Parsons Dances In Frederick

The Parsons Dance Company performs eight of its most popular dances, including its signature work "Caught," in which a stop-action strobe makes a dancer appear to be flying over the stage, Tuesday at 7:30 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Tickets cost $17 and $22 ($5 less for seniors and students); call 301/228-2828 (TDD: 301/228-2838).

Penn & Teller Reappear

Comic magicians Penn & Teller, who bill themselves as "a couple of eccentric guys who have learned to do a few cool things," visit Baltimore's Lyric Opera House for shows Tuesday through Feb. 4 at 8, Feb. 5 at 5 and 9, and Feb. 6 at 3 and 7:30. The Lyric Opera House is at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets cost $15 to $39.50 plus service charges from Ticketmaster; call 202/432-7328 or 410/481-7328.

The Fleet's In

More than 40 dealers will display hundreds of fishing boats, ski boats, runabouts, yachts and personal watercraft at the National Capital Boat Show, at the Capital Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. The show, which will also feature boating accessories, electronics and water sports equipment, is open Friday from 4 to 10, Saturday from 10 to 8 and Sunday from 10 to 5. Admission is $7, $2 for children 6 through 16 (younger free). Call 703/802-0066.

A Celtic Winter

Linn Barnes & Allison Hampton present a free concert of "Celtic Music for Winter" with harp, guitar, lute and Uillean pipes, Friday at 8 at the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax. No tickets are required. Call 703/352-2787.

A Little Folk Festival

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington sponsors its "Mini-Fest" Saturday from noon to 10:30 at Eastern Middle School, 300 University Blvd. E. in Silver Spring. An afternoon program, from noon to 6, features concerts, jam sessions, workshops, folk dancing, storytellers and children's activities in nine rooms. Food and crafts vendors will offer their wares. An evening concert begins at 7, with Balkan songs by the Slaveya ensemble, and "old-timey" music by Roustabout, Celtic harper Jo Morrison and balladeer Ed Trickett. Concurrently at 7, Andrea Hoag, Susan Brandt, Marc Glickman and Robbin Schaffer will provide the music for contra and English country dancing. Tickets cost $10 for either the day or evening sessions, $15 for both; children ages 6 to 12 pay $4 for either session, $6 for both (under 6 free). Call 202/546-2228, Ext. 51.

Fiery Folk Dances

"Csardas! The Tango of the East," the national dance of Hungarians and Slovaks, is presented by the performers and musicians of the Budapest Ensemble, Saturday at 8 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr. in Fairfax. Tickets are $25, $31 and $35 from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges); for information, call 703/993-8888.

Pianists in Concert

* Austrian pianist Barbara Moser will present a concert of works by Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt, Friday and Saturday at 8 at the Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court NW (Metro: Van Ness/UDC). Tickets are $28; a reception follows the concert. Call 202/625-2361.

* Pianist Mark Markham presents a free concert of works by Schubert, Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel, Sunday at 7 in the West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art's West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). No tickets are required. Call 202/842-6941.

New Conductor In Baltimore

The new music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov, conducts his second week of concerts Friday at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Pianist Leon Fleisher will perform Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand; the program also includes Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite" and "La Valse" and Debussy's "La Mer." Tickets cost $22 to $57; call 410/783-8000 or 800/442-1198.

Dance of the New Century

Using electronic music and athletic movement, artistic director Derek Jay-Son joins Sean Curran and Kristen Kelly to celebrate the new millennium with their vision of the 21st century, Friday and Saturday at 8 at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE (Metro: Brookland/CUA). Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors. The show is intended for mature audiences. Call 202/269-1600. See story, Page 24.



Now at the University of Maryland Art Gallery (301/405-2763), 64 examples of science fiction and fantasy art are on view from the collection of local schlock-pop art mavens Howard and Jane Frank of Great Falls. The exhibition features original paintings by 30 artists, including Jim Burns, a designer for the film "Blade Runner," and H.R. Giger, who created the infamous monster in "Alien."

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Former Seldom Scene lead singer John Starling has been quietly going about his business as a surgeon down in Fredericksburg, and I always wonder if his patients know he's one of the best singers anywhere. He delivers folk, country, bluegrass and probably any other style with the grace of a master. Starling is making his way back into the performance world and has teamed up with local guitar ace Bill Kirchen to form the cleverly titled John Starling-Bill Kirchen Band. They'll open for the current version of the Seldom Scene at the Birchmere Friday (703/549-7500).

-- Eric Brace