- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Southern rock

When the four guys from 3 Doors Down got together in 2000 to make their first record, they just wanted to sell enough records to pay for the studio time. Now, with more than 6 million records sold, they shouldn’t have any problems paying the bill. Their 2002 follow-up album has already gone double platinum, and the boys from Escatawpa, Miss., play DAR Constitution Hall on Sunday night. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.50. 18th and D streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Balanchine’s Birthday Ballet

In honor of George Balanchine’s 100th birthday, the Washington Ballet is bringing the first act of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Based on the Shakespeare play, the classic story-ballet brings fairies and the magical forest to life with an unforgettable score by Felix Mendelssohn. Performances continue through Sunday. Showtimes vary by day. Tickets are $29 to $80. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Music from Midler

Bette Midler is known for both her acting and singing, but when she comes to the MCI Center tomorrow night, it will be all about the music. Touring in support of her latest release, “Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook,” the “Kiss My Brass” tour has Miss Midler singing Clooney classics along with a few of her own. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 to $178. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

A traitor’s thoughts

Former FBI special agent Robert Hanssen was one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history until he was caught in 2001. On Tuesday, the International Spy Museum offers a look into Hanssen’s personality and psychology from a man who knew him well, David G. Major, retired FBI supervisory special agent, a friend and co-worker of Hanssen’s for more than 20 years. “Inside Stories: Robert Hanssen — Colleague, Friend, and Traitor” starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $23. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-7798.

The British are here

Made up of four guys from Northern England, Starsailor burst onto the music scene in 2001 with its freshman release, “Love is Here.” The band has accumulated millions of fans, among them producer Phil Spector, who worked with the band on its newest release, “Silence Is Easy.” The lads play the 9:30 Club on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

One big page

Described as the prototype coffee-table book, at 600 pages in length and 1-1/2 feet in height, Thomas Trevelyon’s manuscript, constructed from chronicles, almanacs, emblem books, and the Bible, was made for entertainment and education and contains subjects both mythical and historical. After eight years of reconstruction, the Folger Shakespeare Library has completed the work of art, and the “Word and Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608” exhibit officially opens today. The exhibit continues through May 22. Admission is free. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202/544-7077.

Middle East movies

Now in its eighth year, the Freer Gallery’s annual Iranian Film Festival showcases six films throughout its four-week run. The films range from “Letters in the Wind,” a story about young army recruits, to “Ten,” which takes place entirely in a moving car. All showings take place in the Meyer Auditorium and are free but require tickets, which are available one hour before showtime. For showtimes and information, visit https://www.asia. si.edu/events /films.asp. The festival continues through Feb. 15. Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202/357-2700.

Rocking the bookstore

Phantom Planet, the Southern California rock band, usually plays to sold-out clubs and arenas all over the country, but on Saturday, the band plays a free show at Olsson’s bookstore. In addition, all five members of the band will sign copies of their newest self-titled release and will meet fans throughout the afternoon. The performance begins at 3 p.m. Olsson’s Dupont Circle, 1307 19th St., NW. 202/785-1133.

Thomas Walter

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