'Africa's Elephant Kingdom'Sights and sounds of elephants...

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May 06, 1999|By Karin Remesch

'Africa's Elephant Kingdom'

Sights and sounds of elephants' daily lives burst onto the big screen when the National Museum of Natural History's new Discovery Center opens Wednesday with the Washington premiere of the large-format film "Africa's Elephant Kingdom." Shown in the center's 487-seat Samuel C. Johnson Theater, the 40-minute film, shot in Kenya's Amboseli National Park, covers the journey of an elephant family through seasons of devastating drought to torrential rain, to peaceful plains -- all with the majestic White Mountain -- Kilimanjaro -- as a backdrop.

The state-of-the-art Discovery Center is a new 80,000-square-foot, multilevel, educational complex built within the 89-year-old museum. The new center is considered the most ambitious construction in the history of the Smithsonian Institution.

The National Museum of Natural History is at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information and times at the Johnson Theater, call toll-free 877-932-4629; for museum information, call 202-357-2700.

O.C. Springfest

Get a jump start on summer with a visit to Ocean City's Springfest '99, four days of entertainment, arts, crafts and plenty of food, today through Sunday. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Springfest parade down the Boardwalk from 13th Street to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the festival site. Arts and crafts are displayed by 200 vendors, all under festive big-top tents. Music is provided in the entertainment pavilion and on the festival grounds by the Len Gray Orchestra, Randy Lee Ashcrafts, Sh-Boom and the Pixies Three.

Springfest hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Inlet and Beach, the southern end of the Boardwalk. Parking is limited and visitors are urged to park and ride the buses to the festival grounds. Ocean City offers a 24-hour, ride-all-day for $1 service. For a complete schedule, call 800-OC-OCEAN

Pub Date: 05/06/99

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