- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Art central

Head for Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle this weekend, when 130 artists from across the country will show off their newest work at the second annual Fine Arts Festival — and area restaurants and local musicians will provide food and entertainment. Festival times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Norfolk and Auburn avenues. See www.bethesda.org.

Alive again

After three albums, several awards and headlining slots on national tours, singer-songwriter Bebo Norman thought about giving up music. Instead, he took time off, got married and fell in love with the creative process all over again. Now he’s out with a new album, “Try.” With a new spark for playing live and a collection of new songs, Mr. Norman plays McLean Bible Church tomorrow night. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $22. 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. 703/790-5590.

Your father’s tattoo

The tattoo has been a military tradition since the early 17th century, when buglers would call soldiers back to barracks in the evening by signaling time to “tap to,” or shut the spigots in the taverns. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington, along with the 3rd U.S. Infantry and the U.S. Army Band, Pershing’s Own, re-enact the inspection ceremony in “Twilight Tattoo” each Wednesday through June on the Ellipse. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Entrance is free and open to everyone. 15th and E streets, NW. 202/685-2888.

Maryland’s grape

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a novice who doesn’t know chardonnay from merlot, this weekend’s 13th annual Wine in the Woods promises to be an adventure. Eleven of Maryland’s wineries will offer ½-ounce samples of their finest vino under the trees at Columbia’s Symphony Woods. The festival also offers plenty of food vendors and a live-music stage. The wine flows from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 to $20. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 410/313-7275.

HFS rock

The HFStival is one of the most anticipated concerts of the year. This year’s show, like the station for which it was named, has moved to Baltimore, but the lineup at M&T Bank Stadium — including Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Sum 41, Interpol and nearly 25 other acts — could make it worth the drive. Tickets for the all-day rock extravaganza are $40. The gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday. 1101 Russell St., Baltimore. 410/397-SEAT.

Chili’s charms

Whether you like your chili sweet and vegetarian or beefy and spicy, this year’s DC101 Chili Cookoff, Saturday, has a spoonful for you. Some of the area’s best chili cooks will serve samples of their specialties along Independence Avenue while a rocking musical lineup, Papa Roach and Carbon Leaf, provides background music. The gates at 12th Street and Independence Avenue open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. 202/397-SEAT.

Electro-Brit-rock

The four members of Kasabian don’t want to be just another British rock band. The lads from Leicester, England, gathered inspiration from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the electronics-loving ‘80s for their self-titled debut. Their musical formula has ruled the British music charts and has sold out shows in this country. They play the 9:30 Club tonight. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Thomas Walter

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