- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Not-for-long openers

Rilo Kiley hit the exposure jackpot when it was given the opening slot on Coldplay’s Twisted Logic tour. The tour has elevated the rock quartet above its indie status and it could be one of the next big bands. The tour comes to the Nissan Pavilion tomorrow night. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 to $69.50. 202/397-SEAT. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va.

Back again

After selling out at the 9:30 Club last month, British singer-songwriter David Gray comes back to the District on Monday to perform at DAR Constitution Hall. He’s in support of his sixth release, “Life in Slow Motion,” so fans are likely to hear some new songs along with favorites like “Babylon” and “Please Forgive Me.” Tickets are $40. Showtime is 8 p.m. 18th and D streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

The best of China

The month-long “Festival of China” kicks off this weekend with a bang at the Kennedy Center. On Saturday, fireworks light up the sky over the Potomac River and the opening festivities carry over to Sunday with a kite festival. The festival features dozens of dance and music performances by more than 800 artists. Opening week performances include the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra with pianist Lang Lang on Sunday, the China National Acrobatic Troupe on Sunday and the National Ballet of China on Tuesday and Wednesday . Tickets are $10 to $50. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Fun for fall

Fairfax rings in the fall season with its annual “Fall for Fairfax” family day on Saturday at the Fairfax County Government Center. Festivities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting and hayrides along with exhibits, music and food. “Fall for Fairfax” runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. 703/324-3247.

Pleasing the senses

You shouldn’t go home hungry after Saturday’s 16th annual “Taste of Bethesda.” More than 50 restaurants will offer food at this year’s event, and the four stages of entertainment should be enough to entertain you between bites. Admission is free. Taste tickets will be sold on-site, four tickets for $5. A food serving costs from one to three tickets. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. 301/215-6660.

One big house

The Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra swings open the doors to its 33rd NSO Decorators Showhouse on Sunday. Hidden Brook Manor is a 10,000-square-foot house that has been decorated by some of the area’s top interior designers. The house is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., through Oct. 31. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children under 8 are not permitted. 8295 Alvord Street, McLean. 202/416-8149.

Block party

The third annual Turkish Festival takes over two blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue with dancing, food and exhibits on Sunday. Admission is free and is open to the whole family. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest between 12th and 14th streets. www.turkishfestival.org

All around the town

Cultural Tourism D.C.’s popular series of neighborhood walking tours, Walking Town D.C., returns in its fall guise Saturday with 28 guided tours through 16 District neighborhoods, among them Capitol Hill, Old Anacostia, Dupont Circle and Brookland. All tours are led by professional guides or neighborhood residents who know their stuff, and they’re all free — even those that usually charge. Times and departure points vary. For full schedules call 202/661-7581 or see www.walkingtowndc.org.

The jazz continues

The inaugural Duke Ellington Jazz Festival continues this week with four days of jazz performances. Some of this week’s highlights include a “Duke Ellington Tribute: Duke Goes Latin” with Chico O’Farrill’s Afro Cuban Jazz orchestra at the Lincoln Theatre tonight. Bohemian Caverns features Venezuelan jazz artist Aquiles Baez Quintet tomorrow night for two shows. On Saturday, the festivities move to the Sylvan Auditorium for a free all-day jazz event with the Wayne Shorter Quartet, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Chuck Brown. The festival ends Sunday night at Blues Alley with the Larry Coryell Trio. For a complete schedule see www.dejazzfest.org.

Thomas Walter

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