- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Yes, godfather

Known as the “godfather of go-go,” Chuck Brown created the local sound, a combination of Latin beats with American jazz and African calls and chants. It’s nonstop dance music that makes you move your feet. The 9:30 Club celebrates Mr. Brown’s birthday on Saturday with a go-go bash featuring the godfather himself, along with several of his friends. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

16th-century fun

The gates swing open Saturday and Sunday for the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival. A staple event for families during the late summer and fall, the festival transports patrons to a 16th-century English village complete with pubs, a jousting arena, and plenty of food and activities. The festival runs every weekend (plus Labor Day) through Oct. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $8 to $17. Crownsville Road, Crownsville (close to Annapolis). 800/296-7304 or www.rennfest.com.

Soprano songsters

All it took was one night of singing together to persuade three up-and-coming Canadian singer-songwriters to give up solo careers and hit the open road as a trio. Now known as the Wailin’ Jennys, the all-female harmonizing trio has toured all over the Great White North. They make their first trip to the Washington area tonight at Iota. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

Teen queen

Hilary Duff has TV shows and movie roles, and on Saturday, she shows off her musical side, performing hits from her self-titled sophomore album at 1st Mariner Arena. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 to $43. 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202/397-SEAT.

All grown up

Glen Phillips was 14 when he became the lead singer for pop-folk act Toad the Wet Sprocket. Now in his early 30s, Mr. Phillips is on the road solo, and he stops by Jammin’ Java for two nights of acoustic tunes, Monday and Tuesday . Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $15. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Friday night rock

Coming off the release of its eighth studio album, “Don’t Tread on Me,” 311 brings its reggae-influenced rap-rock to Nissan Pavilion tomorrow night. Along for the tour are fellow rockers Papa Roach and Unwritten Law. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $23.50 to $31. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

In the ‘Loop’

“Loop,” one of the most popular exhibits during the Corcoran Gallery of Arts 2000 Biennial Exhibition, is back on display in the Corcoran’s neoclassical Rotunda. The multisensory visual art and music installation is the work of media artist Jennifer Steinkamp and electronic composer Jimmy Johnson. Using Hollywood-style effects, the interactive art display allows patrons to become part of the exhibit. “Loop” is on display through Sept. 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Tuesday. Admission is $3 to $6.75, $12 family; pay what you can all day Monday and after 5 p.m. Thursday. 202/639-1700.

Thomas Walter

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