- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2007


All for laughs

The Barns at Wolf Trap goes for the laughs on March 1 and 2 when the Second City Touring Company headlines two nights of live improv comedy. The well-known troupe is tackling a subject that will hit home with the Washington crowd, “Truth, Justice or the American Way.” Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $20. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.



For more than 25 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” has mesmerized audiences with its rockin’ soundtrack and distinctive costumes. No longer on Broadway or London’s West End, “Cats” exists only in touring format; the “25th Anniversary Tour” pulls into the Warner Theatre on March 6. Performances continue through March 18. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $38.50 to $75. 13th and E streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Which way do we go?

Children — and parents, too — can learn all about mapping at the National Geographic Museum’s new exhibit, “National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure.” Hands-on activities engage children and show them both ancient mapping techniques and new technologies. Youngsters can sit in the cockpit of a replica Lockheed Vega just like the one Amelia Earhart flew and use a sextant to navigate — or they can use a robot to explore the hidden shafts of Egyptian pyramids. The exhibit opens March 6 and runs through July 29. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. 1145 17th St. NW. 202/857-7588.


Who where?

Rock legends the Who are back on the musical landscape with their first new album in nearly 25 years and a worldwide tour that hits the Verizon Center on March 8. The tour features surviving group members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey along with drummer Zak Starkey, son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and Mr. Townshend’s younger brother, Simon, on guitar. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $55 to $205. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.


How to be blue

The experimental theatre trio Blue Man Group brings its “How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.0” to the Patriot Center on March 9. Part theater, part rock show, the performance takes the audience through a satirical workshop on how to create the perfect rock concert experience. If you are lucky enough to be in the first few rows, be prepared for plenty of “blue man” interaction. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $58 to $88. 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Crafts galore

See the works of celebrated craft artists Paula Bartron, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Beth Lipman and Beth Cavener Stichter at “From the Ground Up: Renwick Craft Invitational 2007” at the Renwick Gallery. The biennial exhibition opens on March 9 and will showcase works of glass, handmade paper, metal, clay, painting and more. The exhibit is open through July 22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street Northwest. 202/633-1000.


All Irish

Everyone can be Irish for the day on March 11 when the National St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls down Constitution Avenue with floats, fire trucks, marching bands and plenty of Irish musicians and dancers. The parade kicks off at noon at Seventh Street Northwest and culminates at around 2:30 p.m. at 17th Street. Grandstand tickets are available for $5, but be sure to buy them before you go. Call 301/384-6533 or see dcstpatsparade.com for more information.


No wincing needed

Hear some of the Shins’ new music live on March 12 when the indie-pop quartet plays DAR Constitution Hall. The Portland, Ore.-based group’s third album, “Wincing the Night Away,” has already spurred one hit single, “Phantom Limbs,” and features several more radio-friendly tunes that promise to keep fans singing in the months to come. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $26.50. 18th and C streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.


Smooth jazz

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis makes his almost annual return to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on March 13 with his renowned 15-piece Lincoln Center Orchestra. The show is part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s 2007 “The Songs We Love” tour, which highlights classic jazz songs from artist such as Gil Evans and Wild Bill Paris. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $85. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.


Side projects

Blur frontman Damon Albarn may soon run the risk of having his side projects become more popular than his main band. Known for his work with the virtual band Gorillaz, he has now introduced “The Good, the Bad and the Queen,” a concept album about life in modern London. The project features a who’s who of international musicians, including Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. The quartet plays the 9:30 Club on March 14. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.


Films with a conscience

The 15th annual Environmental Film Festival kicks off on March 15 with special 10:30 a.m. showings for children at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Throughout the 11-day festival, more than 115 films from 27 countries will be screened at 46 locations across the city. Many of the filmmakers and other special guests will be on hand to discuss their work and its impact on environmental issues. For a full schedule see dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org or call 202/342-2564.


The modern movement

The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s newest exhibit, “Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939,” isn’t just a room with a few paintings or sculptures. The 400-work exhibit is billed as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of its kind in America, focusing on the meaning of modernism along with its evolution and impact on the way we live. The exhibit opens on March 17 and runs through July 29. Tickets range from $10 to $14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 500 17th St. NW. 202/639-1700.


A tenor matinee

One performance isn’t enough for the acclaimed Irish Tenors. After selling out their March 16 show at the Music Center at Strathmore, the trio has added a second performance, a matinee on March 18. While the lineup has evolved, the same great music remains; this tour features the vocal talents of Wexford’s Anthony Kearns, Cork man Finbar Wright and the newest member, Limerick native Karl Scully. Showtime March 18 is 2 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $67. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.


Wide open

The last time Snow Patrol played in Washington, the band sold out the 9:30 Club in less than 24 hours. Luckily for local fans, the Glasgow-based band has booked a larger venue for its next stop in the District. The “Eyes Wide Open” tour plays American University’s Bender Arena on March 23. OK Go and Silversun Pickups open. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202/397-SEAT.


Thoughts on Will

What have Stevie Wonder, David Garrick and George Bernard Shaw had to say about William Shakespeare? “What You Will: An Evening By and About the Bard,” the new one-man show starring Tony-winning actor and Royal Shakespeare Company alumnus Roger Rees, answers that question and incorporates other observations about one of the greatest writers of all time. The show plays the Folger Theatre March 30 through April 1. Showtimes are 8 p.m. March 30 and 2 and 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1. Tickets range from $37 to $45. 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202/544-7077.


Up, up and away

Each year near the end of March the skies above the Mall become filled with bright kites for the annual Smithsonian Kite Festival, one of the opening events for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s kite extravaganza takes over the Mall on March 31 between Fourth and Seventh streets Northwest. The kites go up at 10 a.m. and the awards are handed out at 4 p.m. 202/357-3030 or kitefestival.org.

International theater

Imagination Stage travels beyond the Beltway for its new EDGEfest theater festival for children. Performance groups from Russia, Canada and Northern Ireland will join local artist Kevin Reese in Bethesda to showcase new works geared towards young people. TOYS Theater from St. Petersburg, Russia, starts the festival off on March 31. Performances continue through April 7. Showtimes vary. Day pass prices range from $16 to $20. 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301/280-1660.

Thomas Walter

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