- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Happy birthday

The Kennedy Center celebrates its 34th birthday on Saturday with its annual Open House Festival. The 21st annual event features a parade, activities and more than 30 performances. All events take place either inside the center or on its outdoor grounds. The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. All events are free, but some require tickets. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Rocket man

For more than three decades Elton John has been one of the most recognizable and talented performers in pop music. As many of his fellow artists have sought retirement, Mr. John has continued recording, touring and playing his hits for millions worldwide. Coming on the heels of his 2004 release, “The Peachtree Road,” Mr. John brings his Peachtree Road Tour to the District on Saturday at the MCI Center. Tickets are $45 to $125. Showtime is 8 p.m. 601 F St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Spinning hits

It is hard to speak about drum ‘n’ bass music and not bring up the name Roni Size. He is a producer, record-label owner and internationally known DJ who brought DNB, as it is commonly referred, to dance clubs from Washington to Tokyo. Roni Size makes a rare D.C. appearance tomorrow night at Cubik at Nation nightclub. Tickets are $15 to $25. Doors open at 9 p.m. 1015 Half St., SE. 202/554-1500.

Play something country

Brad Paisley is one of the biggest names in country music. He has a chart-topping, just-released new album, “Time Well Wasted,” and a single, “Alcohol,” that seems to be playing almost every time you turn on country radio. Despite all the fame, Mr. Paisley still finds time to do some charity work and he plays the 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday for the 18th annual benefit concert for cystic fibrosis. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $60. 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202/397-SEAT.

Alexandria art

Alexandria’s Old Town goes artsy this weekend for the annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts. On Saturday and Sunday more than 200 artists will display their work all along six blocks of King Street from Washington to Union streets. Display hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday ; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday . All events are free and open to the public. 703/838-5005.

Saturday jazz

Two local towns host jazz festivals Saturday with local and national artists. The 15th annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival features James Moody, Ahmad Jamal and Nnenna Freelon along with many others, while the second annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival hosts the sounds of Wynton Marsalis. Both festivals are free. The Rosslyn festival (703/228-1850) takes place in Gateway Park; Silver Spring’s (301/565-7300) happens downtown between Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.

A little folk

Jack Johnson, the eco-friendly acoustic troubadour, pulls into Merriweather Post Pavilion tomorrow night for an evening of laid-back folk tunes. Always looking to introduce to fans to bright new artists, Mr. Johnson has brought two relatively unknown, up-and-coming artists, Matt Costa and ALO, along for his nationwide summer tour. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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