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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Weekend Update: Make your 4th sparkle


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While many families will choose to spend this long Fourth of July weekend at the beach or elsewhere, there’s no place we’d rather be than right here in the nation’s capital. If you’re of similar mind, don’t miss today’s Weekend section, where you’ll find everything you need to celebrate Independence Day with a bang. We’ve got fireworks displays, a guide to the Folklife Festival and other events on the National Mall, pre-fireworks food picks and long-weekend nightlife options.

Here’s the rest of what’s inside today’s Weekend:

Our non-fireworks picks for the long weekend include a preview of the Capital Fringe Festival, a new Ronald Reagan exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and a go-go show featuring two titans of the genre, Chuck Brown and Rare Essence.

Washington native and jazz bassist Ben Williams incorporates the sounds of the pop music he heard growing up in the '90s into the songs on his debut album. He performs Friday and Saturday at Bohemian Caverns.

Quick spins of new albums by See-I (Sunday at U Street Music Hall); Liturgy (Tuesday at DC9); and Rene Marie (Wednesday at Blues Alley).

•The restaurateurs behind Equinox and Watershed, Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray, took over the cafe in the Corcoran's atrium. The new eatery, Todd Gray’s Muse, focuses on locally sourced food, and about half the offerings are vegan or vegetarian.

•This month, many theaters are remounting crowd-pleasers from last season (“Oklahoma!” at Arena Stage) and producing adaptations of beloved films, including “Steel Magnolias” and “Grease.”

•In Columbia, Pa., visit the National Watch and Clock Museum and the brand new Turkey Hill Experience, where you can milk a fake cow and also nab some ice cream samples.

New at the movies this weekend, Mark Jenkins gives “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” two stars, which is actually among the most generous reviews of the Michael Bay blockbuster we’ve seen; other openings of note include Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in “Larry Crowne” and the journo-doc “Page One: Inside the New York Times.” Note: Due to a production error, the incorrect showtimes appeared in the printed Weekend section today. For up-to-date theater information, check out the Going Out Guide or see tomorrow’s Style section.

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