- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Painting with Q-tips

From gasoline stations to palm trees and apartment buildings, contemporary artist Edward Ruscha painted simple objects but he did it with unorthodox materials like gunpowder, tobacco stains and vegetable juice. The first museum retrospective of his work at the National Gallery of Art, “Cotton Puffs, Q-tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha,” features nearly 90 of Mr. Ruscha’s drawings from the past 40 years. The exhibit opens on Sunday and continues through May 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

Breaking up is hard to do

Multiplatinum rockers Creed parted ways last year, but it wasn’t long before the group’s three remaining members picked up their instruments and moved on to a new rock venture, Alter Bridge. With a new singer in tow, the band rocks the 9:30 Club on Tuesday with Silvertide. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/265-0930.

Travel with Mickey

Children and their parents get a lesson in Disney geography with the newest Disney on Ice program, “Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey.” From beach time with Lilo and Stitch in Hawaii to an underwater adventure tour with Ariel and Sebastian, families travel the magical lands that exist only in the world of Disney. Disney on Ice takes over the MCI Center on Wednesday, and the family fun continues through Feb. 21. Tickets are $15 to $57. Showtimes vary. Seventh and F streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Another new year

Ring in the year of the rooster with the annual Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday in Chinatown. More than 300 participants will make their way along H Street, NW as will marching bands, dragon dancers and elaborately decorated floats. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on H Street, NW between Fifth and Ninth streets. For more information, call 202/393-2280.

World theater

The eighth annual International Festival of Hispanic Theater kicks off tonight with “Teatro Nuestro,” a relationship comedy from Costa Rica. The festival features 10 shows over six weeks, with participants and plays from eight countries. Most performances take place at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington. Tickets for individual shows are $20 to $25, with discounted show packages available. For times and show descriptions, see www.teatrodelaluna.com or call 202/882-6227.

Looking at black history

A former slave, Frederick Douglass became one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement. To commemorate his 187th birthday Monday, the National Park Service hosts an informal wreath-laying ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. Call 202/426-5961. The Park Service also presents a Black History Film Festival at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. The free film festival focuses on the experiences and achievements of several black women. Films are shown each Friday at 6:30 p.m. throughout February. 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. 202/673-2402.

All that jazz

Elmore “Fish” Middleton, a Washington jazz radio programmer, dedicated most of his life to jazz. The Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship fund is carrying on his legacy with the 14th annual East Coast Jazz Festival. Five days of everything jazz, the festival includes 23 ticketed concerts and 86 free public workshops and jam sessions. The music begins Wednesday at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, and then moves to the Double Tree Hotel Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike. Through Feb. 21. Most events are free, but certain ticketed events are $65 to $225. Times vary. 301/933-1822.

Thomas Walter

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