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Monday, January 24, 2011; C08


'The Orchid in Chinese Painting'

The cymbidium orchid became a popular subject for Chinese artists during the Song dynasty (A.D. 960-1279) and was often painted in the dark ink of calligraphers. Fifteen orchid paintings are on display at the Sackler Gallery in anticipation of an orchid show that opens at the Natural History Museum on Saturday.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through July 17. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4880. www.asia.si.edu.


Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage commemorates the 50th anniversary of Irish American John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration with some good old-fashioned Irish dance.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.


Final days of 'The Art of Gaman' at the Renwick

An exhibition of more than 120 works of art made by Japanese American internees during World War II closes Sunday at the Renwick Gallery.

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-7970. www.americanart.si.edu.


H Street Karaoke Championship

A crew of carefully selected karaoke regulars at H Street NE's Little Miss Whiskey's and Sticky Rice compete for a grand prize and unlimited bragging rights.

8 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com.


'Neorealismo 1941-1954'

The National Gallery screens "Shoeshine," from 1946, among the first of the Italian neorealist films.

2:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov.


Polar Bear Plunge

Watch hundreds of participants plunge into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. Or warm up inside the festival tent with live music, food, drinks and carnival games all day.

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sandy Point State Park Marina, 1100 East College Pkwy., Annapolis. 410-974-2149. www.plungemd.gov.


U.S. Marine Band: 'Sea Songs'

"The President's Own" Marine Band plays compositions by Debussy, Handel and others that were inspired by the ebb and flow of the sea.

2 p.m. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 202-433-4011. www.marineband.usmc.mil.

- Jess Righthand

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