- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Blossoms on parade

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade takes to Constitution Avenue on Saturday with Disney’s own Mickey and Minnie Mouse leading the balloons, marching bands and performers — among them “American Idol” finalist Ace Young, Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson and Washington’s own Sweet Honey In the Rock. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue and travels to 17th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Grandstand tickets are $15 per person. 202/397-SEAT.

Sounds of Sweden

The House of Sweden, otherwise known as the Swedish Embassy, continues to showcase the best of Swedish arts when it hosts singer-songwriter Sofia Jannok tomorrow. Miss Jannok, from northern Sweden, sings in both English and Sami, her native language, blending pop, jazz and ethnic elements into her music. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. 901 30th St. NW. 202/467-2643.

Sounds of youth

The pop-rock act Plain White T’s may not be known for its lyrical offerings, but its down-to-earth approach has struck a chord with the youthful “TRL” music crowd. The Chicago-based band headlines the Every Second Counts tour tomorrow at the 9:30 Club with fellow rockers Lovedrug, Boys Night Out and Dear and the Headlights. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $16. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Two legends, two guitars

Classical guitarist John Williams joins forces with jazz and contemporary guitarist John Etheridge for one night of guitar music at its finest. Fans of each performer will have a chance to see them solo, but the true delight is seeing them combine their expertise. The music begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the George Mason Center for the Arts. Tickets range from $22 to $44. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703/993-2787.

The faux Beatles

They may not look like John, Paul, George and Ringo, but close your eyes and the Fab Faux sure sound like them. Formed in 1998, the five Fab Faux pack performance halls across the globe, playing hits like “Penny Lane” and “Help.” The band plays the Warner Theatre on Saturday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $44 to $100. The $100 tickets include a post-show meet and greet. 13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

A college try

On Wednesday, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival kicks off six days of high-level student theater, six cream-of-the-crop productions drawn from entries by more than 600 competing schools. First to the stage on Wednesday is Ohio’s College of Wooster with its production of “Nocturne” by Adam Rapp. Performances continue through April 22. Tickets are $15 to $20 for the productions, while some events are free and require no tickets. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Skating champs

Two-time world skating champion and 2007 U.S. skating champion Kimmie Meissner takes to the Verizon Center ice on Saturday for the 29th Annual Champions on Ice show. Some of the other champions joining her include Sasha Cohen, Irina Slutskaya, Johnny Weir, skating pair Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat and many others. Showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $155. 601 F St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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