum-jaded kid will love it. But get your Addams together: The exhibit closes Sept. 2.

Call 202-879-3241.

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