Lalah Hathaway and Rahsaan Patterson with Noel Gourdin
Lalah Hathaway and Rahsaan Patterson are two of the most gifted song-stylists of their generation. Their new albums - Hathaway's Self Portrait and Patterson's Wine & Spirits - bloom with mature, passionate love songs. See the show, billed as a "Valentine Evening," Saturday at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets Northwest in Washington. Tickets are $65 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-7328 or going to ticketmaster.com.
'The Reckless Moment'
Tonight, the AFI Silver gives audiences a rare chance to see one of the most unusual and affecting of all household thrillers: the 1949 film The Reckless Moment, starring Joan Bennett as a Southern California mother whose devotion to her careless daughter (Geraldine Brooks) thrusts her into the path of a surprisingly sympathetic blackmailer (James Mason, in his magnetic, subtle prime). The movie plays at 7 p.m. General admission is $10. The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Call 301-495-6700 or go to afisilver.com.
Nearly every week, free concerts by fine musicians are offered at venues around the area, a bonus all the more appreciated in these tough economic times. The vibrant Poulenc Trio (oboe, bassoon, piano) will perform such a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Marikle Chapel, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Call 410-532-5386 or go to ndm.edu.
'Romance of the Rose'
Medieval conceptions of love and courtship are explored in Romance of the Rose: Visions of Love in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts. The exhibit features lavishly illustrated copies of a 13th-century French poem in which the narrator enters a dream world and falls in love with Rose, an allegorical representation of a young woman. It runs through April 19 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. For more information, including hours, go to thewalters.org.
Race and gender in art
Twenty-nine "women-of-color" artists are showing work that focuses on cultural histories, race, gender and social-political issues through March 30 at the Park School, 2425 Old Court Road. If I Didn't Care: Multigenerational Artists Discuss Cultural Histories is an all-media exhibit featuring artists of all ages. Go to parkschool.net/arts.
Plucky little Run of the Mill Theatre has a talent for finding underperformed gems, and its newest show, James McBride by playwright Mark Clayton Southers, has an irresistible concept. A venerable Irish poetry society opens its 600-year-old verse competition to submissions from overseas and inadvertently bestows the top prize on a black rapper from Chicago. See James McBride tomorrow through Feb. 22 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 410-752-8558 or go to runofthemilltheatre.org.
'Is He Dead?'
Talk about must-see theater. Is He Dead? is a play by Mark Twain that was only recently rediscovered when someone opened a file drawer in a University of California, Berkeley library. In this farce, a young painter (the real-life Jean-Francois Millet) fakes his own death to drive up the price of his artwork. The painter then poses as his twin sister to keep an eye on his collection. See Is He Dead? through March 8 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $26-$49. Call 301-924-3400 or go to olneytheatre.org.
History of Bible illustration
Christopher de Hamel, a scholar, author and specialist in illuminated manuscripts, will lecture on the history of Bible illustration at the Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St., at 1 p.m. Saturday. De Hamel is the Donnelley Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England, and formerly the head of the Western manuscript department at Sotheby's in London. Tickets are free for members, $10 for nonmembers and $5 for students. Preregistration is recommended. Call 410-547-900, ext. 238.
Singer-songwriter Sandy Asirvatham turns to her piano for a tongue-in-cheek look at romance, with jazzy takes on Eva Cassidy, Joe Jackson and the Beatles. She also will play "one true love song" of her own. The concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Teavolve, 1401 Aliceanna St. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 410-522-1907.