- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Honoring their memory

The National Symphony Orchestra honors U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan with a free Memorial Day concert on Sunday on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will co-host. Also appearing will be Natalie Cole, Josh Turner and Cece Winans. The concert begins at 8 p.m. First Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest.

Let the music begin

The summer season at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center starts tonight with Latin pop songstress Paulina Rubio. Also on the opening-weekend schedule is “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor, tomorrow and Saturday. “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band rounds out the weekend with a musical performance on Sunday; be sure to stay for the fireworks show at the end of the band’s set. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Countryside tour

See horse stables, training facilities, a historic church and a Civil War battlefield this weekend with the Hunt Country Stable Tour in and around Upperville, Va. Sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church, the annual two-day self-drive tour benefits the church’s outreach programs. A country fair on the church grounds will offer food, crafts and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $18 to $25; children younger than 12 are admitted free. 540/592-3711.

Jazz days

The 15th anniversary Capital Jazz Fest takes over the Merriweather Post Pavilion with three stages of local and national jazz acts beginning Wednesday. George Benson, Al Jarreau and Gerald Albright headline the opening-night show. Other headliners include Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, David Sanborn, Dave Koz, Hil St. Soul, Take 6 and many others. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Shows on June 2 and 3 begin at noon. Tickets range from $30 to $149.50. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Portraiture remixed

The National Portrait Gallery opens the next installment of its Portraiture Now series tomorrow. The new exhibit, “Framing Memory,” showcases the work of five contemporary artists who have expanded the traditional meaning of portraiture using photographs, paintings, sculptural wall installations, quilts and other media. The exhibit runs through Jan. 6. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Eighth and F streets Northwest. 202/633-8300.

No winner, no problem

Losing “American Idol” doesn’t seem to have hurt Chris Daughtry’s music career. His self-titled album became the fastest-selling debut rock album ever, and he has outsold every one of the previous non-winning contestants. Now the frontman for the band Daughtry, he rocks out tonight at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Food, music and family fun

Rockville has it all this weekend with its Hometown Holidays festival at Rockville Town Center. Pop-rock act Augustana plays the main stage Saturday night, and KC & the Sunshine Band take over on Sunday night. For foodies, the Taste of Rockville will feature tastes from 30 area restaurants. The festival also will have entertainment for children on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, Memorial Day, the festival remembers the military with a ceremony and parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. See www.rockvillemd.gov/events.

Thomas Walter

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