- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Choo-choo

Millions of people all over the world enjoy model trains, and on Saturday, Mike Wolf, a legend in the model-train world, will make a rare all-day appearance at Engine House Hobbies. Mr. Wolf, founder and president of MTH Electric Trains, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions and discuss some of the latest innovations in the hobby. The event is free and open to the public. 315-G E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. 301/590-0816.

Ballet biography

The Hamburg Ballet makes its Kennedy Center debut on Wednesday with a full-length John Neumeier original, “Nijinsky.” Based on the life of dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, this work explores Mr. Nijinsky both as a famed artist and intriguing personality. Performances take place in the Opera House. Call for performance times. Tickets are $27 to $97. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/785-WPAS.

Reuben or rock?

Potbelly Sandwich Works is known for satisfying Washingtonians’ food tastes, but after tonight, it may also be known for satisfying their musical tastes. The shop will be hosting a CD-release party for its limited-edition CD featuring 10 of the District’s best independent musicians. The free event will include live performances from the bands and free food. The party kicks off at 6 p.m. 19th and L streets NW. 312/396-9783.

The happiest conductor

Bobby McFerrin conducts the Morgan State University Choir and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tomorrow and Saturday. The choir and symphony will perform Mr. McFerrin’s unique interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as part of the “Symphony With a Twist Series.” Each evening of the series is designed around a specific theme and begins with martinis, pre-concert jazz and conversation in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 to $75. 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410/783-8000.

Road food

For their new Food Network show, Lisa Loeb and her beau Dweezil Zappa are traveling the country playing shows and eating out at each city’s fun and funky restaurants. The duo rolls into the District on Tuesday, to play at the 9:30 Club, and if you are lucky, they may stop in for a bite to eat at your favorite local restaurant. Tickets are $15. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Chocolate buffet

Dark. White. Semisweet. Chocolate comes in many different flavors and forms, and tomorrow you have a chance to taste some of the varieties at the 16th Annual YMCA Chocolates Galore and More. Held at Lansdowne Resort, this year’s event hosts 25 of the area’s best bakeries and restaurants. The feast begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $50. 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Lansdowne, Va. 703/777-9622

J.C. solo

Justin Timberlake was the first member of ‘NSync to make it big on his own, but fellow bandmate J.C. Chasez is right on his heels with his soon-to-be-released solo debut “Schizophrenic.” Mr. Chasez performs some of his new songs tomorrow at Nation for Mess Fest 2004. Also performing is up-and-coming R&B star Nick Cannon. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Week of rock

All next week, the Arlington clubs are going to be a hotbed for local music. The Six Point Music Festival begins on Monday, and, over the course of one week, about 30 acts will perform at numerous Arlington venues. For performer and venue information see www.arlingtonmusicscene.com.

Thomas Walter

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