- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Classic rocker

Tom Petty celebrates three decades as one of the most recognizable faces of American rock ‘n’ roll by joining forces with his backing band, The Heartbreakers, for a summer tour that showcases such hits as “Free Falling” and “Refugee.” Catch him at Nissan Pavilion on Saturday. Tickets are $32.50 to $75. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. 202/397-SEAT.

A decade of song

Alaska-born Jewel broke on to the music scene 10 years ago with her radio-friendly, acoustic ballads. She celebrates with a new album, “Goodbye Alice in Wonderland,” and a outdoor summer tour that pulls into Wolf Trap’s Filene Center tonight. Toby Lightman opens. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $42. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

From Russia with dance

The Kirov Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House on Tuesday for a short, five-night engagement that features masterworks by choreographer William Forsythe Tuesday through Thursday, followed by “Giselle” next weekend. Tickets are $47 to $112. Times for all performances of the Forsythe masterworks are 7:30 p.m., for “Giselle” 7:30 p.m. June 16 and 17 and 1:30 p.m. June 17 and 18. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

A personal touch

You really can’t record an album simpler than Over the Rhine’s latest release, “Drunkard’s Prayer.” The husband and wife duo made the album in their living room with a few instruments — acoustic guitars, piano, upright bass — and a notebook full of personal experiences that became songs. They leave their recording studio/home for a string of East coast dates with HEM including a show at the Birchmere tonight. Tickets are $22.50. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Behind the mic

It was only a matter of time before former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee took his musical talents to a new band — Hotel Lights. The new five-piece outfit gives Mr. Jessee the chance to step out from behind the drum set and experience life behind the microphone. Hotel Lights plays Iota tonight. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $10. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/522-8340.

Maestro’s finale

Conductor Yuri Temirkanov ends his seven-year run as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night at the Music Center at Strathmore. Mr. Temirkanov will close out his tenure the same way be began it, by conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. The music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100. For a sidelight on Mr. Temirkanov and the Mahler, see page MXX

Music by the law

Eight local law firms battle it out tonight — not in the courtroom, but on stage at Madams Organ. It’s a contest for the title of champion law firm band at the annual Banding Together 2006, a fundraiser for Gifts for the Homeless. Some of the local law acts include Big Sur, King Cadillac, Fired and five others. The tussle begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. 2461 18th St. NW. 202/667-5370.

Thomas Walter

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