- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Country at Nissan

Nissan Pavilion officially opens its gates for the summer concert season Saturday with the annual WMZQfest, an all-day country music blowout. This year’s lineup includes Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Mark Wills, Blaine Larsen, Jack Ingram and many more local and national stars. The gates open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 to $44.50. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Sgt. Goldberg’s Variations?

Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre and choreographer Trey McIntyre have brought together the work of two musical geniuses — Bach and the Beatles — for the Washington Ballet. The troupe will perform The Bach/Beatles Project at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater through Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19 to $105. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Dada done

Sunday is the last day for the Dada exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. The multimedia show is one of the most extensive collections of the revolutionary genre ever put together in the United States. Viewing times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/737-4215.

All grown up

In his teens, Glen Phillips was touring the world as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the multiplatinum group Toad the Wet Sprocket. Now a solo act, Mr. Phillips continues his musical life on the road, playing tracks from his new album, “Mr. Lemons,” at the Birchmere tonight. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Beijing meets Strathmore

The China National Symphony Orchestra makes its only area performance of the year tomorrow night at the Music Center at Strathmore. Conductor Xincao Li leads the orchestra for the evening, with Chuanyun Li on the violin. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $55. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Bethesda’s fine art

More than 130 artists will gather this weekend in Bethesda for the third annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Part sale, part exhibition, the festival features photography, sculpture, jewelry and furniture along with live entertainment and fresh food from local restaurants. Everything takes place along Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in the Woodmont Triangle. Festival times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. See www.bethesda.org.

Guppies galore

Most fundraising galas around town are for the grown-up crowd. The National Zoo’s Guppy Gala tomorrow night is meant for the younger set. Activities at the zoo include animal encounters, mazes, jugglers, live music and other entertainment for children ages 2 to 12. Funds raised go toward the zoo’s conservation and education programs. The gala runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $28. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/673-4800.

Thomas Walter

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