- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Portraits of Patriots

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and the late Rev. Richard McSorley, a Georgetown professor, were both prisoners of war — and were both subjects of Alexandria photographer Chester Simpson, who has documented their stories and those of other POWs from World War II through the first Gulf War. Mr. Simpson’s exhibit, “Portraits of Patriots: Photographs and Stories of American Ex-Prisoners of War,” runs through April 1 at the Maxim Gallery. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and by appointment. 3307 M St. NW. 202/333-1180.

‘American Gothic’ returns

Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic” returns to Washington for the first time in more than 40 years when the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery opens “Grant Wood’s Studio: Birthplace of ‘American Gothic’ ” tomorrow. In addition to “Gothic” (on rare loan from the Art Institute of Chicago), the exhibit will feature 158 other works by him. The exhibit runs through July 16, though “Gothic” returns to Chicago on June 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. 202/357-2700.

Git some sleeves

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy made millions of dollars last year, but he still can’t buy a shirt with sleeves to wear on stage. The popularity of his “freedom-loving-American-from-the-South” shtick and his trademark sleeveless flannel shirt has led to sold-out comedy tours and a new feature film. Larry tries out some new stand-up material Wednesday at the Patriot Center. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $41.75. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Beer man

Michael Jackson, known to his fans as “The Beer Hunter,” returns to National Geographic Live! on Wednesday to celebrate the fifth edition of his beer guide, “The Great Beers of Belgium,” and to showcase Belgian ales with samples and pairings. “The Belgian Beer Diaspora” begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 to $60. 1600 M St., NW. 202/857-7700.

Musical invasion

It was only a matter of time before singer-songwriter James Blunt started his U.S. musical invasion. The former British army officer’s debut album “Back to Bedlam” has been at the top of the British music charts for months and is currently No. 5 in the U.S. Mr. Blunt starts his first-ever U.S. headlining tour in Washington on Monday at the 9:30 Club. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Honky-tonk

Country music is now big business, but it wasn’t always glamorous. Today’s top country artists spent years performing in small intimate joints known as honky-tonks. Photographer Henry Horenstein followed many of them, and now the National Museum of American History displays his work with “Honky-Tonk: Country Music Photographs by Henry Horenstein, 1972-1981.” The 80-picture exhibit opens tomorrow and runs through Sept. 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/357-2700.

Behind the scenes

What goes into making an episode of the Emmy-winning comedy “The Daily Show?” Which is more important, funny news or funny jokes about the news? “Show” correspondent-comedian-actor Rob Corddry comes up with answers Saturday at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. ” ‘The Daily Show’ — Behind the Scenes of the Real Fake News” starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $20. 600 I St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Irish for a day

The Irish spirit continues Sunday as marching bands and fire, police and military officials join thousands of revelers for the annual Washington St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade kicks off at noon and runs from Seventh Street and Jefferson Drive to 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. For more information see www.dcstpatsparade.com.

Thomas Walter

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