- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Glam rock

Before its breakup in 1991, Poison was a mainstay on the rock charts throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. After nine years the band is touring the country again with its hard- rocking anthems. The show hits the Nissan Pavilion stage tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with Vince Neil and Skid Row opening up. Tickets are $10 to $43. 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). 202/432-SEAT.

Big time comparisons

Many critics have likened Gavin DeGraw to Jeff Buckley, Elton John and John Mayer with a rock and soul edge. The 26-year-old New York native has taken his guitar and piano on the road and comes to the 9:30 Club tomorrow night. Mr. DeGraw opens for Sister Hazel and Revelation Darling. Tickets are $17.50 and the show begins at 9 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

A long time coming

A rising star in the mid-to-late ‘60s R&B scene, Howard Tate hit the big time with his album “Get It While You Can” — and almost as quickly hit a bad patch. Now, after a battle with drug and alcohol addiction, a stint of homelessness and a religious conversion, Mr. Tate is back to touring. He comes to the Birchmere on Saturday in support of his new album, “Rediscovered.” The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 202/432-SEAT.

Too many pens, not enough ink

From a 1915 art nouveau style to a 1930s art moderne Streamliner, pens come in different shapes, styles and sizes. Many people just use pens to write, others cherish and collect them. See some of these collections this weekend at the 11th Annual Washington D.C. Pen Super Show. More than 200 exhibitors from the United States, Europe and Japan will be on hand to sell, buy or trade these tools of writing. Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike/Route 7, Vienna. Tickets are $6. 703/448-1234.

A step back in history

The Civil War is one of the defining events in our nation’s history and this weekend , the National Museum of American History will showcase all it has on that war. Visitors will see items from the museum’s collection that are usually not on display, such as military uniforms, guns, swords and Confederate and Union money. Living history performers will portray Gen. Robert E. Lee, President Lincoln and members of the Massachusetts 54th regiment. The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and it’s free. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/357-2700.

“Listen to the music”

From blues rock and country twang to jazz and gospel, the Doobie Brothers don’t limit themselves stylistically. That has paid off in Grammy awards and gold and platinum albums. They bring their energetic live show, with classic hits and some new tunes, to the Pier 6 Pavilion on Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $42.50. 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. 410/625-3100.

The original Seabiscuit

Not to be confused with “Seabiscuit,” the current movie that stars Tobey Maguire, “The Story of Seabiscuit” was the first feature film ever made about the famous race horse. Made in 1949, the movie stars 21-year-old Shirley Temple in her last feature film and features real footage of Seabiscuit winning two races. The showing starts at 7 p.m. at the Capital Arts Workshop. 545 7th St. SE. 202/547-6839. Tickets are $5.

Personal art

After nine years as an art teacher in Virginia, Candace Keegan has moved on to a career as an artist. Her first series of oil paintings are figurative narratives based on her own emotions and reflections. The pieces began as self-portraits, using herself as the model, but by the end of the series the figure became a character in a story. “Candace Keegan: Recent Work” has its opening reception tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wohlfarth Galleries. The show runs through Sept. 25. 3418 9th St. NE. 202/526-8022.

Thomas Walter

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