Best Of This Week

August 26, 2007

ART

PAINT AND SPARKLE -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Gallery G at the Beveled Edge in the Rotunda, 711 W. 40th St. 410-235-9060.

The recently relocated gallery and performance space at the Rotunda presents Guided Spirits, an exhibition of paintings by Hunt Slonem and jewelry by Phil and Sandye Jurus and Robyn Nuthall.

New York-based painter Slonem creates colorful canvases filled with tropical birds, butterflies, ocelots and monkeys. The Baltimore-based Juruses are celebrated as jewelers for the exquisite gems, fossils and other artifacts they use in their one-of-a-kind works. Nuthall's beaded works showcase her fine eye for color and design.

[GLENN MCNATT]

MUSICAL

WEST SIDE STORY -- 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sept. 2; also, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 2 at Wolf Trap, 1645 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna, Va. $18 to $68. 877-965-3872, wolftrap.org.

Fifty years ago, Broadway received a remarkable jolt with the premiere of a musical that took the ingredients of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and shook them over a gritty New York neighborhood. The result was West Side Story, with electrifying music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents and choreography by Jerome Robbins (who also directed). It remains one of the most sophisticated and involving works in American musical theater.

To celebrate its golden anniversary, a production of West Side Story that originated at Atlanta's Theater of the Stars opens at Wolf Trap this week.

[TIM SMITH]

THEATER

SIGHT UNSEEN -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays; through Oct. 7. Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. $16-$35. 410-752-2208 or everymantheatre.org.

Everyman Theatre opens its 2007-2008 season Wednesday with Donald Margulies' Obie Award-winning drama, Sight Unseen. The play is about a successful Jewish American artist who undergoes two jarring encounters during a trip to Europe: one with Patricia, his former lover, and one with a German critic.

Sight Unseen stars Paul Morella, a favorite at the Olney Theatre Center, as the artist, and Everyman ensemble member Deborah Hazlett as his one-time muse.

[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

POP MUSIC

GEORGE CLINTON AND THE P-FUNK ALL STARS -- 8 p.m. Friday. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $29.50-$35. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com

With his revolutionary mix of psychedelic rock and rubbery funk, George Clinton spearheaded the success of Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s. His genre-defining classics include "Up for the Down Stroke," "Aqua Boogie" and "Atomic Dog." The music sounds as fresh and joyful today as it did more than 30 years ago.

[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

FILM

GUN CRAZY -- Noon Saturday. The Charles Theatre, 711 N. Charles St. $6. 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com

A pair of carnival sharpshooters start out as a volatile, low-rent version of Frank Butler and Annie Oakley, only to morph into Bonnie and Clyde in this scorching 1950 B movie.

It stars John Dall, an ace at social-fringe parts, as gun-loving Bart, and the sensational Peggy Cummins as the sexily psychotic Laurie, a femme most fatale.

In this 40th-anniversary year of Warren Beatty's production of Bonnie and Clyde, American movie-lovers should treat themselves to the leanest, meanest version of the same couple-on-the-run legend. Few films have so thoroughly and provocatively blended gunplay and love-play as Gun Crazy.

[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

OUTSIDE

ART ON THE GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL -- Through next Sunday. Winans Meadow, Leakin Park, 4500 Franklintown Road. gwynnsfallstrail.org or elsalankford.com

In its sixth year, the Art on the Gwynns Falls Trails exhibit delves into the multimedia realm, with several works employing audio to address the theme, "A Place in Time." Rushing water sounds accompany an abandoned water wheel, while alternating snippets of nature and a busy freeway signify the failed plan to run Interstate 70 through the park.

The concept for an art display at the park sprang from two instructors and a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. This year's exhibit, which ends next Sunday, draws from 22 artists from around the region and the East Coast, with works such as Belinda Chance's house without walls and Martha Simons' surprising, hilariously named "Free Range Doilies."

[ANNE TALLENT]

FASHION

KIMORA: LIFE IN THE FAB LANE -- 8 p.m. tonight, Style Network

For years, Kimora Lee Simmons has sculpted a glamorous public image as a model, the wife of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and highly visible partner in the Baby Phat and Phat Farm clothing lines. Now that the couple has split up, Kimora wants the public to see her as a fashionista and entrepreneur in her own right.

This reality show goes up close, following her and her entourage through her work and her home life as she prepares for entertainment industry social events, business gatherings and even the creation of her own Barbie Doll.

[KARLAYNE PARKER]

WASHINGTON

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CRITTERCAM: THE WORLD THROUGH ANIMAL EYES -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Friday through Jan. 2. National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington. Free. 202-857-7588 or nationalgeographic.com/museum.

Crittercam is a scientific video-and data gathering tool worn by the animals. It captures video, sound and other information, giving scientists a view of the private lives of animals. In this exhibit, you can hear and see how seals and lions hunt and communicate. In other sections, visitors can learn about turtles that hunt for mates, the cooperative behavior of humpback whales, and the penguin's life under the ice.

The 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibit includes interactive displays.

[MIKE FARRELL]

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