- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Peppers at Nissan

Blending together a mix of funk, punk and rock, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have carved their own niche in the music world over the past two decades. Known for their on-stage antics as much as their music, band members have played shows dressed up as light bulbs and in other cases wore nothing but a single sock. Touring in support of their recent album “By The Way,” the Chili Peppers begin the third leg of their international tour Saturday at Nissan Pavilion. Also, the band recently recorded 15 new songs for an upcoming album, and throughout its summer European tour have played quite a few of the new numbers. Openers for the show include new rock sensations, Queens of the Stone Age and French Toast. Tickets cost $38-$48, and the show starts at 7 p.m. 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). 202/432-SEAT.

A punk choir

Dashboard Confessional, created by Chris Carrabba as an outlet for his emotional heartaches and innermost feelings, has been embraced by the masses — punk rockers, yuppie college students and TRL. Attending one of his shows is reminiscent of a church worship service with Mr. Carrabba serving as the leader and the audience as his congregation, singing back and in many cases drowning him out completely. Graduating from the small clubs he has relentlessly toured in over the past three years, Dashboard Confessional is headlining the current MTV2 tour, which has the band playing small arenas and large clubs. Dashboard Confessional plays the Bender Arena at American University at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $21.50. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW 202/432-SEAT.

An abstract D.C.

Row Gallery at Pentagon Row begins its fall exhibition schedule tomorrow with works by the New York based painter, Kip Frace. Mr. Frace’s work is best described as an “ongoing exploration of the abstract in the everyday.” His recent works, which will all be displayed at Row Gallery, were inspired by D.C. fixtures like the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Metro system. Mr. Frace’s work will be on display tomorrow through Sept. 21. 1301 S. Joyce St. D24. Arlington. 703/418-1900.

‘Silence’ on film

Karen Keating began taking photos in the early 1980s as a photojournalist and photo editor for a small newspaper. She then became a documentary photojournalist after she traveling to locations such as Cuba, Africa, Central America and Europe. She became fascinated with people and their daily lives. Miss Keating will display her newest collection “Silence” at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The entire collection is in black-and-white film, and the images are meant to observe “the moments between the big events of our daily lives.” “Silence,” the exhibit, will be on display today through Oct. 5. 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. 703/683-1780.

Beat the what?

While its name may leave animal rights activists up in arms, Beat the Donkey is not what it sounds like. It is a literal translation of a Brazilian expression that means “let’s take it up a notch” or “let’s go, let’s do it.” Led by Grammy award-winning percussionist Cyro Baptista, Beat the Donkey is the 10-piece percussion group that has been touring the world to critical acclaim over the past six years. A combination musical, dance and visual event, the show hits the District tomorrow for two shows. The shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. in the Film Theater at the Kennedy Center as part of the Prelude Festival. Tickets cost $20. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

More than a DJ

Paul D. Miller, who is better known as DJ Spooky, was named one of Esquire’s “100 Best People in the World,” and this D.C. native has the resume to prove it. In addition to being a DJ and working with some of today’s biggest acts, Mr. Miller is also an accomplished writer and artist. His latest project is a re-mix of D.W Griffith silent film “Birth of a Nation.” The new piece, titled “Rebirth of a Nation,” has Mr. Miller mixing the images on the screen to a variety of digital-created music like hip-hop, jungle, dub, space rock, ambient and experimental sounds. Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain will join DJ Spooky on stage for this special performance. The show takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $15. Hirshhorn Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. 202/785-WPAS.

Taking flight

“Face of America 2003” is Wolf Trap’s way of celebrating its fellow national parks. This year it’s celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight, so it’s honoring all the national parks and historic sites that played an important part in the development of aviation. In addition to flyovers by low-flying F-16s and antique World War II aircraft, the night will feature a dance performance choreographed by Elizabeth Streb and a high-definition video documenting the history of flight. The celebration begins at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10-$30. Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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