Wednesday, June 30, 2004

A concert to remember

The Fourth of July wouldn’t be complete without the annual Capital Fourth event. This year’s celebration includes performances from Vince Gill and Amy Grant; Robin Gibb; Clay Aiken; Yolanda Adams; and the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Erich Kunzel, along with a fireworks celebration above the Capitol. The free televised concert begins at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the Capitol, between Independence and Constitution avenues. 202/619-7222.

All that jazz

Most jazz artists aren’t competing with big-name rock, pop and country artists for Grammy awards, but Diana Krall isn’t your average jazz artist. With platinum sales in five countries and No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts, Miss Krall is an international jazz phenomenon. She plays the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $43 to $83. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/432-SEAT.

The best of the best

There is a good chance that some of tomorrow’s top writers and visual artists are showcasing their work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for “The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.” In its 81st year, the competition chooses only 225 entries from the 250,000 it receives each year. The winners are displayed throughout the summer. The exhibit runs through Aug. 2. 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 202/639-1700.

Fun on wheels

BMX and skateboard fans will head for Six Flags America in Largo on Tuesday and Wednesday for the third annual “No Limits Road Trip Tour 2004.” Children who want to learn about extreme sports can see live shows, attend clinics with the pros, get autographs and win prizes. The tour is free with park admission and is open to children of all ages. For more information see

International man of song

Youssou N’Dour is the definition of a world-music artist. The celebrated singer, composer and all-around musician has blended his native Senegalese m’balax music with other genres, including Cuban samba, hip-hop, jazz and soul. Mr. N’Dour continues his monthlong U.S. trek with a stop at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium tonight. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. 21st and H streets NW. 202/737-4941.

Art for the holiday

The galleries of Annapolis are showing off their patriotism this month when they kick off their first ever citywide show, “Red White and Blue,” today. All participating galleries will exhibit patriotic art from local and national artists. See, or call 410/267-7077.

Green harmony

The Irish Tenors were unknown when they got together five years ago. Now they’re household names. The three — Cork man Finbar Wright; Kilkenny native Ronan Tynan; and Wexford’s pride, Anthony Kearns, bring the robust sounds of their native land back to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $52. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. Information, 703/938-2404.

Trans-Atlantic star

Dizzee Rascal is 19, but already he’s a force known for poignant lyrics and innovative beats that mix U.S. R&B with British drum ‘n’ bass. He’s coming to the United States to show off the skills that made him last year’s winner of the Mercury Music Prize, the British version of a best-artist Grammy. He performs with another London-bred rapper, the Streets, tonight at the 9:30 Club. The beats begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Thomas Walter

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