- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Parade in bloom

It is not every year that the National Cherry Blossom Parade occurs at the peak of bloom. But this year’s parade, on Saturday, promises to do just that. The parade features elaborate floats, dancers and musicians. Nearly 100,000 watchers are expected to flock to Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets Northwest. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. At noon, be sure to stop at 12th and Pennsylvania for the Sakura Matsuri — the Japanese Street Festival. For more information, call 202/547-1500 or visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Projecting color

The Baltimore Museum of Art has created the first major exhibit highlighting the slide projector and color slides and their impact on the art world. “SlideShow” showcases works dating from the 1960s to the present, from 19 international artists. The one-of-a-kind showcase runs through May 15. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday, major holidays. Admission is $6 to $12, free on the first Thursday (open until 8 p.m.) of every month. Art Museum Drive, off the 3100 block of North Charles Street, Baltimore. 410/396-7100.

Decaf rock ‘n’ roll

The story of the up-and-coming rock quartet the Afters all begins with coffee. After pouring thousands of coffee drinks together at a Starbucks in Mesquite, Texas, the four work mates became band mates in 2000. Touring in support of its debut album, “I Wish We All Could Win,” the band plays the Patriot Center with Mercy Me and Jeremy Camp on Saturday. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $35. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 800/861-0850.

Film kaleidoscope

Eighty films in 12 days. That’s Filmfest DC 2005. This year’s festival — themed “Beijing to Bollywood” — features a special series of films from India and China, along with the festival’s first ever juried film competition. The festival begins Wednesday and runs through April 24. Tickets cost $9 for most of the screenings, but some events are free. Showtimes and locations vary. See www.filmfestdc.org or call 202/628-FILM.

Irish dance and more

A combination of ballet, tap and flamenco, Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” is a dance spectacle that has amazed audiences in 36 countries. The troupe dances across the Warner Theatre stage tomorrow through Sunday. Showtimes are 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30.50 to $69. 13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Silk Road traditions

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s music is renowned the world over, and on Monday, he comes to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the Silk Road Ensemble to pay tribute to the musical traditions of China, Korea, Iran and Azerbaijan. The music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $105. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Nashville on his mind

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse may be living in Spain, but he called Nashville home for nearly 10 years and has named his fifth studio album “Nashville,” after the city where he established himself as a viable artist. Mr. Rouse returns to the States and plays the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Tuesday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 33 West St., Annapolis. 410/268-4545.

Thomas Walter

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