The Big Three

July 13, 2006

THEATRICAL CONCERT

HALF-DOZEN DIVAS

Although the show's title is 3 Mo' Divas!, there are six chanteuses performing -- three at a time -- at Washington's Arena Stage. Created, directed and choreographed by Marion J. Caffey (who served the same functions with Three Mo' Tenors), this theatrical concert is so demanding vocally, Caffey hired two casts.

Gretha Boston, Jamet Pittman and N'Kenge will alternate with Andrea Jones-Sojola, Nina Negri and Vivian Reed performing four centuries of song, from Johann Sebastian Bach to the Supremes.

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Currently in previews, 3 Mo' Divas! opens Saturday at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and noon July 21 and 26, through Aug. 13. Tickets are $55-$74. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

EXHIBIT

VACATION HISTORY

Mention the Catskills or the Borscht Belt to any Jew older than 50, and he or she will smile. The New York resort was perhaps the vacation hotspot for Jewish families of several generations in the past century. Atlantic City, Miami Beach and, of course, Israel were all popular destinations for going on holiday, as well. The history of the Jewish vacation in these and other locales from 1890 to the present is the subject of the new exhibit The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity and the Jewish-American Dream at the Jewish Museum of Maryland starting Sunday and remaining through next year.

Step into the exhibit and re-created vacation environments will give you a feel of the vacation spots, while more than 700 original photographs and objects from private collections and the JMM's collection will offer insight into the vacation experience. Visitors will see hotel signs from the Catskills, family mementos, vintage traveling outfits, brochures from anti-Semitic hotels, a wicker chair from the Atlantic City boardwalk, home movies and more. The exhibit will also delve into how Jewish identity was built, how the locations reflected values and how Jewish culture flourished in these vacation spots.

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The exhibit opens Sunday with music and entertainment, noon-4 p.m., at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. It runs through next year. Admission is $8; $4 students; $3 ages younger than 12; free for members. Call 410-732-6400 or visit jewish museummd.org.

....................... [LORI SEARS]

CIRCUS

NO BIG TOP NEEDED

If you like vaudeville, you'll like the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Magic Hat's Summer Variety Show at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson on Saturday. With a burlesque sideshow, sword-swallowing, aerial acrobatics, fire-eating and lots more of the bizarro, the show offers a spectacle of outrageousness.

The performance will also include Sxip Shirey's Musical Wizardry, David Didd's Slackrope Gymnastics, Dizzy Lizzy's Hoop Gyrations, Mistress Philomena's Precision Bullwhipping and Scotty the Half Man / Half Animal Blue Bunny. Odd indeed.

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The Summer Variety Show takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Audience members must be age 18 or older. Admission is $16; $13 students and members. Call 410-276-1651 or visit www.bindlestiff.org or creativealliance.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

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