- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Northern neighbors

The Dears have been playing together for more than a decade and have attracted plenty of press in their native Canada and throughout Europe, yet the Montreal-based, six-piece indie-rock band began to impress Americans only in 2003, with the “No Cities Left” album. Supporting its latest release, “Gang of Losers,” the band headlines a show with fellow Canadians Pilot Speed at the 9:30 Club on Saturday. Tickets are $15. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Music for the young

Children can enjoy the sweet sounds of the Kennedy String Quartet this weekend in “Strings and Stories,” the latest in the NSO Kinderkonzert series. They can also see the instruments up close and meet the musicians if they arrive one hour early for the musical instrument “petting zoo.” Performance times are 7 p.m. tomorrow and 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. Tickets are $15. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Unlocked and soon available

Now in its 65th year, the Washington Auto Show takes over the main halls at the Washington Convention Center beginning Wednesday. From SUVs to hybrids, sedans and trucks, more than 700 new vehicles from more than 42 domestic and import car makers will be on display. Admission ranges from $5 to $10; children under 6 are free. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 27 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 28. 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. 202/249-3000.

Visual dance

Momix, the dance troupe created by choreographer Moses Pendleton, returns to the George Mason Center for the Arts this weekend with its newest multimedia dance program, “Lunar Sea.” As much multimedia gadgetry as dance, “Lunar Sea” builds on the Momix tradition of high-flying acrobatics and visually appealing sets, creating a surreal aquatic world. Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $22 to $44. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 888/945-2468.

Hamburg in Washington

The Hamburg Symphony makes its Washington debut Wednesday night at the Music Center at Strathmore. Andrey Boreyko conducts as violinist Robert McDuffie joins the orchestra for the performance, which includes works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. Tickets range from $21 to $62. Showtime is 8 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Intimate gathering

Phil Vassar usually headlines concerts for thousands of people, so tonight’s shows at the Rams Head Tavern are a treat for local music fans. The country star is out on the road promoting his latest release, “Shaken Not Stirred,” but he is sure to play a few of his top hits. Showtimes are 6:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $45. 33 West St., Annapolis. 410/268-4545.

Swing revivalists

The zoot-suited big-band rockers of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy stop at the Birchmere on Monday. One of the music acts that ushered in the swing revival of the early ‘90s, the seven-member group has kept the big-band era alive with a relentless tour schedule and an energized live show that always promotes a little dancing. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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