Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Unscripted theater

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you had only said what you wanted to say? The Washington Improv Theater, known as the top improv troupe in the District, tackles this question in its new production, “Elbow Room.” The cast creates zany scenarios around a topic of conversation suggested by the audience and chaos reigns. The laughter hits the District of Columbia Arts Center every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. through the end of August. Tickets are $10. 2438 18th St. NW. 202/462-7833.

Ozzy live

Ozzfest is an opportunity to find out how Ozzy Osbourne earned the name “Prince of Darkness.” One of the summer’s staple tours, Ozzfest this year includes Korn, Chevelle, Marilyn Manson and Memento along with 16 other bands and Ozzy himself. The guitar begins to roar at the Nissan Pavilion tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $39.75-$134. 7800 Cellar Door Road, off Interstate 66 and Route 29, Bristow, Va. (near Manassas). 202/432-SEAT.

A look into the ‘20s

“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which won six Tony Awards last year, takes audiences back to the Roaring ‘20s as it tells the story of a girl from Kansas who comes to New York City in hope of a new life. The singing and dancing begins Tuesday, and the musical runs through Aug. 31 at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. Tickets are $18-$45. 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Information, 703/938-2404. Tickets, 703/218-6500.

Fiddler on the stage

All-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony and the dance extravaganza “Riverdance.” Blending traditional Irish music with African, Latin and American undertones, Miss Ivers has developed an international fan base and has been hailed as “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” She and her band, Immigrant Soul, play the Birchmere tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 202/432-SEAT.

A day to remember

To mark this month’s 40th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech — the City Museum of Washington is hosting a special program and lecture tonight. Lucy G. Barber, author of “Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition,” will speak, along with National Public Radio personality Juan Williams. The lecture charge of $8 includes admission to the museum, which will stay open until 9 p.m. 801 K St. NW. 202/383-1809.

Local rock

The local rock quartet Jonasay has toured almost constantly the past year to get its music heard. Now the local boys can count many established stars as fans — notably Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish and Phil Ehart, drummer for Kansas. Jonasay make a local tour stop at Jammin’ Java tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. 231 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703/255-1566.

Be a star

Get rid of those back to school blues: Act like a star for an afternoon at the Simon DTour Live. During the tour children can dodge fake paparazzi, strut down the runway, learn to “scratch” like a real DJ and catch free concerts with “Lil’Mo.” The tour stops Saturday at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and on Sunday at the Virginia Center Commons near Richmond. The fun starts Saturday at 3 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. On Sunday it runs from noon to 6 p.m. Fashion Centre is at 1100 S. Hayes Street and South 15th Street in Arlington. Virginia Center Commons is at 10101 Brook Road on Route 1 in Glen Allen, Va. For more information:

Thomas Walter

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