- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Outdoor Colonial fun

With the crops cleared for the winter, Mount Vernon transforms its four-acre “Pioneer Farmer” site into a Colonial-era family harvest celebration this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, families can learn all about wheat treading and blacksmithing — two essential parts of Colonial life — along with craft demonstrations, wagon rides and a straw-bale maze. Fall Family Harvest Days runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Events are included in the regular admission of $5-$11. South end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. 703/780-2000.

NW folk-rock

Here’s what TV can do for an up-and-coming band: After releasing “Transatlanticism” in 2003, Death Cab for Cutie became the fave band of a character on the hit Fox show “O.C.,” and within weeks the band booked shows from the District to Sydney. The quartet from Bellingham, Wash., just released its fifth album, “Plans,” last month and its nationwide tour continues on Sunday and Monday at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. both nights. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Funny girls

Comedians Judy Gold and Wendy Liebman both have their own comedy specials on cable TV and have performed stand-up routines on both coasts. Normally, each is a solo headliner, but the two comedians are joining together for one night of laughs on Tuesday at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium. The jokes begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 to $35. 21st and H streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Musical icon

After more than 50 years of playing music, Kenny Rogers is still on the road belting out his raspy, pop-influenced country tunes. He stops by the Music Center at Strathmore tonight to play many of his hit tunes, including “Lady,” “She Believes in Me,” and “Buy Me a Rose.” Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $49. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Nordic classics

To kick off the 2005/06 Kreeger String Series, the Washington Performing Arts Society has brought in one of Sweden’s leading chamber music groups, Camerata Nordica. At the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on Tuesday, the 15-piece group will pay homage to Scandinavia, performing works by two Nordic composers — Norway’s Edvard Grieg and Finland’s Jean Sibelius. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $27. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

W.A.S. in Washington

The Brooklyn-based rock trio We Are Scientists has been making waves in indie music circles since it began in 2000. After three self-released EPs, the band released its full-length debut album, “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt,” earlier this year. The Scientists play the Black Cat on Saturday with fellow New York rockers Ambulance LTD. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Horse sense

Horses of all breeds and sizes, along with many of the world’s best equestrians, will strut their stuff at the MCI Center beginning on Tuesday for the 47th annual Washington International Horse Show. The four-legged activities and competitions run through Oct. 30. Tickets are $15 to $60. Competition times vary. 600 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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