- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2005

NSO at the Cathedral

The National Symphony Orchestra continues its string of free concerts tonight at the Washington National Cathedral with the Cathedral Choral Society. The concert is part of the cathedral’s summer music festival, which continues through July 31. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202/537-6216.

The ever-intriguing Tut

Scholars and archaeologists have spent more than 80 years trying to unravel the mysteries of Egypt’s King Tutankhamen. The newest exhibit at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, “Tut Unwrapped,” answers some questions and explores new theories about the boy king. The show is on view through Aug. 21. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 17th and M streets NW. 202/857-7588.



Solo rocker

As the lead singer and songwriter of the platinum-selling rock act the Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark has seen stunning success. He also has gained a healthy following recently for his solo acoustic pop tunes. He performs tonight at Jammin’ Java. Tickets are $10. Showtime is 8 p.m. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Kilts suggested

The annual Virginia Scottish Games kicks off tomorrow at Episcopal High School in Alexandria. This year’s festival features all the traditional games — the caber toss, the hammer throw — and includes dancing, music and even a British car show. Gates open to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s events run until 8 p.m., Sunday’s until 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $25. 3901 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. 703/912-1943.

Georgetown unmasked

Georgetown is known for its shopping, its dining and its residents. On Sunday, author-historian Anthony Pitch leads a walking tour of the neighborhood and spotlights the homes of some of its famous and infamous denizens — including the Kennedys, the Harrimans, a World War II spy, and a middle-aged baron and his teenage wife. Cost is $15. The “Georgetown Homes of the Famous and Infamous” tour runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and meets at the base of the steps leading to the Georgetown Library at Wisconsin Avenue and R Street NW. 301/294-9514.

Brit-pop

Coming off a celebrated opening performance at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, British rockers the Kaiser Chiefs head into the District tomorrow night for a show at the 9:30 Club. Fans of English rockers such as Blur, Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party will enjoy their quirky Brit-pop tunes. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Hootie returns

With a new album set to hit stores Aug. 9, Hootie and the Blowfish return to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on Monday for their nearly regular summer concert. Fans will get a sampling of the new album, “Looking For Lucky,” along with such favorites as “I Only Want To Be With You” and “Hold My Hand.” Tickets are $25 to $36. Showtime is 8 p.m. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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