- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Home makeover

Does the kitchen need an island, or the living room an extension? This weekend, you can explore those ideas at the Remodeling Expo at the Dulles Expo Center, where nearly 300 exhibitors will show off their newest designs. Michael Maloney, star of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” will be on hand Saturday to answer questions and sign autographs. The expo starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Show hours are 4 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. It’s free for children 5 and under. See www.remodeling-expo.com, or call 703/378-0910.

R&B; at DAR

From the velvety smooth vocals of Mario Winans and Carl Thomas to the upbeat anthems of 112, tomorrow evening’s “Ladies Night at Constitution Hall” promises to be one great night of R&B.; Each act is set perform tracks from their latest releases. Men, incidentally, are more than welcome to come along. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $55. 18th and D streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Flamenco’s four elements

From flamenco’s traditional roots in Gypsy culture to its modern innovations, the fifth annual “Flamenco Gala: Los 4 Elementos” showcases the best of flamenco for one night only on Wednesday at the Lisner Auditorium. Featured are some of Flamenco’s top dancers and musicians, including Rocio Molina, Gerardo Nunez and Carlos Rodriguez. Tickets are $20 to $50. Showtime is 8 p.m. 301/808-6900.

America’s pastime

Momix, an internationally known dance and illusionist troupe, presents its newest work, “Baseball,” at the George Mason Center for the Arts this weekend. The multimedia performance is a lighthearted look at America’s pastime, with music from James Brown, Queen and many others. Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $21 to $42. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703/218-6500.

Intelligent jokester

Comedian Carlos Mencia grew up around comedy — he is one of 18 children — and took the leap into stand-up after only one quick performance at an open-mic night. He now has two TV shows in the works, a hit Comedy Central special and a loyal following from California to the District. Mr. Mencia headlines at the four nights of no-holds-barred comedy tonight through Sunday at the DC Improv. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $25. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/296-7008.

Punk with staying power

Simple Plan is one of the few pop-punk bands that have stayed on top after initial success. The group’s second album, “Still Not Getting Any,” is on track to surpass its freshman disc, and its newest single, “Welcome to my Life,” is one of the most-played tracks on radio. The group rocks Nation on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 1015 Half St. SE. 202/397-SEAT.

Concert with a cause

While many people are still looking for ways to help those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami, popular local DJ outfit Thievery Corporation is doing its part by hosting a benefit show and offering people a great night of electronic music. The duo, known for their eclectic sets at the Eighteenth Street Lounge, will set the turntables spinning at 9 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Thomas Walter

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