- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Simply Simpson

Jessica Simpson may have trouble figuring out the difference between chicken and buffalo wings but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that she can sing. The Texas sweetheart is hitting the road to do just that, and her “Reality” tour stops by the Nissan Pavilion on Saturday. Fellow Texan and up-and-coming singer/songwriter Ryan Cabrera is opening for her. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.50 to $51.50. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/432-SEAT.

The Booz Allen Classic

Tired of watching golf on TV? Here’s your chance to experience the excitement of a great drive or that downright impossible putt, up close and personal at the D.C. area’s only PGA Tour event, the Booz Allen Classic. Beginning on Monday, the Tournament Players Club at Avenel will be filled with some of golf’s best players all vying for piece of the $4.8 million purse. The tournament runs through June 27. Tickets are $5 to $50. 10000 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac. 301/469-3737.

The Wright stuff

To some, Steven Wright is just another comedian, but how many other comedians can put “Academy Award winner” in front of their name like he can? With movie roles and TV specials under his belt, Mr. Wright is heading back out on the road, and he stops by at the Warner Theatre tomorrow. The laughs begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.50. 13th and E streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Fancy feet

Riverdance has dazzled audiences all over the world with its fancy footwork, and starting tonight the Filene Center at Wolf Trap welcomes the international dancing ensemble for four nights of performances. The North American touring troupe, the Boyne ensemble, is made up of 67 dancing greats along with a full orchestra that will be sure to please your eyes and your ears. Tickets are $20 to $75. Showtimes are 8 tonight and tomorrow and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

‘The Producers’ in D.C.

One of Broadway’s biggest hits, “The Producers,” is coming to the District for a nine-week engagement. Winner of 12 Tony awards, the musical tells the story of Max Bialystock, a not-so-lucky theater producer, and Leo Bloom, a sneaky accountant, who devise the ultimate money-making scam. The laugh-out-loud comedy begins Wednesday at the Kennedy Center Opera House and runs through Aug. 23. Tickets are $35 to $90. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/467-4600.

Lion at the Cat

It is hard to argue the fact that David Bazan’s band name sounds more like a zoo attraction or a children’s play then a successful music act, but nevertheless Pedro the Lion has carved a niche for himself in a very crowded singer/songwriter scene. Touring in support of his newest release “Achilles Heel,” Mr. Bazan plays the Black Cat tonight. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/667-7960.

From Russia with love

Katie Melua is not your average 19-year-old. Last year, the teenager from the former Soviet Union sold 1.2 million copies of her debut album in just four months in the United Kingdom. While classified as jazz/blues, Miss Melua has a smooth style all her own. She is making her first tour of the United States and performs at the Birchmere on Tuesday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/549-7500.

Medieval sounds

The Washington Early Music Festival closes out its inaugural year with four days of concerts at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Today through Sunday, seven professional ensembles and soloists — including Armonia Nova, the Washington Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble and Ensemble Gaudior — will perform English works composed before 1750. Performance times vary. Tickets are $10 to $55. Third and A streets SE. For more information see www.earlymusicdc.org or call 202/543-0053.

— Thomas Walter

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