- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 6, 2001

Changes in latitudes
Fans may know his songs by heart, but that doesn't stop die-hard "Parrotheads" from reliving them again and again in concert. Jimmy Buffett's summer concerts have become a steady tradition as he leads the crowd in old favorites, like "Margaritaville" and "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes." Be a part of it all when he plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). Tickets cost $27 to $59.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Royal tragedy

You may recognize actor Avery Brooks from the TV show "Deep Space Nine" and the movie "American History X" and Earle Hyman as Bill Cosby's father on "The Cosby Show," but you've never seen them quite like this. In the Shakespeare Theatre's single-night adaptation of Sophocles' "Oedipus Plays," the tragic rise and fall of King Oedipus and his family is brought to startling life. See these veteran actors at work at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 450 Seventh St. NW. Tickets cost $14.50 to $63. 202/547-1122.

Bookworms

First lady Laura Bush has mostly stayed out of the public eye, but she's made one passion of hers known upfront: reading. With the Library of Congress she's managed to turn this love into the country's first National Book Festival, an all-day celebration encouraging and celebrating reading. Meet some of the country's best authors (including Stephen Ambrose, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, George Will and Scott Turow) at a wide variety of events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the East Lawn of the Capitol. It's free. 888/714-/4696.

All-day arts

If it's not enough to meet some of the country's best writers on Saturday, why not meet some of the best dancers, musicians and performers in the nation the next day? At the Kennedy Center's 30th Birthday Celebration there will be dancers (including Ailey II Dance Company and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), musicians (including the Billy Taylor Trio and the American Chamber Players) and other acts (including the Brewery Troupe puppeteers and the National Symphony Orchestra). Take it all in from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. It's free. 202/467-4600.

Italian song

Take a musical journey through the best of Italian music when the Davies Concert Series offers up "An Italian Evening." Featuring soprano Debra Lawrence, tenor Paul McIlvaine and pianist Francis Conlon, the trio tackle Puccini, Verdi and well-loved Neapolitan songs. Hear them at 7 p.m. Sunday at Davies Memorial Unitarian Church, 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs. Tickets cost $5 to $10. 301/894-3597.

American art

While he may not be the most critically acclaimed of American artists, Norman Rockwell succeeded in capturing the heart of small-town life. Through his famous Saturday Evening Post covers, Mr. Rockwell turned the everyday lives of Americans into the stuff of legend, balancing social commentary with plenty of humor. See his unique vision from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wentworth Gallery, 1731 M. International Drive, McLean. Admission is free. 703/883-0111.

Back in time

Ever wonder what George Washington might have done to relax? It's a safe bet he would have enjoyed the 18th-century fair being held at Mount Vernon this weekend. More than 60 artisans will don period costumes to offer puppet shows, magic acts and musical entertainment, as well as show their skill at candle making and metalworking. Check it out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Mount Vernon, at the end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Tickets are $4.50 to $9. 703/780-2000.

In search of…

Another hands-on way to get into the past is to take the "Hunt Through History" challenge at the Women's Memorial Museum. Children ages 9 and older hunt through artifacts, photographs and other objects, both indoors and outside and get to learn some history along the way. Let the children loose from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, ceremonial entrance, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Admission is $2. 703/533-1155.


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