- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Scots, Italian style

The Washington National Opera closes out its 52nd season on Saturday with another celebration of Shakespeare — Verdi’s “Macbeth,” possibly the composer’s most original work. Performances continue through June 2 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Saturday’s performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $300. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Local rockers

Local rock/pop quartet My Favorite Highway headlines back-to-back shows at Jammin’ Java beginning tomorrow night. Up-and-coming local act Crash Boom Band is along for both shows. Tomorrow’s show starts at 7 p.m. The Saturday show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12. 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Fine arts weekend

Buy a painting, hear live music or taste specialty items from local restaurants at the fourth annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival this weekend. The fun takes place between Auburn and Norfolk avenues in the Woodmont Triangle. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. See bethesda.org for a complete list of artists and events.

Hot, hot, hot

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to composer Cole Porter tonight at the Music Center at Strathmore with “Too Darn Hot,” named for the song from “Kiss Me, Kate.” Many Porter hits, such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Anything Goes,” will get the orchestral treatment. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $79. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Crooner at large

Brian McKnight can mesmerize a crowd with his smooth vocals and romantic lyrics whether he’s at the piano, strumming an acoustic guitar or just standing at a microphone. The R&B; crooner is out on the road in support of his latest album, “Ten.” Mr. McKnight plays DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday with fellow R&B; star Joe. Tickets are $70.75. Showtime is 8 p.m. 18th and C streets NW. 202/397-SEAT.

Through Tillmans’ lens

The work of German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, known for his ability to capture people at their most “human” moments, moves front and center at the Hirshhorn Museum beginning today. The photographer’s first-ever solo exhibition in the United States showcases more than 300 of his photographs and includes a video documenting his work. The exhibit runs through Aug. 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Independence Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest. 202/633-1000.

See Europe, right here

Have some Viennese coffee at the Austrian Embassy, custard pastries at the Portuguese. Get your face painted at the German, and top it off with a self-guided tour of the Dutch ambassador’s residence. It’s all free Saturday as the embassies of 22 countries of the European Union and the delegation of the European Commission to the United States throw open their doors to America from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Metro shuttle buses leave Dupont Circle every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. For details, see europe-in-dc.com.

Thomas Walter

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