- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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From politics to peaches, comedian Lewis Black has an opinion and has no problem sharing it with you. Born and raised in Silver Spring, the never-soft-spoken Mr. Black returns to the area for one night of nonstop comedic commentary, at the Towson Center Arena tomorrow beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $25. 8000 York Road, Towson. 202/397-SEAT.

Second time around

Vanessa Carlton didn’t miss a beat in assembling a follow-up album to her multiplatinum debut, “Be Not Nobody.” For her new album, “Harmonium,” she has put together a new set of piano-led pop-friendly tunes that seemingly begin right where she left off. Miss Carlton will showcase her new tunes at the Birchmere on Monday, a little more than a week before the new album’s release. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT

Tour with a cause

For more than a decade, K’s Choice has offered the world its version of Belgian rock. To celebrate that milestone, the group is releasing “10,” a compilation album that headlines its 20-city Yellow Umbrella Tour. Besides the music, the tour’s main goal is to raise awareness of cervical cancer and give hope to women fighting it. The tour pulls into the Black Cat tonight. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12. 1811 14th St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

One more Tenor

The Irish Tenors may have lost big man Ronan Tynan to a solo career in May, but they’ve snapped up another big man, Irish-Scottish-Canadian singer John McDermott, an original member of the trio who dropped out in 2000. The Tenors — Mr. McDermott; Cork man Finbar Wright; and the pride of Wexford, Anthony Kearns — bring three full heads of hair and their unique blend of traditionalism and sex appeal to the Warner Theatre on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $65. 13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

The quick and the dead

Sunday may be the Eve of All Hallows (or All Saints) in the United States, but south of the border, the real days of the dead — the feasts of All Saints and All Souls on Nov. 1 and 2 — get the attention. Two local establishments follow in that tradition with events marking the Mexican holiday. The Cultural Institute of Mexico, at 2829 16th St. NW, opens a new exhibit, “From Life to Death: Exhibit of Figures of the Cardboard Art in Mexico,” on Saturday, continuing through December 7, that features the work of 60 Mexican artisans. For information, call 202/728-1675. And the Mexican restaurant Rosa Mexicano, at 575 7th St. NW, celebrates the holiday with a gala dinner, a cooking class and four days of menu specials beginning tomorrow. Call 202/654-7010 for details.

“Amontillado” in Georgetown

Edgar Allan Poe’s works have kept children awake at night and brought chills to the bravest adults. Now the Georgetown Theatre Company does its best to promote a little fear it holds a reading from Poe’s works, “Halloween in Georgetown,” at Grace Church tonight. A party follows the reading. The chills begin at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. 1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 703/271-7770.

Crystal-clear marathon

Those watching the 29th annual Marine Corps Marathon on Saturday will have a whole new vantage point. The run has been rerouted this year to include Crystal Drive in Crystal City, and the city is celebrating with a 5-hour free family party. The Street Spectacular will have music, restaurant tastings, computer stations to check individual runner’s race status and more. The fun takes place between 20th and 23rd streets. For more information, call 703/769-1244.

Musician with a mission

Gavin DeGraw has platinum-level record sales and actor good looks, but he still listens to his audience. After hearing that fans were yearning for a live CD, he rerecorded his entire debut album — with all-new musical arrangements and the live sound most fans adore. Washington fans can see the star live Saturday when he plays the Verizon Sports Arena at Marymount University. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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