Sunday, June 17, 2007
NEXT WEEKEND THE ANACOSTIA Community Museum provides a chance to rub shoulders with another member of the talented Marsalis family. Ellis L. Marsalis, a brother of musicians Wynton and Branford, has installed a series of photographs (and accompanying text) from the block where he lives in Baltimore. On Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. he will conduct a writing workshop about the layers and meanings of community, and encourage people to look more closely at the untold stories around them. He'll also lead a tour of his show, "Voices & Visions of Tha Bloc: An Exhibition by Ellis L. Marsalis III," which will remain at the Southeast museum until Aug. 12.
-- Jacqueline Trescott
At the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. For more information, call 202-633-1000 or visithttp://anacostia.si.edu.
TODAY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to see Synetic Theater's award-winning "Hamlet . . . the Rest Is Silence," and as of late last week, tickets were still available. This is good news for the last-minute theatergoer, though this unusual version of Shakespeare's play ought to intrigue dance fans as well. The title is taken from Hamlet's last words -- especially apt here as not a word is spoken throughout the 90-minute production. Instead, the tale of the haunted prince in the aftermath of his father's murder unfolds through sharply etched, stylized movement, music and a bare minimum of props and sets. Wonder of wonders: This treatment of Hamlet's wrenching dilemma, his torn loyalties and the eerie, twisted atmosphere of the Danish court delivers the emotional power of the play with surprising punch. The actors may be silent, but the tragedy comes through loud and clear.
-- Sarah Kaufman
At the Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Today at 3 p.m. $30. 202-467-4600 or visithttp://www.kennedy-center.org.
TOM MORELLO IS THE perfect postmodern guitar hero. More mad scientist than showy technician, he coaxes a wild array of unorthodox sounds out of his instrument. But on Morello's new solo project, working under the guise of the Nightwatchman, the guy who became famous for his revolutionary electric guitar work in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave has gone -- gasp !-- unplugged. Morello is no less incendiary, though, on his Nightwatchman debut, "One Man Revolution." It's a politically charged protest album, a furious, folky social statement on which Morello sings about injustice and takes particular aim at the Bush administration. On Saturday, Morello will fire his acoustic broadsides at the White House from close range when he performs at Jammin' Java. Effects pedals probably not included.
-- J. Freedom du Lac
Saturday, 8 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. $16. Tickets at door, by phone (703-255-1566), or athttp://www.jamminjava.com.
THREE YEARS AGO, Wolf Trap presented the world premiere of its first commissioned opera -- "Volpone" ("The Fox"), with music by John Musto and words by Mark Campbell, after Ben Jonson's great Renaissance comedy of the same name. It received glowing reviews: The Post's late music critic Joseph McLellan declared it a masterpiece, with its mixture of "jazz, Broadway, a bit of bel canto, a lot of verismo, and a fleeting tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan." Now Wolf Trap has a brand new production of "Volpone," along with news that the company will commission a second opera from Musto. Here's your chance to catch up.
-- Tim Page
At the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. Friday night at 8 and June 24 at 2, and again on June 29 and July 1. $58. Information: 703-255-1900, or visithttp://www.wolftrap.org.