NOW HERE'S A crossover event in the best sense of the word. Matt Haimovitz has long been recognized as one of the top young cellists around. In recent days, he has taken to playing contemporary and electric music in places that don't usually host classical music; he will bring a program titled "Goulash" to the club Iota tonight. The music may range from Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok to Led Zeppelin ("Kashmir").
-- Tim Page
At Iota Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tonight at 7. $16; 21 and older. Call 703-522-8340 or visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com
HITS? KENNY "BABYFACE" EDMONDS has had a few. He apparently signed a 10-year lease on the Billboard Top 100 charts in 1987, redecorating them over the next decade by plastering his name all over the place -- both as a smooth and sensitive R&B crooner (e.g., the Grammy-winning "When Can I See You Again") and as one of pop music's most successful songwriters and producers of the era. His long hit list includes entries from the likes of Whitney, TLC, Madonna, Bobby Brown, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton and, of course, Boyz II Men, whose "I'll Make Love to You" had a 14-week run atop the charts. Expect Babyface to reach into his deep catalogue of hits when he performs at the Show Place Arena on Thursday in support of his new solo album, "Grown & Sexy."
-- J. Freedom du Lac
At Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Thursday at 7 p.m. $65. Call 301-952-7900 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
BRUSHING PAINT ON CANVAS would be easier, but the 15 artists whose works are displayed at the Textile Museum are masters of rozome, Japan's ancient wax-and-dye fabric art. Voluptuous trumpet blossoms and surreal sand dunes erupt from painstaking work by solitary artists, who brush first wax and then dye onto silk or linen. The painterly technique allows for almost unimaginable subtlety and shading. This is fine art, not craft. Rozome enlivened kimonos, temple banners and other ceremonial textiles into the 7th century, but was all but forgotten for the next 1,100 years. Curators from the Massachusetts College of Art, which organized this vibrant show, warn that the small cadre of living artists is dwindling. That makes this exhibition of otherworldly ponds and peonies the viewing opportunity of a lifetime.
-- Linda Hales
At the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. On display through Feb. 12, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Dec. 24. Free. Call 202-667-0441 or visit www.textilemuseum.org.