- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Sophomore success

Norah Jones practically swept the 2002 Grammys with her debut album, “Come Away With Me.” The critics warned of sophomore slump, but Miss Jones’ second album, “Feels Like Home,” proved them wrong. She plays the Merriweather Post Pavilion tomorrow. Tickets are $40 to $58. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/432-SEAT.

Funnyman

Ralphie May was the runner-up in last season’s “Last Comic Standing.” Now he’s released both a live comedy CD and a DVD. He headlines four nights of comedy at the D.C. Improv beginning tonight. Tickets are $17 to $20. Set times vary. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/296-7008.

Not a bad start

Great things come in small packages, and pint-size singer-songwriter Toby Lightman proves it. Named by MTV as one of 2004’s artists to watch, the 5-foot-tall New Jersey native earned a steady spot on the Billboard charts with her debut album, “Little Things.” The acoustic diva plays the Birchmere on Wednesday. Showtime 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 202/432-SEAT.

A vocal dozen

Fans of “American Idol” will get to see and hear all 12 finalists this summer on the American Idols Live tour, which hits the MCI Center on Sunday. Joining the tour as an opening act is Tamyra Gray, one of the stars from the show’s first season. The singing and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $48. 601 F. St., NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Take your pulse

Riding the wave of its most recent album, “African Holocaust” — its first release in seven years — the Grammy-winning Steel Pulse stops in the District tonight at the 9:30 Club. The concert, fueled with the band’s Caribbean rhythms and message of hope, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930 or www.930.com.

Turning pain into art

Breaking up is hard to do, but for Adam Levine, lead vocalist and songwriter for Maroon 5, it was the key to his band’s fame. He crafted a debut album, “Songs about Jane,” that just reached double-platinum sales and catapulted the band to the top of the pop charts. Maroon 5 plays the Nissan Pavilion on Saturday with John Mayer. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $49. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. 202/432-SEAT.

Broadway in Baltimore

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has dazzled audiences all over the world. Baltimore is next on the list. Playing the Hippodrome Theatre through Oct. 3, the tragic love story set in the Paris Opera House is a must-see. Tickets are $37.50 to $67.50. For performance times, see www.france-merrickpac.com. 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. 202/432-SEAT.

Preschool pop

The pop stars of the preschool world, the Wiggles, use music and skits to entertain and educate youngsters in basic life principles. They make two stops in the D.C. area, first at the Patriot Center on Saturday and Sunday and then at the First Mariner Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $16 to $31 for the Patriot Center and $15 to $30 at the First Mariner Arena. Showtimes vary by date. 202/432-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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