- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Abracadabra

The Emmy-winning magician David Copperfield’s latest show, “An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion” seeks to take the dreams of audience members and make them a reality through his state-of-the-art wizardry. Mr Copperfield performs six shows in two days at the Warner Theatre, beginning tomorrow. Showtimes tomorrow are 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday showtimes are noon, 2:30, 5:30, and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $31.50 to $56.50. 13th and E streets, NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Six-string stories

Known for her heartfelt lyrics and storyteller approach to songwriting, Kris Delmhorst has spent recent years touring the United States and Europe. Her hard work is beginning to pay off. She has sold more than 25,000 copies of her first independent album, and she recently released a new studio album titled “Songs For A Hurricane.” Miss Delmhorst plays the Birchmere Monday. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 202/432-SEAT.

From bagpipes to tartans

Saturday, the streets of Old Town Alexandria will be filled with colorful tartans representing more than 100 Scottish clans, and the sound of bagpipes will be heard all over the historic town for the annual Scottish Christmas Walk. The event attracts nearly 30,000 people, and in addition to the walk, there are historic home tours and a Christmas marketplace for gift buying. The parade runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and other events continue to 5 p.m. 703/549-0111.

United in concert

Earlier this year, Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser went to Iraq to discuss ways to rebuild that country’s cultural institutions. Out of those meetings came a cultural-exchange program that includes a joint concert by the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and Washington’s own National Symphony Orchestra. The free performance Tuesday begins at 6 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Cooking lessons

Tom Colicchio, the chef behind several popular restaurants in New York City and Las Vegas, is out with a cookbook, “Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen.” He will discuss the book at a book rap and wine dinner tonight at the Fourth Estate restaurant in the National Press Club. The evening includes a Q&A session with the chef, a five-course dinner with wine and a book signing. Tickets are $60 to $70, and reservations are required. 529 14th St., NW. 202/662-7638.

Emotional rock

Damien Rice’s performances have been called more like intense musical conversations than concerts. A multiplatinum singer-songwriter in his native Ireland, he has recently started appearing in the United States — and with no radio airplay has sold out almost all of his shows. Mr. Rice plays the 9:30 Club on Saturday. Tickets are $15. Showtime is 8 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 703/218-6500.

Flying high

To mark the centennial of the Wright brothers’ first flight, National Geographic photographer Joe McNally recently captured a glimpse of the next century of air travel — both commercial and military — in “Wings of Change: Aviation’s Next Century.” The book offers photos of next-generation aircraft, and Mr. McNally, an expert in photography and flight, will speak Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. about what lies ahead in aviation. Tickets are $13 to $16. The Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700.

A night of laughs

Many know Jon Stewart as the Emmy-winning host of the “The Daily Show,” but before he made it big on Comedy Central, he was an accomplished author, actor and stand-up comedian. Mr. Stewart goes back to the comedian gig tomorrow when he takes over the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50. 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410/481-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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