- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Summer at the Filene

The 35th summer concert and entertainment series at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center kicks off with back-to-back broadcasts tomorrow and Saturday of the “Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. Tomorrow’s show starts at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5:45 p.m. On Sunday the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band finishes off the weekend with the “2006 Blast Off,” the official start to the summer series. A special fireworks show follows the Marine Band performance. The music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $44 for “Prairie Home Companion,” free for the “2006 Blast Off.” 1645 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Be part of history

Give your take on life in Washington and have it sealed in history this week at the American Folklife Center’s mobile Storycorps booth. After touring the country for a year, the Storycorps booth has collected thousands of first-person accounts. This is your chance to add to the collection. The booth will be in front of the Library of Congress’ Madison Building through Monday. Interested participants can register at www.storycorps.net. 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202/707-5510.

HFS at Merriweather

This weekend the Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts the 2006 version of the annual music fest known as the HFStival. Throughout the two-day festival more than 60 local and national acts will play on one of two stages. This year’s lineup includes Kanye West, Matisyahu, Counting Crows, Dashboard Confessional, Joan Jett, the Strokes and many more. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $53 to $108 for single day tickets, or $60 for a two-day general admission lawn ticket. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 202/397-SEAT.

In memory

Commemorate the sacrifice of thousands of veterans on Monday at the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. This year’s host, actor Gary Sinise, will be joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, country star Lee Ann Womack, the National Symphony Orchestra and a variety of military bands. The concert begins at 8 p.m. It’s free and no tickets are required. See www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert.

Rock elite

As one of the faces of ‘90s angst-rock, Pearl Jam has become one of the most famous rock acts of the last two decades. The five-piece act is touring in support of its recently released self-titled album. They pull into the Verizon Center on Tuesday. Tickets are $54. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 601 F St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

The Boss is back

Bruce Springsteen is back in the Washington area this weekend, but without the E Street Band. For his new album and tour, Mr. Springsteen has re-recorded many of folk singer Pete Seeger’s songs and put together an 18-piece band he has named the Seeger Sessions Band. Fans can see and hear the Boss on Sunday at the Nissan Pavilion. Tickets are $25 to $93. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Historic docking

The waterfront in Old Town Alexandria is going back in history this week with the arrival of Godspeed, a 17th century replica sailboat. The boat is fashioned after the vessels that the first English settlers steered into Jamestown, Va. nearly 400 years ago. Families can tour the boat, learn more about the historic sail to America and enjoy other fun. Activities and tours run Saturday through June 3. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends and holidays. Old Town Alexandria Waterfront, North Union and Prince streets. See www.jamestown 2007.org for more information.

Thomas Walter

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