- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Halloween hijinks

The National Zoo gets into the spooky Halloween spirit with its annual “Boo at the Zoo” family event. Geared to families with children aged 2 to 12, this party includes trick-or-treating, special animal exhibits and zookeeper talks. “Boo at the Zoo” runs tomorrow through Sunday , 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Some tickets are still available ($19.50 to $39.50). 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/673-4800.

‘Apathetic’ on tour

After a headlining gig on last summer’s Vans Warped Tour, power pop/punk rockers Relient K make their way to the 9:30 Club tomorrow for a special afternoon gig with MXPX. The “after school” show is sure to offer a sneak peek at the quartet’s upcoming EP, “Apathetic,” which will be released Nov. 8. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 4 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.


The Washington Ballet starts its season off with a triple-bill show at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on Wednesday night. The performance includes a staging a Septime Webre’s “Carmen,” George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” and Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs.” Showtimes vary. Performances continue through Nov. 6. Tickets are $19 to $110. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

No horsing around

Combine the fantasy acrobatics of Cirque Du Soleil with world-class equestrians and their horses and you get “Cavalia,” the new circus-like show in Pentagon City. The multimedia extravaganza features more than 40 horses and a host of acrobats, dancers and riders. The white big top is located near the Pentagon City Metro Station. Performances continue through Nov. 8. Tickets are $39 to $79. Showtimes vary. 866/999-8111 or www.cavalia.net.

Singing the hits

It is easy to see why Michael Feinstein has become synonymous with the term — Great American Songbook. Covering hits from musical greats like Ella Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, Rosemary Clooney and most recently Harry Warren, Mr. Feinstein has racked up several Grammy awards and platinum sales. The gifted singer and vocalist plays the Strathmore Music Center on Wednesday and Friday. Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $32 to $68. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Hollywood’s tricks

The International Spy Museum goes Hollywood for its newest exhibit, “Spy Treasures of Hollywood: Highlights from the Danny Biederman Spy-Fi Collection.” The exhibit features more than 40 movie and TV spy props, such as Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone, Dr. No’s tarantula and Dr. Evil’s ring. Admission to the special exhibit is included in regular admission ($5 to $18). Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-7798.

Reggae, schmeggae

There’s a first for everything, and Matisyahu (aka Matthew Miller) stakes his claim as the first ever Hasidic Jew reggae star. Hailing from the ultra-Orthodox Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Mastisyahu has brought a new look and sound along with a new sense of spirituality to the one-time rasta-only genre. He plays the Recher Theatre on Sunday with up-and-coming rapper Pigeon John. Tickets are $15. Showtime is 7 p.m. both nights. 512 York Road, Towson, Md. 703/218-6500.

— Thomas Walter



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