- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2003

A comedy veteran

Todd Glass isn’t new to the comedy club touring circuit. Beginning his stand-up career at the age of 16, Mr. Glass, now 34, has spent most of his adult life on a stage making people laugh and he is sure to do the same at the DC Improv this weekend. Tickets are $15 to $17 and showtimes vary. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/296-7008.

Opera with a twist

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is what happens when a rock ‘n’ roll producer joins a keyboardist to write some Christmas songs. After four successful recordings, Paul O’Neill and John Oliva are back performing the first rock opera they created, “Christmas Eve & Other Stories.” The touring show includes a 60-piece orchestra, a full chorus and a visually stunning light show. The opera plays the George Mason University Patriot Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $39.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/432-SEAT.

Second time around

Third Eye Blind must enjoy playing holiday shows in the District. After a sold out co-headlining show at the 9:30 Club on Halloween, the San Francisco rockers will be back tonight for a Thanksgiving show at the 9:30 Club once again. Opening this time around will be the hard-rocking Vancouver quartet Dakona. Tickets are $35. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 703/218-6500.

More than an actor

Harry Connick Jr. is a versatile guy — a successful film and TV actor and an accomplished jazz musician, composer, singer and big band leader. Mr. Connick will show off his musical skills when he stops by the Kennedy Center on Monday and Tuesday . Touring in support of his new Christmas album “Harry For the Holidays,” Mr. Connick will lead his big band for a night of old classics and new favorites. Both performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $75.50. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Holiday fun

Reston Town Center ushers in the holiday season tomorrow when it hosts the 13th Annual Holiday Parade and tree lighting ceremony. The day-long celebration includes the “Race for the Kids,” a 1 mile run-walk to benefit “Neediest Kids,” a local charity that supports local schools. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the parade 11 a.m. and then the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Fountain Square on Market Street, Reston. 703/689-4699

Broadway tribute

Known as one of Washington D.C.’s most popular pianists, composer John Eaton kicks off his three-show season at the Barns of Wolf Trap this Saturdaywith “New Kids On The Block: A Salute To Frank Loesser and Jule Styne.” The program features Mr. Eaton playing selections from two of the musical masterminds behind some of Broadway’s biggest musicals, like “Gypsy” and “Guys and Dolls.” The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

It takes two

The tango originated in the working-class neighborhoods of 1880s Argentina. Recently, the dance has been embraced by a new generation, but it has remained a national dance in its native country. National Geographic photographer Pablo Corral Vega recently traveled to Argentina to trace the dance in its many forms; he will speak about his discoveries on Tuesday. Tickets are $13 to $16. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. The Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700.

Not only a painter

While James McNeill Whistler was known mainly for his paintings and prints, he was also in the forefront of exhibition design. In many cases Whistler’s designs were remarkably spare and avant garde in comparison to that era’s perception of art displays. The exhibition “Mr. Whistler’s Galleries: Avant-Garde in Victorian London” recreates two of his most famous installations, “Arrangement in White and Yellow” and “Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Grey.” The exhibit runs through April 4 at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202/357-2700.

Thomas Walter

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