- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 11, 2003

All in the family

As part owners of Jammin’ Java, brothers Luke and Daniel Brindley have done everything from introduce musical acts to cook their famous chili. But on Saturday the two take center stage as acoustic performers for their CD release show. The new CD, “Playing With the Light,” was recorded in their music studio at the Vienna restaurant and club. The guitars will be tuned and ready at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Fab Four photos

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ first U.S. tour, The Smithsonian Institution is offering fans of the Fab Four a rare look into the tour. “The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes” brings together more than 70 black-and-white images taken during the group’s time in the United States. Included are shots of the train ride to Washington in 1964, their concert at the Washington Coliseum and their TV performances on the Ed Sullivan Show. The exhibit at the Arts and Industries building opens tomorrow and runs through June 13, 2004. 900 Jefferson Drive, SW. 202/357-2700.

New York rock

The hard-core music scene is saturated with bands right now, but one, From Autumn to Ashes, has shone through. The band from New York’s Long Island has spent the past three years on the road building a loyal fan base and attracting critical acclaim. FATA, as it is known to its loyal listeners, plays the Black Cat tonight. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. 1811 14th St. N.W. 202/432-SEAT.

Step into history

Need a break from the shopping lines and the mall traffic? Historic Alexandria candlelight tours take visitors through six historic sites in Old Town, among them Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House and Lloyd House. Some stops feature live music and refreshments. The tours take place tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $20. 703/838-4242.

Laugh a little

Comedy Sportz D.C. combines the spontaneity of improvisational comedy with the dynamics of team sports. This competitive improv comedy pits one team of comedians, or “actletes,” against another, jousting with wordplay, comedic scenes and musical styles all based on audience suggestions. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, at the Old Vic Arena in the Ballston Common Mall. Tickets are $8 to $12. 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/294-LAFF.

No fighting allowed

After nearly three decades of being estranged, Simon and Garfunkel have put aside their differences to tour the country again. The “Old Friends” tour has been a raving success at every stop, and it should be no different when they play the MCI Center Sunday and Monday. Fans will be happy to know they fill their two-hour music sets with nearly 30 of their classic hits every night. Showtime both nights is 8 p.m. Tickets are $53 to $228. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

A Christmas experience

You know Christmas has arrived when the Washington Ballet stages its annual performance of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker.” Beginning with Clara’s journey from her parent’s Christmas party to the Sugar Plum fairy’s land of the sweets, this holiday classic with the Tchaikovsky score leaves smiles on the faces of children and parents alike. Performances begins tomorrow and continue through Dec. 28 at the Warner Theatre. Tickets are $24 to $59 and showtimes vary. 13th and E streets, NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Sleigh bells, anyone?

Bethesda rings in the Christmas season on Saturday with “Winter Wonderland,” an afternoon full of Christmas fun for the whole family. Local schools and community groups perform throughout the day, but the highlight for youngsters is the visit from Santa Claus. “Winter Wonderland” is held in Veterans Park in Woodmont Triangle from 1 to 3 p.m. All activities are free. Woodmont and Norfolk avenues, Bethesda. 301/215-6660.

Thomas Walter

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