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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Things to do June 21 to July 5: Jill Scott, Kem, Salt-N-Pepa, and Doug E. Fresh at the Verizon Center

Thursday, June 21

“Goldilocks!,” Everyone knows the story: A sweet girl stumbles into the home of three bears who are out for a walk. She helps herself to something to eat and takes a nap before being caught by the bears when they return home. But what happens then? In the this take, Goldilocks goes on trial for breaking and entering. Through July 15, Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-634-5380.

“Kung Fu Panda 2,” An outdoor screening of director Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s 2011 computer-animated adventure about Po the Panda and his friends battling to stop a villain with a powerful new weapon. Rated PG. Film begins at dusk. Take a blanket or lawn chair. Robertson Park, 801 Rabbitt Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. 301-258-6300.

Source Festival, The festival features never-before-seen shorts, full-length plays and “blind dates,” in which pair artists from different disciplines collaborate together to create a new work. Thursdays-Sundays, through July 1, Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets, 866-811-4111; information, 202-204-7800. http://www.sourcefestival.org/.

New York City trip, Take a bus to the big apple and explore the island by tour boat. Bus departs 5 a.m., Prince George’s Community College, Parking lot H, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Call for ticket prices. Registration required. 301-322-0853.

American Indian Native Festival, Celebrate the tribal history and heritage of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma with food, workshops and performances. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.nmai.si.edu.

Largo Community Cookout, feast on summertime favorites including crabs, fish, shrimp, hamburgers and hot dogs. Noon-4 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Queen Anne Fine Arts lawn, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. $10; students, free. 301-322-0853.

Headshine, mixing acoustic rock and reggae’s feel good vibes, this band sings the soundtrack of life, love and the space between. Take a blanket or lawn chair. 7-8:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-699-2456.

Jill Scott, Kem, Salt-N-Pepa, Doug E. Fresh, The seductive neo-soul star headlines a bill that also includes Kem, Salt-N-Pepa and Doug E. Fresh. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $39.75-$125.75. 202-628-3200.

“DADA Returns!,” The experimental theater troupe Fraudulent Productions revisits its show. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. 202-462-7833.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” A spell has turned a once-handsome prince into a beast and his only hope at breaking the spell is love. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $39-$151.50. 202-628-6161.

“All the King’s Women,” Elvis Presley’s story is told by adoring fans. 8 p.m., through June 30, Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $17-$20. 703-683-0496.

“Bachelorette,” Prior to their friend’s wedding, three unhappy women indulge in champagne, cocaine and being catty. 8 p.m. through July 8, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $35-$69. 202-332-3300.

“Puerto Rico.. Fua!,” The island’s history is told through a satirical musical. 8 p.m., ends July 1, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $20-$40. 202-234-7174.

“Sleuth,” A husband engages in a battle of wits with his wife’s other lover. 8 p.m., ends July 8, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $39-$54, $34-$49 seniors and children. 301-924-3400.

“Suicide, Incorporated,” No Rules Theatre Co. presents a tragicomic about a business that helps people write perfect suicide notes. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$25. 202-544-0703.

“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Two wealthy wives team up when they discover a poor conman’s plan to woo them. Staged by Shakespeare Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Mondays-Tuesdays, through July 15, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20-$100. Tickets, 877-487-8849; information, 202-547-1122.

“The Music Man,” A con man turns his life around by convincing a small town to battle trouble caused by a pool hall with a boys’ band. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Thursdays-Jun. 29 and July 5, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Jun. 30, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays and July 1, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and July 3, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$91, subject to change, based on availability. 202-488-3300.

“The Normal Heart,” George C. Wolfe directs the Larry Kramer play about a tight-knit group of friends that refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press ignore the truth about an unspoken epidemic. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through July 29, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$94. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

“Xanadu,” A forbidden relationship blooms in 1980 Venice. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through July 1, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $62-$86. 703-820-9771.

Firm Roots, Benjie Porecki, Mark Prince and Brad Collins record their live CD. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

Rare Essence and Slick Rick & the Soul Rebels, Go-go greats share a bill with one of hip-hop’s founding fathers remains one of the genre’s great storytellers. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25. 202-588-5595.

