- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Midwestern rock

The four guys in the rock band Lovedrug, together since 2002, rose through the ranks of the Cleveland rock scene with a six-song EP and a memorable live show. Now with a debut full-length album, “Pretend You’re Alive,” behind them, the band pulls into the 9:30 Club on Monday with the family-rockers Eisley. Tickets are $10. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Pearls at the Walters

For the first time, all 29 surviving illustrations from the Khamsa, the ornamental tale of the 13th-century poet Amir Khusraw of Delhi, will be displayed together at the Walters Museum’s new exhibit, “Pearls of the Parrot of India: The Emperor Akbar’s Illustrated Khamsa, 1595-98.” The lavish and brightly colored illustrations remain on display through Sept 11.. Museum admission ranges from $2 to $10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 410/547-9000 or www.thewalters.org.

Finger-lickin’ good

Baby back and brisket, beef and pork, sweet and spicy: Barbecue comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors, and each will be available for the tasting at this weekend’s National Capital Barbecue Battle. The grills and smokers will line Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest between 9th and 14th streets this weekend for two days of mouth-watering eats. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 to $10. 202/828-3099.

Rock vs. hip-hop

They may not be the most likely of musical pairings, but organic hip-hop stars the Roots are teaming up with the art-rock act Wilco for a string of summer shows. The eclectic lineup takes to the Merriweather Post Pavilion stage Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $40. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

The Urhobo revealed

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art ventures deep into southern Nigeria for its newest exhibition, “Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art.” The show, which opens today, features about 70 original works of traditional art from the Urhobo people. The works will be on display through Sept. 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 950 Independence Ave., SW. 202/633-4600.

Just folks

Today, the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival transforms the Mall into a melting pot of music, food and activities. This year’s festival focuses on the Middle Eastern nation Oman, music in Latino culture, the work of the U.S. Forest Service and America’s food culture. The festival runs today through Monday and then next Thursday through July 4. Activities are open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with evening concerts beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. 202/633-1000 or www.folklife.si.edu.

Symphonic summer

The National Symphony Orchestra begins its annual summer residency at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center with three nights of concerts beginning tonight. Marvin Hamlisch takes the helm tonight for “Bravo Broadway,” a collection of Broadway show tunes. Tomorrow night, Leonard Slatkin leads the NSO for an evening of “Gershwin, Bernstein & Barber: American Originals.” On Saturday, Mr. Slatkin will be joined by pianist Muza Rubackyte for “Romantic Titans: Mendelssohn, Liszt and Mahler.” Showtime is 8:15 p.m. for all concerts. Tickets are $18 to $38. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 202/433-4030, www.wolf-trap.org.

Thomas Walter

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