- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Extreme sports carnival

Skateboarders, BMX riders, motorcyclists and rock music all converge this Sunday at the MCI Center for Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam. The extreme sports extravaganza features some of the top stars including Mr. Hawk. During the show, 15 athletes will perform on a multimillion dollar set that includes half pipes, a street course and several ramps, one titled, “The Loop of Death.” The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $78. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Spooky fun

If you’re looking for a scare on Halloween, then head down to Old Town Alexandria for one of its many Halloween festivities. At the Lyceum tonight and tomorrow, actor David Keltz performs as Edgar Allen Poe on his visit to Virginia in 1849, his last before his death. Tickets are $12, and the performance is suitable for audience members ages 12 and older. Call 703/838-4994 for tickets. The show begins at 8 p.m. at 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Another historic yet frightening event will be the “Historic Alexandria Hauntings: The Search for Blackbeard’s Skull,” a walking tour through many of Alexandria historic buildings. Tickets range from $3 to $10, and the walk begins at Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. For more information, call 703/838-4242.

History uncovered

Since 1998, Jim Sanborn has been compiling information for an exhibit about the Manhattan Project and the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. His installation “Critical Assembly,” along with a series of photographs, “Atomic Time,” will be on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art beginning Saturday. “Atomic Time: Pure Science and Seduction” depicts the laboratory at Los Alamos as it might have been in the 1940s and 1950s, complete with original lab furniture, equipment and hardware. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26. Admission ranges from $3 to $8. 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 202/639-1700.

Tibet sightseeing

Photojournalist Steve McCurry has traveled through Tibet and will share images from his book, “The Path to Buddha,” as part of National Geographic’s “Through the Lens” lecture series. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic’s Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium on Wednesday. Tickets range from $13 to $16. 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700.

Boston boys

When the three guys from Guster started playing music together in 1993, it consisted of three guys playing instruments in Harvard Square, selling their demo for $5. Fast forward to 2003. Those same three guys are playing back-to-back shows at the 9:30 Club, and their demo is now a collector’s item. The band kicks off its two-night District homestand at 8:15 tonight. . Guster plays again tomorrow, but the show starts at 6 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 703/218-6500.

Under the cover

Books come to life this Saturday at the Eighth Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Festival, a free event at the Kennedy Center. The book festival, which is open to children, parents and educators, features readings by authors, demonstrations by illustrators and musical performances. The fun begins at noon and runs until 5 p.m. All the activities take place in the roof-level atrium and the galleries. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Superstar then and now

Tom Jones has collaborated with Elvis, Van Morrison and Wyclef Jean and in turn has sold millions of records worldwide. Mr. Jones also has acted in several feature films, and he even played himself on an episode of the Simpsons. All these accomplishments, and this is the same guy who started his working career by selling vacuums door to door in England. Mr. Jones won’t be selling vacuums when he plays the Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he will be promoting his new album “Mr. Jones” and his new live concert DVD. Tickets for the shows range from $58 to $78. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. 21st and H streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Latin legend

Arturo Sandoval brings some Latin flair to the National Symphony Orchestra Pops tonight through Saturday. A native of Cuba, Mr. Sandoval is an internationally renowned musician and a legend in the world of jazz. Tonight’s concert kicks off the fourth season for Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the NSO Pops. The performance tonight at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall starts at 7 p.m. while Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $75. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Thomas Walter

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