- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Urban poets

Since its Tony-winning run on Broadway in 2003, Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam” has become the face of pop poetry. No subject is off-limits, and brutal honesty reigns among the poets. The show, in the midst of a 51-city tour, makes its way to the District this week for three shows, beginning Tuesday, at the historic Lincoln Theater. Showtime each night is 8 p.m. Tickets are $36. 1215 U St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Traitor in our midst

Onetime FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who sold secrets to the Soviet Union for years, is recognized as one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history. On Tuesday at the International Spy Museum, his supervisor and friend, David G. Major, will reveal how and why Hanssen betrayed his country. “Inside Stories: Robert Hanssen — Colleague, Friend and Traitor” begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $23. 800 F St. NW. 866/SPY-MUSEUM.

Domestic goddess

Nigella Lawson has never run a restaurant kitchen or received formal chef training, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming one of the most popular food writers in Britain and a New York Times dining columnist. On the road promoting her newest cookbook, “Feast,” Miss Lawson will give a short talk, answer questions and sign “Feast” on Sunday at Olsson’s in Arlington. The free book signing and discussion begins at 3 p.m. 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/525-4227.

O Canada

Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne found fame at 17 with a multiplatinum debut album and world tours of her pop-punk anthems. Now 20, Miss Lavigne is back on the road with a new top-selling album, “Under My Skin.” She plays the Patriot Center on Tuesday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

The final frontier

For any fan of space travel, the new James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven Udvar-Hazy Center is a one-stop wonderland. From the restored space shuttle “Enterprise” to prototype spacesuits, the hangar boasts hundreds of artifacts that will entertain space lovers of any age. The newest wing of the museum opened to the public Monday. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Dec. 25. Admission is free, but parking is $12. 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. 202/633-1000.

If this is Tuesday

One look at Interpol’s touring schedule makes it easy to see why home for this rock quartet, since its debut in 2001, is a tour bus or an airplane. Before the onetime indie music darlings head back to Europe, they play the 9:30 Club on Tuesday with the Secret Machines. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. . 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Fourth time’s a charm

“Comin’ From Where I’m From” may be Anthony Hamilton’s fourth album, but label and other problems with the first three mean that this one is his first chance to gain a national audience. Mr. Hamilton is firmly planted at a successful label now, and he plays DAR Constitution Hall with Angie Stone tomorrow. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $55. 18th and D streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Show of support

Two of Dave Daly’s favorite activities were golf and music. Sadly, Mr. Daly passed away in 2002, and his family and friends remembered him by creating a scholarship fund in his name for local scholars and athletes. On Saturday, local artists including Eric Brace of Last Train Home, James O’Brien and Amy Space will play at Iota Club & Cafe to raise money for the scholarship. The second annual Dave Daly Scholarship benefit show runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

Thomas Walter

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