- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Six-string career

Bebo Norman didn’t set out to become a singer-songwriter. The Georgia-bred artist planned on medical school but instead gave music a shot — a decision that has paid off. With a Dove award last year and his recently released fifth studio album, “Try,” climbing the charts, Mr. Norman stops at Mariners’ Church in Annapolis tomorrow night. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $20. 1592 Whitehall Road, Annapolis. 410/266-8251.

From Athens to Washington

After a nine-medal Olympics success, the U.S. gymnastics team is taking its high-flying athletics showcase on the road for the 2004 T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Performing rather than competing, the team will be joined by gymnastic veterans along with former Cirque du Soleil performers for this extravaganza. The flips begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the MCI Center. Tickets are $21 to $88. 601 F St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

All-around funny

TV, stand-up, movies, radio: comedian Todd Glass has done it all. A stand-up comic since he was 16, Mr. Glass has spent his adult life cracking jokes, and he will do just that beginning Tuesday at the DC Improv for the “Last Comic Standing” tour. Joining Mr. Glass is one of his fellow comics from the show, Corey Holcomb. Showtimes vary. The comedy continues through Oct. 10. Tickets are $20. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/296-7008.

A new season

Fairfax County welcomes the crisp weather with the 12th annual “Fall for Fairfax” event Saturday. Family-friendly activities include hay rides, a petting zoo, live music and craft booths. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some activities charge a small fee, but most are free. On the Ellipse, behind the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. 800/880-6629.

Uncorked

Who would have guessed that George Washington had a passion for wine? He did, and he kept his cellar stocked. Mount Vernon celebrates Washington, the vine and the history of Virginia wines with its annual Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour tomorrow through Sunday. Guests can sample wines from 16 area wineries, tour the estate (including Washington’s rarely seen basement wine cellar) and listen to blues on the east lawn. On the schedule is a visit from the “president” himself. The festival runs from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $25. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon. 703/573-SEAT.

Solo idol

Kimberley Locke may have finished third in last year’s “American Idol” competition, but she has toured successfully with “American Idol” and earlier this year released her debut album, “One Love.” She sings a few new tunes at the Birchmere on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Hungry?

From chili to ham, from Malaysian-style dishes to Italian, this Saturday’s Taste of Bethesda has a taste for everyone’s palate. In addition to food from 47 Bethesda restaurants, cafes, pubs and ice cream bars, there will be four stages of live entertainment and a children’s play area. Food tickets will be sold on site, four for $5. All other activities are free and take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn avenues. See www.bethesda.org, or call 301/215-6660.

Dream house

This year’s NSO Decorators’ Show House, Chateau Peyrenc de Moras at Potomac’s Bradley Farms, is styled after Rodin’s museum in Paris and offers 13,000 square feet of livable space. Filling all that space is design work from more than 25 of the area’s top interior designers. The public gets its first look Sunday. House tours are available through Oct. 31; the hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 9121 River Road, Potomac. 202/416-8149.

Thomas Walter

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