- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Make St. Patrick proud

After the parades and other early celebrations, today is the day everyone celebrates their true, and in some cases imagined, Irish heritage. Pubs, restaurants and other venues host events catering to every emerald-hued desire. Some of the highlights include a show at the Recher Theatre by O’Malley’s March, fronted by Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley; “A Touch O’ Green,” a nature hike and craft activity in Rock Creek Park; and the St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Dubliner, an all-day festival with Irish food, live music and perennial favorite green beer. See St. Patrick’s Day Events in the Calendar for more information.

Tools of a master

From simple T-squares to costly computer design programs, architects use and have used a variety of tools to bring their ideas from mind to paper. The National Building Museum is taking a look at the tools of architects in its newest exhibit, “Tools of the Imagination.” Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit runs through Oct. 10. 401 F St. NW. 202/272-2448.

Bring the beat back

Percussion reaches a whole new level with the Kodo Drummers. For nearly 25 years, the musical troupe from Japan has amazed audiences with its athletic and artistic program. The troupe plays DAR Constitution Hall tomorrow. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.75 to $55.75. 18th and D streets NW. 202/785-WPAS.

Musical prodigy

Matt Hales wrote his first song at the age of 4 and finished a symphony by 17. But it took a Volkswagen TV commercial using his music to jump-start his career. Performing under the name Aqualung, the rising Brit-pop star performs at the Rams Head Tavern on Wednesday. Tickets, with tax, are $13.75. Showtime is 8 p.m. 33 West St., Annapolis. 410/268-4545.

Athletic art

You don’t really even need to be a basketball fan to enjoy the Harlem Globetrotters. More of a performance than a basketball game, the Globetrotters’ whimsical, family-oriented show has been on the road since 1927 — and the team bus pulls into the Patriot Center tomorrow for two nights of action against the New York Nationals. Tickets are $15.50 to $101.50. Game time is 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Sacred songs

Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” which depicts the final week in the life of Christ, is one of the most powerful works in the history of choral music. The Choral Arts Society of Washington performs this masterpiece Sunday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $17 to $50. Performance begins at 3 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

From the True North

Lately, some of the hottest rock bands hail from our northern neighbor, Canada. One of these bands, the Dears, has spent much of its career touring the Great White North but heads into the District on Monday night to play a show with fellow import rockers the Soundtrack of Our Lives at the 9:30 Club. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Pop culture icon

Mickey Mouse’s debut came in a small New York City theater in 1928 and there isn’t a corner of the world that hasn’t been introduced to the lovable character. To honor the icon, 75 celebrities and athletes including Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Hawk and Tom Hanks designed individual 6-foot tall Mickey statues for exhibit and auctioning for charity. “Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations,” on tour since Mickey’s 75th anniversary, will be at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center beginning Saturday and closing April 30. Admission is free. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. 202/547-1500.

Thomas Walter

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