- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Helping out

More than 35,000 people turned out last year on the Mall for the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon. They’ll do it again Saturday for the 18th annual walk, a 5K trek that winds around the Lincoln Memorial and will benefit 180 organizations that work with the area’s homeless. Register at www.helpthehomelessdc.org or, on Saturday, on the front lawn of the Department of Agriculture on Jefferson Drive between 12th and 14th streets Northwest. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $15 to $30. 877/925-5484.

Coming home

The jazz/funk band Galactic got its start when two District punk rockers, Jeff Raines and Robert Mercurio, moved to New Orleans and immersed themselves in the Big Easy’s music scene. Now it’s a five-piece musical outfit with a sound that embraces a wide range of genres. Galactic plays the 9:30 Club tomorrow and Saturday with New Orleans’ own music superstar, Ivan Neville. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. both nights. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Dancing at the KC

Dance will take center stage at the Kennedy Center over the next two weeks. Tonight through Saturday in the Eisenhower Theater, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will showcase two Washington premieres. Tickets are $14 to $38 and showtime is 8 on both nights. On Tuesday, Suzanne Farrell and her ballet troupe take over the Eisenhower for an all-Balanchine program through Nov. 27. Those tickets are $29 to $84, with showtimes also at 8 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

High-stepping stallions

Sixty years ago Gen. George Patton rescued the prancing Lipizzaner stallions and the Spanish Riding School of Vienna during World War II. Now the 425-year-old specialty breed, known for its precision maneuvers, comes to the MCI Center for two nights of performances Saturday and Sunday. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 to $75; limited VIP tickets are $150. 601 F St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Unbridled

“Cavalia,” the Canadian multimedia showcase for a troupe of enlightened horses and their human companions, has met with such unbridled enthusiasm in Washington that it’s been extended for the second time through Wednesday. The big white top is located near the Pentagon City Metro Station. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $39 to $79. 866/999-8111 or www.cavalia.net.

Bluegrass for the masses

Alison Krauss and Union Station have brought bluegrass to a whole new level in the past decade. Led by Miss Krauss’ smooth soprano and the multiplatinum success of the “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack, for which they recorded several songs, the five-piece outfit has blended bluegrass with folk and attracted new ears to the one-time “down south” genre. AKUS plays the Patriot Center on Sunday . Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $31.50 to $45.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Sans instruments

The six-man a cappella group Take 6 has worked with some of the finest performers in R&B; and gospel music and have 10 albums to their credit. They perform a benefit show tonight at the Strathmore Music Center. All proceeds of the concert go to community cancer screenings in the area. Tickets are $25 to $55. Showtime is 8 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 202/433-4011.

Thomas Walter

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