- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

George’s birthday

Not many people get birthday celebrations like the one Old Town Alexandria throws for George Washington on Presidents Day. Much of Old Town comes out for the afternoon celebration and the George Washington Birthday Parade. This year’s grand marshal is NBA Hall of Fame star Earl Lloyd. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at S. Saint Asaph and Wilkes streets.

In addition to the parade, locations like Mount Vernon — Washington’s former home — The Lyceum, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Carlyle House and several other historic Alexandria sites will open their doors for free tours.

Staying on top

Third Day, a top Christian band with eight albums and sold-out tours, broke through to the mainstream market with its last disc, “Wire.” The band continues that trend — while holding close to its religious roots — with its latest release, “Wherever You Are.” Third Day kicks off its 35-city national tour with one of Christian music’s hottest acts, the David Crowder Band, tonight at the Patriot Center. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 to $27.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Revolutionary art

On Sunday, the National Gallery of Art becomes the first major U.S. museum to host the exhibit entitled simply “Dada,” a show of more than 400 works celebrating the early-20th-century avant-garde movement that changed the art world forever. The paintings, sculptures, photographs, collages and sound recordings include works by Duchamp, Grosz, Arp, Stella and Man Ray — among many others. Through May 14 at Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/737-4215.

Kirov at the KC

The acclaimed Kirov Opera and Orchestra return on Sunday to the Kennedy Center Opera House for six performances through Feb. 26. See Puccini’s “Turandot” Sunday at 3 p.m. and twice more next week; Wagner’s “Parsifal” Tuesday at 6 p.m. and again on Feb. 26; and the Verdi “Requiem” on Feb. 24. Times vary by performance and date. Tickets are $45 to $200 for “Turandot” and “Parsifal” and $45 to $150 for “Requiem.” F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Ice Princess

“Princess Classics,” Disney on Ice’s latest multimedia ice show, this week at the MCI Center, takes children and parents on a worldwide tour of castles and fantasy lands featuring all of the Disney princesses — Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Snow White and others. Performances start tomorrow and continue through Monday. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15 to $75. Seventh and F streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Open and free

The Music Center at Strathmore hosts the Mountain Music Festival as part of its 2006 Open House. It’s a chance to see Strathmore and experience some great live music from Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass, the Paschall Singers, the White Top Mountain String band and many others. The festivities take place Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but tickets are required. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Thomas Walter

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