- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2006

Top photos

The White House news photographers are the eyes of the public when they are on assignment. The Corcoran Gallery of Art has brought together some of this year’s best photos by members of the White House News Photographers Association for the annual “The Eyes of History” exhibit. This year’s showcase features subjects ranging from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the war in Iraq. “The Eyes of History” runs through Aug. 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, until 9 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $3 to $8; pay what you can after 5 p.m. Thursday. 17th Street and New York Avenue Northwest. 202/639-1700

Country boy

As one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, Dierks Bentley is doing his best to keep traditional country music alive. The Arizona-born, New Jersey-raised rocker may not have the Southern pedigree of his fellow musicians, but his songs of thwarted love and its consequences let him fit right in. Mr. Bentley opens for Kenny Chesney’s two-night engagement at Nissan Pavilion tomorrow and Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $36.50 to $70.50. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Sneak peek

After focusing on the acoustic folk sound for its past three albums — including an album of hymns — the band Jars of Clay will release its first-ever all-rock record, “Good Monsters,” in September. Fans can get a sneak peek at the new record on Wednesday when the guys play the Birchmere. Tickets are $25. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Gooooaaaallll

Baseball may be this country’s game, but for the rest of the world, it’s soccer. The National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall has collected photos of people all over the globe enjoying what they call “football” for its exhibit “Soccer: Planet at Play.” The exhibit runs through Oct. 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 17th and M streets Northwest. 202/857-7588.

Three decades of music

The Loudoun Summer Music Fest at the Belmont Country Club continues on Sunday with the Tex-Mex rockers Los Lobos. The five-piece outfit released its first record 30 years ago but is known mainly for its recording of “La Bamba” in 1987. The group is touring in support of its “best-of” album, “Wolf Tracks,” released earlier this year. Tickets are $12.50 to $15. 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn, Va. 804/794-6700.

Rock homecoming

Anyone who graduated from college within the past five years likely has heard of O.A.R. The local boys — four of the five band members went to school together in Rockville — have made a big name for themselves on campuses across the country, touring nonstop and reliving their college days at Ohio State University through many of their songs. They play a homecoming show at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday. The gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $28 to $35.50. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Smoky vocals

Ray LaMontagne is a singer-songwriter, but he’s more than a guy with a guitar. He blends his smoky vocals with a jazzy array of strings, piano and percussion on his newest album, “Till the Sun Turns Black,” for a sound that sometimes seems to be more fit for a blues club than a coffeehouse. See for yourself when he plays Wolf Trap’s Filene Center with Guster on Tuesday. Tickets are $25 to $36. Showtime is 7 p.m. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 877/WOLFTRAP or 877/965-3872.

— Thomas Walter

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