The Best In Weekend Arts & Entertainment Events From Our Staff

April 16, 2009



This is an all-new production of one of the great musicals of our times. The stage version of E.L. Doctorow's novel is a masterly interweaving of the fates of a middle-class Victorian family, an immigrant Jewish family and an African-American jazz player. Performances are Saturday through May 17 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $25-$90. Call 800-444-1324 or go to

Mary Carole McCauley


Landscape shows:

Two landscape-oriented shows open today at C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St.: New Work by visual artist Christopher Saah and a group show titled Landscapes Into Art, featuring work by Fairfield Porter, Robert Dash and others. Both run through May 16. An opening reception takes place 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Go to

Edward Gunts


'Sleeping Beauty':

Fifty years ago, a generation of cartoon lovers fell in love with classical music when they went to see the Walt Disney animated feature Sleeping Beauty, featuring the most detailed and elaborate artwork of any Disney classic and an exhilarating score based on the Tchaikovsky ballet. Take your kids to see it at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Meyerhoff Children's Garden in the Central Library (admission is free). Information:

Michael Sragow


Jim Jones :

The Harlem rapper's new album, Pray IV Reign, is an autobiographical set that, in a way, serves as the soundtrack to Jim Jones' Hip Hop Monologues, his recent theater production. Boasting strong production throughout, the CD is Jones' most inspired, assured effort. Jones performs at 9 p.m. Sunday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $40-$75. Call 410-244-1131 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison


Fleisher and :

Peabody Symphony :

Leon Fleisher, the celebrated pianist and conductor, leads the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 (with soloist Michael Berkovsky) and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 at 8 p.m. Thursday at Peabody Conservatory, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $5-$15. Call 410-659-8100, Ext. 2.

Tim Smith


Handel Children's Choir:

The newly re-formed Handel Children's Choir of Baltimore performs a free concert at 10:30 a.m. Saturday during the CityLit Festival at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. There will be information about auditions for the choir at the concert. Call 410-753-2958.

Kate Shatzkin

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