- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Honoring the vets

Special Veterans Day ceremonies and wreath layings tomorrow will honor the veterans of America’s armed forces. Arlington National Cemetery will host two events — the Veterans Day National Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and the Gen. John J. “Blackjack” Pershing Memorial Service at 3 p.m. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has a ceremony beginning at 12:50 p.m. while the U.S. Navy Memorial hosts two wreath layings at 1 and 4:30 p.m. For a complete list see the calendar.

Life on the road

For an indie band trying to make it big, life seems a constant tour. The Ohio rock band Lovedrug knows this life all too well, having spent much of the past two years on the road opening for a plethora of rock acts. The hard work has paid off: The quartet’s debut album, “Pretend You’re Alive,” was released to rave reviews. Lovedrug plays the 9:30 Club on Wednesday with Matchbook Romance. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Violin prodigy

In 2001, when she was 21 years old, Hilary Hahn was named one of America’s best classical musicians. The violin prodigy has spent four years crisscrossing the globe to collaborate with award-winning orchestras and chamber groups. Miss Hahn comes to the District on Sunday to play with the National Symphony Orchestra in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 to $65. Showtime is 7 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Cathedral haven

The Cathedral Choral Society continues its 2005-06 season on Sunday when it performs “A Haven In America,” works by Barber, Bernstein, Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl. J. Reilly Lewis will conduct, while NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin makes a rare special guest appearance. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. Tickets are $20 to $60. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues Northwest. 202/537-5527.

Musical duo

In an unlikely pairing, piano pop rocker Ben Folds teams with the Grammy-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for two concerts, tomorrowand Saturday, at the Strathmore Music Center. The duo will play songs from Mr. Folds’ musical catalog along with maybe a classical tune or two. Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $34 to $84. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Letters home

Before e-mail and video phones, there were handwritten letters — and soldiers at war would write them to their loved ones back home. The National Postal Museum has collected many of these letters, some of which date back to the Civil War, for its newest exhibit, “War Letters: Lost and Found.” Nearly all of the letters on view were either thrown away, misdelivered or undelivered — and later found by strangers. The exhibit opens tomorrow and runs through Nov. 13, 2006. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202/357-2700.

Celebrating the scribes

The second week of the seventh annual Jewish Literary Festival gets under way on an offbeat note Saturday at 7 p.m. as performance poet and novelist Matthue Roth and slam poet Ruby K share their views of Jewish life in “Slam! Spoken Words from the Fringe.” It’s at Teaism, 400 Eighth St. NW, and it’s free. Most festival events take place at the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW, where the closing night program at 8 p.m. Wednesday will hear novelist Erica Jong and award-winning writer Allegra Goodman talk about what it means to be a Jewish-American writer. Those tickets are $14 to $20. For a full schedule see www.dcjcc.org/arts/literature or call 202/777-3254.

Thomas Walter

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