- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 17, 2002

Boyish charm

Eclectic English troubadour Badly Drawn Boy gave fans a taste of new material in the spring with his score to the film "About a Boy," debuting a handful of new songs. Now he's ready with a proper follow-up to his acclaimed "Have You Fed the Fish?" debut in 2000 and it shows him growing in confidence as a songwriter. Hear him sing some of his delightful new tunes at 6:30 tonight at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $15. 202/393-0930.

Words vs. music

In what must be one of the oddest concerts of the year, Dave Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" and publisher of the magazine McSweeney's, will take the stage with quirky pop band They Might Be Giants in an evening of spoken word, live rock and readings. This isn't the first time they've worked together; the band joined Mr. Eggers to create an album that corresponded to the material in issue No. 6 of McSweeney's. See what happens when the two forces come together at 8 p.m. tomorrow at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $30. 703/218-6500.

Greek travels

It's often a good rule of thumb for artists to paint what they know, and Virginia O'Grady certainly knows Greek islands. In her new exhibition, "Greek Island Oil Paintings," she takes her experience exploring 25 diverse isles and puts those memories down colorfully on canvas. See her works 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at Old Town Hall, University and Main streets, Fairfax. Admission is free. 703/242-8338.

German salute

Prepare to raise a stein and toast the best of German culture this weekend with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's "Oktoberfest." In a unique move, the orchestra offers up a "biergarten" outside before each show, with authentic German cuisine, ales, Bavarian dancers and oompah music until the evening program begins (expect to hear plenty of Wagner). The biergarten opens at 6:30 tonight and tomorrow (with the concert at 8 o'clock both nights) and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with the concert to follow at 3 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Tickets are $26 to $49. 410/783-8000.

America's finest

Few schools produced quite as many successful graduates in the early days of the United States as the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Both Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee passed through its halls, and other graduates made their marks in the fields of science, education, engineering and, of course, on the battlefield. In "West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918," the contributions of these graduates are told through a large collection of maps, models, artifacts and other objects from that era. See it from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (starting Saturday) at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission is free. 202/357-2700.

Soul-stirring moves

The name really says it all: Soul in Motion is a dance troupe that performs African drumming, tribal dances and spoken pieces in a way that should keep audience members tapping their toes and clapping their hands. The group has been performing for nearly 20 years and introducing people to the wonders of shekera, congas, djembes and djundjun (all instruments, by the way). See and hear them at 8 p.m. Saturday at Joe's Movement Emporium, 3802 34th St., Mount Rainier. Tickets are $6 to $12. 301/699-1819.

Eyes of a child

A group of Washington photographers took part in a cultural exchange with Cuba in July 2002 and are displaying their works at the Washington Works on Paper Gallery (spotlighted in a previous Out and About). While there, they also taught Cuban children the basics of photography, the results of which can be found in "Cuba: En Foco." The unique exhibit not only gives insight into the minds of young people, but also shows a child's-eye view on the realities of living in Cuba. See it 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at the Capital Children's Museum, 800 Third St. NE. Admission is $4 to $6. 202/675-4120.

Derek Simmonsen

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