Three Kings Day
Singers, dancers, storytelling and other entertainment are featured at GALA Hispanic Theatre's annual Three Kings Day celebration, Sunday at 2 at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW. Admission to the bilingual event is free, but each child is encouraged to bring a gift identified for a boy or girl with a value of less than $5. Call 202-234-7174.
These holiday light shows end this weekend:
* Brookside Gardens' Garden of Lights, a half-mile walk through a display of original twinkling flower light forms, is open nightly from 5:30 to 9 (last car admitted at 8:30) through Sunday. Admission is $15 per car or van. Brookside Gardens is at 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Call 301-962-1453.
* The Symphony of Lights, Howard County General Hospital's annual fundraiser, continues nightly through Sunday from 6 to 11. The 1.4-mile drive features more than 70 holiday light creations. Admission is $12 per vehicle with up to 11 passengers. From the Beltway, take U.S. 29 north to Exit 18-B (Broken Land Parkway) and follow signs to Symphony Woods. Call 410-740-7666.
* Watkins Regional Park's Festival of Lights, a 2.5-mile drive through holiday lighting displays with more than 500,000 twinkling bulbs, is open nightly through Sunday from 5 to 9:30. Admission is $5 per car. (Donations of canned goods for local food banks are encouraged.) Watkins Regional Park is at 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Call 301-699-2456 (TDD: 301-454-1493).
The Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration series presents Philadanco, a powerful modern dance ensemble with adventurous choreography, in performances for the whole family Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles). Tickets are $13. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
Old School Rock'n'Roll Two veteran rock 'n' rollers perform free concerts this weekend on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles), as part of the 2003 Policy Summit of the Future of Music Coalition:
* Patti Smith, a pioneer of the early '70s New York punk scene, presents a solo acoustic show Saturday at 6 (after appearing with her band Friday night at the 9:30 club).
* Lester Chambers, one of the Chambers Brothers whose "Time Has Come Today" and other '60s hits helped create the psychedelic soul genre, performs with his band Sunday at 6.
No tickets are ever required for the Kennedy Center's daily Millennium Stage shows. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
New on Stage * Studio Theatre, at 1333 P St. NW, presents Javon Johnson's "Runaway Home," a play about an African American mother who feels trapped by her circumstances, through Feb. 16. This week's schedule: Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, Sunday at 2 and 7 and Wednesday and Thursday at 8. Tickets cost $25 to $44.25. The Jan. 14 performance at 8 is a "pay-what-you-can" show; tickets go on sale two hours before showtime. Call 202-332-3300.
* Theater J opens its production of Jennifer Maisel's new comedy, "The Last Seder," about what ensues when four daughters return home for a last Passover meal before moving their memory-addled father into a nursing facility, with "pay-what-you-can" previews Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The bargain seats go on sale one hour before each show. The run continues through Feb. 9; regular prices are $21 to $34. Call 800-494-8497.
New Year in Vienna The Strauss Symphony Orchestra of America performs a "Salute to Vienna," a re-
creation of the traditional Viennese New Year's celebration with waltzes by Johann Strauss, Friday at 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles). Christian Schulz conducts the orchestra, joined by tenor Jerry Hadley, soprano Milena Rudifera and members of the Hungarian National Ballet. Tickets cost $22 to $83. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
* The Maryland Boy Choir performs Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Sunday at 3 at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Call 301-441-8770.
* The Boys Choir of Harlem presents a concert of gospel, jazz, pop and classical music Tuesday at 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles). Tickets are $20 to $65. Call 202-467-4600.