- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Vocal sensation

From classical to pop, there’s nothing that wouldn’t sound good coming from Josh Groban’s smooth baritone pipes. He’s sung professionally since seventh grade and his fans range from teenagers to seniors. Touring in support of his latest release, “Awake,” Mr. Groban stops by the Verizon Center on Tuesday for one night of singing. Tickets range from $38 to $98. Showtime is 8 p.m. 601 F St. NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Leprechauns on Constitution

The Irish, and thousands of honorary Irish men and women, take over Constitution Avenue on Sunday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. It begins at noon at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest and culminates at 17th Street around 2:30 p.m. Tickets for grandstand seating is $5. See dcstpatsparade.com.

On the side

Blur frontman Damon Albarn brings his latest musical side project, The Good, The Bad and The Queen, to the 9:30 Club on Wednesday. For the project, Mr. Albarn has teamed with such top-notch talent as former Verve guitarist Simon Tong, Clash bassist Paul Simonon and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Anniversary exhibit

What better way for the Folger Shakespeare Library to mark its 75th anniversary than with an exhibit about the man it’s named for? “Shakespeare in American Life” focuses on the Bard’s continuing influence on American culture, from theater to film and poetry to political satire. The show opens today and runs through Aug. 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202/544-4600.

From Lincoln to Kennedy

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is leaving the cozy confines of New York’s Lincoln Center for the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Tuesday for a night of jazz classics. The acclaimed 15-piece jazz orchestra, led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, will perform jazz classics from the likes of Gil Evans and Wild Bill Davis. Tickets range from $40 to $85. Showtime is 8 p.m. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Renovate for spring

Whether you want to renovate the kitchen or find shrubs for spring planting, the Washington Home and Garden Show promises solutions. The 47th annual show features more than 800 booths full of products and acres of landscaped gardens. It begins today at the Washington Convention Center and runs through Sunday. Admission ranges from $5 to $10; children under 5 get in free. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. 703/823-7960 or washingtonhomeandgardenshow.com.

All strings

The Borromeo String Quartet made its Washington debut in 1991 at the Kennedy Center and today is one of the world’s most sought-after musical groups. It performs more than 100 concerts a year, including tomorrow night’s show at the Barns of Wolf Trap. The program includes works by Shostakovich and Beethoven. Tickets are $30. Showtime is 8 p.m. 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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