- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Hello, Paris

Americans have been dropping in on the cultural capital that is Paris for more than two centuries — think Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ernest Hemingway and Henry Kissinger for starters. The National Archives tells their and other stories with its just-opened exhibit, “Americans In Paris,” which runs through Sept. 5 in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with special times to be announced for the July Fourth weekend. Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 202/501-5000.

Merriweather goes pop

The musical lineup at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday reads like a pop-radio playlist. From radio favorites The Killers and Keane to newcomers Louis XIV and Regina Spektor, the night of synthesized melodies and piano-driven ballads promises a musical heaven for pop music fans. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $40. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 202/397-SEAT.

What’s in a name?

Spoon might be the oddest, yet most original band name in rock ‘n’ roll history. The quartet from Austin, Texas, has brought its eccentric rock to the musical masses since 1994 and with their fourth LP, “Gimme Fiction,” hitting the store shelves this past week, the older and wiser rockers show no signs of letting up. The group plays the 9:30 Club tomorrow night with the up-and-coming British act The Clientele. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Summer jazz

The National Gallery of Art kicks off another summer season of free jazz concerts tomorrow night with the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra. The concerts take place every Friday, rain or shine, through Sept. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. 202/737-4215.

Comedic maestro

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall usually plays host to the sounds of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but Saturday night a whole new sound will rise from the hall — rip-roaring laughter. Comedian Kevin James, of CBS’ “King of Queens” fame, takes a break from the small screen and returns to his stand-up roots for a night of social commentary. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $55. 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 202/397-SEAT.

A little bit of folk

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s 25th annual Washington Folk Festival offers more than folk music this weekend. Look for storytelling, craft exhibits and dance performances as well. The festival runs on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. in Glen Echo Park. Admission is free. 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo. 202/546-2228.

Laced and ready

It’s been 10 years since “Riverdance” first introduced millions to the beauty of Irish step dance. Now the multimedia dance extravaganza comes to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center for six shows beginning tonight. Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $16 to $70, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 202/433-4011.

—Thomas Walter

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