- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Underground idol

Steven Van Zandt is not just a guitarist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He’s also a radio DJ whose show, “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” blends established bands with undiscovered ones in the search for tomorrow’s next big act. Now he’s holding contests all over the country, offering the winners the chance to score a record deal. Little Steven’s Underground Garage Battle of the Bands makes its way to the Black Cat on Saturday. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/667-7960.

History of terror

The International Spy Museum takes a deeper look into terrorism inside the United States with its newest exhibit, “The Enemy Within: Terror in America — 1776 to Today.” The exhibit focuses on nine major instances when Americans were threatened and explores the challenge of securing a nation without constricting civil liberties. Admission is $10 to $13. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-7798.

Jazz in the pavilion

The Capital Jazz Fest is one of the largest jazz festivals in the country. This year’s festival, at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday, boasts an impressive lineup: David Sanborn, BWB, Earl Klugh, Michael Franks, Dave Koz and India Arie, among others. Tickets are $33.50 to $40 each day. For a schedule, see www.capitaljazz.com. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

What a Hootie

The four friends from South Carolina who make up Hootie & the Blowfish have sold more than 13 million records worldwide and have gone from playing frat houses to packed stadiums — and now Wolf Trap. Listen for a few of the songs from their new “best-of” album at the Filene Center tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $36. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Piano man

In less than a year, Gavin DeGraw has risen from one of thousands of piano playing singers in New York to a superstar. His debut release, “Chariot,” has been a constant on the charts, and his musical stock rises with each performance. On Tuesday at the 9:30 Club, he makes his second Washington stop this year. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

New York’s best

The Dance Theatre of Harlem brings its graceful, athletic and energetic style to the Kennedy Center Opera House for seven days beginning Tuesday. The troupe will premiere “St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet,” along with four George Balanchine works. Times vary. Tickets are $27 to $82. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Folk and more

This weekend, the 24th annual Washington Folk Festival takes over Glen Echo Park with music, dancing, storytelling and a chance to buy local crafts. And it’s all free. The funs starts at noon Saturday and runs until 10 p.m. On Sunday, it’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301/320-7757.

Rockwell’s freedoms

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is honoring World War II veterans with its latest exhibit, “Rockwell’s Four Freedoms: Paintings that Inspired a Nation.” The iconic Norman Rockwell paintings illustrate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech to Congress and were used to sell war bonds during the war. The exhibit runs through Sept. 6. 500 17th St. NW. 202/639-1700.

Thomas Walter

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