- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Opera in the Barn

The Barns at Wolf Trap is entering a new phase of musical entertainment with the world premiere of its first commissioned opera. “Volpone” is a comedy based on the Ben Jonson play of the same name. With only three scheduled shows beginning Wednesday, get your tickets soon. Other performance dates are March 12 and 14. Showtime each night is 8 p.m. Tickets are $54. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

World music

Morocco’s Fes Festival of Sacred Music begins its first-ever American tour on Saturday with a colloquium and concert in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress. The colloquium, “In the Spirit of Fes: A Vision for Peace,” begins at 3:30 p.m. and features panelists from the World Bank and other international organizations. The concert at 8 p.m. showcases Christian, Jewish and Muslim musicians. Both events are free. Tickets are required for the concert; they are available only through Ticketmaster at a charge of $2.75 per seat. 10 First St. SE. 202/432-SEAT.

Idols live

Millions of people have tuned in and voted for their favorite “American Idol,” and now two of the show’s biggest names come to the District to perform. Kelly Clarkson, the season-one winner, and Clay Aiken, the season-two runner-up, are in the midst of their 30-city “Independent” 2004 tour. They play the MCI Center tomorrow beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $48. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Some like it hot

Cooking with chilies can be a painful, sometimes disastrous, experience for home cooks. Roberto Santibanez, culinary director at Rosa Mexicano restaurant, hopes to end the food mishaps and teach people all about chilies on Sunday during a special class and lunch. Mr. Santibanez will also host a chile dinner on Saturday. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $65, while the class begins at 10 a.m. and costs $40, lunch included. 575 Seventh St. NW. 202/783-5522.

Top o’ the evenin’

If you thought the only place you can hear good Irish music is in Ireland, then you have never heard The Chieftains. The Grammy-winning group plays the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Sunday. Tickets range from $25 to $50. Showtime is 7 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/785-WPAS.

King or queen of comedy

For one night only, politicians and a who’s who of D.C. personalities will compete to be the Funniest Celebrity in Washington. Kicking off the event on Wednesday will be Mayor Anthony Williams. Tickets range from $100 to $250. Proceeds benefit the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The jokes begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Galleria at Lafayette Center. 1155 21st St. NW. www.funniestcelebrity.org.

Soul sister

Erykah Badu burst onto the music scene in 1997 with her debut album “Baduizm.” Miss Badu has sold nearly 10 million units and has released four records, including her current release, “Worldwide Underground.” She brings her soulful sounds to DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $45. 18th and D streets NW. 202/432-SEAT

Big, big top

On Wednesday,”The Greatest Show On Earth” begins a four-week, tri-state tour at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. This year, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus features the daredevil Bello, the Globe of Death and the all-new Bailey’s Comet. Other stops in the area include the Patriot Center, the MCI Center and the D.C. Armory. For showtimes and information see www.ringling.com. Tickets are $12 to $35. 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 800/448-9009.

Thomas Walter

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