- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Repair and remodel

From kitchens to bedrooms and faucets to furniture, this weekend’s Capital Home Show is a one-stop marketplace for people looking to spruce up their homes. The show kicks off tomorrow at the Dulles Expo Center and continues through Sunday. Showtimes are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 to $9, with children under 5 free. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. 703/378-0910.

Under the big top

The Big Apple Circus celebrates its 27th season with an all new show, “Picturesque,” beginning tonight at Dulles Town Center. Inspired by artists such as Renoir, Degas, Chagall, and Picasso, the circus promises bright visuals, vibrant music and exciting acts. The show continues through Oct. 11. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15 to $44. Intersection of state Routes 7 and 28, Dulles, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

A new kind of hip-hop

Take away the DJ; replace him with an acoustic guitar; and lace the sound with blues, funk, folk and gospel. What you get is Scratch Track, one of the freshest hip-hop groups to hit music in a long time. The music began as a release from everyday college life for these three friends from Tennessee, but it now has become a full-time gig. They come to Arlington tonight to play a free show, 21 and over, at Ragtime. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. 1345 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington. 703/243-4003.

Good taste

Ruth Reichl, a former food critic and editor of Gourmet magazine, has spent her career finding perfect palate pleasers. Now she passes on some of these recipes with her newest book, “The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1,000 Recipes, Over 60 Years in The Making,” a collection of recipes from Gourmet. Mrs. Reichl will talk about the new book at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Olsson’s Penn Quarter. 418 7th St. NW. 202/638-7610.

Double the exposure

Photographer Neil Leifer has more than 200 magazine cover photos to his credit, but one is his claim to fame — a shot of Muhammad Ali defeating Sonny Liston in 1965. Mr. Leifer has combined this shot with 3,000 other photos of the former boxing champ for a new book, “GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali.” Photos from the book are featured at Govinda Gallery through Oct. 17. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1227 34th St., NW. 202/333-1180.

Acoustic soul

Marc Broussard may have been raised in Louisiana, but his music is more Motown than Cajun. With his debut album, “Carencro,” climbing the charts, this self-described “white boy singing soul music” brings some tunes to Jammin’ Java on Monday. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12. 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

A new season

The Shanghai Quartet has traveled the world playing classical works, and it opens the second season of the Concerts from Kirkwood concert series with a free show Saturday. The music begins at 4 p.m. at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield. 703/451-5320.

Family fun

Climb the central tower. Watch stained-glass, wrought-iron and stone-work demonstrations. Listen to live bluegrass and bagpipers. These are just a few of the fun things planned for the Washington National Cathedral’s annual open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free, except for the tower tour, which requires tickets and is $5. Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues Northwest. 202/537-6200.

Thomas Walter

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