Step Afrika!’s Home Performance Series, After a year of international touring, the Washington-based company returns for a production exploring hip-hop and technology. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Wednesdays-Fridays, 4 p.m. Sundays and Sundays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through July 1, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

“The Goonies,” Richard Donner’s 1985 adventure film about kids on a hunt for pirate treasure; take a blanket or lawn chair; food vendors on site. 8:35 p.m., Capitol Riverfront, Tingey Plaza, New Jersey Avenue and Tingey Street SE. Free. 202-465-7093 or www.capitolriverfront.org.

Friday, June 22

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival, In honor of the election year, the popular annual film festival just across the river from Georgetown dedicates itself to Hollywood’s political oeuvre, from gripping dramas such as “All the President’s Men” to the light and fluffy “Election” and “Dick.” Friday and Jun. 29, Gateway Park, Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, Arlington. Free. 703-276-7759 or www.rosslynva.org/play/calendar/film-festival.

Zydeco and Cajun Dance, featuring the all-girl, NY C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band with accordion, two fiddles, guitar, and bass. At 8:30 p.m., a beginner lesson. 9 a.m.-midnight, Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $15. 301-634-2222.

“Kalmar Nyckel Pirate Sail,” Depart from Waterman’s Wharf and sail aboard the “Tall Ship of Delaware.” Sunset cruises run from 5-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m., Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $60, age 17 and under, $40. 410-326-2042, 302-429-7447 or www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

“If You Give A Moose A Muffin,” The sequel to “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” features a hungry moose who sets of a chain of events when he requests a muffin. 7 p.m. Friday, ends July 2. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.

“Raq Out - New Directions in Belly Dance,” Raq Sharqi and local students and teachers present a belly dance concert of traditional Egyptian style, cabaret, tribal and world dancing. 7-10 p.m., Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free, donations welcome. 301-927-3013 or http://cpae.org.

“The Bacchae,” Euripides’s Greek tragedy is presented by WSC Avant Bard. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Sundays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends, through July 1, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10-$35. 703-418-4808 or wscavantbard.org.

Aziz Ansari, 7:30 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $39.50. 410-783-8000.

“Who’s Bad: The World’s #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Band,” 8 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.

Buika, 8 and 10:30 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 202-588-5595.

Movies on the Potomac, Fridays are Date Night Movies, featuring “Legally Blonde 2” (May 25), “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” (July 6) and “Chasing Liberty” (Aug. 17), among others. Sundays are Family Night Movies, featuring “Cars 2” (June 3), “Happy Feet 2” (July 29) and “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (Aug. 5), among others. 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Sundays and July 1, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Free. 877-628-5427.

Saturday, June 23

“The Pursuit of Happiness,” Works by Lee Gainer explore how we create memories. Saturdays-July 5, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-248-6800.

Praise in the Park, Kirk Franklin performs at annual live gospel concert. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro. Free with park admission. 301-249-1500 or www.sixflags.com/america.

“Hansel and Gretel,” The fairy tale is retold in this interactive performance by Creative Opera Ensemble. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-628-6161.

Gaithersburg Fine Art Festival, Works by painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, digital artists and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Washingtonian Center, Rio Washingtonian Center, Boardwalk Place, 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Free. www.paragonartevents.com/gaithersburg.

Vietnamese Heritage Festival, Vietnamese food, a pho-eating contest, music, cultural performances and more. Located in parking lot K. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $7; $5 in advance; free for children 5 and under. 202-670-5370 or vietfest.com.

“Ride for Life,” Hundreds of horses and the top dressage trainers and riders from the U.S. and abroad compete as part of the Dancing Horse Challenge. Family activities include shopping, pony rides, face painting, crafts and more. The black-tie optional gala will feature dinner, live music, silent auction and more. Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center. Sponsored by the Potomac Valley Dressage Association. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Saturday: Gala at 5 p.m. and Horse Challenge from 6-8:45 p.m. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro.. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Saturday: Gala at 5 p.m. and Horse Challenge from 6-8:45 p.m., Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Regular admission free. Gala, $100. Horse Show $25, age 10 and under, free. Jeannette Bair at 443-691-0390, 301-952-7999 or www.pvdarideforlife.org.

