- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2006

No more explanations

Once upon a time Chris Carrabba had to explain the name of his one-man band, Dashboard Confessional. Now that he’s transformed it into a four-piece pop-emo outfit that’s one of the most popular acts on pop radio, explanations are unnecessary. Touring in support of their new album, “Dusk and Summer,” Mr. Carrabba and crew play DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $26.50. 18th and C streets, Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Carnival of rock

OzzFest, the annual rock ‘n’ roll music carnival, pulls into Nissan Pavilion on Sunday. This year’s lineup includes 19 hard rock acts like System of a Down, Disturbed, Hatebreed and Atreyu along with the rocker the whole thing is named for — Ozzy Osbourne. The gates open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $37.50 to $130. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Musical duo

Michelle Branch must have been following the old adage that two is better than one when she formed her new duo, The Wreckers, with friend and backup singer Jessica Harp. The two haven’t had the blowout success Miss Branch had when she hit the scene in 2000, but they have gained a steady following and look to pull in a few more fans when they play the 9:30 Club on Saturday. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Abstract master

The Nazis denounced Paul Klee’s work as “degenerate art” in 1933, but the rest of the world has come to recognize him as a master in expressionism, cubism and surrealism. The Phillips Collection has brought together nearly 80 of his prized works for “Klee and America,” including some once collected by Ernest Hemingway and Mies van der Rohe. The exhibition runs through Sept. 10. Admission is $10 to $12, free for members and visitors under 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 1600 21st St. NW. 202/387-2151.

Young stars

See some of the country’s finest teenage theater talent when the Cappies National Theater showcases a new musical production at the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. The Cappies program features 45 of the nation’s best high school performers and technical crew for a series of performances during the summer. The group puts on “Muzical! Edit: Undo” on Monday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/295-2400.

Free music

Strathmore continues its free summer concert series with the 14-piece Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band on Wednesday at Gudelsky Concert Pavilion at the Music Center at Strathmore. The band blends Yoruba tribal music, West African and American pop along with a little rhumba and jazz for a unique musical experience. The music begins at 7 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Something different

The NSO mixes up its summer Wolf Trap schedule with two slightly different performances this weekend. Tomorrow night, the orchestra combines 21st-century, cutting-edge video games with an old-school classical accompaniment when it performs the multimedia show “Play! A Video Game Symphony.” The trend continues on Saturday when Emil de Cou leads the NSO through a musical accompaniment to the “Wizard of Oz,” which will be shown on the outdoor screens. Tickets are $18 to $42. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. both nights. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 877/WOLFTRAP or 877/965-3872.

Thomas Walter

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