- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 25, 2002

Underground hit
With no major label backing, MTV videos or mainstream radio airplay, Dispatch has become one of the great underground success stories of the last few years. The Boston jam band boasts a rabid fan base, routinely sells out clubs around the country and is now the subject of a behind-the-scenes documentary, "Under the Radar." Catch the premiere screening, followed by a question and answer session with members of the band at 7 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets are $12. 703/237-0300.

Kilt crazy
It's that time of year again to break out the kilt and practice tossing telephone poles, as the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival descends on the area. In one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the country, visitors can listen to pipe bands, check out a Scottish dog show and taste a bit of traditional grub and brew. Stop by from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $9 to $15. 703/838-4200.

Young talent
She may only be 18, but local artist Nicole Pochetti's paintings show the confidence of someone twice her age. In "Coloring My Thoughts," her second show at Yellow Barn Gallery, the young artist tackles subjects that should be familiar to area residents (including the National Cathedral and the C&O; Canal), along with scenes from Miami, where she currently attends college. Both her landscapes and figure paintings are united by her vibrant use of color that sometimes appears to almost sparkle off the page. See her works from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Monday at Yellow Barn Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Admission is free. 301/371-5593.

Tunes for tots
This could be one of those few times when more children in the audience recognize songs from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra than the adults. As part of its "Family Fun and Fireworks" program, the BSO will play selections from "Mary Poppins," "Aladdin," "Annie" and "The Lion King," among others, with a fireworks show to follow. Gather up the young ones and bring them to the show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oregon Ridge, 13403 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, Md. Tickets are $7 to $15. 410/783-8000.

Girl power
Looking for the next Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige or Pat Benatar? Look no further than the Gwyneth Fair, which calls itself a "little sister" to the all-female Lilith Fair. Local artists, including pop group By Chanz, jazz/folk singer Lea, rock band Angelfire, rhythm and blues outfit Fortune and pop singer Taleen will be on hand. Hear them all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville, Va. Tickets are $8 to $10. 540/338-7973.

Boy who cried wolf
Director Inna Shapiro has long been a fan of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," but found the narration difficult for children. With that in mind, she created an original stage production that features a dramatic encounter with a bully named Wolf, minus the cumbersome narration of the original. Watch what happens at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. Tickets are $10 to $15. 703/824-6200.

Gender mixup
She's pretending to be a he being a she even though she's really a she. That's the rather confusing premise behind "Victor/Victoria," a comic musical set in Paris about a struggling female singer who decides she'd do better playing a man impersonating a woman. The tale gets more complex when a mobster enters the picture and hilarious complications ensue. Check it out at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. Tickets are $14 to $17. 703/683-0496.

Secret agent men
Whether simply a James Bond nut or a real life G-Man (plenty of those in the area), the International Spy Museum should hold interest. Check out the tools of the trade (like a hollow quarter that holds secret messages), learn about the history of espionage (even George Washington used spies) and how it may change. Take a tour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at the museum, 800 F St. NW. Admission is $8 to $11. 202/393-7798.

Derek Simmonsen

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