- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

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A spirited event

After 10 years of research and reconstruction, Mount Vernon is firing up George Washington’s stills at his private whiskey distillery and gristmill, three miles south of the estate, on March 31 and April 1. The celebration at the fully operational distillery features costumed distillers and millers, Early American music, spinning demonstrations and hands-on activities for families. The gristmill and distillery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission to the distillery is $2 to $4. Visitors to the estate who pay the full Mount Vernon admission fee get a reduced rate on a distillery visit, paying only $1.50 to $2. In all cases, children under 5 get in free. George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill is on Route 235, three miles south of Mount Vernon. 703/780-2000.

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Back to basics

Christina Aguilera got her start in the late ‘90s teen pop revival, but the blond songstress is showing off a more grown-up side with her latest release, “Back to Basics.” A far cry from her early releases, the two-disc set has Miss Aguilera going back to the classic tunes of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Her “Back to Basics” tour pulls into the Verizon Center on April 2. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $58 to $88. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

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Musical roots

Jars of Clay goes back to its rock roots with its latest album, “Good Monsters.” Teetering between the folk sound and plugged-in rock ‘n’ roll, the four members of Jars of Clay have evolved musically since their breakthrough hit “Flood” in 1995. Playing tunes new and old, the group takes the Lisner Auditorium stage on April 5. Up and coming pop/rock quartet Needtobreathe opens. Tickets range from $18.75 to $30. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 730 21st St., NW. 202/397-SEAT.

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View of the world

Famous for his humorous portraits of 20th century life, cartoonist and illustrator Saul Steinberg completed 85 covers and more than 600 drawings for the New Yorker. The Smithsonian American Art Museum remembers his work with its new exhibit, “Saul Steinberg: Illuminations,” opening on April 6. The show features more than 120 of Mr. Steinberg’s works, including works on paper and board, sculpture and other objects. The exhibition runs through June 24. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 8th and F streets NW. 202/633-1000.

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Eggs on the lawn

In what has become an annual event every year since 1878, the White House’s South Lawn will become a sea of children, parents and Easter eggs for the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The required timed-entrance tickets will be distributed on April 7 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, on a first-come, first-served basis. Five-ticket maximum per person. A limited number of tickets will also be available at 7:30 a.m. on April 9. For more information call 202/456-7041.

A day at the zoo

While thousands are gathering at the White House, thousands of other families will gather at the National Zoo for the annual African American Family Celebration. Throughout the day, families can take part in an Easter egg roll and hunt and craft activities, see dance troupes and costumed characters and learn from zoo researchers and scientists. The celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/633-1000.

Do you know Mat?

VH1 wants music lovers to know who the next big act is with its almost-annual “You Oughta Know Tour,” which features artists on the verge of music stardom. This year the tour is headlined by acoustic/pop singer-songwriter Mat Kearney. Mr. Kearney’s debut album, “Nothing Left to Lose,” has been a fixture on pop radio and network shows. Rocco Deluca and the Burden and The Feeling round out the bill. The tour plays the 9:30 Club on April 9. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

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RSC’s finale

The Royal Shakespeare Company closes out its five-year partnership with the Kennedy Center with “Coriolanus.” The tragedy tells the tale of a general whose prideful isolation gets him exiled from Rome and stirs his desire for vengeance. William Houston plays the title role while Academy Award nominee Janet Suzman plays his mother, Volumnia. Performances take place in the Eisenhower Theater April 13 through May 6. Showtimes vary. Tickets range from $25 to $78. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

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Feeling crafty

The National Building Museum plays host to the 25th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, one of the nation’s best-known craft shows, April 19 through April 22. The juried exhibition and sale features more than 120 artists showcasing work in 12 different media. Daily admission ranges from $12 to $15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 19-21 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. 401 F St., NW. 202/633-1000.

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Spy tactics

What does it take to catch a spy? What tools do FBI agents use to track down secret operatives? Children can learn the answers and can explore other spy-related topics on April 22 at the International Spy Museum’s “Operation Spy Catcher” program. Youngsters will learn a range of spy skills, like fingerprinting and code cracking, and attempt to uncover the truth behind the deception. Tickets range from $22 to $25. The two-hour mission begins at 10:30 a.m. The program is open only to children 10 to 13. Space is limited and registration is required. 800 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

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Killers in town

After spending much of the spring playing shows in Europe, the platinum-selling rock act The Killers heads back to the United States for a month-long coast-to-coast trek in support of its second album, “Sam’s Town.” The quartet plays the Patriot Center on April 26. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

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Famous photos

For 50 years Scottish photographer Harry Benson has shown up for history, camera in hand. Now the National Portrait Gallery recognizes his contribution to photojournalism with a retrospective exhibit. “Harry Benson: Being There” showcases 100 of his photographs, from the 1950s to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The exhibit opens on April 27 and runs through Sept. 3. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Eighth and F streets Northwest. 202/633-1000.

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Robin Hood live

See Douglas Fairbanks’ classic silent film of 1922, “Robin Hood,” with a live twist at the Music Center at Strathmore on April 29. The early-music ensemble Hesperus will provide a live musical accompaniment with period instruments. Tickets are $12. Showtime is 2 p.m. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

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Young artists

Hear high school and collegiate bands and orchestras from across the United States at the Washington D.C. Band and Orchestra Festival at the Kennedy Center on April 30. Five of the bands will take to the Concert Hall stage beginning at 1 p.m., while the other two perform at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $20. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Thomas Walter

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