The List for Thursday, Feb. 21


Best Music

1. National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts Brahms' Symphony No. 4, Henze's Adagio, Fugue and Maenads' Dance from "The Bassarids" and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto performed by Renaud Capucon.

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: $10 to $85; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

2. The Washington Chorus: Julian Wachner conducts Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" with guest soloists and the Children's Chorus of Washington.

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

When: 5 p.m. Sunday

Info: $15 to $65; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

3. Cathedral Choral Society: J. Reilly Lewis conducts Rachmaninoff's "Solemn Vespers" sung in the original Old Church Slavonic.

Where: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Info: $31-$65; 202-537-2228;

4. Vesturport: The Icelandic theater collective Vesturport and the Lyric Hammersmith from the U.K. perform a highly acclaimed production of Kafka's "Metemorphosis" incorporating breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action on a gravity-defying split level set; performed in English; part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Where: Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. through Friday

Info: $29 to $60; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

5. Olli Hirvonen Quartet: The Finnish quartet performs jazz and other creative works; part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Where: Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday

Info: $25; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

Also worth noting:

6. Terje Isungset's IceMusic: The percussionist creates and performs on instruments he makes from natural material: wood, stone, metal, litter, ice; part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Where: Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Info: $25; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

Best Galleries

1. The Points That Bring Us from Here to There: Separate strains of map-based art come from Kathryn Zazenski and Michael Dax Iavovone. Iacovone creates art through formulas and systems, while Zazenski presents "memory maps" derived from her experiences living in Finland, China and D.C.

Where: Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road SE

When: Through March 1

Info: Free; 202-580-597;

2. Lalia Essaydi: Revisions: Essaydi's subversive photography collections "Converging Territories" and "Silence Thought" are well-represented here. The exhibit also includes seldom seen paintings and installations, as well as a selection of new work.

Where: National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. NW

When: Through Sunday

Info: Free; 202-633-4600;

3. Jimmy Miracle: Wearing Ethereal: This collection of photos and sculptures documents Miracle's self-described ethos of "accumulation and repetition." He builds his sculptures and installations from found materials, documenting his process in this series.

Where: Flashpoint Gallery, 916 G St. NW

When: Through March 9

Info: Free; 202-315-305;

4. The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art: Tulips, carnations, hyacinths, honeysuckles, roses and rosebuds all came to represent the power of the Ottoman Empire, which spanned seven centuries and three continents. This exhibit demonstrates the longevity of this iconographic vocabulary within Ottoman crafts, as well as those of the societies they influenced.

Where: The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW

When: Through March 10

Info: Free, $5 donation suggested; 202-667-0441;

5. Currents: New work from Erika Diehl, Alex Ebstein, Katherine Sable and Rene Trevino.

Where: Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St. NW

When: Through April 26

Info: Free; 202-347-7978;

Best Brainfood

1. "Plays on the American Mask": A Faction of Fools Company production. A hilarious view of the comedy of everyday life is born when this Helen Hayes Award-winning company turns its distinctive classic comic style on contemporary Washington.

Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE

When: 7 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Monday

Info: $15 to $20; 202-399-7993;

2. Allida Black: An Eleanor Roosevelt scholar will discuss the reissue of the former first lady's manifesto on civil rights, "Tomorrow Is Now."

Where: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Info: Free; 202-364-1919;

3. "Lest We Forget: A Conference on Enslavement and Emancipation": The significance of the Emancipation Proclamation is examined with roundtable discussions, keynote speakers and historical re-enactors. Bus tours of local historic sites are available at additional cost.

Where: Hylton Memorial Chapel, 1460 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge

When: Through Saturday

Info: Free; 703-385-2723;

4. "Nordic Cool Forum: Master Builder/Master Builders: Performing Architecture": Does the design of physical theater spaces and venues affect the experiential aspects of performing arts? Are there other, perhaps surprising ways of relating architecture and theater? A panel discusses perspectives from both sides of the curtain.

Where: Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Info: Free; 202-467-4000;

5. Nordic Cool Exhibition: Archive -- Endangered Waters (Iceland): With the rise of hydroelectric dams, the number of waterfalls in Iceland has declined in recent years. Multidisciplinary Icelandic artist Ruri seeks to archive these endangered waters in an interactive visual and auditory installation.

Where: South Atrium Foyer, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

When: Through March 17

Info: Free; 202-467-4600;

Best Family

1. LEGO Exhibit & Play Space: These Danish toys have become an iconic brand around the world. LEGO sculptures are on display as well as LEGO play stations for kids (of all ages) to learn about and play with the tiny plastic creations.

Where: Kennedy Center South Gallery, 2700 F St. NW

When: Through March 17

Info: Free; 202-467-4600;

2. Saturday Morning at the National: Upbeat and inspirational, the talented singers and actors of "Sweet Chariot" combine dazzling a capella spirituals with oral histories of former slaves who were interviewed during the 1930s Federal Writers' Project.

Where: National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

When: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday

Info: Free; 202-628-6161;

3. "See, Hear, Sketch: Hawks in the High Winter Sky": Kids ages 5 to 9 can look at the unique flight patterns and other behaviors of Arlington's most frequently sighted hawks and draw their feather patterns and arcs of flight. Art supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook. For more info, call 703-228-3403.

