- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

All that jazz

The San Francisco Jazz Collective brings its highly acclaimed performance to the Strathmore Music Center on Wednesday for one show only. The collective is made up of eight jazz masters — among them Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson and Nicholas Payton — who have made a name on their own but make sweet sounds together. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $55. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Jokes on film

It’s all laughs this weekend at the Warner Theatre, where the Blue Collar Comedy Tour begins its four-night home stand tonight. Ron White, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, the comedic quartet, will do seven shows over the next four nights. The shows will become part of their next live comedy DVD, “One For the Road.” Showtimes are 8 tonight, 7 and 10 p.m. tomorrow, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $75. 13th and E streets, Northwest. 202.397-SEAT.

Three rings of fun

The big top rolls back into the District on Tuesday for three weeks of performances at three different venues around town. First stop for the “Greatest Show on Earth” is the D.C. Armory. This year’s 135th-anniversary show features Brian and Tina Miser, the human cannonball couple; Taba, a sixth-generation circus performer and tiger trainer; and Bello, the lovable and spiky haired clown. Showtimes vary each day. Performances at the Armory continue through March 26. Tickets are $12 to $50. 2001 E. Capitol St., SE. 202/397-SEAT.

Screening for change

The 14th annual DC Environmental Film Festival starts tonight, and film projectors all over town will be busy for its 10 days. One hundred films from 23 different countries will fill screens at museums, universities, theaters and other venues across the area. For a complete list of films and the screening schedule see www.dcenvironmentalfilm fest.org or call 202/342-2564.

Piano Man

Billy Joel is a legend: three decades of performances, six Grammys, more than 100 million albums sold. What’s more, the “Piano Man” is a member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Technically, Mr. Joel retired from pop music in 1993 but he continues to tour; he stops by the newly named Verizon Center tonight to play a few hits. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 to $89.50. 601 F St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Before Broadway

Before “Hot Feet” takes its place among the bright lights of Broadway, the multimedia dance musical will make a three-week world-premiere run at the National Theatre. The production is the creation of Tony-nominated dancer and choreographer Maurice Hines and Earth, Wind and Fire’s own Maurice White. “Hot Feet” features the hit music of Earth, Wind and Fire, who wrote six original songs for the show. The show starts on Tuesday and runs through April 9. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $41.25 to $151.25. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 800/447-7400.

North America’s finest

The National Zoo hosts its annual North American Wildlife Celebration on Saturday with activities for the whole family that highlight such zoo animals as the American beaver, gray seals, hawks, bald eagles and more. Visitors can take a tour of the otter exhibit, can see live animal demonstrations, and can learn how the zoo creates faux rocks for the exhibits. The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/673-4800.

Thomas Walter

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