- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Musical evolution

Its lineup evolves constantly, so it’s hard to say who makes up Starflyer 59 besides lead singer Jason Martin. And its sound changes too, across a range from guitar-heavy rock to organ-led pop. Despite the confusion, the fans have followed and records have sold, proving that good artists reinvent themselves constantly. Starflyer 59 plays the Black Cat tomorrow with Pedro the Lion. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Gastronomic guru

As a food critic for GQ magazine, Alan Richman has searched for tasty ingredients and satisfying restaurants the world over. In his newest book, “Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater,” Mr. Richman chronicles his travels and offers advice to those who wish to follow in his gastronomic footsteps. He will discuss and sign copies of the book Monday at Borders in Tysons Corner, beginning at 7:30 p.m. 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. 703/556-7766.

Honoring our defenders

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History celebrates Veterans Day with a new exhibit honoring soldiers past and present. “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War” covers nearly 250 years of American history and contains more than 800 artifacts, including weapons, uniforms, flags and medals. The exhibit opens today. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/357-2700.

Long time coming

After nearly 30 years, the Alexandrov Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble is back in the United States. The 150 singers, dancers and musicians are cultural ambassadors of sorts; they’ll perform traditional Russian works, with a few songs from the Soviet period for good measure. Their limited U.S. tour is here in the District for two shows only, Wednesday and Thursday. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets are $45 to $150. 1776 D St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

It’s all downhill

It won’t be long before snowflakes fly, and tomorrow through Sunday, the Dulles Expo Center hosts the 17th Annual National Ski and Snowboard Expo. Skiers and snowboarders can check out the newest equipment; get information on resorts; and view Warren Miller’s latest ski film, “Impact.” Expo times are 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, with children under 8 free. 4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly. 703/378-2080.

Lyrical growth

Earlimart’s newest CD, “Treble & Tremble,” may have a familiar indie sound to it — soft vocals, layered piano and acoustic guitars, and cello or two one in a while — but it’s not just another indie band. Lead singer and songwriter Aaron Espinoza has grown as a songwriter with 13 tracks full of love, loss and simple advice — “Take care of your heart.” Earlimart plays the Velvet Lounge on Saturday at 8 p.m. 915 U St. NW. 202/462-3213.

Third time’s a charm

Further Seems Forever almost ceased to be a band early last year after losing two lead singers in three years. The band is hoping the third time’s a charm with its new album, “Hide Nothing,” and new lead singer Jon Bunch. FSF plays the 9:30 Club on Monday with Sparta and Copeland. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Beyond the walls

From President George Washington’s handwritten letters to recordings taken from the Oval Office, the National Archives is offering visitors the chance to experience its vaults beyond the walls of the rotunda with its newest exhibit, “Public Vaults.” The permanent exhibit boasts more than 1,100 records collected throughout American history. “Public Vaults” opens tomorrow. The National Archives is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 866/272-6272.

— Thomas Walter

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