- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The best of Hawaii

Some of Hawaii’s best musicians are making a visit to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on Wednesday for the Aloha! Hawaii Music Festival. Scheduled performers include the Brothers Cazimero and the Master of Slack Key, along with several others. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $32. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/938-2404.

Ink for everyone

Beginning Saturday, pen aficionados and more than 200 exhibitors will converge at the Sheraton Premiere for the 12th annual Washington D.C. Collectible Fountain Pen SuperShow. The two-day event is the world’s largest pen show and is a must-see for pen collectors and those looking for a new writing instrument. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday. Admission is $6. 8661 Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7), Vienna. 703/448-1234.

Six-string sweetness

From her beginnings as a coffee-shop performer, Dar Williams has stuck to her musical roots — and with her simple lyrics, smooth harmonies and acoustic arrangements, she has gained thousands of fans. Touring in support of her latest release, “The Beauty of Rain,” Miss Williams headlines tonight and tomorrow at the Birchmere. Showtime both nights is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 202/432-SEAT.

Tribute to concrete

Concrete is so much a part of American life that it’s easy to overlook its many uses. The National Building Museum highlights all that’s been done with it and what may be done in the future. “Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete” runs through Jan. 23. 401 F St., NW. 202/272-2448.

A punk goodbye

All good things come to an end, and so does Face to Face, one of the past decade’s most celebrated punk-rock bands. Since the early ‘90s, the trio has rocked the airwaves with progressive punk and left its mark wherever it has toured. On its one and only farewell tour, the trio pulls into the 9:30 Club on Tuesday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

New face of country

In four years, Rascal Flatts has gone from a bar band to one of country music’s biggest acts. The trio’s first two albums have gone platinum, and the new, as-yet-untitled album, out next month, promises more success. Fans should get to hear a few new songs when they play the Nissan Pavilion tomorrow night. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $31.25 to $65.25. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. 202/432-SEAT.

Big screen

This year’s Comcast Film Festival at Strathmore Hall will be bigger than ever — literally. With a 52-foot screen, the film festival has the largest outdoor screen in America to show 10 hit movies. Kicking off the free film festival tomorrow is “Star Wars,” followed by “The Lord of the Rings” on Saturday. The festival continues through Aug. 22, with a different movie each night. The grounds open at 6 p.m. The movie starts around dusk. For a complete list of movies, see Weekend’s Calendar or www.filmfestnih.org.

Late-night Bethesda

Tomorrow night, 14 of Bethesda’s art galleries will keep their doors open until 9 p.m. for the monthly Bethesda Art Walk. Works include photography, painting, jewelry and sculpture, and each of the galleries will serve free refreshments. For a list of participating galleries, go to www.bethesda.org or call 301/215-6660.

— Thomas Walter

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