- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2003

An inspiring story

On March 23, Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch and the rest of her unit were ambushed while crossing the Iraqi desert. After being held captive for nine days, she was rescued, and her story became headline news. Miss Lynch will discuss her ordeal along with her new book, “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story” at Olsson’s Arlington-Courthouse on Tuesday . The free discussion begins at 5 p.m. 2111 Wilson Blvd. 703-525-4227.

A night to remember

Paul Oakenfold has opened for U2, signed DJ Jazzy Jeff to a record deal and turned the island of Ibiza, Spain, into one of the world’s best party spots — and these are just a few of the accomplishments for the world’s best DJ. Mr. Oakenfold makes an appearance in the District Wednesday, when he spins at Nation. The tables begin to turn at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. 1015 Half St. SE. 202/432-SEAT.

Fido’s thoughts

Until recently, psychic readings were just for human beings … or so we thought. Then Sonya Fitzpatrick came along and introduced the world to her interpretation of what goes on inside the minds of animals. “The Pet Psychic,” as Miss Fitzpatrick is known, communicates with all species great and small and, in most cases, relays to the caretaker exactly what’s bothering his or her four-legged friend. Miss Fitzpatrick, in the midst of her first live tour, takes center stage tonight at the Warner Theatre. The theater doesn’t allow live animals inside, so bring a photograph of your pet to be selected at random if you’d like a personal reading. Tickets are $40. The show starts at 8 p.m. 13th and E streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Hear “Befriended”

For the three members of the Innocence Mission, touring with Natalie Merchant and Emmylou Harris is a long way from their days of performing “Godspell” together in high school. The group’s most recent release, “Befriended,” has garnered praise from critics and fans alike. They make a stop at Jammin’ Java tomorrow evening at 8. Tickets are $14. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Punk night at 9:30

Some bands wait their whole career to score a big record deal, but the emo band Saves the Day got its deal while all the members were still in high school. The punk quartet has toured with Blink 182 and Weezer, selling thousands of records along the way. The boys from Princeton, N.J., play the the 9:30 Club tonight with label mates Moneen and Taking Back Sunday. Tickets are $18.50. Showtime is 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 703/218-6500.

Decades of distinction

For more than 120 years, the Berlin Philharmonic has been on the forefront of Germany’s musical landscape, and Monday it brings its one-of-a-kind sound to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The ensemble, which recently introduced a new music director, Sir Simon Rattle — regarded as one of the greatest conductors of his generation — will perform a program featuring works by Sibelius and Schubert as well as a new work by composer Heiner Goebbels. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $150. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Happy hour

The martini comes in many different colors, sizes and tastes, but no matter the variation, it remains one of the most classic drinks to savor. James Bond popularized them, and the International Spy Museum is diving deep into the culture of this celebrated concoction tonight by hosting “Shaken … Not Stirred: The History and Lure of the Martini.” Dale de Groff, author of “The Craft of the Cocktail,” will display his expertise of the famous libation while serving as the evening’s special guest. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $50, and registration is required. 800 F St., NW. 202/654-0942.

It’s a small world

If you enjoy war history, whether real or fictional, then the Maryland State Fairgrounds is the place for you this weekend. Tomorrow through Sunday, the Historic Miniatures Gaming Society will host “Fall In! 2003,” one of the largest miniature-gaming conventions in the world. War re-enactment in a board-game format will take place throughout the entire event. Admission to the convention is $5 to $15. The convention begins each day at 10 a.m., with most events ending by 5 p.m. Timonium, Md., exit off Interstate 83 between Baltimore and York, Pa. www.fall-in.org.

Thomas Walter


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