- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Tourist for a day

Play tourist Saturday as International Tourist Guides Day focuses on Washington during World War II. Free narrated bus tours, open to both visitors and residents, begin at 9 a.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F. St. NW, and stop at historic locations all over the city. In addition, 1½-hour walking tours leave every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon from the White House Visitors Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. All tours are first come, first served. For more information, call 202/298-1474.

Fiddler on the stage

Internationally known Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul play the new Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, giving the center its first taste of some true Irish tunes — along with a bit of African and Latin percussion and bass. The afternoon show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $45. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

‘I’ll Be’ a star

It took only one hit song to change Edwin McCain’s life and career. Before he wrote and released “I’ll Be,” Mr. McCain played any bar or venue that would take him. Now he has 10 records under his belt and tours relentlessly. He plays the Birchmere tonight with Brian Van Der Ark. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Live at Fur

Millions have watched Fantasia Barrino perform on TV, but people in the District have the chance to see her live tonight at Fur Nightclub. The 2004 “American Idol” winner performs hits from her debut album, “Free Yourself.” Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 33 Patterson St. NE. 202/842-3401.

Rock, Southern style

Southern rock ‘n’ roll is back. Tennessee-born rockers Kings of Leon have seemingly picked up right where Lynyrd Skynyrd left off and have added their own little alt-rock edge. The quartet plays the 9:30 Club on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St., NW. 202/265-0930.

Big Apple ballet

For more than 55 years, the New York City Ballet has maintained a reputation for the brightness of its dancers, top-notch training, and a repertoire of original and classic works. It headlines five nights of dance at the Kennedy Center Opera House, performing nine works, all beginning Wednesday. Tickets are $47 to $112. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through March 4 and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 5 and 6. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Tulips, toilets, TV stars

Attention spring cleaners, remodelers, and lovers of HGTV: the Capital Home & Garden Show kicks off tonight at the Dulles Expo Center. The four-day festival of domestic fun hosts more than 600 exhibitors; 14 dream garden displays; and such TV stars as Rick Spence, host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal.” Doors are open tonight from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $3 to $9, free for children under 5. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. 703/533-4848.

Independent but popular

Over the Rhine is what independent music is all about — artists with deep convictions and an even deeper connection with their fan base. The duo from Cincinnati doesn’t sell out arenas, but faithful fans pack small venues across the United States and Europe for their simple but emotional music. OTR plays the Rams Head Tavern on Monday . Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. 33 West Street, Annapolis. 410/268-4545.

Thomas Walter

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