- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Fun for a cause

Alternative rockers Lifehouse and 10,000 Maniacs headline this year’s Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival, on Saturdayand Sunday. This year’s festival in Oronoco Bay Park features tours of two historic ships, carnival rides, craft and health exhibits, and a fireworks show Saturday night. Admission is $10 adults and $5 for children 2 to 12. It’s free for children under 2. Festival times are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. 703/549-8300.

Country cool

The annual Mountain Stage NewSong Showcase makes its way to the Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday for a night of music from both up-and-comers and seasoned vets. A local favorite, Last Train Home, plays new guy, while Loudon Wainwright III, Guy Clark, Michael Penn and Raul Midon round out the lineup of veterans. Tickets are $25 to $48. The music begins at 7 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda. 301/581-5100 or www.strathmore.org.

Double the laughs

If you’re looking for humor this weekend, be sure to catch one of the two comedy tours in town. Tomorrow night, Comedy Central mainstay Lewis Black brings his cutthroat observational humor to the Warner Theatre for one night only. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $40.50 to $45.50. On Sunday, comedian and musician Greg Behrendt and “Sex and the City” executive story editor Liz Tuccillo bring their best-selling book, “He’s Just Not That Into You,” to the State Theatre stage. Part storytelling, part relationship Q&A, the night will either change the way you look at relationships or just make you laugh about them a whole lot more. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. 703/237-0300.

Doo-wop

This summer’s Bluemont concert series in Leesburg, Va., begins Sunday with doo-woppers the Legendary Orioles, led by Albert “Diz” Russell, who sang with influential doo-wop hitmakers the Orioles in the 1950s. The concert series continues with a different musical act each Sunday through Aug. 21. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. in Freedom Park in Leesburg. Admission is $5 to $10. Evergreen Mill Road and Tolbert Lane. 703/777-6306 or www.bluemont.org.

Bluesy art

The National Museum of Women in the Arts heats up its summer schedule with two new exhibits focusing on women and jazz and blues. “Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues” is a mixed-media retrospective featuring photographs, quilts, souvenir fans and other objects Miss Amaki created as she drew from blues music, family history and the black American heritage. The other exhibit, “Women in Blues and Jazz,” complements the Amaki exhibit with nearly 45 photographs celebrating female jazz performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Shirley Horn and others. The shows run through Sept. 25. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 to $5. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202/783-5000.

Wolf Trap jazz

Wolf Trap’s Filene Center’s 2005 Jazz & Blues Festival dedicates the next four nights to America’s jazz and blues greats. Tonight’s lineup includes Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty. Tomorrow night, Al Jarreau and Cassandra Wilson jazz up the summer night. Tony Bennett headlines the Wolf Trap Gala on Saturday. Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi and Chris Smither close things out on Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $22 to $42. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 202/433-4030.

Thomas Walter


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