- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Olympic stars

Many of today’s top ice-skating stars — some fresh off the Olympic medal stand — are coming to the Verizon Center on Saturday for this year’s John Hancock Champions on Ice tour. Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Kimmie Meisner and Johnny Weir are just a few of the stars who will perform spins, jumps, flips and other acrobatic maneuvers on the ice. Showtimes are 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $110. Seventh and F streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Continuing tradition

The African American Family Celebration has been an annual event for more than 100 years, and the tradition continues on Monday at the National Zoo. Activities include an Easter egg roll, craft displays, dance troupes and some animal watching. The celebration also serves as the kickoff for GreenDC Week, a new event to try to raise awareness about energy and environmental issues. The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/673-4800.

Musical karma

The Foo Fighters got their rock ‘n’ roll start when Dave Grohl left his seat behind the drum set of Nirvana and attempted life as a lead vocalist. Foo Fighter drummer Taylor Hawkins is following suit and stepping up to the lead mike with his new musical side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. See if Mr. Hawkins can accomplish as much as Mr. Grohl tomorrow night at Black Cat. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $13. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Easter Egg Roll

The White House Easter Egg Roll is one of the rare occasions when families can step onto the South Lawn of the White House and see the president’s home up close. This year’s roll takes place on Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Timed tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion on Saturday and Monday at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are not guaranteed, so it is best to arrive early. Also, there is a five-ticket maximum per person. For more information, call 202/456-7041.

Final shows

After nearly three weeks of shows in three venues across town, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is set to pack up its train and leave town on Sunday. The final seven shows all take place at the George Mason University Patriot Center tonight through Sunday. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $12 to $80. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Renoir returns

To welcome back Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “The Luncheon of the Boating Party” and other masterpieces after four years on tour, the Phillips Collection will throw a free, family-friendly celebration. It begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with chalk artists who will create a Parisian street scene outside the museum, a film screening of “A Day in the Country” by Jean Renoir, gallery tours and hands-on art projects for children. The bash continues on Sunday at noon with many of the same family events as on Saturday, along with a performance by pianist Haskell Small at 5 p.m. 1600 21St. NW. 202/387-2151.

Popcorn is available

The 20th annual Filmfest DC kicks off on Wednesday with famed director Sydney Pollack and actor Gabriel Byrne. Throughout the 12-day festival, more than 70 international films will be screened at venues all over the city. This year’s festival special features include: “From Rio to Reel,” a series on Brazilian cinema, and “Hip Hop 4 Reel,” an international series that focuses on hip-hop and its impact around the world. The festival continues through April 30. For more information and a complete schedule, see www.filmfestdc.org.

Thomas Walter

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