- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Foo’s soft side

Foo Fighters show off their softer side with an all-acoustic show on Tuesday at DAR Constitution Hall. The unplugged tour supports their double-album LP, “In Your Honor,” which features one rock ‘n’ roll side and another all-acoustic side. For these select shows, the guys have brought along a violinist, a pianist and a second percussionist, which should make for a slightly different type of Foo Fighters show. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50. 18th and C streets, Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Speaking freely

It wouldn’t be a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion tour if there weren’t some politically charged point, and this summer the quartet has joined forces once again for the Freedom of Speech ‘06 tour, which is heavily focused on Mr. Young’s new protest-heavy, anti-war album, “Living with War.” The tour pulls into Nissan Pavilion on Saturday. Tickets are $33.50 to $251. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Virginia rockers

Many new rock bands have a hard time keeping their album off the discount sales rack, but the up-and-coming rock quintet Mae had such a great start its record label had it release an extended, special edition of its first album, “EverGlow.” The Virginia Beach natives headline at the 9:30 Club on Saturday with the Spill Canvas and Army of Me. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Jaws

Sharks may be the top predator in the sea but that doesn’t stop people from wanting to get up close and personal — and they can do just that at the National Aquarium’s annual Shark Day on Saturday. The staff will lead a day full of special activities, including a dig for a shark tooth and displays of feeding. Admission is $2 to $5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Northwest. 202/482-2825.

Fair fun

Fair season kicks off tomorrow with two openings in the area. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair opens in Gaithersburg while the Prince William County Fair takes over the Prince William Country Fairgrounds. Both have all the expected fair fun with rides, pie-eating contests and family activities. Both run through Aug. 19. For more information see the Calendar.

Natural lighting

Strathmore is usually the place to go to hear great classical music or enjoy a fine arts performance, but beginning tomorrow , the grounds will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater for the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. Celebrating its 10th season, this year’s 10-day lineup includes both new and classic films along with two animated hits for the children. Tomorrow the festival screens the 2005 remake of “King Kong.” The grounds open at 6:30 p.m. and the films start at dusk each evening. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

New Irish eyes

The Irish Tenors come to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center tomorrow night with a new member. Joining Anthony Kearns and Finbar Wright on stage is newcomer Karl Scully, who fills the spot held by John McDermott and before him Ronan Tynan. Tickets are $22 to $52. Showtime is 8 p.m. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 877/965-3872.

Thomas Walter

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