- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Cool and digable

After a 10-year hiatus, the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio Digable Planets is back together and making music. Known for their jazz-influenced beats and spoken-word rhymes, the group will release the follow-up to its platinum-selling debut, “Cool like dat,” early in the fall. Those eager for a taste of what’s to come can hear some new tunes early when they play the 9:30 Club on Wednesday. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Kirov ahoy

The renowned Kirov Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House on Tuesday for six nights of buckles and swashes as it presents a full-length “Le Corsaire.” The choreography by Pyotr Gusev is based on Marius Petipa’s 1863 composition. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 9; 1:30 p.m. July 10. Tickets are $47 to $112. 202/828-3099. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue, NW. 202/467-4600.

A swinging affair

The swing music era is not over, according to Michael Buble. The baby-faced singing sensation is satisfying lovers of the Sinatra style and attracting new fans to the genre with his smooth vocal stylings. Mr. Buble plays Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on Sunday night. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $38. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 202/433-4030. www.wolf-trap.org.

Wright in style

Chely Wright is one female country singer who brings a pop edge to the traditional twang and a modern look to the basic jeans and boots. Touring in support of her sixth album, “The Metropolitan Hotel,” the award-winning songstress plays two shows at the Rams Head Tavern on Wednesday. Showtimes are 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.50. 33 West Street, Annapolis. 410/268-4545

Art and music

The Hirshhorn Museum looks into the parallel between music and contemporary art with its newest exhibit, “Visual Music.” The works on show, from more than 40 artists, past and present, range from experimental films to abstract paintings. “Visual Music” is on view through Sept. 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Closed holidays. Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. 202/357-2700.

Fun on the Fourth

If the capital isn’t the place to be on Independence Day, what is? Monday’s holiday promises to be a red, white and blue extravaganza. See the Calendar for a complete list of activities — and these in particular:

The National Independence Day Parade kicks off at 11:45 a.m. at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue. Celebrating the 229th anniversary of the United States, the march features patriotic floats, marching bands and the occasional historical character. The parade follows Constitution Avenue down to 17th Street and runs nearly two hours. 800/215-6405.

The Capitol Fourth concert rings out from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 8 p.m. On the bill for the free 25th anniversary concert include Gloria Estefan, the Beach Boys, the O’Jays, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan and the National Symphony Orchestra. 202/426-6841.

Fireworks, the annual spectacle, erupt from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool beginning at 9:10 p.m. Choice viewing areas include the Mall, the Ellipse, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and almost any other spot that offers a view of the city.

Mount Vernon’s ‘Red, White and Blue Celebration’ down the Potomac at the foot of the George Washington Parkway includes a performance by the National Concert Band of America, a wreath-laying by the Sons of the American Revolution, and birthday cake — while it lasts. The fun takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events are included in the regular $5 to $11 admission charge. 703/780-2000.

Annapolis’ Independence Day Parade kicks off at 6 p.m., beginning an evening of events downtown. After the parade, local bands and the U.S. Naval Academy Band will perform near the city docks. The fireworks are set for 9:15 p.m. and can be seen from anywhere along the parade route. 410/263-1183.

— Thomas Walter

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