- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2001

High flying
It seems to be the year of double D.C. performances. Not only is the band Weezer making another stop through the city, but the venerable rock band Aerosmith is hitting the capital up again, too. After more than a dozen albums under its belt and 31 years in the business, the Boston hard rockers are still going strong. See them with up-and-coming rock band Fuel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). Tickets are $33.50-$78.50. 202/432-SEAT.

African journeys
Her years studying as an artist may have helped Beverly Derrick learn her craft, but her journeys through Africa are just as integral to her current exhibit as those years in the classroom. In "Africa," she shows off her ability to capture the feel and spirit of a place, with realistic oil paintings of everyday life in South Africa, Senegal, Kenya and other places. See her work from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Artists' Museum, 406 Seventh St. NW. It's free. 202/638-7001.

Gone to the dogs
While owners tossing Frisbees to their dogs is a fairly common sight on the Mall, it usually doesn't get quite as competitive as it might be. The Skyhoundz Canine Disc World Championship brings 14 of the best disc-catching dogs in the country to compete against one another by performing acrobatics most humans wish they could do. Watch them starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the Washington Monument grounds, off Independence Avenue SE. Metro: Smithsonian. Free. 404/256-3647 or www.skyhoundz.com.

In the news
If you think budget battles in Congress or stem cell debates are dull, wait until you hear what the Capitol Steps do with them. The troupe, composed of former Congressional staffers, twists popular songs into political parody, skewering politicians who are desperately in need of a little humble pie. See the Steps in action at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ram's Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $28.50. 410/268-4545.

Hidden life
Sculptor Ginny Ruffner isn't as interested in showing nature as people see it, but more as they don't see it. In her "Potentialities Series," she crafts metal and glass sculptures that dramatize raindrops in mid-air, roots growing underground and vines slowly stretching in the forest. See her stunning work from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Maurine Littleton Gallery, 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It's free. 202/333-9307.

Block party
Take a trip to Africa this weekend without ever leaving the city. The National Geographic Society is sponsoring an African street fair on M street, which brings live animals, music, movies, storytelling, face painting and food to downtown D.C. Check it out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the society's headquarters, 17th and M streets NW. It's free. 202/857-7588.

Chatty concert
Pianist Jeffrey Siegel sure isn't one to alienate an audience. His lively commentary, delivered before he performs works by Beethoven, Mozart and other great composers, helps young and old audience members alike appreciate the music of the masters. Hear him when he delivers "Music for the Young and Young-at-Heart" at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of the keyboard conversation series at George Mason University, at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Tickets are $20. 703/218-6500.

Art history
This is the last weekend to catch a retrospective of the abstract work of Clyfford Still, gathered from nearly two decades worth of the artist's paintings. Historian and curator Robert Rosenblum will discuss the meaning of Mr. Still's works 50 years after their release and the effects of his work on art history. Hear Mr. Rosenblum at 3 p.m. Sunday and see Mr. Still's art from from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, at Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. It's free. 202/357-2700.

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