- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Second career

Minnie Driver is coming to the Birchmere tomorrow but it’s not for a movie premiere or screening. The Academy Award-nominated actress is on the road supporting her debut album “Everything I’ve Got In My Pocket.” While it may come as a surprise to her fans, the British-born Miss Driver has been singing since her teenage years and originally got her start singing in a London jazz club. Miss Driver shows off her vocal abilities tomorrow beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Beyond the veil

The 1965 Cold War spy thriller, “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” gave people a look into the undercover world. On Tuesday, the International Spy Museum is offering even more insight with its newest program, “Spies on Screen: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.” For the event, retired CIA case officer Burton L. Gerber, who directed covert operations in the Soviet Union during the time when the film is set, will offer insight into the life of an agent and what it was truly like during those times. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 to $20. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-7798.

Old-fashioned holidays

Come see how George and Martha Washington celebrated the holidays when Mount Vernon begins the annual candlelight tours tomorrow evening. Visitors can enjoy the rarely-seen third floor of the mansion along with caroling, campfires, and free cookies and hot cider as they tour the grounds. The evening tours are available only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Dec. 12. Tours begin at 5 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Tickets are $8 to $15. 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon. 703/573-7328.

Red or white?

Since he began his art career in 1992, the only thing Thomas Arvid has painted or photographed has to do with wine. Displayed in wineries, galleries and museums all over the country, his work is now available in a coffee-table book, “Arvid: Redefining the Modern Still Life.” The author will sign copies and enjoy wine with fans on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s signing takes place at P & C Arts, 8031 Tysons Corner Center, while Wednesday’s takes place at P & C Arts Gallery, 212 King St., in Alexandria. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information call 703/698-8452.

A star has risen

When you are Chris Tomlin, a Christian worship leader from Austin, Texas, making Billboard’s Top 200 chart is a big deal. Mr. Tomlin’s newest release, “Arriving,” has remained a constant on multiple charts, and his first single, “Indescribable,” has been one of the top singles on Christian radio for many weeks. See what the shouting is about when Mr. Tomlin opens for Steven Curtis Chapman at the Patriot Center on the George Mason University campus on Sunday. Showtimes is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $30.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/342-SEAT.

Golden ticket

Roald Dahl’s whimsical “Willy Wonka” makes its way to the musical stage at the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab beginning tomorrow. From Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas to Charlie and Violet Beauregarde, all the cast is present for this world premiere adaption. The musical continues on various nights through Dec. 26. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $14. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

What’s in a name?

While their name, Hoobastank, doesn’t exactly conjure up beautiful images or even have an exact meaning, they are one of the year’s hottest rock acts, with two songs gracing the top 10 radio charts. The Southern California quartet plays the 9:30 Club on Sunday with up and coming acts Three Days Grace and Letter Kills. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Family affair

Holidays are a time for families to come together, and R&B superstars Eddie and Gerald Levert are doing just that with their newest tour. “The Father and Son Tour — Eddie and Gerald Levert” is one of the first times the two have performed together in over eight years. Each night will feature solo performances from both dad and son along with new renditions performed as a duo. The tour pulls into DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $60. 18th and D streets NW. 202/432-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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