- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2006

On the Vern

Outdoor films continue this week with George Washington University’s Films on the Vern screenings at GWU’s Mount Vernon campus quad. Wednesday’s program features Japan’s “Spirited Away,” from 2001, the first anime film to win an Academy Award. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Viewers can catch the Vern Express, a free GWU shuttle service from 23rd and H streets to the Mount Vernon quad. 2100 Foxhall Road NW. 202/242-6673 or gwired.gwu.edu/mvcl.

More shows, more praise

It’s been a busy year for singer-songwriter Mat Kearney. Touring for most of the year as an opening act for The Fray, Mr. Kearney joins Train for a show at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on Monday. The Oregon-born Nashville transplant’s debut album, “Nothing Left to Lose,” was named one of the top releases of the year by Amazon.com. Tickets are $25 to $40. Showtime is 8 p.m. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 877/WOLFTRAP or 877/965-3872.

All dried up

After a three-week closure because of flood damage, The National Archives is once again open to the public. Visitors can now walk through the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom which houses the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill or Rights. Patrons can also visit the Public Vaults exhibit and the new “Eyewitness: American Originals” exhibit. The Archives is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Seventh and Ninth streets, Northwest. 202/357-5000.

Fans’ choice

The Los Angeles rockers Hoobastank have made a career of proving critics wrong. All three of their albums have received less than stellar reviews, but two of the discs have gone platinum and their newest, “Every Man For Himself,” has sold more than 500,000 copies in four months. The trio comes to town with Nickelback and Three Days Grace on Wednesdayat Merriweather Post Pavilion. The gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Art with a twist

The inaugural Capital Fringe Festival kicks off today with nearly 400 performances scheduled over 11 days. The festival features more than 90 arts groups from all over North America performing their craft in different 28 venues around the city. The festival runs through July 30. Tickets range from free to $32. For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets see www.capfringe.org or call 866/811-4111.

Weekend of art

Right up I-95, Baltimore hosts its 25th annual Artscape festival this weekend with concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, art exhibits and dance showcases. Festival times are noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. All events are free and most will be held around Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore. The BSO’s Saturday concert takes place at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. For a complete schedule see www.artscape.org.

Golden gig

If a band’s success were measured by which band they opened for, then the Secret Machines found the golden ticket earlier this year. The indie-rock trio got the opening slot for U2’s sold-out stadium show in Mexico City and now they are in the midst of a U.S. headlining tour that pulls into the 9:30 Club tomorrow night. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Clip art

Whether you are a casual clipper or you have bookshelves full of scrapbooks, this Sunday’s “Scraps from the Past: Two Centuries of American Scrapbooks” at the National Museum of American History is the event for you. Activities take place throughout the museum and include talks from scrapbook authors, a booksigning, scrapbook displays and seminars on how to make your scrapbooks last well into the future. The free event runs from noon through 5 p.m. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Northwest. 202/633-1000.

Thomas Walter

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