- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Tsunami aid

On Saturday, dancers and musicians from 11 countries will come together for a night of song and dance at Walt Whitman High School — all in the name of tsunami relief. Participants of ?Around the World With Song & Dance? include the Alpine Dancers from Austria, the Narek Bell Choir from Armenia, a koto music group from Japan and other groups. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $20 and the proceeds benefit schools destroyed by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda. 301/229-0996.

The reunion continues

Last year the Pixies, an originator of alternative rock, got together for one of the music world’s most talked-about reunions. On Monday, the Beantown rockers continue their reunion tour and make their first stop in the area at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $40. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Flying high

For some people aviation is simply a form of travel, for others it’s a hobby. On Saturday, fans of the wild blue yonder can learn all about private aviation from more than 25 local pilots who see flying not as a job but as fun. ?Reach for the Sky, Be a Pilot Family Day and Aviation Display? runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport. Admission is free, but parking is $12. 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. 202/633-1000.

Dancing in the street

Crystal City is the place for swing music fans on Saturday for the sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The Grammy-nominated swing rockers headline the annual food and music block party called Crystal City Rocks. In addition to the music, more than a dozen Crystal City restaurants will offer food and drink samples. Crystal City Rocks is free and open to the public. All the fun takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Crystal City Drive.

Ten days of art

Beginning tomorrow night, Columbia, Md., is going to be one busy little town. The annual Columbia Festival of the Arts takes over the small suburb for 10 days of music, food and family fun. Featured performers include local, regional and international musicians, dancers and actors. Most events are free, but some charge admission. For a complete schedule see www.columbiafestival.com or call 888/955-5566.

Fun in Fairfax

Fairfax expects some 70,000 people for the 24th annual ?Celebrate Fairfax? festival, which kicks off tomorrow night at the Fairfax County Government Center. This year’s event features 600 artists, dancers, musicians, exhibitors and food vendors scattered over the 25-acre site. ?Celebrate Fairfax? runs through Sunday. The hours are: 6 p.m. to midnight tomorrow, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 to $10; children under 2 are free. 12000 Government Center Parkway. 800/880-6629.

Rising stars

The Filene Center at Wolf Trap dives headfirst into the summer music season on Wednesday with two of R&B’s newest sensations — Joss Stone and John Legend. Miss Stone, the 17-year-old singer from Devon, England, is riding high on the charts with her debut album, ?Mind, Body, Soul,? while her touring mate Mr. Legend is celebrating his rise from church choir director to platinum-selling artist. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $34. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 202/433-4011.

Thomas Walter

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