- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Walking shoes, please

From Embassy Row to Capitol Hill and from U Street to the waterfront, the District is blessed with dozens of historic neighborhoods, all of which are best seen on foot. Join Walking Town, DC, on Saturday and Sunday in any of 55 free neighborhood walking tours led by guides who are just waiting to have their knowledge tested. Don’t bring a guidebook; just put on a good pair of walking shoes. The tours begin at 8 a.m. all over Washington and continue through 8 p.m. For more information see page M20 of this issue. For a complete schedule, see www.walkingtowndc.org or call 202/661-7581.

Merriweather Post gets hot

Merriweather Post Pavilion kicks off its spring-summer concert season Saturday with Grammy Award-winning rock act Maroon 5. Still touring in support of its platinum-selling album, “Songs About Jane,” the L.A.-based group brings along up-and-coming Irish act the Thrills. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $40. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

A new father’s stories

Performance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph brings storytelling to a new level with his newest work, “Word Becomes Flesh.” Combining elements of rap, tap, jazz and hip-hop with West African dance, the National Poetry Slam champion documents nine months of pregnancy from the viewpoint of a young single father. The drama begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place. Tickets are $20. 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202/269-1600.

Self-titled rock

In most cases, a band uses the self-titled tag for their debut album. But the rock trio Lifehouse put out two platinum-selling discs before going the eponymous route for its recently released third album, its most personal to date. Lifehouse plays the State Theatre on Saturday with local act Welbilt. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 202/397-SEAT.

Canadian hip-hop

After capturing fans in his native Canada and Europe, Toronto emcee K-os has his musical sights set on the United States. Blending elements of funk, rock, folk and hip-hop, K-os takes listeners back to the essence of hip-hop with inspirational, socially conscious rhymes. K-os plays the 9:30 Club on Sunday with the Handsome Boy Modeling School. Tickets are $18. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Crafts at the pinnacle

With 120 of the best American artisans, the juried Smithsonian Craft Show is a prestigious annual event. This year’s show features work in 12 media and, as always, benefits educational and research programs within the Smithsonian Institution. The show runs today through Sunday at the National Building Museum. Show times are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 to $15, free for children under 12. 401 F St. NW. See www.smithsoniancraftshow.org or call 202/357-4000.

In a country garden

Yes, Virginia, there is a Garden Week. Historic Garden Week in Virginia kicks off Saturday in Alexandria and other cities across the state, and over the course of nine days, more than 250 Virginia homes, landmarks and gardens will be open to the public. Tours of Fairfax homes are scheduled for April 22. For a complete schedule of the week’s green events, see www.vagarden week.org or call 804/644-7776.

Thomas Walter

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