- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Country queen

Shania Twain has always been known to put on a nonstop high-energy live performance. Touring in support of her latest album, “Up,” she is sure to do the same when she makes a stop in the District tomorrow at the MCI Center. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48 to $83. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Dress for deception

Looking for that perfect Halloween get-up? Olney Theatre can help. The theatre is selling costumes from previous productions — most of it “funky” garb from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s — on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Look for the Olney Theatre tent at the Olney Village Center’s opening celebration in Olney. Call 301/924-4485. You can make your costume all the more believable by attending the disguise workshop at the International Spy Museum on Sunday. Real life “masters of disguise” will be on hand to tell you how undercover agents transform their appearances. 2 to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required. Cost for Kidspy school is $22 to $25. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-7798.

A different kind of dance

Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, former members of London’s Royal Ballet, have forgone their traditional dance background and created a dance company that has been called “Britain’s most off-the-wall ballet dancers.” The Ballet Boyz, as they are called, bring their exciting blend of dance to the Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $30. 21st and H streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Royal sounds

Under the direction of Christoph von Dohnanyi, the Royal Philharmonic of London comes to the Kennedy Center for one performance only. The world’s most-recorded orchestra, with more than 1,000 recorded titles, the Philharmonic has completed several film scores and serves as one of England’s top musical ambassadors. The concert takes place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 to $75. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Rock with a purpose

After years of success in Christian music, the rock band Switchfoot decided last year to take its music to the masses. So with a new record deal and a new album, “The Beautiful Letdown,” the members of this San Diego band took to the road. Now in the midst of a six-week, 36-city nationwide tour, the group named after a surfing stance makes a stop in the District tomorrow at the 9:30 Club. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. 815 V St. NW. 703/218-6500.

Yellowstone behind the scenes

Travel deep into Yellowstone National Park with National Geographic writer Gary Ferguson on Wednesday. After spending a summer living among beautiful landscapes and wildlife, Mr. Ferguson will talk about his many discoveries in the park. “In the Heart of Yellowstone,” in the National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $16. 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700.

Music in the barn

An author, radio host and songwriter, Jim Brickman is a jack of all trades. But he is best known as a classically trained pianist. Washington has two chances to see Mr. Brickman perform. Touring in support of his latest release “Peace,” Mr. Brickman plays the Barns of Wolf Trap on Wednesday and Thursday. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500. For information, call 703/255-1860.

Along for the ride

After cycling 3,200 miles across the country to raise awareness for cancer research, Lance Armstrong and the rest of his Tour of Hope team will host a festival at the Ellipse to celebrate the completion of the tour. With free entertainment, a health fair and family activities, the event offers something for everyone. The festival takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mr. Armstrong and the rest of the 26-member team will arrive at 11 a.m. Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW. More information is available at www.tourofhope.org.

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