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Inside the gallery she'll play recordings of the swish-swoosh of herself ice skating. Outside on P Street, she'll draw figure eights by attaching chalk to in-line skates. Adams plans to skate each day around 2 a.m. to avoid cars.

Toosi is setting up a faux accounting firm called H&R CABBAGE to calculate gallery visitors' personal carbon emissions. She'll be at Transformer full time from Aug. 1 to 4 for this performance piece, titled "You're Not as Green as You Are Cabbage-Looking."

Toosi says she's poking fun at the trendiness of environmentalism and also giving people a tangible idea of their carbon footprints.

"I'm usually interested in things that are in the spotlight because they come and go," she says. "In fact, it's a very long-lasting issue."

"E4: Station to Station" runs through Aug. 4 at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P St. NW. Wednesday-Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Free. 202-483-1102.

The Port Huron Project

Artist Mark Tribe is traveling around the East Coast, restaging protest speeches from the New Left movements of the 1960s and '70s. His series, called the Port Huron Project after the 1962 manifesto of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), stops here next Thursday at the Washington Monument. Tribe is an assistant professor of culture and media at Brown University.

"When I read these speeches, I was struck by how relevant they are now," he says. "It's almost as if they could have been written today."

The Port Huron Project has traveled to Boston and New York to re-create speeches given by author and activist Howard Zinn and by Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

In Washington, an actor will perform a speech originally delivered by Paul Potter, president of SDS, at a 1965 march on the Mall.

"The president says that we are defending freedom in Vietnam," the Potter speech says. "Whose freedom? Not the freedom of the Vietnamese."

See video of the Coretta Scott King reenactment at http://porthuronproject.blip.tv.

The speech is at 6 p.m. July 26 (rain date July 27) at Constitution Avenue and 15th Street NW. Free. http://www.porthuronproject.net.

Shore Wins Sondheim Prize

Tony Shore received the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize at a ceremony last week at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Shore works in acrylic on velvet and paints scenes of blue-collar life in Baltimore, or as he lovingly refers to them, "white trash on black velvet." He plans to use the money to build a studio in his back yard.

Shore, 35, got a little teary as he accepted the award from Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

"Right away I was pretty emotional, but the two things that I knew I had to remember to say was I wanted to speak about Walter Sondheim . . . and how inspirational he was," Shore says. "And I knew I had to thank my wife."

Work from all seven of the Sondheim finalists is on display through Aug. 5. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets), Baltimore. 443-573-1700. http://www.artbma.org. Open Wednesday-Friday from 11 to 5, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 6. Free.


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