The best in weekend arts & entertainment events from our STAFF

April 09, 2009|By Lindsey Citron, Edward Gunts, Chris Kaltenbach, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.


Robyn Hitchcock

Whimsical British singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock released his debut nearly 30 years ago. Since then, he has dotted his catalog with challenging, genre-blurring efforts that have garnered a following. His latest album is Goodnight Oslo. Though it offers few surprises, the CD is a solid effort from one of alt-pop's most consistent artists. He performs at 8 tonight at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $20. Call 410-547-7328 or go to


'Ethical Conduct'

Standards of Ethical Conduct, a comedy directed by Canton's Roman Hardgrave, suggests that office ethics and office Halloween parties don't mix all that well. The cast includes Last Comic Standing semi-finalist Chuck Roy. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $10, $8 for members. Call 10-276-1651 or go to


For most American audiences, Spanish director Carlos Saura's Fados will be their introduction to this native Portuguese music, which consists of singing accompanied by a high-pitched guitar. Saura's movie highlights modern performers and looks at the history of fado. The movie gets its local premiere at this weekend's Cinema Sundays, set for 10:35 a.m. at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $15. Call 410-727-3456 or go to


Masur and the NSO

Kurt Masur, the eminent German conductor who led the New York Philharmonic with distinction for 11 years, will be on the National Symphony Orchestra's podium for an all-Brahms program that includes the German Requiem, a timely choice for the last days of Lent. The NSO will be joined by the Master Chorale of Washington and stellar soloists soprano Heidi Grant Murphy and baritone John Relyea. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $20-$80. Call 800-444-1324 or go to

Lincoln Memorial show

Seventy years ago, prohibited by segregation policies from singing at Washington's DAR Constitution Hall, legendary contralto Marian Anderson sang before 75,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday in one of the defining moments of the civil rights struggle. To commemorate that event, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission presents a free concert featuring the sumptuous-toned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Chicago Children's Choir and the U.S. Marine Band. The performance is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the memorial on the National Mall.



Heidi, a world premiere musical about the little Swiss girl who moves to a small village in the Alps, has all the elements that made Johanna Spyri's 1880 children's book a classic: sickly Clara, a grumpy grandpa, even a singing goat. Recommended for ages 5 and older. It runs through May 17 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $10-$21. Call 301-280-1660 or go to

'Rachel and Juliet'

Her sister, Vanessa, might be more famous, but Lynn Redgrave possesses a warmth that audiences can't help but feel. Rachel and Juliet: An Evening With Lynn Redgrave., a one-woman show, honors the sisters' mother, Rachel Kempson, whose love affair with the role of Juliet and search for her own Romeo lasted her entire life. The play runs Friday through Sunday at the Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. S.E., Washington. Tickets are $50-$60. Call 202-544-7077 or go to


'They Don't Often Bite'

They Don't Often Bite: Drawings & Prints by illustrator Jodi Hoover, a Lutherville resident and Maryland Institute College of Art graduate, is the featured exhibit through April 26 at Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th St. Call 410-732-4258 or go to

'New Work'

New Work by local artist Ron Parks, including abstract paintings and painted furniture, is on view through May 30 at Meredith Gallery, 805. N. Charles St. Call 410-837-3575 or go to


Acoustic concert

Enjoy an "unplugged" live music performance featuring fiddler Jim Eagan and hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner. The concert will include Appalachian and Celtic musical stylings by two locally and nationally acclaimed musicians. The event is 7 p.m. Friday at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St. Tickets are $21 in advance, $23 at the door and $15 for kids 15 and younger. Reservations are recommended. Call 410-243-7254 or go to

Spring flower show

Celebrate spring with flowers. In honor of the theme "No Rhyme, No Reason, It's Spring," Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens is blooming with nursery rhyme-themed exhibits. Easter lilies are available for purchase. The free show runs through April 19 at the conservatory, 3100 Swan Drive in Druid Hill Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, including Easter. Call 410-396-0008 or go to

Yuri's Night party

Celebrate the first human outer-space expedition with a party that's out of this world. Countdown to Yuri's Night includes performances by the Atomic Mosquitos and burlesque performers, an eerie science fair, an alien egg hunt and a dance party. The event is 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday at the Warehouse Arts Complex, 1021 Seventh St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $20-$25. Patrons must be at least 21 years old. Tickets are available at the door, or by going to or by calling 202-783-3933.

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