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Saturday, January 10, 2009

This Week & Next

The District

Today

Closing "The Panza Collection" The Hirshhorn's latest "Ways of Seeing" exhibition gathers works from the collection of Italian Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and his wife, Giovanna -- early, esoteric pieces by Donald Judd, Joseph Kosuth, Mark Rothko and dozens of other important artists from the 1960s and '70s. Don't expect paintings on walls at this exhibition -- expect large and unusual installations, and sometimes, bare walls altogether. The show closes tomorrow. Free. 10 a.m-5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

The Scene Yoga Rave: Getting You High . . . on Life The Art of Living Foundation throws this nighttime yog-travaganza tonight at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington as a positive way to spend your Saturday night (and if you work on getting a bangin' yoga body while you're at it, well, good for you). "Yoga Rave 2009" features yoga and breathing techniques, guided meditation, all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet, a DJ and live music by the Bhakti band. The deal: It's all substance-free. $35. 7:30-11:30 p.m. 18 and older only. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, 2500 14th St. NW. 877-964-2728 or http://www.yogarave.info.

Tomorrow

Concert Choral Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The Choral Arts Society of Washington's 21st annual tribute, with a 250-voice choir, returns to the Kennedy Center tomorrow. "The Wire" actor Jermaine Crawford (who is just 17) is the event's emcee, and a special humanitarian award will be presented to John Doar, the lead prosecutor in the "Mississippi Burning" civil rights slayings in 1964. 7 p.m. $20. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. For tickets call 202-244-3669 or visit http://www.choralarts.org.

Monday

For Kids Nikki Giovanni on "Hip Hop Speaks to Children" The renowned poet returns to Politics and Prose to read from her children's book, a companion to her "Poetry Speaks to Children" book that features a CD of readings by guests including Queen Latifah. Free. 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 7 to 12. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Thursday

The Scene New Year's Happy Hour The Alliance Francaise marks the year (yes, a little late) with a bash featuring jazz, real Kir Royal champagne cocktails and DJs. (Though the event is in honor of Alliance members, it's open to the public.) $5; free for members. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Reserve a spot at http://www.francedc.orgor call 202-234-7911.

Maryland

Today

Concert Rockabilly and J.P. McDermott The prolific local guitarist and his swinging band, Western Bop, return to the Quarry House Tavern for a night of dance-friendly fun. $6; two for $10. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Quarry House Tavern, 8401 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-587-8350.

Tomorrow

For Families The Russian American Kids Circus No big top here. This troupe of youths -- led by former Moscow Circus performer Alex Berenchtein -- flies high indoors, under the Day-Glo illumination of black lights. They juggle, perform unicycle tricks, and clown. Adults, $26 (members, $21); children, $17 (members, $12). 3 p.m. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-280-5640 or for tickets, visit http://www.marylandhall.org.

Northern Virginia

Today

Closing "Skin: America in Black & White" Solomon Wondimu's thesis exhibition -- which features large new media pieces, including digital prints, sculpture and video with colors made to match skin color from hundreds of volunteers -- is set to close today. Free. A closing reception is today, 5-8 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Gallery, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888.

Monday

Literature Obama Fever? Learn More About "Michelle" If we hear one more word about what dress Michelle Obama will wear to the inauguration, we'll scream. But maybe we could stand to hear more about the life and story of the Harvard Law grad, Washingtonian's newest supermom, and yes, incoming first lady. Washington Post Magazine writer Liza Mundy visits the Arlington Central Library to talk about her book, "Michelle," released late last year. Free. 7 p.m. Monday. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5959.


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