- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Back for more

After a free, solo acoustic performance last month at Olsson’s Bookstore, Pete Yorn is coming back to the District to play a show for the paying fans at the 9:30 Club. Mr. Yorn just released his third album, “Nightcrawler,” and fans can hear the new album along with a few other tunes on Saturday. Tickets are $25. Showtime is 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Auditorium adventures

National Geographic kicks off its NGLive! series of lectures, films and music tonight with the three-day Amnesty International Film Festival. This year’s festival screens nine documentary films that address concerns around the world. Opening night tickets are $10 to $20; other screenings are $5 to $10. Times vary. NGLive! events take place in the Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall. 1145 17th St. NW. 202/857-7700.

Wide open and free

Whether it’s dance, bluegrass, theater or comedy, all shows are free on Saturday for the 22nd annual Kennedy Center Open House. More than 30 performances are scheduled to play on multiple stages throughout the center. This year’s lineup includes performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the Blind Boys of Alabama, BeauSoleil and Marcia Ball. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. Some events require free tickets. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Get shorter

Don’t blink during the DC Shorts Film Festival, because you might miss the entire film. The third annual festival starts tonight with 94 new films, each of which is just a few minutes long. Twenty-six local artists are among those whose work will be judged; four filmmakers will take home awards. The festival runs through Sunday. Admission is $12. The main screenings all take place at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. For a complete list of films and times see www.dcshorts.com.

Kilts optional

Everyone has a chance to be Scottish on Saturday for the annual Virginia Scottish Games. The games host competitions like the hammer throw but also include bagpipers, a British car show, and much more. The games run from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $15. All festivities are held at Fort Ward Park, 4301 Braddock Road, Alexandria. 703/912-1943.

Colonial crafts

This weekend more than 50 traditional artisans will demonstrate and sell their handiwork at the annual 18th Century Craft Fair at Mount Vernon. In addition to the crafts, two stages will feature musical entertainment of George Washington’s era. Visitors can also take a free Potomac River cruise throughout the day. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The craft fair is included in the regular estate admission, $6 to $13, free for children under 5. South end of George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon.

Arts walkabout

Arts on Foot 2006 takes over nearly 10 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday for its 14th annual extravaganza. Patrons can peruse the juried art market, sample cuisine from 20 local restaurants, hear some music, try out some comedic improv and much more. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. All locations are between 4th and 14th streets and Pennsylvania Avenue and L Street Northwest. 202/482-7271.

Thomas Walter

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