- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Laugh a little

Anyone and anything are fuel for the fire of comedians Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy. The duo made names for themselves on the highly successful “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” and now they are back on the road. The “Rough Around the Collar Comedy Tour” pulls into the Patriot Center tonight. The laughter begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 to $38.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/342-SEAT.

Love’s Sting

Some say Sting’s newest album, “Sacred Love,” is his best to date. And as Sting comes into his musical prime he is treating fans to rare intimate performances with his latest tour. The “Sacred Love” tour stops at the Warner Theatre tonight. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $78.50 to $98.50. 13th and E streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Old-fashioned tour

See the historic Gadsby’s Tavern and the City Hotel just as George and Martha Washington would have in the 1700s — by candlelight. Beginning tomorrow, patrons can tour the historic tavern and hotel and learn about its storied past from costumed guides along the way. The candlelight tours take place every Friday through November. Tours run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $2 to $5. 134 North Royal St., Alexandria. 703/838-4242.

The write stuff

So you think you have a play in you? Award-winning playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings (“Casting Othello”), hopes to help you make that idea a reality when she hosts “Playwriting 101” — yes, that’s the title — at the Kennedy Center. The two-part session teaches the foundations and techniques of writing for the stage. The sessions take place on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Rehearsal Room. Tickets are $26 for the two-part class. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Top o’ the District

Washington’s Irish jump the gun on St. Patrick’s Day by three days with Sunday’s Paddy’s Day parade. Dubbed “The Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade” soon after its inaugural run in 1971, it has grown from a few hundred people to the thousands it attracts now. This year’s parade runs between 7th and 17th streets along Constitution Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. Call 202/637-2474.

Countdown

Only four more days until the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden ice rink closes for the season. Tonight also will be the last night for live jazz from 5 to 8 p.m. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Saturday and then from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission ranges from $5 to $6 and skate rental is $2.50. Seventh Street and Madison Drive NW. 202/289-3360.

Down under rock

The Aussies are coming. The Vines, Jet, The Living End and Neon, four of the most exciting rock ‘n’ roll bands to come from the land down under, are coming to the United States for a 23-city tour. The “Aussie Invasion Tour” makes it way to the District on Monday at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $25. Showtime is 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

An Irish salute at JJ’s

Jammin’ Java hosts two nights of Irish music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. On Sunday, fiddler Liz Carroll and guitarist John Doyle take to the stage for separate performances. On Tuesday, acclaimed Irish singer Karan Casey and her band perform contemporary and classic Irish ballads. Tickets for the shows are $15 to $18. Both shows start at 7 p.m. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Thomas Walter

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