- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Young storytellers

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit wasn’t produced by a world-renowned artist — it was made by a group of African sixth graders. “Visual Griots of Mali: Mutual Understanding through the Art of Photography” features 50 black-and-white photos taken by the young griots, or storytellers, who depict life in an African village. The exhibit is on display through April 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 10th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/633-1000.

Cheese and jam

The String Cheese Incident has come a long way from the days when it played ski resorts in exchange for free lift tickets. One of the original jam bands, the group added a sixth member in 2004 to round out its psychedelic-meets-bluegrass sound. The band plays tonight and tomorrow at the Warner Theatre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $40. 13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Hockey-inspired

John Ondrasik needed a stage name because he knew his real one wouldn’t work. The Los Angeles native became Five for Fighting, a reference to an ice hockey penalty, and soon after he was signed to a major label. Touring in support of his fourth album and latest release, “Two Lights,” Mr. Ondrasik and his band play the 9:30 Club on Monday . Tickets are $20. Showtime is 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Blunt end of summer

The 2006 summer music season in the Washington area finally comes to a close tomorrow when the Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts British troubadour James Blunt. He topped the music charts last year with his wedding-ready tune, “You’re Beautiful,” a song he’s almost guaranteed to sing. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Cozy Barns

While nearly all of the outdoor music venues close up for the winter, Wolf Trap moves its performances indoors to the Barns. The Turtle Island String Quartet and the Ying Quartet kick off the music tomorrow night with an evening of classical tunes. Singer-songwriter John Gorka follows that performance on Saturday with a night of acoustic-based tunes. Tickets for the quartets are $35. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets for John Gorka are $20. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Decorator’s dream

This year’s NSO Decorator’s Showhouse, Ayrlawn in Potomac, could be the home that dreams are made of. The four-level, 16,672-square-foot home has been transformed by 25 interior and landscape designers to highlight the newest trends in the industry. The annual event raises money for the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony, which supports the orchestra. The showhouse is open to the public through Nov. 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $20 to $25. Parking is available at 9121 River Road, Potomac. 202/416-8149.

Enchanted evening

Much to the joy of Washington’s small children, all of Disney’s acclaimed princesses will be at the George Mason Patriot Center beginning on Wednesday. The new Disney on Ice production, “Princess Wishes,” brings together Ariel, Cinderella, Belle and others for a regal evening of ice skating. Performances continue through Oct. 22. Times vary. Tickets range from $15 to $65. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter


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