- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2003

What’s up, doc?

If you love Looney Tunes and classical music, then the Filene Center at Wolf Trap is where you want to be tomorrow or Saturday. Taking center stage, or center screen, with baton in paw, will be the lovable Bugs Bunny in the showing of the classic film and music event, “Bugs Bunny on Broadway.” The National Symphony Orchestra will accompany the “wascally wabbit” as he guides them through classic Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies. The show at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, begins at 8:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $18 to $38.

Alternative rock paradise

Lollapalooza, one of this summer’s biggest music tours, makes its way to the Washington area tomorrow at the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., music fans will see some of today’s hottest acts — Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age and Audioslave — along with one of yesterday’s biggest bands, Jane’s Addiction. Other up and coming bands — Jurassic 5, The Donnas, The Distillers and Burning Brides — will also bring their eclectic sounds to the stage. 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $54 to $64. 202/432-SEAT.

Dancing, Cuban style

Son, guaracha and the cha-cha are all forms of Cuban dance music. Who better to perform them than the Orquesta la Moderna Tradicion, one of the few groups dedicated solely to performing Cuban dance music. Led by Cuban dancer and percussionist Roberto Borrell and violinist-composer Tregar Otton, Orquesta la Moderna Tradicion will perform both original and classic compositions on Saturday in the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $15.

Worth a thousand words

If you ever wondered how illustrators and authors work together to create and publish children’s books, you’ll want to attend the Festival of Books this Sunday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Authors and illustrators from the Children’s Book Guild of Washington will read from their stories and demonstrate illustration techniques. Book signings and sales will take place throughout the day. The festival is at 1250 New York Ave. NW and runs from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event is free and reservations are not required. 202/783-5000

A quarter century of art

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Zenith Gallery, 413 7th St., NW, is opening a new exhibit, “The Zenith Years 1990-2003” tonight at 6 p.m. The exhibit features the newest works — from oil paintings to marble and bronze sculptures — of artists who have joined the gallery since 1990. The opening reception is free. All participating artists will be on hand to speak about their pieces. 202/783-2963.

Dinner and a movie

Manassas Park will be a little less dark after sundown this weekend when the inaugural Comcast Outdoor Film Festival sets up stage in Signal Hill Park, 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas. Each evening will begin at 7 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase from local restaurants and a different movie shown each night on a giant screen in digital sound starting at sundown. The free festival kicks off tomorrow night with “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” followed by “Grease” on Saturdayand “Shrek” on Sunday. 703/228-6966.

Look into my eyes

Flip Orley, known as America’s premier comic hypnotist, brings his one-of-a-kind comedy show to the DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Tuesdaythrough Aug. 10. While some comedians recycle material night after night, Mr. Orley’s shows are completely original each night, because they depend on volunteers, and each night the volunteers are different. Shows begin at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15-$17.

Put on your dancing shoes

This weekend in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, learn three classic dances — folk, swing and waltz. The fun begins tomorrow with folk dancing lessons at 7:30 to 8:30 p.m and folk dancing that continues till 11 p.m. On Saturday, take swing dance lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. and then dance until midnight. On Sunday, try waltz lessons from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and dance till 6 p.m. Tickets range from $7 to $12. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Thomas Walter

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