- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sugar is sweet

If the country music duo Sugarland looks as if it’s having fun on stage, that’s because it is. Friends from the Atlanta music circuit, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have been the talk of country music with their tight harmonies and upbeat songs. They have the opening slot for Brooks & Dunn on Sunday at Nissan Pavilion. Tickets are $20 to $63.25. Sugarland hits the stage at 7 p.m. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Penzance on the Potomac

In what has become an annual event at Wolf Trap, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players return to the Filene Center tomorrow night for two nights of musical comedy. The troupe will perform one of G&S’s most popular operettas, “The Pirates of Penzance.” Showtime is 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $10 to $38. 1645 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

‘Mame’ behind the curtain

What does it take to put on a Broadway-style musical? How many people work behind the curtain doing makeup, controlling lights and moving sets? Find out with the “Behind the Scenes at the Eisenhower Theater: Mame” tour on Tuesday at the Kennedy Center. Admission is $15. The tour begins at 5 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

History through the lens

See many of the year’s top news stories through the lenses of the White House news photographers at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s new annual exhibit, “The Eyes of History 2006.” The juried exhibition runs through June 20. Exhibition times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; open until 9 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $3 to $8; free for members and children under 12. 500 17th St., NW. 202/639-1700.

Back again

Rob Thomas has sold millions of records and has packed arenas as the lead singer for Matchbox Twenty. He’s on hiatus now, touring solo in support of his 2004 album, “Something to Be,” and is still packing them in. He plays his second show in the Washington area in the past six months on Tuesday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Natasha Bedingfield opens. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $45. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Taping the Hirshhorn

It’s one thing to have your exhibit in a special museum room. Jim Lambie, who tapes vinyl strips to floors in zig-zagged or geometric patterns and enhances them with sculptures of found objects, has taken over the museum’s lobby for his new exhibit, “Directions.” The show is on view through Oct. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Independence Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest. 202/357-2700.

Down under rock

Wolfmother may be from Australia but its sound couldn’t be more American rock ‘n’ roll. Fresh from a year of whirlwind touring that nearly filled up the trio’s passports, they embark on a month-long North American headlining tour and play the Black Cat on Tuesday. Tickets are $13. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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