- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Musical salute

The National Symphony Orchestra pays a Memorial Day tribute to America’s soldiers Sunday with the National Memorial Day Concert, a free performance on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The NSO will be joined by Ossie Davis, Amber Tamblyn, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Joshua Bell and others. The performance begins at 8 p.m., but get there early because space is limited. Call 202/619-7222.

Six strings and a microphone

Local boy Jason Mraz got his start in West Coast coffeehouses, but now the acoustic guitarist packs ‘em into far bigger venues. Mr. Mraz will release a new LP this year, so listen for his new songs at DAR Constitution Hall tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28.75 to $38.75. 18th and D streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Window to the West

When the Romanovs opened Russia to Western influences, they changed more than a way of life: They changed an ancient way of making art. The Hillwood Museum explores the phenomenon with “Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs.” The exhibit opens Tuesday and runs through Dec. 31. It includes 43 icons and two books from the period that show the shift in artistry. The museum will be open by reservation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and on selected Friday and Sunday evenings. $12 adults, $10 seniors 65 and older, $7 full-time college students, and $5 children 6-18. 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202/686-5807 or hillwoodmuseum.org.

Art on the holiday

Rockville celebrates Memorial Day with a parade and one of the area’s largest art festivals. For two days, Maryland Avenue at Courthouse Square will be filled with nearly $15 million in artwork from more than 150 artists. The free festival takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For more information, see www.artfestival.com.

Wobegon by the Beltway

Cornball sophisticate Garrison Keillor brings “A Prairie Home Companion” to Wolf Trap for two appearances. Join him and his lighthearted take on American folkways at the Filene Center tomorrow for a nonbroadcast performance starting at 8 p.m., and Saturday for a live public-radio broadcast that begins at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $36. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

From Philly with love

From pop and Latin to soul, rock and jazz, the Jazzyfatnastees sing and play it all. Now Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez, headliners for the long-running open-mike series “Black Lily” in Philadelphia, are taking their show on the road. They play the 9:30 Club on Sunday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930

Interiors 101

Are you trying to figure out what to do with that unfinished basement or that extra space in your living room? Take in “Home & Design Live!” this weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. The show will feature 100 area designers, artisans and vendors displaying products for every area of your home. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday . Admission is $10. 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. 301/622-5107.

Big soul, big top

UniverSoul Circus, the nation’s only black-owned circus, makes its way to the Washington area for three weeks of fun at Capital Plaza Mall. See the clowns, aerialists, elephants, acrobats and horses Saturday through June 20. Showtimes vary by day. Tickets are $10 to $29. 6200 Annapolis Road, Landover Hills. 800/277-1700.

Thomas Walter

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