- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 18, 2005

Country brothers

The Warren Brothers — Brett and Brad — are riding high. The country duo, who hail from Tampa, Fla., have a hit CMT reality show, “Barely Famous,” and a greatest-hits album that is climbing the country charts. The dual success has also led to an opening gig on one of this summer’s biggest country tours, “The Deuces Wild Tour,” with Brooks & Dunn, Big and Rich and Cowboy Troy. The tour pulls into Nissan Pavilion on Saturday. Tickets are $28.50 to $63.25. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Just like old times

It’s a trip back to Colonial times this weekend when the annual August Court Days fills the streets of Leesburg. The two-day festival relives the August session of the Loudoun County Court, an occasion for public socializing on a grand scale in the 18th century. Court Days features more than 200 Colonial re-enactors, artisans and musicians. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 10 and $2 for children 5 to 10. It’s free for children under 5. King and Market streets, Leesburg. 800/752-6118.

Corks away

Virginia vintners get to show off their best vintages and blends this weekend for the annual Virginia Wine Festival on Long Branch Farm. More than 70 wineries will pour more than 350 types of wine, all grown and produced in Virginia. Patrons can also attend seminars on wine history, wine tasting and food pairing. Admission is $5 to $22. Festival times are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Historic Long Branch Farm, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 888/435-9746.

Last chance

The International Spy Museum closes the doors on its first special exhibit, “The Enemy Within: Terror In America — 1776 to Today,” on Sept. 5. The exhibit examines more than 125 major incidents of terrorism that have occurred since the country’s beginning in 1776 and how the country responded in each instance. Admission to the special exhibit is $3 to $5, or $13 to $18 when combined with the permanent exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 800 F St. NW. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. 202/397-SEAT.

DIY rock

Most major-label rock stars employ the help of producers and studio musicians to record an album, but Adam Richman did not have that luxury. The Allentown, Pa., punk rock star not only produced his debut album, “Patience and Science,” in his parent’s basement, but he also played every instrument on it and wrote every song. He stops by the 9:30 Club on Monday with Japanese rockers Puffy AmiYumi. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

All dolled up

This weekend, the largest doll and teddy bear showcase in the United States, the Doll and Teddy Bear Expo, takes over the Marriott Wardman Park ballroom. Nearly 250 artists and manufacturers will exhibit their cherished work to collectors and fans. The expo also hosts a teddy bear auction to benefit tsunami victims tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The expo is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday . Admission is $15. 2660 Woodley Road, NW. 800/331-0038.

Poe’s summer sounds

David Poe’s newest CD, “Love is Red,” is a perfect soundtrack to a cool summer night — which is funny because it was recorded in an abandoned bunker in Berlin during the winter. The jazzy, lounge-inspired beats mixed with Mr. Poe’s whispery vocals make this disc one of Mr. Poe’s best works to date. He plays the Birchmere on Wednesday with fellow troubadour Duncan Sheik, who will also share some new tracks from his upcoming fall release. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

— Thomas Walter

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