- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Diversity in music

If the HFStival on Saturday isn’t the largest music festival of the summer, then it definitely is the most varied. Taking to the RFK Stadium stage during the all-day event will be 17 of yesterday’s and today’s biggest acts, including Papa Roach, P.O.D., Jay-Z, New Found Glory, Modest Mouse and the headlining act, the Cure. Tickets for the show are $40. Gates open at 10 a.m. 2400 E. Capitol St. NE. 202/432-SEAT.

Owning the stage

The Brindley Brothers don’t just own Jammin’ Java; they will also perform there tomorrow and Saturday. The coffeehouse/studio/performance space has launched many local and national artists. Now it’s the owners’ turn. The brothers play their own blend of acoustic pop beginning at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Spy toys

From cameras in shirt buttons to recording devices in the heel of a shoe, spies are known for their gadgets. But these devices always begin as an idea in the mind of an inventor. On Sunday, a workshop at the International Spy Museum will give youngsters ages 11 to 15 the chance to create their own spy gadgets and be inventors for the day. Registration is $22 to $25. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-7798

Art for everyone

This weekend, Reston Town Center becomes a fine-arts extravaganza for the 2004 Virginia Fine Arts Festival. This year’s festival brings together 180 artists to showcase their finest creations. That’s in addition to a children’s art zone, live entertainment, and a wine and sculpture garden. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Suggested daily donation is $5. 11911 Freedom Dr., Reston. 703/471-9242.

The season begins

Wolf Trap begins its 2004 summer season tomorrow when the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present “The Mikado.” The witty tale of love and duty plays tomorrow and Saturday nights in the open-air Filene Center. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $36. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Lonely no longer

Local artist Andy Zipf writes songs about being lonely, but he may not feel that way much longer. His latest release, “I Stole the Morning Sun,” has received positive responses from people all over the East Coast. The singer-guitarist plays Iota tonight at 9. Tickets are $10. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

Bring garlic

Stories of Dracula and vampires are usually left for Halloween, but the Goethe-Institut is unearthing them for spring. Opening tonight, “Vladracul” is a “photo novel” by Johnny de Brest that portrays the modern day transformation of Berlin while telling the classic Dracula story. The photo exhibit runs through Aug. 27. 812 7th St., NW. 202/289-1200.

Road warriors

Despite numerous awards and millions of albums sold, Jars of Clay has always been a band that tours relentlessly and tries to keep in touch with fans. The boys make their first of several summer stops in the Washington area tomorrow at the Birchmere. Showtime is 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 202/432-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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