- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Blues with B.B.

B.B. King makes his nearly annual stop in the area on Monday night at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center with multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene. This summer’s tour celebrates Mr. King’s 80th birthday along with his 14th Grammy award, which he won earlier this year. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $42. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Chef chat

Celebrity chefs Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay, two of the biggest stars of the Food Network, make their way to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Monday — not to cook, but to talk about food and wine as a social catalyst as well as how they do what they do. Tickets are $60 to $100. The discussion begins at 8 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Punk icon

It is hard to talk about American punk rock and not mention Sonic Youth. After getting its start in New York City in 1981, the group has become one of the most recognizable names in punk music. The band just released its 21st album, “Rather Ripped,” on Tuesday, and it plays the 9:30 Club tonight. The 6:30 show sold out first, but tickets were still available earlier this week for the 10 p.m. show. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Folk duo

Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits fame) have hit the road together for a string of U.S. dates, playing hits from their joint album, “All the Roadrunning,” along with songs from their individual music catalogs. They play DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $63 to $72. 18th and D streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

The Wright skyscraper

Frank Lloyd Wright, that icon of American architecture, designed only one skyscraper, the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Okla. It has stood on the prairie for 50 years, and to mark the anniversary, the National Building Museum is hosting a commemorative exhibit featuring 100 drawings, photographs, documents and furnishings from the project. “Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower” opens on Saturday and continues through Sept. 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 401 F St. NW. 202/272-2448.

All-day rock

The Vans Warped Tour makes the first of its two stops in the Washington area today at Merriweather Post Pavilion. More than 20 bands will rock out on several stages for the all-day festival. NoFx, Saves the Day, Thursday, Bouncing Souls and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are just a few of the bands on the bill. The tour pulls back into the area on Aug. 10 at Nissan Pavilion. The gates open at 11 a.m. at Merriweather Post. Tickets are $29.75. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Waterfront fun

Celebrate the summer season at the 25th annual Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival on Saturday and Sunday at Oronoco Bay Park. Musical headliners include Josh Kelley and the Pat McGee Band on Saturday and Steve Oliver and Kim Waters on Sunday. Festival times are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 12. It’s free to children younger than 2. 701 N. Lee St., Alexandria. 703/549-8300.

Thomas Walter

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