- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 2, 2001

Meet the Romanovs
If your children know Merriweather Post only as the name of a popular concert venue, then it's time to take them to Hillwood Museum and Gardens. The estate of the renowned Washington philanthropist, heiress and businesswoman features one of the most extensive collections of Russian imperial art outside that country and also a new family tour (with free admission for children in August) covering Russian history that helps tell the story behind the art. Call ahead to arrange a tour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $10 adults, children 6-18 free. 202/686-5807.

Luck of the Irish

Although it might have been tough for Irish lovers to stay silent during last week's Scottish Festival, the tables have turned. Irish dancers, pipe and drum bands, traditional crafts, food and drink are out in force this weekend as the local Irish community shows it has just as much spirit as the Scots. Join the Alexandria Irish Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Waterfront Park, on the strand between Prince and King streets, Alexandria. It's free. 703/237-2199.

Lost and found

The Lost Trailers may consider themselves a local band, but because of the musicians' heavy tour schedule, D.C. fans have had few chances to see the country-meets-funk rock group up close. For those who didn't catch the band's stellar, crowd-igniting performance at the 9:30 Club in June, the Trailers are making another stop in the District. Hear them at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grog & Tankard, 2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Admission is $5. 202/333-3114.

Spy vs. spy

The Cold War may be over, but if a downed plane in China, tunnels under embassies and FBI moles are any indication, spying is still a big business. The Cold War Museum shows off the past and present of intelligence gathering in Washington on its popular "Spy Tour." From the fledging days of American espionage efforts to modern spy Robert Hanssen, learn about one of Washington's oldest industries from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Call for reservations and the meeting place. Tickets are $45. 703/273-2381.

Storied past

As the country's oldest professional music organization, the U.S. Marine Band has been playing for 200 years. President John Adams invited the group in on New Year's Day 1801, and every president since then has had the honor of hearing the musicians come inauguration time. Although it plays the White House more than 300 times each year, the Marine Band still has time for the public. Hear it at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sylvan Theater, base of the Washington Monument, off Independence Avenue SE. Metro: Smithsonian. It's free. 202/767-5658.

Old Frankenstein

The Frankenstein legend became popular with Mary Shelley's 19th-century novel and the Boris Karloff movie of the 1930s, but it's much older. The story dates to medieval times, when Rabbi Loew created a golem (a clay man) to protect the Jews of Prague. See the classic 1920 silent version of "The Golem" at dusk Saturday at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. Tickets cost $4. 202/884-0060.

In the Garden of Eden

Sister's Trousers may be an unusual name for a dance troupe, but perhaps that fits the original, modern approach the group takes. In "Eve's Orchard," the local troupe celebrates women in dance with new pieces and old favorites that combine music with the written word and the visual. See it at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets cost $5 to $15. 703/318-9770.

Spaced out

It's hard to listen to Gustav Holst's "The Planets" without involuntarily looking up to the skies. His atmospheric music conveys the majesty of twinkling stars against a black backdrop, something the folks at Wolf Trap know all too well. That's why when the National Symphony Orchestra tackles Holst there (as well as pieces by Aaron Copland and others), a giant video screen will simultaneously broadcast rare images shot in space. See and hear "To the Moon … and Beyond" at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets cost $16 to $34. 703/218-6500.

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