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Tristan Perich's "Machine Drawings" are executed by a machine that he designed and built.
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Tristan Perich's "Machine Drawings" are executed by a machine that he designed and built.

(April 26-June 12) SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM Arlington's Signature Theatre opens "Side by Side by Sondheim" tonight. The tribute to the master of musical theater draws from his earlier productions, including "Anyone Can Whistle", "A Little Night Music", and "West Side Story". Signature has the revue through mid-June.

(April 27) ACTIONS AND WORDS The University of Maryland's Stamp Gallery closes out its Speaking of Art… series Wednesday at 5:30. New York-based artist Tristan Perich comes to College Park to discuss his work. Inspired by math and physics, Perich builds machines to draw intricate, interwoven patterns on walls and floors. He also makes ambient electronic music to set the tone at his exhibits.

(April 27-May 1) THE INSPECTOR If you like your opera light and comical, Vienna's Wolf Trap has "The Inspector" Wednesday through Sunday. A small-town mayor in Italy enjoys a corrupt, unchallenged rule until he hears that a member of Mussolini's regime is swinging by to check up on things.

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