- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A visual carnival

After four years of hoisting its trademark blue and yellow grand chapiteau in Tysons Corner, Cirque du Soleil returns to the District with a new performance, “Varekai.” Combining drama and acrobatics, “Varekai” transports patrons deep into a make-believe forest, where around every corner a new world exists. The feats begin tonight and continue through Oct. 24 on the grounds of RFK Stadium. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $55 to $75. 2400 East Capitol St. NE. 800/678-5440.

Pedal D.C.

Oil your chain and inflate your tires, because the Giant Food Bike D.C. takes to the streets on Saturday. The annual ride is one of the largest in the country, and the 32-mile ride through Washington was voted “best city tour” by Bicycling Magazine. The other option for cyclists is the family ride, a 12-mile car-free ride down Clara Barton Parkway. For more information or to register see www.waba.org.

Ten-string melody

Pedal steel guitars used to be associated with country music, but that changed when Robert Randolph & The Family Band hit the music scene with a mix of gospel, funk and pop. After sold-out tours with Eric Clapton and O.A.R., Mr. Randolph and The Family Band are heading out on their own. They play the 9:30 Club on Saturday. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V. St., NW. 703/218-6500.

Kick-off concert

The Washington Performing Arts Society kicks off another season of performances on Monday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with soprano Kathleen Battle. For this special show, Miss Battle will be accompanied by leading jazz musicians Cyrus Chestnut, Romero Lubambo, Rodney Whitaker and Cyro Baptista, as she performs her repertoire of jazz, folk, lullabies, and spirituals along with a few hits from her newest release, “So Many Stars.” Tickets are $35 to $90. Showtime is 9 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/785-WPAS.

Bring a kilt

Founded in 1749 by Scottish merchants, the city of Alexandria has a history rich in Scottish culture. That’s one reason for Saturday’s Alexandria Scottish Heritage Fair. The fair features Scottish clan societies, bagpipe bands, Highland dancers, Celtic crafts, Scottish foods and many other events. Fort Ward Park from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to everyone. 4301 Braddock Road, Alexandria. 703/212-7064.

Eastward expansion

Don’t let the name fool you: Speechwriters LLC is not a political organization. It’s an indie-folk trio from California whose smooth-sounding lyrics and catchy beats have attracted a large following on the West Coast. The group plays Jammin’ Java on Sunday. The show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 to $8. 227 Maple Ave., Vienna.

Relive history

Spirit of America is not your regular theater show about U.S. history. With more than 400 actual soldiers and live-action recreations, it’s the kind of history show that every youngster or parent can enjoy. And it’s free. “Spirit of America” plays the MCI Center on Saturday and Sunday, with two shows daily. To order tickets, see www.mcicenter.com and print out an order form. Seventh and F streets NW.

Theater remix

Part theater, part opera oratorio, “Mycenean” is the newest work from award-winning poet Carl Hancock Rux. He debuts it tonight at the National Geographic Society’s Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium. Based on his recently released novel, “Asphalt,” “Mycenean” examines the cycles of war along with its political and personal effects. The show continues through tomorrow. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. 1600 M St. NW. 202/785-9727.

Thomas Walter

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