- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Calling all Irish

Old Town Alexandria taps into the Irish spirit early this year with its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. The day starts with an Invitational Car Show at 10 a.m. on North Pitt Street, followed by the dog show at 10:30 a.m. at Market Square. The parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on Fairfax Street and heads up King Street toward the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 703/237-2199.

All outdoors

The Banff Mountain Film Festival kicks off Monday at the National Geographic Museum. This year’s festival features 27 films about activities such as bouldering in the Ozarks and rite-of-passage rituals in Siberia. The festival runs through Sunday. The films start each night at 7. Tickets are $16 to $20 for individual nights or $72 to $90 for the whole festival.

Rockin’ redcoats

The British are coming to the MCI Center tonight: Grammy-winning Coldplay brings its globe-trotting world tour to the center after a sold-out outdoor show last summer at Nissan Pavilion. Piano songstress Fiona Apple opens. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $36 to $80.50. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Look back to swing

Michael Buble is a blast from the musical past. His style, his voice, even his fancy suits are all reminiscent of the swing era and the one and only Ol’ Blue Eyes. His latest release, “It’s Time,” pays tribute to the musical legends before him, artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby Darin. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native continues his East Coast concert swing with a stop tomorrow night at DAR Constitution Hall. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 to $65. 18th and D streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Cross-channel arts

Yes, England and France can work together: Just look at the new exhibit at the Phillips Collection. “Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris, 1870-1910” showcases nearly 100 works, most focusing on Degas’ influence on England’s Walter Sickert and his contemporaries, but also including works by Toulouse-Lautrec and other British and French artists of the late 19th century. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and holidays. Admission is $10 to $12, free for Phillips Collection members and visitors under 18. 1600 21st St. NW. 202/387-2151.

Applause, applause

No one knows how Clap Your Hands Say Yeah came up with its name, or why. Nevertheless, its music — a wide-ranging melodic mix of synthesizers, guitars, harmonica and maybe even a harp — is spreading like wildfire through indie music circles and modern rock radio. The group stops by the 9:30 Club on Wednesday for one night of indie rock. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Books and remembrance

More than 75 dealers with hundreds of rare books, historic manuscripts, famous autographs and other memorabilia will display their goods at the 31st annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair starts tomorrow afternoon at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn. Fair hours are 3 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6 to $12. 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington. 301/654-2626.

Thomas Walter

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