Best Of This Week

July 06, 2008


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m. Thursday at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; 8 p.m. Friday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$60. Call 410-783-8000 or go to

A slightly off-beat program that turned into a hit of the 2006-2007 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra season gets a summer rerun this week. At the heart of the program, led by BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney, is T he Four Seasons, Vivaldi's matched set of violin concertos doubling as highly descriptive nature walks. Although you can't go too long in this world without bumping into that popular item, it's more unusual to hear it interspersed with another cycle of works celebrating spring, summer, autumn and winter - Cuatro estaciones porte?as (also known as The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, who fueled this work with the rich expressive possibilities of the tango. The program's 2007 performance inspired brilliant music-making from Carney and his colleagues, and no less is expected as they kick off the BSO's Summernights 2008 festival with this dual celebration of equinox and solstice.

Tim Smith


The Lion King : 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Through Aug. 24. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $25-$150. Call 202-467-4600 or go to

Hear Simba roar. The delightful, Tony Award-winning musical remake of Hamlet set in the jungle has padded into the Kennedy Center for nine performances a week through Aug. 24. The musical features direction and fabulous animal costumes by Julie Taymor, plus a score by Elton John and Tim Rice.

Though the entire run is sold out, some tickets may be turned back to the box office and made available for resale.

The more often you check and the more flexible your schedule, the better your chances will be of snapping up some of those coveted seats.

Mary Carole McCauley


Dance Me Outside : Video Service Corp. $19.95. Available Tuesday.

Dance Me Outside is a quirky charmer of a movie. This semi-tall tale of Native American teenagers sorting out their lives on a fictional Ontario reservation mixes absurdity and authentic human frailty.

Ryan Black, as the hero-narrator, and Adam Beach, as his best friend, share the kind of instinctual rapport that can make teens inherently amusing even when they're not as hilarious as they wish or think. This movie has an attitude - a blithe, appealing one. The director, Bruce McDonald, and his co-writers, Don McKellar and John Frizzell, adopt a sometimes languid, sometimes staccato tempo. The result is casual and energizing: a little bit country and a lot more rock 'n' roll.

Michael Sragow


Caribbean Festival : 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday and July 13. Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave. Admission is free Friday and $5 on the other days. Call 410-396-6106 or go to

Druid Hill Park hosts this annual celebration of Caribbean culture, which features a variety of events.

The program includes fire dancing, traditional foods and live music, which includes calypso and reggae.

The Clash of the DJ Competition takes place Friday, and performers from the West Indies, Africa and Baltimore entertain visitors Saturday and Sunday. Several vendors will also be on site for the festival.

Jennifer Choi


Phoebe Snow : 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. $39.50. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

One of the most overlooked singer-songwriters in pop, Phoebe Snow first emerge in the mid '70s with a timeless, almost intoxicating blend of jazz, pop, blues and folk. Her first hit, the classic "Poetry Man," sailed into the Top 10 in 1974, catapulting her self-titled debut to gold. The dreamy ballad was recently covered by Queen Latifah. But nobody sings it like Snow.

Rashod D. Ollison


NIGHTLINE: 11:35 p.m. Tuesday. WMAR, Channel 2.

In this special report, ABC correspondent Dan Harris shows how incredibly easy it is to buy a child slave in Haiti. Within half a day of leaving Manhattan, Harris is shown in Port Au Prince being offered children as young as 10 years for as little as $150.

The report goes in depth on the case of an 11-year-old girl who is regularly beaten and abused by her Haitian master. The owner shows no remorse when questioned, and government officials pay only lip service to the inquiries from ABC News.

This shocking report shows that ABC News has not abandoned its commitment to using Nightline for enterprise reporting.

David Zurawik

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