- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 1, 2002

All aboard
Forget Amtrak's corporate woes. The biggest problem facing model railroaders is what gauge train to pick for their miniature tracks and whether the mountain or the lake would make a better accessory. At Greenberg's Train show, newcomers and old conductors alike can pick up the latest supplies, find out more about the hobby and check out several display tracks. Chug on over from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Exhibition Hall at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Admission is $2 to $7. 410/795-7447.

Dancers in training

Students from the Dance Institute of Washington have been studying ballet, modern dance and hip-hop for six hours a day all summer long, and their efforts are about to pay off. In "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," they bring a folk tale from Zimbabwe, about two very different sisters, to life using all of the styles they've learned. See them in action at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Carter Barron Amphitheater, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW, in Rock Creek Park. It's free. 202/426-0486.

From punk to country

Nick Lowe was an early punk and new-wave backer, acting as producer on Elvis Costello's early albums and championing punk's "back to basics" approach. While his current roots rock and country songs (with a bit of soul, jazz and blues thrown in) are a bit of a leap from those early punk days, he still is a skilled songwriter who continues to apply a "no frills" formula to music. Hear what some are calling the best songs of his career, when he plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $19.50. 703/549-7500.

Air Force jazz

No less an authority than Count Basie dubbed the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note "one band you won't want to miss." For people used to seeing military bands only at official ceremonies or holidays, the Airmen of Note offer up a jazz twist on military tradition. Hear them at 7 p.m. Saturday at Easton Town Center, on Harrison Street, Easton, Md. Admission is free. 202/767-5658.

Behind the boards

A lot of artists have day jobs, but few have had the kind of access that photographer Eddie Kramer was given. As an engineer and producer for Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Traffic, Kiss, the Rolling Stones and others, he was able to snap countless moments of musical history in the making while still doing his job. His work is on view in "From the Other Side of the Glass" from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Govinda Gallery, 1227 34th St. NW. Admission is free. 202/333-1180.

Ancient wonders

One doesn't need to be an archaeologist to still feel a sense of wonder after stepping into the National Gallery of Art's latest exhibit. In "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt," the staff re-creates an actual Egyptian tomb, complete with detailed hieroglyphics and a sarcophagus. That's just one of the highlights in the extensive exhibit, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Gallery, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is free. 202/737-4215.

Quirky cinema

The old saying "it takes one to know one" fits local filmmaker and pop culture maven Jeff Krulik ("Heavy Metal Parking Lot") to a tee. That's because he's hosting "The Best of the Jewish Underground," a screening of short flicks that range from the comic to the oddball, much like his own work. See "Obsessed with Jews," "Moses vs. Godzilla" and other gems starting at 11 p.m. Saturday at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q streets NW. Tickets are $7 to $8.50. 800/494-TIXS.

Boredom be gone
Next time the youngsters say there's nothing to do, remember some of these handy alternatives. Baker Park holds free entertainment for children at 7 p.m. each Saturday through the end of August, at the park, Second Street and Carroll Parkway, Frederick. It's free. 301/694-CITY. Wolf Trap also offers up ways to cure summer blues with programs at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, as part of its "Theatre-in-the-Woods" program. It's near the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. Performances are $4 to $6. 703/255-1900.
Derek Simmonsen

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