- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Rock icon

Bryan Adams has been a symbol of blue collar rock ‘n’ roll since his start in 1980. He’s still out on the road, and he plays Nissan Pavilion tomorrow night with fellow ‘80s rocker Def Leppard. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $49.50. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. 202/397-SEAT.

Matt times two

Matt Nathanson and Matt Wertz have come through town strumming their acoustic guitars many times in the past few years. Tomorrow night, the two troubadours team up for a show at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

The show continues

The “Festival of China” at the Kennedy Center continues this week with a variety of performances. Tonight through Sunday, the China National Peking Opera Company presents “Female Generals of the Yang Family” in the Eisenhower Theater. On Monday, Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun leads the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall in his multimedia work, “The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra.” The Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble takes over the Eisenhower Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $10 to $70. Showtimes vary. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Off to the races

Saturday is race day at Great Meadow near The Plains. The 68th annual International Gold Cup steeplechase race brings together more than 25,000 horse racing fans for a day of racing and family entertainment. The gates open to the public at 10 a.m. and the races begin at 11 a.m. General admission car passes (up to six people) are $30 to $50. For tickets and directions see www.vagoldcup.com or call 800/69-RACES.

Row of art

This weekend more than 180 artists will fill Bethesda Row with their works for the annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Bethesda Row is located on the block formed by Woodmont and Bethesda avenues and Elm Street. 301/816-6958.

Classical dance

Tony-winning choreographer Savion Glover premieres his newest work, “Classical Savion,” tonight and tomorrow at Strathmore Music Center. It’s a two-hour, non-stop dance show that pays tribute to all of Mr. Glover’s favorite classical composers, including Bach and Vivaldi. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $45. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Irish eyes, smiling

It’s an old-style meeting at the crossroads Sunday as the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, the worldwide association of Irish musicians, presents its fourth annual Irish Festival in Van Dyck Park in Fairfax City. The shindig features mighty fiddler Brendan Mulvihill, the equally mighty button accordionist Billy McComiskey, harpist Lily Neill, session bands and students from five area step-dancing schools. It’s free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. at 3730 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax City. Bring a folding chair. 703/978-8265.

‘Incredibles’ on ice

After tremendous success on the big screen, Disney and Pixar are bringing “The Incredibles” to the ice for their newest “Disney On Ice” production at the Patriot Center. “The Incredibles Magic Kingdom Adventure” follows the Parr family, the Incredibles, as they attempt to take a normal family vacation to the Magic Kingdom park. Performances begin Wednesday and continue through Oct. 23. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $14 to $60. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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