- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2005

More than tulips

Flower Mart 2005 at the Washington National Cathedral is more than flower stands and garden talks. The springtime festival features children’s games and cathedral tower climbs along with booths selling rare books, seasonal foods and plants. Special events in line with this year’s theme, “A Salute to Switzerland,” include yodeling, fondue, cheese making and a focus on all things Swiss — even a chance to milk a Swiss cow. The festival takes place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202/537-3185.

All-day country

The Nissan Pavilion kicks off the outdoor summer concert season Saturday with an all-day country music extravaganza — The WMZQ Fest. Musical headliners include Phil Vassar, the Charlie Daniels Band, Lonestar and Jamie O’Neal. Performing on the second stage are up-and-coming country acts, including Lauren Lucas and Amber Dotson. Gates open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 to $39.50. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. 202/397-SEAT.

Maryland’s end is near

The University of Maryland celebrates the end of another school year tomorrow with the 22nd annual Art Attack spring festival. The art-and-music festival features an afternoon of activities and giveaways. An evening concert showcases Gin Blossoms, Guster and Chevelle. The activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on McKeldin Mall. The concert begins at 6 p.m. in Byrd Stadium. Tickets are $10 for the concert; all other events are free. 301/314-9845.

Going solo

After several attempts at being a rock-band frontman, Cary Brothers finally has found his place as a musical artist — solo. His first record, “All the Rage,” made him a favorite of college radio, and his song “Blue Eyes” was named one of the top 10 folk songs of 2004. Mr. Brothers plays the 9:30 Club with Aqualung Monday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Slatkin does ‘Tosca’

Leonard Slatkin, conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, joins forces tomorrow night with the Washington National Opera and takes to the podium for the revival of Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca.” Performances begin tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Other show dates run through May 31. Tickets are $45 to $290. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

They’re off

The Virginia Gold Cup has been a spring tradition and a highlight of the Washington social calendar for 80 years, attracting nearly 45,000 people to the Great Meadow in The Plains. Saturday’s race promises the same. Gates open at 10 a.m., and the first race begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75 for general passes to $15,000 for a private tent. 800-69-RACES.

Back home

The rock quartet Vertical Horizon returns tomorrow night to the city where its musical success began. The two founding members, Keith Kane and Matt Scannell, met as students at Georgetown University in the early ‘90s. The duo played acoustic gigs in local pubs before signing a record deal and recording platinum-selling songs. Showtime at the Birchmere is 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 202/397-SEAT.

Peace and remembrance

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Robert Shafer and the Washington Chorus remember the 6 million Jews who died with a performance of Sir Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time,” a choral drama about one young Jew’s response to Nazi oppression. Aaron Copland’s “Fanfarefor the Common Man” will honor those who served in World War II. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $53. F Street and New Hampshire AvenueNW. 202/467-4600.

Thomas Walter

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