- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Rhythmic storytelling

Ranging from go-go to rock and folk to hip-hop, Citizen Cope’s music transcends boundaries. The District native, whose real name is Clarence Greenwood, shows off his philosophy in his second solo album, “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings.” He plays two shows next week in the tri-state area. First up is Ram’s Head Tavern on Monday followed by the Black Cat next Saturday. Monday’s show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. 33 W. St., Annapolis. 410/268-4545

Early shopping

Looking for that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift for that special someone? Renwick Gallery wants to help you this year with ArtsMart, a weekend shopping event and online auction. ArtsMart will feature jewelry, glass, pottery, woodwork, clothing and many other items from local and national artisans. The free event is open to the public at the Renwick beginning tomorrow through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For a peek, see www.pages.ebay.com/saam. Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street. 202/633-1000.

Bronx troubadour

Ari Hest isn’t the first singer-songwriter to write, produce and record his first two albums, but he is one of the few who ended up with a major recording contract. The Bronx-born Mr. Hest just released his major label debut, “Someone To Tell,” and he is coming to Jammin’ Java tomorrow to play a few songs. Tickets are $12. Showtime is 7 p.m. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Fa-la-la-la-la

What better way to bring in the Christmas season than by singing classic holiday tunes with nearly 7,000 other revelers? Do it Sunday, when Wolf Trap hosts its 37th annual Holiday Sing-A-Long. This year’s caroling will be led by “The President’s Own,” the U.S. Marine Band, along with 450 members from various choral groups. Admission is free but is first-come, first-served. The gates at Filene Center open at 3 p.m. and the singing begins at 5:30 p.m. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/255-1900.

Winter Wonderland

It’s a holiday everyday at the “Miracle of Lights” light display in Bull Run Park. The park features six dazzling themed sections of lights ranging from “Planet Holiday” to “Victorian Virginia.” Altogether, the two mile ride is illuminated by more than one million lights and is one of the largest light displays in the country. The “Miracle of Lights” is open seven days a week (except of New Year’s Eve) from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Jan. 8. Admission ranges from $12 for a car to $50 for a bus. 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. 703/709-KIDS.

Number 1 on a shortlist

After its debut album, “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes,” became a top favorite of critics nationwide, the Brooklyn-based group TV On The Radio walked away with the Shortlist prize, given to the artist who creates the most creative and adventurous album of the year. The trio opens for the Pixies on Wednesday at DAR Constitution Hall. Showtime is 7:30 p.m Tickets are $35. 18th and D streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

International underdog

Forget “American Idol.” The newest prestige competition for undiscovered performers is “World Idol,” and the title goes to Kurt Nilsen, a young singer from Norway. Still riding the wave of “Idol” stardom, Mr. Nilsen makes his first ever U.S. appearance tonight at the Birchmere as part of the Norwegian Christmas celebration centered at Union Station. The free show begins at 7:30 p.m. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/549-7500.

Scottish holiday

The scent of heather and the sound of bagpipes will fill the Campagna Center and take over the streets of Old Town Alexandria for the 34th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend. The event kicks off today with a Christmas marketplace with unique gifts and a heather and green sale. Other events throughout the weekend include a “Taste of Scotland” dinner along with the parade on Saturday which will feature more than 100 Scottish clans dressed in full regalia. For more information including locations, times and costs see www.campagnacenter.com or call 703/549-0111.

Thomas Walter

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