- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2005

American rock

With a penchant for straightforward American rock ‘n’ roll and an unrelenting tour schedule, Will Hoge has crisscrossed the globe gaining fans in each new city. The Nashville, Tenn., rocker has drawn comparisons to musical legends like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. You can draw your own conclusions Saturday when he plays the 9:30 Club. Army of Me and Bicycle Thieves open the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Capitol concert

The National Symphony Orchestra closes out the summer season and begins the fall with its annual Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Associate Conductor Emil de Cou leads the NSO, which will be joined by the Soldier’s Chorus of the Army Field Band. The free show begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. First Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

From the collection

The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s newest exhibit celebrates the great American painters before 1945. “Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art,” features more than 80 works from the Corcoran’s collection. The exhibit features works by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt among others. “American Genius” runs through Jan. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday, and until 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $3 to $6.75, $12 for family; pay what you can all day Monday and after 5 p.m. Thursday. 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. 202/639-1700.

Saturday blues

The sound of blues will ring out Saturday at the Carter Barron Amphitheater for the 2005 D.C. Blues Festival. The 17th annual festival honors the women of blues this year and features a range of local and national acts including Candye Kane, Ruby Hayes and Sharrie Williams. The festival is free and open to the public. The festival runs from 1 to 8 p.m. 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202/962-0112.

Simple folk

Maybe it is Over the Rhine’s elegantly phrased and simply orchestrated songs that mesmerize fans all across the country. Or, maybe it is lead vocalist Karin Bergquist’s haunting soprano. Whatever the case, Over The Rhine — the Cincinnati based folk-pop act — is coming to Jammin’ Java to showcase some tunes from their newest release, “Drunkard’s Prayer,” on Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Theater extravaganza

The Kennedy Center kicks off its monthlong Prelude Festival on Saturday with the fourth annual Page-To-Stage New Play festival. During three days, more than 25 theater companies from around the region will offer free readings, special events and panel discussions that offer a glimpse of upcoming productions in the 2005-06 season. The festival includes new works from Ken Ludwig, Stephen Massicotte, Horton Foote, Qian Yi, along with many others. Admission is free, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. The festival runs from 3 to 10 p.m. each day through Monday. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Holiday alternative

For the people who aren’t able to head out to the beach for the Labor Day weekend, Herndon is hosting the annual Jazz and Wine Festival on Monday. Ten Virginia wineries, various food vendors and eight musical acts will fill out the downtown district. Admission is $3 for concerts only, $15 with wine tasting. Children under 12, free. The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. 777 Lynn St., Herndon. 703/787-7300.

Thomas Walter

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