- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Virginia Coalition

Virginia Coalition returns home tomorrow night for a special two-night CD release show at the 9:30 Club. The pop-rock quartet, whose members met while attending T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, is releasing its fourth album, “Live at the 9:30 Club,” which was recorded earlier this year. Showtime is 7 p.m. tomorrow and 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17.50. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

All that jazz

Jazz fans have a big decision Saturday — attend either the Silver Spring Jazz Festival or the Rosslyn Jazz Festival. The Silver Spring Jazz Festival starts at 2 p.m. and features Spyro Gyra along with the Marcus Johnson Project, Felix Contreras & Afro Bop Alliance and others. Across the Potomac, the Rossyln Jazz Festival kicks off at 1 p.m. with Nicholas Payton, Vanessa Rubin, Hiromi, and the Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey & Lenny White Trio. Both festivals are free. See our calendar listings for location and contact information.

Cats galore

Cats of all shapes and sizes will be on display this weekend for the National Capital Cat Show at the Dulles Expo Center. The two-day show features a cat competition along with a host of feline-focused toy, food and grooming booths. Showtimes are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for children younger than 12 and seniors 60 and older, and $8 for the general public. 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. Click on www.nationalcapitalcatshow.com.

A Rascal record

When Rascal Flatts came to the Nissan Pavilion last summer, the country trio set an all-time attendance record with 25,001 fans gathering in the open-air arena. The country superstars are out for a repeat performance this year with a show on Saturday at the pavilion. Gary Allan opens. Tickets range from $29 to $58.25. The gates open at 6 p.m. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

Family gathering

On Saturday and Sunday , thousands of black families from all over the country will gather for the annual National Council of Negro Women Inc.’s National Black Family Reunion Celebration. The event features musical performances — such as Fantasia, Dottie Peoples and Lil Mo — and includes health screenings, food, and arts and crafts displays. Events are from noon to 8 p.m. both days. Admission is free. 15th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 202/737-0120.

Open-air art

More than 200 local and national artists will gather this weekend in Old Town Alexandria for the annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts. From sculpture to jewelry and photography to painting, hundreds of works will be on display along King, Washington and Union streets in Old Town. The booths are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday . Admission is free. 703/838-5005.

Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan hosts its annual neighborhood festival Sunday with an afternoon of food, dance, music and family fun. Adams Morgan Day is free and open to everyone, including those from the suburbs. The fun starts at noon and runs until 7 p.m. The festival takes place on 18th Street Northwest between Florida Avenue and Colombia Road. 202/232-1960.

— Thomas Walter

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