- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Lobos unplugged

Los Lobos unplugs the amps and tunes its acoustic guitars for its upcoming show at the Birchmere on Tuesday. The band celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and is marking the milestone with acoustic dates that get back to the roots of its Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roll. Ticketsare $47.50. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Rock Ay?

After several lineup changes, Canadian rock outfit Our Lady Peace is back out on the road supporting its seventh release, “Healthy in Paranoid Times.” The quartet makes its way to the District tonight for a show at the 9:30 Club with Danko Jones and Pedestrian. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V. St., 202/393-0930.

Season opener

The National Symphony Orchestra officially begins its 75th anniversary season on Saturday at the Kennedy Center with a trio of accomplished musicians. Joining conductor Leonard Slatkin and the rest of the NSO for the Season Opening Ball Concert is cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Emanuel Ax. The music starts at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $47 to $83. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

An exaltation of books

More than 80 authors, illustrators and poets will gather on the Mall on Saturday for the fifth annual National Book Festival. Hosted by first lady Laura Bush and sponsored by the Library of Congress, the festival features readings, signings and other book-related events. The festival takes place rain or shine on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. 888/714-4696.

Musical pedigree

It would be hard to imagine Alana Davis doing anything other than music. The daughter of jazz singer Ann Marie Schofield and the late pianist Walter Davis Jr., Miss Davis broke onto the music scene in 1998 with a cover of Ani Difranco’s “32 Flavors.” Miss Davis performs hits from her current release, “Surrender Dorothy,” at Iota on Sunday. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

Jazz at GW

Madeleine Peyroux mixes acoustic jazz and blues with hints of country and pop for her latest album, “Careless Love.” Showcasing tunes from that album along with her earlier work, Miss Peyroux heads to the Lisner Auditorium on Saturday for a night of music. Martha Wainwright opens the evening with a few songs of her own. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $30. 730 21st St., NW. 202/994-6800.

In honor of Duke

The first annual Duke Ellington Jazz festival kicks off on Wednesday with a trio of concerts in the District. The Dave Brubeck Quartet plays the Lincoln Theatre starting at 8 p.m., while down the street at Bohemian Caverns, the Fahir Atakoglu Trio plays two sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley also gets into the festival action when it hosts Stacey Kent for two shows also at 8 and 10 p.m. The jazz festival continues through Oct. 2, so watch this space next week for an update. www.dejazzfest.org. 202/232-3611.

Street fest

Six city blocks of Ballston near the Ballston Common Mall will be closed off on Saturday for the annual Blocktoberfest, an all day indoor/outdoor street festival. Throughout the day more than 20 bands will play a variety of music on four stages and there will be plenty of food, games and activities for all members of the family. Proceeds from the festival go to SCAN, Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia. The fun goes from noon until 9 p.m. Stuart and 9th Streets, Arlington. Admission is $10 to $20; children under 13 are free. See www.blocktober fest.com.

Thomas Walter

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