- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2002

Teddy's toys

When Theodore Roosevelt spared the life of a bear during a hunt, he probably had no idea the small act would grow into the greatest legend of his presidency. It wasn't long before small stuffed toys, called teddy bears, started catching on with the public, to the point now where few children grow up without one of the lovable animals. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the famous toy at the 2002 Doll and Teddy Bear Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Tickets are $10. 800/331-0038.

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Frontier days

Speaking of presidents, most people think of George Washington as the hero of the Revolutionary War, the nation's first president or as the guiding light behind the Constitutional Convention. But did you know that he was earlier called "devourer of villages" by the Iroquois? Washington's part in the French and Indian War is the focus this weekend at Mount Vernon, as re-enactors create an Indian encampment and historians discuss his days on the frontier. Learn more from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Mount Vernon, at the south end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Admission is $4.50 to $9. 703/780-2000.

Hip-hop variety

Moby is getting kudos for his eclectic tour this summer, but for fans of hip-hop and rap, the Sprite Liquid Mix tour features almost as much diversity as Moby's Area 2 show. Featuring rapper Jay-Z and rock and reggae-rappers 311 as co-headliners (which is interesting in itself), the tour also highlights plenty of up-and-coming acts. The best among these are the socially conscious rap duo Blackalicious and the Southern hip-hop group Nappy Roots. Rock fans also get to see the popular group Hoobastank and rap-metal band Nonpoint. The whole thing kicks off at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). Tickets are $20 to $46. 202/432-SEAT.

Java art

Galleries usually serve wine at openings, but this may be the first one to offer a cup of joe. The Jolt N Bolt Cafe, between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan, is displaying the "Dupont Circle Photography Project," an effort to help preserve classic architecture in the city. The exhibit features photography by Pradeep Dalal, James Dudney and others that show off the beauty of some of Dupont Circle's neglected treasures. Check it out from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily starting tomorrow at the Cafe, 1918 18th St. NW. Admission is free. 202/588-5502.

Holly jolly August

If the summer heat has been getting you down, then take a trip to a winter wonderland via the U.S. Air Force Band's annual "Christmas in August" show. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance, as the concert band and the Singing Sergeants tackle everyone's favorite holiday tunes. The audiience can join in on a singalong. It starts at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Sylvan Theater, at the base of the Washington Monument near Independence Avenue NW. It's free. 202/767-5658.

Go medieval

Hear ye, hear ye. The year is 1533, King Henry VIII has just married Anne Boleyn and he needs the support of his people. If you head to the Maryland Renaissance Festival this weekend, you could be one of those lowly subjects, taking in Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well," seeing the crown jewels of England and snacking on meat pies while watching a joust. Be there from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the festival grounds, near the intersection of Route 450 East and Crownsville Road, Crownsville, Md. Tickets are $6 to $16, but free to children 11 and under this weekend. 410/266-7304.

The puppetmaster

Watching a comedy show with Jeff Dunham is a bit like seeing a full comedy troupe at work, as the talented ventriloquist has a way of bringing his puppets to life. There's Jalapeno on a Stick, Walter the Angry Old Man and Peanut the Woozle, and fans will be pleased to hear he's introducing a new character for his current show. See him at 8:30 tonight through Sunday, with additional shows at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $12 to $15. 202/296-7008.

Mammoth acts

Get ready to take a trip into the depths of Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park without ever getting out the spelunking equipment. Wolf Trap celebrates the popular attraction with an evening of dance and music, including a piece performed inside the caves by Doug Varone and Dancers, music from bluegrass state natives Sam Bush and Rebecca Lynn Howard and a country-themed work from Rhythm in Shoes. See it all at 8 p.m. Saturday at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1637 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $10 to $30. 703/218-6500.

Derek Simmonsen

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