Where: Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday

Info: $5; registration required; 703-228-4747; activity No. 622823-U

4. "Winnie the Pooh": Follow Pooh and Piglet on a Heffalump hunt, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga's dreaded bathtub, and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble.

Where: Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo

When: Through Sunday

Info: $19; 301-634-2270;

Best Gatherings

1. Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places: Bill Streever, a biologist and nature writer, examines in detail what "hot" means. From tropical climates to fevers to rituals involving a walk on burning coals, this study explains the science behind heat and delves into the history of its use, from the invention of matches to thermonuclear weapons.

Where: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Info: Free; 202-364-1919;

2. Nordic Cool: Game Play Space: Companies from the Nordic region are responsible for many of the most popular titles in mobile gaming today. Several iPads will be set up, allowing people to experience these Nordic creations.

Where: Kennedy Center South Gallery, 2700 F St. NW

When: Through March 17

Info: Free; 202-467-4600;

3. "Tour de Force: Stars and Stripes": The Washington Ballet pays tribute to the presidential inaugural season with its first Tour de Force showcase. Experience magnificent excerpts of classical ballets ("Le Corsaire" and "Don Quixote") and contemporary masterpieces including George Balanchine's exuberantly patriotic "Stars and Stripes."

Where: Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW

When: Thursday through Saturday

Info: $32 to $111.25; 202-547-1122;

4. DCypher Dance at Intersections: Joy of Motion's adult hip-hop company performs.

Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE

When: 10:30 p.m. Friday

Info: $15 to $20; 202-399-7993;

5. Nordic Cool cuisine demonstration: Join award-winning chefs Petteri Luoto of Finland and Hakon Mar Orvarsson of Iceland for a demonstration of New Nordic cuisine. Audience members will be able to watch the cooking unfold in person and on large screens in the Grand Foyer.

Where: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Info: Free; 202-467-4600;

Best Outdoors

1. Celebrate Black History Month with "DC in Black": This tour visits many sites important to the African-American community by using small minibuses equipped with monitors and audio-visual aids. The company also provides a tour for the art lover, designed around visiting a number of privately owned art galleries.

Where: DC in Black, 1910 U Place, SE

When: See website for times

Info: See website for prices; 202-610-9999;

2. Skunk Cabbage Hike: Meet naturalist Rachael Tolman for a wintery hike to find the first signs of spring: skunk cabbage. This unique plant has many fascinating aspects, such as generating its own heat. You'll discover more as you trek though the rare magnolia bog in Barcroft Park. Wear galoshes and outdoor clothing. For families. For more information, call 703-228-6535.

Where: Meet at Barcroft Parking Garage, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Info: $5; registration necessary: 703-228-4747; program No. 622953-S

3. Naturally Poetic: Winter can be a great time for quiet observation and reflection. You'll explore a few different styles of poetry observing the natural world, then head out to pen your own lines. Afterward, you'll return to the nature center to contemplate your lines over hot cocoa. For adults and teens. For more information, call 703-228-6535.

Where: Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington

When: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Info: Free; registration necessary: 703-228-4747; program No. 622943-N

4. Limousine Secret Agent/Spy Evening Adventure and Race: The Cold War Returns: It is the 20th century, and you are now a spy! Tonight, it's the United States vs. the U.S.S.R. In an evening of espionage, you'll race around the District completing tasks, collecting items and figuring out clues.

Where: Meet at Roslyn Metro (in front of Tivoli)

When: 6:45 to 11 p.m. Saturday

Info: $68;

5. Hashawha Perimeter Loop: An easy hike with a little something for everyone. On this 4.5-mile round-trip escursion on well-maintained trails, there are gentle hills, pine woodlands, open fields, streams, a lake and plenty of areas for child-friendly exploration. Along the hike, you'll see all sorts of wildlife -- from wildflowers and water snakes to tadpoles and herons.

Where: Westminster, Md.

When: Any day

Info: Free; 410-848-9040;

Best Theater

1. "Metamorphosis": This hugely acclaimed production of Kafka's novel "Metamorphosis" combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split-level set.

Where: Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday

Info: $29 to $60; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

2. "The Tempest": Shakespeare's powerful last play in which he explored all his favorite themes -- power, politics, family, love and magic -- is performed without words.

Where: Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington

When: Through March 24

Info: $15 to $50; 800-494-8497;

3. "Bird in Magic Rain with Tears": This multimedia two-act play revolves around the intertwined fates of three characters -- a conceptual artist grieving over her son's death, a male prostitute searching for the truth about his past and a terminally ill businessman longing for love.

Where: Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Info: $34; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

4. "August": This drama from Denmark is a touching and funny wordless comedy about the basic things in life. Four individuals go for a walk in a dark, empty space and come across small bits of life with which we all struggle.

Where: Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Info: $34; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

5. "Hedda Gabler": Norway's National Theatre performs Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler." Considered scandalous in its day, this powerful work examines the life of an ambitious, talented woman trapped by obligation and societal conventions in a boring and loveless marriage.

Where: Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Info: $49 to $80; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

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