A 4th to Knock Your Sox Off

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Every year, it's the same for us on the Fourth of July: Eat perfectly acceptable barbecue, set off fireworks, act super-apologetic when the cops show up.

With so many folks granted a reprieve from work tomorrow, why not stretch your Independence Day rituals to a whole two days?

-- The Bowie Baysox offer an annual game and fireworks for the holiday -- and the tickets are a steal. The game is against the Akron Aeros, followed by the fireworks.

$6-$14. Friday at 6:05 p.m. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-464-4865 or visit http://www.baysox.com.

-- The "Capitol Fourth" concert is always a big deal on Independence Day. But it's an open secret that the dress rehearsal the night before is a great time to see the celebs. Head to the West Lawn of the Capitol tomorrow instead of Saturday; the rehearsal runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (Gates open at 3 p.m.) The acts include Aretha Franklin, Natasha Bedingfield -- and Barry "I Wanna Do It With You" Manilow (though the likelihood of him playing that number is pretty much nil).

For details about "A Capitol Fourth," visit http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth.

-- Also tomorrow, Loda, 88 Music's regular event in Silver Spring, pulls out the grill and gets the electronic music pumping at 7 p.m. (while there's still daylight!). Ray Casil is first up on the Gallery lounge's patio; inside, find Bear Who? and Juan Zapata and others spinning till the wee hours of Saturday morning.

$5 before 10 p.m.; $10 from 10 p.m. to midnight; $15 after that. 7 p.m.-close tomorrow. Gallery, 1115 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. 301-589-2555 or http://www.eightyeightdc.com.

Get tickets now for the area's best events.

If you haven't decided whether you're going to see Green Day, this is your last warning. Perhaps you were waiting to see whether the band would make it on the Virgin Festival lineup. It didn't. So it's time to get tickets. The SoCal punks will hit Verizon Center this summer to support their latest (hit) album, "21st Century Breakdown," and tickets are still available -- for now. Tickets to the July 29 show are $49.50. Call 202-397-7328 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Dying to see what is sure to be a stunning turn by Helen Mirren in "Ph├Ędre" at Shakespeare Theatre in September? Single tickets have been snapped up. But the theater is hosting broadcasts of Mirren's performances in the play at the National Theatre in London this summer. The NT Live series is responsible for the technology that will allow folks here to watch the performance on the big screen. Feel lucky: Only a few dozen venues in the United States are participating; in addition to Shakespeare, they include the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. One screening took place this week; the final one is July 13. Tickets for the second event are $22. Get tickets through http://www.shakespearetheatre.org or 202-547-1122.


Onstage "The Glass Menagerie"

Olney Theatre's production of Tennessee Williams's quintessential memory play was called "shrewd" and "splendidly balanced" by Post critic Nelson Pressley for its well-acted story of a mother who longs for a suitor for her painfully shy daughter. The show was to close this weekend but has been extended through July 12. $26-$49. Wednesdays-Sundays at 7:45 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays and tomorrow at 1:45 p.m. (no performances July 4). Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400 or visit http://www.olneytheatre.org.

The District

Nightlife Blisspop's Summer

Blisspop's latest DJ event at the 9:30 club (has it really been a year since the first one?) brings back the favorites, including Tittsworth, Nadastrom, Will Eastman, Dmerit and Bobby Jae and Ken Lazee. $10. 9 p.m. tomorrow. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930 or http://www.930.com.

The District

The Scene Native Skate Jam

The National Museum of the American Indian just opened an exhibition, "Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America," which looks at this activity among indigenous people (the show follows on the heels of the museum's comics exhibition). The museum is bringing in a six-foot halfpipe and a handful of young skaters for demonstrations. Free. Noon and 2 p.m. daily tomorrow through Sunday. National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.nmai.si.edu.

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