- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2002

Family connectionWith parents like folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, it shouldn’t be a shock that their son, Rufus Wainwright, got into the music business, too. The young singer-songwriter blends his love of opera with his penchant for writing catchy pop songs, to create confessional, passionate music that still rocks. Hear him sing songs from last year’s acclaimed album, “Poses,” at 9 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $20. 202/432-SEAT.

Youthful art
Artist Ryan Hartley Smith prefers linear cityscapes and sharp figurative paintings. Katie Hillesland prefers experimental paintings that show off her love of color. They have one thing in common, though: Both are still in high school. See works by these talented young artists in “Sketchy Compadres” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Admission is free. 301/371-5593.

Sail away
Escape the February chill this weekend by imagining the warmer, sunnier days of spring and summer at the Washington Boat Show. Whether planning to buy or just window-shopping, the show features something of interest, including more than 400 sail boats, power cruisers and yachts. Check out the new vessels, as well as displays on every aspect of the nautical life, from noon to 9:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth Street and New York Avenue NW. Admission is $4 to $9. 703/823-7960.

Hail to the chief
Celebrate the birthday of the founder of our country in the same way he would have by spending the weekend at Mount Vernon. The home of the first president is hosting the “smallest hometown parade in America,” a colonial-style breakfast and a birth night supper and ball. Be there for breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon and see the parade at 1:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and take part in the supper and ball at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mount Vernon, at the end of the George Washington Parkway. Regular admission is $4.50 to $9; supper tickets are $125 per person. 703/780-2000.

Disney hodgepodge
Having trouble deciding on a favorite Disney movie? The problem is solved with this year’s “Disney on Ice,” a program that features characters from “Cinderella,” “101 Dalmatians,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” See what happens when characters go from the big screen to the ice rink at 11 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Tickets are $13 to $40. 202/432-SEAT.

Subway stories
It’s hard to live in D.C. without using public transportation at some point, whether taking the bus or riding the Metro. In the National Building Musuem’s new exhibit “Transit and the American City,” the impact these services have had on city landscapes is explored with sometimes surprising results. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission is free. 202/272-2448.

Eclectic dance
Mix romantic madrigals, a toy piano concert, British music hall tunes and a Schumann score; the result is the Mark Morris Dance Group. This eclectic ensemble prefers to give audiences a little bit of everything in four pieces including the D.C. premiere of “V” that challenge traditional notions of dance. See the group in action at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $21 to $42. 703/218-6500.

It’s easy to turn Valentine’s Day into a day-long event in the D.C. area. Start off by making Valentine cards at noon in the Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th street NW. It’s free. 202/357-2700. Later, take a romantic carriage ride from 6 to 10 p.m. at Reston Town Center, 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston. Tickets are $5 per person. 703/709-8500. Finally, round out the evening with a night of dancing at “Cupid’s Ball” at 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Ballroom, 2126-38 Industrial Parkway, Silver Spring. Tickets are $15. 301/622-5494.

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