- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Dancing Russians

The legendary Bolshoi Ballet takes over the Filene Center stage this weekend for a full-scale production of “Don Quixote.” The Russian dance greats have also brought along their own orchestra for a full musical accompaniment. Showtime tomorrow and Saturday is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $65. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Best and brightest

The Vans Warped Tour, now in its 11th year, has earned a reputation for presenting some of the best up-and-coming alternative acts alongside some of the genre’s elite. This year’s tour, which plays the Nissan Pavilion on Wednesday, is no different. Nearly 80 acts — the Offspring, MXPX and Relient K are just a few — will play on eight stages throughout the pavilion. The all-day music festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Tickets are $29.50. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. 202/397-SEAT.

Stetsons suggested

While alternative music fans will race to the Vans Warped Tour on Wednesday, country fans will be heading to the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday for Baltimore country station WPOC’s Sunday in the Country. Featured this year are Keith Urban, Jo Dee Messina, Sugarland, Blaine Larson and Pat Green. Tickets are $35 to $55. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Musical diamond

Neil Diamond is 64, but even after selling an estimated 120 million records worldwide, he’s still making them — his newest is due on Sept. 6 — and still crisscrossing the globe, softly wooing his legions of fans. Mr. Diamond plays MCI Center on Wednesday . Tickets are $42.50 to $85. Showtime is 8 p.m. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Home-field advantage

Pat McGee and his band return home tonight for a pair of shows with fellow local rockers Vertical Horizon. The McGee band’s major label debut, “Save Me,” has transformed the Virginia natives from local barroom favorites to a large-scale national act. Showtime tonight and tomorrow at the 9:30 Club is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Liz unplugged

Liz Phair is leaving the electric guitars and big amps at home for her latest tour, which pulls into the Birchmere tonight and tomorrow. Playing tunes from her previous four albums, the Chicago rocker will also debut songs from her new album, “Somebody’s Miracle,” which doesn’t hit store shelves until Oct. 4. Tickets are $20. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights. Fellow troubadour Cary Brothers opens the show. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

4-H fun

It’s county-fair time, and two local fairs start Saturday. The two-day Fairfax County Fair may be one of the summer’s smaller fairs, but it has all the 4-H fun one can expect. Livestock and horse shows, crafts and hay rides are just some of the offerings. Frying Pan Park, 2709 W. Ox Road, Herndon. Admission and parking are free. 703/324-536 or www.4hfairfax.org.

The Howard County Fair is a weeklong celebration of farming, food and family fun. Pony rides, pie eating, cow-milking contests, a petting zoo and plenty of fried food are what you’ll find this year. The fair continues through Aug. 13. 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Admission is $4 (10 years and up), $2 seniors (62 and up). 410/442-1022 or www.howardcountyfair .com.

Thomas Walter

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