- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Welcome home

Georgetown is known for stately homes, cobblestone streets and a small-town feel. On Saturday, the 2005 Georgetown House Tour gives everyone a chance to step into eight of the neighborhood’s historic houses and stroll through their equally historic and extravagant gardens. The tour runs from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $45 (group discounts are available) and include an afternoon tea in the Parish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church on O Street Northwest. Call 202/338-2287 or visit www. georgetownhousetour.com.

Bardic birthday

William Shakespeare may be gone, but his legacy lives on — and on Sunday, the Folger Shakespeare Library celebrates the 441st birthday of this giant of the English language. The party features events for the whole family, complete with theater tours, staged readings and a cake-cutting ceremony. The festivities run from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Some activities require a fee. 1600 21 St. NW. 202/544-7077.

Block-rocking beats

DJs are more than glorified record spinners. They control the atmosphere and set the tempo of a concert or party with scratches and musical effects. Philadelphia native Josh Wink is one of the best DJs in the world, and he sets off the Hydra concert with a barrage of beats and ground thumping bass Sunday at the 9:30 Club. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $24. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Bookmarks required

Novelists, journalists, poets, children’s fiction writers — they’re all part of the sixth annual Bethesda Literary Festival, which starts tomorrow night with an evening of readings and a poetry slam. Event times vary through Sunday. Most events, throughout downtown Bethesda, are free, but a few charge a fee. For complete information, see www.bethesda.org or call 301/215-6660.

Storytime with strings

Damien Jurado is a modern-day urban storyteller — with a guitar. The good, the bad, the ugly: Mr. Jurado sings about it all on his fifth full-length album, “Where Shall You Take Me?” Revered in indie-music circles, the Seattle native plays the Black Cat on Sunday with the Radar Bros. Tickets are $8. Showtime is 9 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Pop art

Roy Lichtenstein, one of the founders of the pop-art movement, scandalized critics in the early 1960s, but today, he’s seen as a master. On Saturday, 13 of his works go on permanent display in the East Building at the National Gallery of Art. “Roy Lichtenstein: A New Gift of Drawings” includes his study for “Razzmatazz” and “Bedroom at Arles.” Admission is free. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/737-4215.

Luxury furnishings

Looking for a new piece of furniture to fill the corner space? Not sure what colors to paint the master bedroom or living room? Get answers this weekend at the 2005 Home & Design Luxury Expo at the Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner. Admission is $12. Showtimes are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See www.homeanddesign.com or call 703/426-1949.

Thomas Walter

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