- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Sail away

More than 500 boats will dock inside the Washington Convention Center Wednesday for the 44th annual Washington Boat Show. The show features all types of boats, including motor yachts, fishing boats, sailboats and family boats. More than 200 accessory booths will feature the newest clothes, electronics and other boating needs. The show runs through Feb. 13. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for children 6 through 12. It’s free for children younger than 5. Noon to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. www.washingtonboatshow.com.

Live science

The National Geographic Society’s series of armchair explorations of the world, “National Geographic Live,” begins another season Saturday with a family program called “Jason Expedition 2005: Disappearing Wetlands.” The Jason Expedition, named for the Greek adventurer of myth, is a science project that allows students to follow scientists’ work through live teleconferences on TV and the Internet. For Saturday’s event, students and their families can travel deep into the Mississippi Delta and its wetlands. The program is best suited to children in grades four through eight. It has two showings Saturday,at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium. Tickets are $5. 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700.

Sweet tooth

White, dark, bittersweet: The fifth annual Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax City has the treats to satisfy the cravings. Saturday and Sunday, patrons can indulge in hundreds of chocolate pleasures. Chocolate-inspired events include Sunday’s Chocolate Challenge, in which area chefs and artists will construct edible masterpieces that later will be auctioned off. Most events are free. For more information, including locations and times, see www.chocolatefestival.net or call 703/293-7120.

One-man band

Keller Williams is not the average folk musician with a guitar. Using digital technology, Mr. Williams records melodies, beats and noises and then plays over them to create an authentic band sound without actually having a band. For his performance tomorrow at Rams Head Tavern, Mr. Williams is bringing along Virginia bluegrass greats Larry and Jenny Keel to jam with him for a few songs. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. 33 West St., Annapolis. 410/268-4545

Prepare to laugh

Using the same comedic format as their Emmy-nominated show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring their humor to the Warner Theatre Saturday for one night of improv based on audience requests. The laughter begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $41 to $56.50. 13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Behind the baton

Meet Leonard Slatkin, conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, tomorrow night at the monthly “Meet the Artists of the NSO” discussion session at the Kennedy Center. The maestro will discuss the evening’s performance and give some insight into a conductor’s challenges. The discussion includes dinner in one of the Kennedy Center’s reception rooms. The evening begins at 6 in the Atrium. Tickets are $45. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Plain and simple

Low’s music, quiet and melodic, will leave you mesmerized by its simplicity — if it doesn’t make you wish you had a place to curl up and take a nap. The trio from Duluth, Minn., has four independent albums to its credit, including “A Lifetime of Temporary Relief,” released in September. The trio plays the Black Cat Monday with Pedro the Lion. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $13. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/397-7328.

— Thomas Walter

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