- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Music extravaganza

In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest music festivals of the year, Virgin brings a U.S. version of its popular European V Festival to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. The Virgin Festival will feature more than 20 acts on three stages for an all-day music extravaganza. Scheduled performers include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, Keane, Gnarls Barkley, the Raconteurs and Washington’s own Thievery Corporation. The music starts at 11 a.m. Tickets are $97.50. 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. 202/397-SEAT.

Indie mainstays

Adored by critics and followed by dedicated fans, Yo La Tengo has broken the mold of the traditional rock band. Never bowing to industry pressure, the trio — the husband and wife duo of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley along with James McNew — was playing indie-rock before it was the cool new sound. Known for their energetic live show, the trio plays the 9:30 Club on Tuesday. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Fix it

Whether it’s a new bathroom sink or a second level for your home, this weekend’s Capital Home and Remodeling Expo at the Dulles Expo Center is the place for tips, new products and new ideas. The expo features more than 500 exhibits, how-to classes and Q&A; sessions with top designers. The expo begins tomorrow and continues through Sunday. Showtimes are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 to $10. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. www.homeandremodelingexpo.com.

Still in the pink

Roger Waters, who spent 20 years with Pink Floyd, recreates the group’s 1973 classic, “The Dark Side of the Moon,” on Saturday at the Nissan Pavilion. Mr. Waters will also play a collection of solo material and other Pink Floyd songs. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $133. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Tooth and claw

The National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall is putting on display some of the weirdest creatures that ever roamed the earth with its new exhibit, “Bizarre Beasts, Past and Present.” From an armored fish and a whorl-toothed shark to a shovel-toothed elephant, the hands-on show features re-creations of a number of extinct beasts. The exhibit is open through Feb. 2. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 1145 17th St. NW. 202/857-7588.

Here come the bands

Like athletic teams and scholars’ groups, marching and show bands play an important part in the lives of high school students. “Banding Together: Public School Bands as Instruments of Opportunity,” a new exhibit at the Anacostia Community Museum, examines how the music has affected young people over the past 150 years. The exhibit is on display through May 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 1901 Fort Place, SE. 202/633-4820.

Big Apple, big top

The Big Apple Circus kicks off a new season tonight at Dulles Town Center. The Dulles stop is the first of an 11-month tour to debut its all-new production, “Step Right Up!” This year’s cast includes a range of international performers, such as English equestrienne Yasmine Smart, Russian trapeze artists Irina and Andrey Perfilyev, and the Zhengzhou Acrobatic Troupe. The circus runs through Oct. 9. Show times vary. Tickets are $16 to $48. Intersection of Route 7 and 28, Dulles. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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