- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Late-night laughs

You may have seen Dave Attell telling jokes on late-night talk shows or starring in his Comedy Central TV show, “Insomniac,” but starting tonight, you can see him live onstage at the DC Improv. Mr. Attell headlines four nights of stand-up comedy through Sunday. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $25. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/296-7008.

A farewell to playfulness

Sunday is the last day to experience the work of Alexander Calder and Joan Miro at the Phillips Collection. The exhibit, “Calder Miro,” brings together the mobile sculptures of Alexander Calder and the poem paintings of Joan Miro. Admission is $13 for adults and $11 for students and senior citizens. It’s free for those 18 and younger. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tonight through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. 1600 21st St. NW. 202/387-2151.

Eddie comes home

With a sound that falls between folk and rock, Eddie From Ohio has graduated from playing cover songs in local bars to playing concert halls and concert series across the country. The group comes home to the Washington area, where it formed in 1991, to headline three nights of music at the Birchmere, tonight through Saturday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $29.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT

Musical innovator

As a member of Husker Du, one of the most influential bands of the 1980s, Bob Mould helped create the post-hard-core punk sound that became known as alternative rock. Now a solo artist and regular DJ around the District, Mr. Mould picks up the guitar once again for a gig in Annapolis at Rams Head Tavern tomorrow. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $24.75. 33 West Street, Annapolis. 410/268-4545.

Guitars only

Six strings, 12 strings, wide body or cutaway, guitars come in all shapes and sizes. On Tuesday, the Barns at Wolf Trap celebrates the historic instrument with international guitar night. Such guitar greats as Martin Taylor and Brian Gore will showcase a wide range of styles, including folk, jazz, Brazilian and classical. All the guitars will be tuned and ready beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22. 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Parks, paths and public spaces

Open public spaces are not what they were before September 11. The National Building Museum is looking into how these spaces have changed with its newest exhibit, “Open: New Designs for Public Space.” The exhibit looks at how America and other countries define, design and protect their public spaces. The exhibit runs through May 15. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 401 F St. NW. 202/272-2448.

Eight millenniums

The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage celebrates eight years of free performances Sunday with a night of music and dancing by the Count Basie Orchestra. Swing-dance instructors will be on hand to offer tips and give lessons for those eager to hit the dance floor. The fun begins at 6 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Which way did he go?

Maps not only offer us a visual picture of where we are or where we want to go, but also can help track other types of data, including weather, topography and migration patterns. The National Geographic Society, a leader in cartography, is showing mapmakers’ work in “Mapping With Paper and Pixel.” The exhibit runs through Feb. 13 at the National Geographic Museum’s Explorers Hall. Admission is free. The hall is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 17th and M streets NW. 202/857-7588.

Thomas Walter

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