- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Saddle up

Elite equestrians and their multimillion-dollar horses take over the MCI Center for the next few days for the 45th Annual Washington International Horse Show, considered the most prestigious Olympic-level equestrian jumping competition in the United States. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Mr. Reeve, along with singers Patti Austin and Peabo Bryson, will make appearances. The event runs through Sunday. For the entire schedule, see www.wihs.org. Tickets are $15 to $60. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Six-string honesty

Derek Webb has written hit songs and won several awards as part of the folk-rock group Caedmon’s Call, but he is going about his latest work all alone. His well-received album “She Must and Shall Go Free” displays Mr. Webb’s most honest songwriting to date. He plays Jammin’ Java tonight. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Women of folk

Folk fans, take note: On Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre, fans can hear songs from four of the top-selling female folk artists — Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Dar Williams. The “Acoustic Evening” will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $72.50. 1215 U St. NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Monsters on ice

Join one-eyed Mike and his furry friend Sully as they take over the Patriot Center for the “Disney on Ice — Monsters, Inc.” show. To power the city of Monstropolis, the employees of Monsters Inc. must collect the screams of little children. A little girl named Boo makes them change their tactics. The frightful fun continues through Sunday. Tickets are $8 to $48. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. See www.disneyonice.com or call 202/432-SEAT.

Travelin’ Travis

Travis, the Scottish band that swept through the worldwide music scene in 1999, is back with a new album, “12 Memories,” that was recorded in Scotland and allows the band to get back to its basics. The four guys from Glasgow are playing only six shows in the United States; the District gets one of them. The “invisible band” plays the 9:30 Club tonight at 8 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 703/218-6500.

Fall family fun

Mount Vernon is marking harvest time with a celebration for the whole family. On Saturday and Sunday, games, wagon rides, storytelling, cooking and 18th-century craft demonstrations will fill the grounds, with free tours of George Washington’s grist mill and distillery available. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $2 to $27 and covers all activities.3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. 703/780-2000.

Secret notes

In her determination to become a best-selling author, Harriet Welsch keeps a notebook full of observations. But Harriet’s world changes drastically when classmates discover her notebook. See the 1996 movie live on stage when the Children’s Theatre presents “Harriet the Spy” at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre. Performances begin tomorrow and continue through Nov. 2. Tickets are $7 to $10. 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. 703/548-1154.

Extravagant prints

Beginning Sunday, the National Gallery of Art will feature 115 18th-century French color prints in celebration of one of the most innovative periods in the history of color printmaking. “Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France” features such well-known artists as Boucher, Watteau, Fragonard and Robert, among many others. It’s free. Through Feb. 16. West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 202/737-4215.

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