- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

The first Idol

Becoming the first American Idol was one of the best career moves that Kelly Clarkson ever made. Her record sales are about double those of all the “Idols” who followed her. She brings her “Addicted” summer tour to the Nissan Pavilion tonight. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $75. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Back again

It has been more than five years since ‘90s hip hop/R&B group P.M. Dawn has toured or released new music. For local fans the wait is over, as the duo plays Iota tomorrow night. The tour supports its new album, “P.M. Dawn Loves You,” set to be released later this year. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

Biblical mystery

The Gospel of Judas has been a mystery for nearly 1,700 years. Recovered from a cave in Egypt, the book considered heretical by the Christian church tells a very different story from the one believed today. See the documents for yourself through Sunday at the National Geographic Museum. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 17th and M streets, Northwest. 202/857-7588.

Texas rock

The Houston-based rockers Blue October, riding a wave of popularity from their hit single, “Hate Me,” come to the 9:30 Club tonight. The single is the first from the group’s new album “Foiled,” a fixture on the modern rock charts since its release in early June. Lead singer Justin Furstenfeld has been performing from a wheelchair because of a knee injury, but should be back to jumping around by tonight’s show. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Old Town birthday

Old Town Alexandria celebrates its 256th birthday along with America’s 230th on Saturday with an afternoon party in Oronoco Bay Park. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra leads the list of performers with “Swinging on the Waterfront,” a special musical salute to Big Bands. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the evening comes to a close with a fireworks display around 9:30 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public. Union and Madison streets, Alexandria. 703/883-4686.

Above and beyond

Leonard Nimoy narrates a special space-themed musical performance by the National Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. “To Boldly Go …” is part of the NSO@Wolf Trap’s summer series and features music from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and Holst’s “The Planets.” The musical adventure begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $42. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

New band, new sound

When Blink 182 announced its indefinite hiatus in 2005, most fans began to wonder what each member of the rock trio would do next. Guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge was one of the first out of the musical gates with his new alternative rock band, Angels and Airwaves. While the music is almost a complete departure from the Blink 182 sound, Mr. DeLonge’s scratchy vocals are evident through the new album, “The Adventure.” The band stops at Merriweather Post Pavilion tomorrow night with Taking Back Sunday. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $27. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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