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January 29, 2004

White House butler's story is on stage

Wendell Wright stars as Alonzo Fields - an African-American who spent more than two decades as chief butler in the White House - in Looking Over the President's Shoulder at Washington's Ford's Theatre, beginning tomorrow.

Written and directed by James Still, the one-man show spans the administrations of Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

FOR THE RECORD - A "Best Bet" in yesterday's LIVE! section contained an incorrect address for the Mozart concert Saturday night at St. Ignatius Church. The correct address is 740 N. Calvert St.

Familiar to Washington audiences from his many appearances at Arena Stage, Wright has appeared at regional theaters from coast to coast. His screen credits include All the President's Men, The Onion Field and the TV series Becker and Frasier.

Show times at Ford's, 511 Tenth St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 12-March 4. The production runs through March 7. Tickets are $29-$45, except for the Jan. 30-Feb. 2 preview performances, which are $25. Call 202-347-4833.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Mozart at St. Ignatius

The inaugural series of cultural events at St. Ignatius Church, which has one of the most beautiful interiors in Baltimore, continues this weekend with an all-Mozart concert.

A quartet of vocalists - Elizabeth Healy, Jim Li, Rebecca Rossello and Paul Teie - will be featured in excerpts from some of the composer's great liturgical and secular works, including the C minor Mass and Cosi fan tutte. Pianist Mathew Lane will accompany the singers.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Call 410-727-3848.

- Tim Smith

Air Dance Bernasconi

The aerial dance troupe Air Dance Bernasconi will be at Towson University's Stephens Hall Theatre tomorrow through Sunday. The group, led by Jayne Bernasconi, a member of the dance faculty at Towson, is known for original performances of modern dance, acrobatics and low-flying trapeze feats.

The performances at Towson, dubbed "Winter's Flight ... on the North Poles," include six dances, two of which are premieres choreographed by Bernasconi. The dance premiere "Up Over the Edge" features five dancers with 7-foot poles catapulting over one another. The other premiere, "Web Space," is a gymnastic duet that uses a Spanish web, an aerial rope traditionally used in circus acts.

The show will also include the dance "Harnessing the Ocean," which creates the movement of waves, "Back Then & Now," a dance with tire swings, and the duet "Spinning Silk." For the dance "Fallen," Air Dance Bernasconi will be joined by guest Sharon Witting for a colorful aerial fabric dance.

Air Dance Bernasconi performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Towson University, Stephens Hall Theatre, 8000 York Road, Towson. Tickets are $13-$18. In case of cancellations because of weather, the shows will be rescheduled for the next weekend. Call 410-704-ARTS for tickets or 410-377-4199 for information. Or visit www.airdance

- Nina Sukonchenko

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