- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Under the big top

“The Greatest Show on Earth,” the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, pulls into town today and kicks off a three-week, three-venue tour of high-flying circus fun at the Verizon Center. This year’s show, the 136th edition, features “American Idol” contestant Jennifer Fuentes, the Torres family motorcross daredevils, the lovable Clown Alley clowns and the always popular elephants. Tickets range from $14 to $85. Today’s showtimes are 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Other showtimes vary. Performances run through Sunday at the Verizon Center, and then move to the Patriot Center and then the DC Armory. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Strathmore goes indie

The Music Center at Strathmore goes indie on Monday when it hosts the popular indie-pop/rock group the Decemberists. The five-piece band from Portland, Ore., is touring in support of its fourth album, “The Crane Wife,” which after six months is still a fixture on Billboard’s Top 200 albums. Tickets are $39.50. Showtime is 8 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Time for the Valkyries

The Washington National Opera kicks off its spring season on Saturday with Richard Wagner’s epic drama, “Die Walkure.” The new production brings back many of the stars from the opera’s acclaimed 2003 production, including Placido Domingo, Anja Kampe and Alan Held. Showtime is 6 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Performances continue through April 17. Tickets range from $45 to $300. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

The joys of touring

Touring has never been easy for the five members of Snow Patrol. From canceled flights and lost instruments to injuries and medical crises, each U.S. leg of their tour has been plagued with cancellations and rescheduled shows. Yet the worst seems to be behind the Scotland-based quintet, and they come to American University’s Bender Arena tomorrow night. Silversun Pickups and OK Go open the program. Tickets are $35. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Musical switch

Producer and multi-instrumentalist RJD2 first made his name in hip-hop, but the Philly-based DJ isn’t allowing the past to affect the future. His newest release, “The Third Hand,” finds him embracing a more ambient, pop sound. He showcases some of his new tunes tomorrow at the 9:30 Club. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Moscow Festival Ballet

It’s dance time for the George Mason Center for the Arts, which welcomes the Moscow Festival Ballet this weekend for two performances. The famed ballet dances “Don Quixote” on Saturday and “Giselle” on Sunday. Tickets range from $25 to $50. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703/993-2787.

Art of the icon

Painted images of the saintly, the icons of the Eastern churches beckon their viewers inward to contemplation — and ultimately invite admiration as sublime art. See a host of them this weekend at the fourth biennial Pan-Orthodox Icon Exhibit at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Works from area churches, monasteries and individual collectors make up much of the exhibit. The Slavic Male Chorus will perform on Sunday at 2 p.m. Exhibit hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. 4115 16th St. NW. 202829-2910.

Multitalented

Jamie Foxx isn’t just another actor trying to be a musician; he is a musician who happens to be an actor. With an Oscar on the shelf and other acting awards right next to it, Mr. Foxx is taking time away from the big screen and is touring nationwide in support of his second album, “Unpredictable.” He plays DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $68.75 to $83.75. 18th and C streets Northwest. 202/397-SEAT.

Thomas Walter

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