- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Tuned and ready

Bronx-born Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers has performed with symphonies all over the world and won the all-Ireland fiddle championships nine times, and those are just two of her musical accomplishments. For her performance tonight at the Barns at Wolf Trap, Miss Ivers will be joined by her band, Immigrant Soul, for an evening of new and classic tunes. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Balanchine’s ballet

The New York City Ballet is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of its co-founder, the legendary George Balanchine, with a yearlong tribute to his works. For its Kennedy Center appearance, the ballet company will perform seven Balanchine masterpieces. Performances begin on Wednesday and continue through March 7 in the Opera House. Call for times. Tickets are $45 to $110. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Rockers from Little Rock

Their name might mean “a vanishing,” but Evanescence is becoming ever more visible in the music world. Within the last year, the hard-rock band from Little Rock, Ark., has won more than 10 music awards; its debut album has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. Lead singer Amy Lee and the rest of the group will be in town Saturday to rock DAR Constitution Hall. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. 18th and D streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

A culinary delight

The 5th Annual Washington D.C. International Wine and Food Festival is heaven for fans of good cooking. For two days, people can sample more than 1,700 wines from 18 different countries and see demonstrations from some of today’s best chefs. The festival begins Saturday and ends on Sunday. Admission ranges from $71 to $92, and some seminars cost more. For a festival schedule call 800/343-1174 or see www.wine-expos.com. D.C. Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

Brown back in town

From honors at the Kennedy Center to a bad hair day at the Aiken, S.C., jail, it has been quite a year for James Brown. Now comes a rare club tour. The “Godfather of Soul” will play the 9:30 Club on Wednesday — no doubt with the coif in place. Tickets are $50. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Spring cleaning

Spring means home remodeling, so the Capital Home and Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center is just in time. From kitchen to garden, the show has more than 600 exhibits and something for every homeowner. It begins today and runs through Sunday. Admission ranges from $3 to $9. Call for show schedule and seminar times. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. 703/533-4848.

Come ye to the dance

Choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s newest work is inspired by the life and music of the late jazz vocalist Nina Simone. His dance troupe, Evidence, will present the premiere of “Come Ye” along with two other pieces, “Dirt Road” and “Upside Down,” at Dance Place on Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20. 3225 8th St. NE. 202/269-1600.

Four nights with Hiatt

A celebrated singer and songwriter, John Hiatt writes songs that have been covered by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and Bob Dylan. His latest release, “Beneath This Gruff Exterior,” reunites Mr. Hiatt with his longtime collaborators, The Goners. Mr. Hiatt plays four nights at the Birchmere beginning Monday. Tickets are $39.50. Showtime each night is 7:30 p.m. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/549-7500.

Thomas Walter

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