- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Top o’ the morning

Although St. Patrick’s Day is still two weeks away, Old Town Alexandria is getting into the Irish holiday spirit with an all-day celebration on Saturday. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a classic car show, followed by a fancy dog show at 10:30 a.m. The main event, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, begins at 12:30 p.m. To view a parade map or for more details, visit www.ballyshaners.org on the Web or call 703/237-2199.

Rising son

T.S. Monk, son of jazz legend Thelonious Sphere Monk, had big shoes to fill when he decided to pursue a career in music. He succeeded, and after 30 years in the business, continues to put his creative stamp on America’s music. Touring in support of his latest recording, “Higher Ground,” the drummer, vocalist and bandleader performs tomorrow and Saturday , with two shows each night, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery. Tickets are $25. Show times are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

High-flying fun

The Music Center at Strathmore isn’t just for music. Tomorrow, the internationally known Peking Acrobats bring their high-flying act to the center for one performance only. The troupe, which began performing in America in the 1980s, also features traditional Chinese musicians using exotic instruments. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $41. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Philly songstress

Jill Scott can add another notch to her growing list of accolades — Grammy award winner. The Philadelphia-born and bred chanteuse won for best Urban Alternative R&B performance with “Cross My Mind,” one of the many songs she’s sure to sing when she headlines two nights of music Wednesday and Thursday at DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets are $55.50. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. 1776 D St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Shop ‘til you drop

With more than 1,100 antique dealers filling the Dulles Expo Center Saturday and Sunday, this weekend’s DC Big Flea Market is a must for any antique or bargain hunter. The vast offerings include domestic and imported furniture, pottery, toys, jewelry and artwork. Showtimes are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $7; free for children under 12. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. 757/430-4735.

‘Stay’ing power

Lisa Loeb burst onto the pop music scene in early ‘90s with her soft voice, a pair of fashionable eyeglasses and a catchy hit song, “Stay.” While her follow-up albums have yet to duplicate her initial success, the Texas native has strummed her way across the country and continues to gain fans in each new city. She plays the Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis (Call 410/268-4545 for tickets) on Tuesday and follows it up with a Wednesday show at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna (703/218-6500). Both shows are 8 p.m. Tickets are $23.50 for the Rams Head show and $20 for Wolf Trap.

Moveable feast

If you love cars — whether they’re big or small, fast or slow — this weekend’s World of Wheels at the Washington Convention Center is the place to be. The annual show features cars, trucks and motorcycles of every stripe including Jesse James’ “El Diablo” motorcycle and Posie’s “ThunderRoad” hot rod. Doors open tomorrow from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $15; free for children under 5. 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. 202/249-3000.

Thomas Walter

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