- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2003

Oklahoma's Rejects
The pop-rock genre received a fresh infusion of energy when the All-American Rejects invaded radio airwaves with the catchy song "Swing, Swing" from their self-titled debut album. On Monday Washingtonians can catch their act live as the boys from Stillwater, Okla., bring their bouncy, pop-rock melodic act to the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. They join Home Grown, Riddlin' Kids and Wakefield. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 7 p.m. 202/393-0930.

Tours 'R' Us
The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington offers two excellent (and free) opportunities Saturday to explore the history of black culture in the District. The sedate who will meet at 9 a.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW can ride a motor coach to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the U Street-Shaw neighborhood and Section 27 of Arlington National Cemetery, where many black Medal of Honor recipients are buried. Those still looking to lose a few post-Christmas pounds can take the one-hour walking tour, which leaves from the U Street-Cardozo Metro station every half-hour from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. But beware: First come, first served. All tours will be canceled if two or more inches of snowfall is forecast by 7 a.m. Saturday. 202/298-9425.

Looking artful
Local prodigy Heather Dwyer brings her thoughtful renderings of life inside the Beltway to the Yellow Barn Gallery this weekend. The painting series includes common District sights the National Cathedral, Great Falls and Glen Echo. Miss Dwyer is a high school student at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. Her exhibit, "Through the Looking Glass," is on view from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301/371-5593.

So appealing
Kenneth W. Starr takes a step back from the Whitewater investigation in his book, "First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life," an examination of the decisions of the Supreme Court under Earl Warren, Warren Burger and William Rehnquist. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. he'll discuss the book at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Drive, McLean. Will he touch on the Clinton scandal? Come find out. 703/790-0123.

Opera light
The mystical allure of the pharaohs fills DAR Constitution Hall starting Saturday as the Washington Opera performs "Aida." But the true allure of this production lies not so much in its stellar cast as in the Opera's reconfiguration of the hall and the production's world-premiere use of self-illuminating costumes made with fiber-optic fabric. See them light up the town at 18th and D streets NW before March 11. Dates and showtimes vary. Tickets are $41 to $285. 202/295-2400.

Cinema delight
The Lincoln Theatre, the first venue to show black films in Washington, revisits its history with an African-American Film Festival. Famous filmmakers, historians and local critics will lead two days of screenings and discussions about the emerging image of blacks in film. Check it out at 1215 U St. NW, between noon and 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3 to $9 per event and $20 per two-day pass. The festival is free to Smithsonian Associates. 202/328-6000.

"Groovie Movie" jitterbug queen Jean Veloz dances her way to Washington to kick off the "Groovie Movie 2003" swing dance festival, hosted by local swing aficionados Tom and Debra Sternberg. The groove kicks off tomorrow night with a dance at Sequoia; the weekend of workshops and jitterbug continues while Mrs. Veloz visits all the action. Lindy Hop team Nathalie Gomez and Yuval Hood and Hollywood-style revivalists Erik Robison and Sylvia Skylar lead the workshops. Locations, times and prices vary. Surf by www.gottaswing.com or call 202/244-9166. But hurry: The fun ends Sunday.

Home sweet home
The "Trading Spaces" truck isn't wheeling to Washington, but one of the program's most popular designers is: Vern Yip offers tips of the trade at the Capital Home & Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly this weekend. More than 650 exhibits make this event a nester's delight, as do the workshops led by Mr. Yip, HGTV's Erica Glasener, Karl Lohnes, and local gardeners and remodelers. Stop by between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3 to $9. www.capitalhomeshow.com. 202/969-2976.
Stephanie K. Taylor

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