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Yoga: The Art of Transformation
With the federal government open again for business, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's museum devoted to Asian art and culture, will debut an exhibit on yoga and its impact on society Saturday. The first-ever exhibit exploring yoga in visual art, "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" will showcase more than 120 works from the 3rd century to the early 20th century, including Indian temple sculptures and icons, court paintings, illustrated manuscripts, photos, and films culled from 25 museums and private collections around the world. The exhibit runs concurrently with "Strange & Wondrous: Prints of India from the Robert J. Del Bonta Collection," featuring illustrated accounts of travel in India from the 16th century through the 20th century. On Oct. 26, celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with tours, music, storytelling and more, or attend a yoga class in the gallery on Wednesdays and Sundays through the exhibit's duration. Through Jan. 26 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202/ 633-1000. Web: asia.si.edu.
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
It's never too early to start your holiday shopping, and this weekend you can pick up unique, artisan gifts while supporting a worthy cause. On Saturday and Sunday, Bethesda Row will turn into a free, outdoor art gallery featuring about 190 fine artists and crafters from the United States and Canada, selling everything from drawings and paintings to apparel and jewelry to photography and home decor. In addition to perusing the art, enjoy live jazz performances, local food vendors and children's activities. Participating artists will also donate works for a sale benefiting the National Institutes of Health's children's charities, including Camp Fantastic/Special Love, Inc. for young cancer patients, Friends of the Clinical Center, and The Children's Inn, a residential home that allows children to live with their families while receiving treatments. Saturday and Sunday at Bethesda Row, 4841 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md. 301/637-5684. Web: bethesdarowarts.org.
Washington International Horse Show
Since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show has been wowing audiences with show jumping, hunter and other competitions featuring some of the top horses and riders in the country, including a number of Olympic medalists over the years. The equestrian show returns this week with 500 horses participating in six days of shows, competitions and special events at the Verizon Center. The show opens Tuesday with the adult hunter championship, in which top horse-and-rider duos will jump fences and other obstacles. On Wednesday, have breakfast with mounted police officers, or enjoy the jumping championship, and on Thursday celebrate Halloween during Barn Night, featuring costumed show jumpers, Shetland pony races and children's activities. The show culminates with the President's Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier with $125,000 for the winner. Through Oct. 27 at the Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202/525-3679. Web: wihs.org.
John Legend with Tamar Braxton
It's hard enough to earn one Grammy Award, but singer-songwriter John Legend has lived up to his (stage) name and earned nine of them over the course of his career. Born John Roger Stephens, Mr. Legend released his debut album, "Get Lifted," in 2004 and won eight of his nine Grammys for it, including best new artist. Two years later, he earned his ninth Grammy for his second album, "Once Again." On Wednesday, he'll perform at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, where he'll be sure to sing hits including "Save Room," "Green Light" and "Tonight (Best You've Ever Had)." Tamar Braxton, who began her career singing background vocals for her famous sister Toni and has since released two albums, will open the show. Wednesday at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. 202/628-4780. Web: dar.org or ticketmaster.com.
The Night Watcher
You may recognize Charlayne Woodard from her roles as Janice in "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and Vonda in "Roseanne," but the talented actress and playwright's career has more than flourished since her stints on the popular 1990s television shows. Miss Woodard has won two Obie Awards, given for outstanding off-Broadway and off- off-Broadway theater, and earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her performance in the original cast of "Ain't Misbehavin'" on Broadway. She has also written four critically acclaimed solo plays and one ensemble play. Starting Wednesday, she'll star in her fourth solo play, "The Night Watcher," at Logan Circle's Studio Theatre. Though she is not a mother herself, Miss Woodard will present 10 powerful vignettes about the children she has encountered in her roles as godmother, aunt and mentor, which should resonate with parents and nonparents alike. Through Nov. 17 at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202/332-3300. Web: studiotheatre.org.
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