- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2002

Rocking with Creed

Critics may give Creed a hard time, but with millions of records sold worldwide, the hard-rock quartet doesn't really need to please them. Hits like "My Sacrifice," "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open" are perfect arena anthems, which is why it's appropriate that the band is closing out the summer concert season here. Get ready to raise those lighters and sing along when Creed plays at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Road, off of Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). Tickets are $42 to $53.50. 202/432-SEAT.

Young designers

They may only be in fourth grade, but the students at Thomson Elementary School in the District are already well on their way to becoming architects. That's thanks to a project with the Octagon Museum that taught students the basics of design and asked them to create images of buildings in their neighborhoods. See what the students came up with from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Sunday at the Octagon, 1799 New York Ave. NW. Admission is $3 to $5. 202/638-3105.

Bavarian blessed

The Blaskapelle "Alte Kameraden" German Band (from Fairfax) is so authentic that even the Bavarians have allowed it to join the regional association of village bands there, the first time an American band has been included. For more than 20 years, the group's rich brass, wind and drum sounds have made it a community fixture. Hear why when they play at 1 p.m. Monday at Old St. Mary's Church, Ox Road at Burke Centre Parkway, Burke. It's free. 703/978-4141.

Fair thee well

The state fair is such an American institution that even Rodgers and Hammerstein made a musical out of it. Take part in the Maryland State Fair this week, by riding the Ferris wheel, trying to win a stuffed bear, chomping down a few hot dogs and buying some local art while listening to good tunes. It happens from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (through Monday), with the midway open at 10 a.m. during weekends and at noon on weekdays at the Timonium Fairgrounds, Exit 18 off of Interstate 83. Admission is $5. 410/252-0200, Ext. 227.

Class act

Thought your school days were long behind you? Think again. Whether Catholic or not, stepping into "Late Nite Catechism" will feel like a trip down memory lane. A nun named "Sister" conducts a freewheeling class that should make you laugh even as you learn a thing or two about religion. Step into class at 8 tonight through Saturday and at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at West End Theatre, 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. Tickets are $29 to $42.50. 703/370-2500.

Theater sampler

What better way to get a feel for the upcoming fall theater season than by sampling something from all of the best local companies? That's the idea behind the New Play Network's "Journey From Page-to-Stage Festival," which offers more than 30 free readings, panel discussions, workshops and other events with actors, directors and other professionals. It all takes place from 4 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday at various locations around the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. Admission is free. 202/467-4600.

24/7 art

When it comes to promoting local art, the folks behind Project Brasas will try anything to get eyeballs to art. That's why artist Ami Martin Wilber's new exhibit, "Obsessive Thoughts," is on display 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the windows of the Washington Gas building. It's part of a plan to put art in nontraditional places so that more people are aware of the wealth of talent in the District. Check out Miss Wilber's work around the clock at Washington Gas Windows, 1100 H St. NW. It's free to gaze. 202/736-3770.

Long weekend

With a wide range of events going on, there's no excuse not to go out and enjoy the Labor Day weekend. Check out the National Symphony Orchestra as it plays a concert in honor of the holiday at 8 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, First Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It's free. 202/225-6827. Or go to the Labor Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Kensington (301/946-3804) followed by another parade at 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of East Diamond and Summit avenues, Gaithersburg. Both are also free. 301/258-6350.

Derek Simmonsen

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