This Week & Next

Friday, January 2, 2009

This Week & Next

The District


Onstage Arena's Public Audition: Looking for Yolanda Voyeurs, this one is for you: This spring, Arena Stage is reviving the off-Broadway play "Crowns," about the significance of hats to six Southern black women. But the theater has decided to cast one of the roles with an "American Idol"-style strategy. Arena is looking for African American women (age 16-24) -- with theater experience or not -- to audition for the role of Yolanda at the Lincoln Theatre tomorrow. All contestants must have the ability to sing in front of hundreds of people without losing their cool, because these auditions are open for all to come watch. Those trying out have 90 seconds to sing 16 bars of a song (gospel is preferred, but R&B and hip-hop are okay, too), and if there's time, give a short monologue. (God, if you're reading, please have someone sing "Single Ladies [Put a Ring on It].") Free. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sign-up is at 8, auditions begin at 9. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. For details, visit

Film Mr. De Mille, Ready for His Close-Up The National Gallery tomorrow screens Cecil B. De Mille's 1932 epic "The Sign of the Cross," a lush film that follows early Christians in Rome. (As a bonus, it's regularly cited for getting in a good bit of sexual innuendo with the religious themes.) Free. 2:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.



Closing "Franz West: To Build a House You Start With the Roof" This survey of the work of the Viennese sculptor covers his evolution from the early 1970s to 2008. What makes this show so interesting? Visitors are encouraged to touch everything. Pick things up, even. Sit on them. No alarms will go off. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Closes Sunday. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. 443-573-1700.


Onstage Liz Lerman Dance's "Science on Stage" The dance company, led by onetime MacArthur "genius" grant winner Lerman, collects excerpts from three of its heavily researched, science-inspired performances. "Science on Stage: Art in the Laboratory" features bits of the 2006 work "Ferocious Beauty: Genome" (which was created in consultation with experts from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health), plus two new dances: "Cells: The Universe Inside Us" and "The Matter of Origins" (which won't premiere till fall 2010). The excerpts, featuring multimedia elements, are performed Sunday. $20-$25 in advance; $25-$30 at the door. 7:30 p.m. Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260 or get tickets at

Northern Virginia


The Scene The Psychic Faire: A Little New Year's Fun We just liked the idea of greeting the new year pragmatically: Why let 2009 merely unwind when you can find out in advance how it will all turn out? Esoterica New Age Superstore and After Hours Coffee House in Leesburg hosts a weekend Psychic Faire, featuring palm readings and tarot card readings, a medium and even an animal communication person. (No, we're not endorsing anything a psychic tells you; we just think you can go with a sense of humor.) And tonight at 7:30 is the New Year's Prophecy Service. A $15 donation is recommended for tonight's service; readings have individual fees. Call for appointments. Various times today though Sunday. 25 S. King St., Leesburg. For schedule, visit or call 703-777-4642.


For Families "WALL E" The Shirlington Library hosts a family movie matinee on Sunday, with last summer's offbeat blockbuster Pixar flick "WALL E," about a glass-half-full robot left to the lonely business of picking up trash left by wasteful humans -- who have already left the planet after ravaging it. But this is a Pixar movie, so it's not all hopeless. Good things, namely a robot named Eve, promise to liven things up. Free. 2 p.m. Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-6545.

The Scene Karaoke at Galaxy Hut You've got two days to pick a song and practice. Galaxy Hut's monthly karaoke night is serious business. There are the singers (they're good). There are the rules: No tipping the DJ; if you stop singing, you're done; etc. Sign-up starts at 8 p.m. (the list includes Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more). Free (21 and older only). 8 p.m.-1 a.m. the first Sunday of each month. Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-525-8646.

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