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Scant weeks after Tiffany’s 1987 shopping-mall concert tour hit my hometown, word went out that a vert ramp was being erected in the very same commerce courtyard for a Tony Hawk appearance. My junior high skate crew, ever conscious of keeping it real, dared to delve into the difficult philosophical issue at hand: Tony Hawk, skate ambassador or sellout? Brushing Bones Brigade bangs from my face, I settled the dispute with a dismissive “Whatever. We are totally there.” When the day came, I learned to shout “Go big!” learned to use the adjective “burly,” and learned to suffer guilty tinges over my own tacit involvement in such blatant sk8sploitation. With many extreme colleagues in tow and Social Distortion providing the soundtrack to Hawk’s X-Capades, “Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huckjam” is sure to go big and burly, promising both spectacle and tarnish. But whatever: I am so totally there. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $28-$78. (202) 432-7328. (Colin Bane)