- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Career switch

Michael Tolcher was on his way to becoming an Olympic athlete until an injury ended his dream. He began a second career in music. Mr. Tolcher’s debut album, “I Am,” comes out in the spring. You can hear some of his new songs tomorrow and Saturday, when he opens for the Pat McGee Band at the Birchmere. Showtime is 10 p.m. both nights. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $20 to $25. 202/432-SEAT.

Classics remixed

Scottish artist Douglas Gordon is internationally known for his video installations, which use classic Hollywood films. Mr. Gordon alters or reworks the films to explore their actors’ psychological state. An exhibition of his work, called simply “Douglas Gordon,” opens today at the Hirshhorn and runs through May 9. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202/357-2700.

Soul music

The Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel choir celebrates the people who have contributed to the gospel genre. It performs Sunday in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Cole. The performance begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $40. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/785-WPAS.

All that jazz

The East Coast Jazz Festival begins today, and for the next five days the DoubleTree Hotel in Rockville will rock with 86 free events on four stages. The festival also offers free workshops and seminars for aspiring musicians. 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Call for performance and event times. 301/933-1822.

The British are coming

South’s first album was a blend of electronic beats and rock, but its recently released sophomore album has embraced a more streamlined sound. The trio from London plays a Valentine’s Day show at the 9:30 Club, so bring a date. Tickets are $15. Showtime is 9 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Canadian cartoons

Imagination Stage, along with the Embassy of Canada, is offering the rare opportunity to see nine of the best Canadian animated films for children this Saturday. The 75-minute program, which will be repeated Feb. 21, is geared to all ages. The screening begins at 10 a.m. in the Lerner Family Theatre. Tickets are $4. 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301/280-1660.

Folk at the barn

Patty Larkin is best known in the world of folk music for her guitar skills and lyrical wit. Not the type to rest on previous accomplishments, Miss Larkin has expanded her musical repertoire to include piano and percussion. She plays the Barns of Wolf Trap tomorrow night, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Ships ahoy!

The Washington Boat Show at the Washington Convention Center has a boat or accessory for every boat enthusiast. With 500 boats on display, shoppers and lookers alike can get a true feel for what’s seaworthy. The show begins on Wednesday and runs through Feb. 22. Tickets are $4 to $9. 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Call for times. 703/823-7960.

Three-valve harmonies

Chris Gekker, principal trumpet of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, will join the rest of the National Philharmonic to present “Sound of the Trumpet,” a collection of works from Stravinsky, Haydn and Schubert. Performances take place tomorrow and Saturday at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $19 to $39. 240/314-8690.

Thomas Walter

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