- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Gone solo

After years of fronting the Grammy-winning ska band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani needed a break — not from music, but from her band. The result was the platinum-selling solo debut, “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.” Touring in support of her debut, Miss Stefani brings her “Harajuku Lovers” tour to the Patriot Center on Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 to $75. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/432-SEAT.

New music

JEM and Josh Kelley won’t rock your eardrums with guitar solos and booming bass drums, but they will offer an evening of soft-spoken acoustic tunes at the 9:30 Club that will leave you nodding your head and singing along. Both artists will debut new work from their upcoming November releases. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Talented puppets

Austria’s world-renowned marionette theater group, the Salzburg Marionettes, pay homage to Salzburg’s native composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Wednesday at the Kennedy Center. The cast of 2-foot-tall wooden puppets will recreate Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in the Terrace Theatre. Tickets are $60. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Changing genres

It was opera music that first gave singer-songwriter Charlotte Martin her start. Yet, after following her love of piano and folk/rock music, Miss Martin soon fell away from the big theater opera stages and found herself in nightclubs and arenas playing her own blend of folk-inspired, piano rock. Miss Martin plays Jammin’ Java on Saturday. Tickets are $12. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Mozart at the music center

The National Philharmonic takes on Mozart for a performance on Saturday at the Strathmore Music Center. The philharmonic will present Mozart’s “Magic Flute” with conductor Piotr Gajewski and an award-winning cast of singers and musicians. For this performance children age 7 to 17 are free with paying adults. Tickets are $25 to $80. Showtime is 8 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Live and free

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Washington National Opera is offering a free performance of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The 2 p.m. Sunday matinee performance at the Kennedy Center will be simulcast on a large outdoor screen on the Mall. No tickets are required. Fourth Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues Southwest. 202/295-2400.

Photo focus

Photographer James Balog has devoted much of his career to photographing everything from endangered wildlife to his latest subject, trees. His works have graced the cover of magazines and books and have been exhibited worldwide. The well-traveled lensman will discuss and display work from his latest book, “Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest,” in the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Museum on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 to $17. 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7700.

DCB to D.C.

The David Crowder Band got its start when a few friends attending Baylor University came together to play music for a local church. From that small start in Waco, Texas, the six-member group has gained nationwide recognition and most recently a top 50 debut on the Billboard music charts with its recent release, “A Collision.” DCB comes to town tonight to play the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium with two other Texas-based bands, Shane & Shane and The Robbie Seay Band. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. 21st and H streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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