A photo caption on the Weekend's Best page in yesterday's Weekend incorrectly reported where the craftwork pictured would be shown. The work was for the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. (Published 11/20/99)
The Washington Craft Show will feature jewelry, porcelain, wearable art and handmade furniture by about 185 artists, many of whom have works displayed in museums throughout the country, Friday from 10 to 9, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 6 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW (Metro: Metro Center). Admission is $9, $8 for seniors, $7 children 5 through 18 (younger free). Call 301/369-9331.
More than 550 artisans from across the nation will display and sell their creations in leather, stained glass, jewelry, wearable art, pottery and prints at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 9 and Sunday from 10 to 6 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, on Perry Parkway off Route 355 in Gaithersburg. Admission is $7; children 11 and younger free. Call 301/990-1400 or 800/210-9900.
Women's Soccer Stars
Twelve members of the U.S. Women's National Team, winners of the 1999 Women's World Cup Championship, will compete against a squad of World All-Stars in a soccer exhibition, Saturday at 1 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place/ Chinatown). Tickets are $18.50, $27.50 and $37.50, with $5 discount for children 11 and younger. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges).#
Time On Our Hands
"On Time," a permanent exhibition exploring the ways time has been used, measured and thought about over the past 300 years, is at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle). Admission is free. The museum is open from 10 to 5:30 daily. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).
'Tis the Season . . .
The Miracle of Lights, a holiday light show that benefits the Medical Care for Children Partnership, opens Friday and runs through Jan. 8 in Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., in Centreville. The show is open from 5:30 to 10:30 every night, including holidays. Admission is $12 per vehicle with up to 14 passengers. Take I-66 west to Exit 52, go south on Route 29 for two miles, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Road and follow signs. Call 703/709-5437.
Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" returns to Ford's Theatre for performances Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30, Tuesday at 1 and 7:30, and Wednesday at 7:30, with performances continuing through Jan. 2 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW (Metro: Metro Center, Federal Triangle). Tickets are $27 to $43. Order tickets from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges); for information, call 202/347-4833.
Oatlands Plantation, decorated with the kissing balls and greenery of the Victorian era, welcomes visitors during its Christmas at Oatlands celebration, Saturday through Dec. 30. The house is open for tours from 10 to 4:30 Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4:30 Sundays (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Admission is $8, $7 for seniors and $1 ages 6 through 11 (younger free). Candlelight tours are offered Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18 ($10, $3 for children 11 and younger). Oatlands is on U.S. 15 six miles south of Leesburg. Call 703/777-3174.
More than 70 holiday light creations are on display at the Symphony of Lights, Howard County General Hospital's fund-raiser that opens Monday and runs through Jan. 2. The 1.4-mile drive is open through Dec. 9 from 6 to 10 Sunday through Thursday nights and 6 to 11 on Friday and Saturday evenings; starting Dec. 10, the display is open nightly from 6 to 11 (except New Year's Eve). Admission is $12 per vehicle with up to 11 passengers. Take U.S. 29 north to Exit 18-B (Broken Land Parkway) and follow signs to Symphony Woods. Call 410/740-7666.
Storytelling, sing-alongs, crafts, games and mimes are featured at the Family Hanukah Festival, Sunday from 1 to 4 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Admission is free, but there is a small charge for some activities. Call 301/881-0100.
The world-famous Royal Lipizzaner Stallions perform an equine ballet of intricate maneuvers during shows Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 at Patriot Center, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Tickets are $17.50 and $21.50, with $2 discounts for seniors and children 11 and younger. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges added).
Director Atom Egoyan repeats the wonderfully trancelike effect of "The Sweet Hereafter" with "Felicia's Journey," a movie that -- like all of his work -- is a hypnotic, lyrical exploration of the darker side of human nature. See review on Page 49.
-- Desson Howe
This week is a trombone lover's dream. Blues Alley hosts a trombone summit Friday and Saturday with Delfeayo Marsalis, Al Grey, Steve Turre and Robin Eubanks, and the same club hosts a CD-release concert Tuesday for local trombonist John Jensen. On Monday, the Kennedy Center hosts bebop trombone modernist Wycliffe Gordon (with the Billy Taylor Trio).
-- Eric Brace
Bosnian-born Tanja Softic makes at least a drawing a day in a style reminiscent of the scientific illustrations from one of her doctor father's medical texts. Her "drawings du jour" are on view through Nov. 27 at the LIPA Gallery, 1635 Connecticut Ave. NW, in "Cataloguing Memory," which also features an installation evoking the strife of her former homeland. Call 202/238-0007.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
The highly symbolic dance-theater style known as butoh involves slow, deliberate movement, with dancers' bodies covered in rice flour to exaggerate gesture and expression. The five-member butoh troupe Sankai Juku performs artistic director Ushio Amagatsu's "Hiyomeki" (Within a Gentle Vibration and Agitation), Friday and Saturday at Lisner Auditorium. Call 703/218-6500.
-- Nicole Arthur
REST OF THE BEST
The Alexandria Choral Society celebrates its 30th season with "American Classics, Old and New," showcasing the premier of James Grant's "Songs of Mystical Love," plus works by Copland, Ives, Woollen, Billings and Hawley, Saturday at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $25. Call 202/467-4600 or 703/548-4734, Ext. 3.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington opens its 35th season with a concert titled "20th Century Classics," featuring Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms," Poulenc's "Gloria" and the world premiere of Mark Adamo's "Cantate Domino," Sunday at 3 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $13 to $42; call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524) or 202/244-3669.
Traditional dances and stories from diverse Cherokee communities are featured in "Cherokee East and West: Song, Dance and Story," Friday at noon at the Carmichael Auditorium in the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle). The performers are Walker Calhoun, a spiritual leader and medicine man who has helped to revitalize Cherokee religious dance; storyteller Gayle Ross; and flute maker and singer Tommy Wildcat. Admission is free. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). On Friday at 8, the performance will be repeated at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Tickets to that performance are $14. Call 202/546-2228.
Book Arts Fair
More than 300 exhibitors featuring artist books, custom papermakers, special binders and other artist presses are showcased at the Pyramid Atlantic Sixth Book Arts Fair, Friday through Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW (Metro: Farragut West). Admission is $4 per day, $10 for all three days. Call 202/639-1700.
See demonstrations and try your hand at tablet weaving, ply-split braiding and the unusual weaving techniques of the Atayal people of Taiwan at the Textile Museum's Fall Family Festival Day, Saturday from 10 to 4 at the museum, 2320 S St. NW. Admission is free. Call 202/667-0441, Ext. 35.