- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Grab a blanket, take a seat

The lawn at Strathmore is a field of open grass, but this weekend it becomes prime seating for the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. Tomorrow through Aug. 21, a new blockbuster film will be screened each night under the open sky. This weekend’s offerings include “Shrek 2,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “West Side Story.” Gates open at 6 p.m., and showtime is 8:30 p.m. For a complete list of films, see the Calendar. 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. 202/433-4011.

New band, new start

Indie rocker Jason Molina never had a problem writing songs — finding musicians to play beside him was the hard part. With seven albums under his belt with a revolving cast of players, Mr. Molina finally has found four other musicians who share his passion for live rock ‘n’ roll. Mr. Molina’s band, Magnolia Electric Co., plays the Black Cat on Monday with Grand Buffet. Tickets are $8. Showtime is 9 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/667-7960.

Musical epiphany

It was during the night shift in a Maine shoe factory that Ray LaMontagne decided to become a musician. His epiphany has taken him all around the world playing acoustic guitar, and he plays the 9:30 Club tomorrow night. Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko opens. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Going solo

For the most part, Robbie Schaefer is known is as the lead guitarist and songwriter for local favorites, Eddie from Ohio. Breaking away from his EFO counterparts in 2003, Mr. Schaefer recorded a live solo album, “In The Flesh,” at Jammin Java. Tomorrow night , Mr. Schaefer returns to JJ’s to play some of those tunes along with a few new ones. Tickets are $17. Showtime is 8 p.m. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Drum and dance

This weekend, hundreds of American Indian dancers and drummers will converge at the MCI Center for the National Museum of the American Indian’s 2005 Pow Wow. Men, women, seniors and youngsters will compete in more than two dozen categories for $100,000 in prize money. Patrons can shop from nearly 100 American Indian artisans who will show their wares throughout the weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $30. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Genre indecision

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Raul Malo made his mark in country music with the Mavericks. Now Mr. Malo, born in Miami of Cuban parents, has returned to his Latin roots. He heads to the Birchmere tonight to play a mix of his own songs and some classic Mavericks tunes. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Fair time

The Montgomery County Fair, the largest in Maryland, kicks off tomorrow in Gaithersburg. Carnival rides, livestock shows, tractor pulls, a demolition derby and sweet-smelling foods are just a few of the offerings through Aug. 20. Admission is $4 to $7. Children under 7 are admitted free. Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. 301/926-3100. www.mcagfair.com.

Thomas Walter

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