- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Wild blue yonder

Saturday is Armed Forces Day, and that means its Joint Services Open House time at Andrews Air Force Base. F-16 and B-2 flyovers, displays from all military branches and mass paratroop drops are part of this year’s show. The open house runs tomorrow through Sunday, but tomorrow is reserved for members of the military and school groups. Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park at FedEx Field; shuttle buses run to and from the base. The bus will also pick up at Branch Avenue Metro station. For more information, see page M18 of this issue or call 301/981-4424.

Indie boy wonder

When Ben Lee was a teenager, he was touring the world with his pop-punk band, Noise Addict. Now 26 and a solo artist, the one-time indie boy wonder opens for Aimee Mann on Monday and Tuesday at the Birchmere. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $45. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

George and the grape

Virginia wineries offer their best reserves this weekend at Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. Beginning tomorrow, 16 of the commonwealth’s finest wineries will offer samples at George Washington’s home, where visitors can enjoy jazz on the lawn and wait for the general himself to make an appearance. Cellar and mansion tours are also available during the festival. Tickets are $25. The festival runs nightly from 6 to 9 through Sunday. South end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. 202/397-SEAT.

Motor City rock

Mix guitar-heavy ‘70s rock with soaring Beatles-style melodies, and what you get is Detroit group the Sights. Taken under the musical wing of ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, the Sights are one more example of why the Motor City is the next great musical underground. The group plays Iota Club & Cafe on Sunday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

Modigliani: last call

The Phillips Collection’s “Modigliani: Beyond The Myth” contains nearly 100 of the legendary bohemian’s works and challenges patrons to look deeper than his flamboyant lifestyle. The show closes May 29, so fans and first-time visitors have only another week and a half to see it. Museum tours will be extended to run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, as well as next weekend, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Admission to the exhibit is $12 to $14; it’s free for visitors under 18 and 62 and older. 1600 21st St. NW. 202/387-2151.

NoVa art

Northern Virginia gets into the art action this weekend with the 2005 Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center. More than 180 artisans present their works along with musical entertainment, children’s activities and food booths. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Suggested donation for admission is $5. 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston. 703/471-9242.

Irish rock

Snow Patrol was a nearly unknown rock band until U2 frontman Bono endorsed his fellow Irishmen as one of his favorite new bands. Now the band has the attention of music fans all over Europe and this country. Touring in support of its third album, “Final Straw,” the band plays its anthem-size pop-rock at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Now you see it

Don’t waste your time trying to figure out how magician Ricky Jay performs his card tricks. A blink of the eye gives him enough time to dazzle onlookers with his sleight of hand. His show, “Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants,” at the Studio Theatre’s new Metheny Theatre, has just been extended through May 29 because of high ticket demand. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are $71 to $75. 1501 14th St., NW. 202/332-3300.

Thomas Walter

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