National Capital Barbecue Battle, This annual battle is no amateur affair. Past winners — including reigning champs Pork Barrel BBQ — have gone on to open their own restaurants in the area and market their sauces nationwide. At this year’s 20th-anniversary event, taste finger-lickin’ meats of all persuasions — including hickory-smoked pork and Texas-style ribs — and check out cooking demonstrations, a talent show and live performances by Soul Asylum and others. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, $5 for ages 6-12. 202-828-3099 or www.bbqdc.com.

Alexandria Food and Wine Festival, The Chart House, Delia’s, San Antonio Bar and Grill, Mattaponi Winery, Unicorn Winery, Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery and other area restaurants and wineries provide food and drinks to sample. Noon-5 p.m., John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria. Free, $20 for 25 food taste tickets. 703-624-0245 or www.alexandriafoodandwine.com.

Crazy Quilt Music Festival, The outdoor music festival showcases blues, rock, honky-tonk, gypsy-folk and more including a performance by Kevin Robinson and KERQ. Noon-8 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Beer Academy, Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s beer director Greg Engert hosts a monthly tutorial with at least six different beers to taste. 1-3 p.m., Rustico, 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $24. 571-384-1820 or www.rusticorestaurant.com.

“Cuchullain,” A broke, unemployed druggie with a debt to pay attempts to take on the welfare state in this dark comedy presented by Keegan Theatre. 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Saturdays, 7 and 9 p.m. Sundays and Sundays, through July 1, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $25, $20 students and seniors. 703-892-0202.

Summer Block Party, Music, games, a community resource tent, food from some of Lorton’s restaurants and art. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and stay for the Mount Vernon Nights concert on the Quad beginning at 7 p.m. featuring Ruthie & The Wranglers and their roots/rock sounds. 3-7 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, The Quad, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. Free. 703-584-2900.

Bethesda Summer Music Festival, The summer performance series by young professional singers opens with two concerts, Lieder Abend at 4 p.m. and Opera to Pop at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Bethesda Presbyterian Church mission fund. 4 and 7:30 p.m., Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Rd. Suggested donation $20, children free. 301-986-1137 or www.aamsopera.com.

Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Edens Edge, 7 p.m., Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $29.75-$65.25. 703-754-6400.

The Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner leads the chorus in a performance of Paola Prestini’s folk opera “Oceanic Verses.” 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600, TDD:202-416-8524.

DancEthos, The company of 16 performs works choreographed by artistic director Tiffany Haughn. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

The Flamenco Soul Project, Dancer Nino de los Reyes, directed by seven-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limon, presents a sampling of flamenco styles from historic to experimental, accompanied by a live band. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $30, $25 in advance. 202-588-5595 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Sunday, June 24

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, 7 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $59-$250. Tickets, 800-442-1198; information, 410-783-8000.

Monday, June 25

“Securing the Blessings of Liberty,” Learn how African Americans survived and helped end slavery while working to shape the world as we know it today. Mondays and July 2, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356.

LMFAO, Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, 7 p.m., George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $29.50-$65. 202-397-7328, 703-993-3000.

Swingtopia, the jazz octet performs two sets of 1930s, 40s and 50s swing and big band tunes every Monday night. No cover charge. 8 and 9:30 p.m. Mondays and July 2, Greek Village Restaurant, 13476 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-879-2877 or www.swingtopiajazz.com.

Tuesday, June 26

AT&T National, After a two-year absence, the Tiger Woods Foundation’s AT&T National tournament is returning to Congressional Country Club. It’s hard to beat strolling alongside the immaculately manicured fairways or posting up under a tree in putting distance of some of the best golfers in the world. Tuesdays-Sundays, through July 1, Congressional Country Club, 8500 River Rd., Bethesda. One-day tickets, $20-$25; packages available. 800-594-8499 or www.attnational.org.

Ballet Hispanico,Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $4-$40. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-255-1900.

Fiona Apple, The outspoken singer-songwriter-pianist is back, thankfully, has not mellowed with age. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000.

International Bazaar, Caribbean specialties and food, international food, Islamic books, videos and CDs, children’s activities and entertainment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Islamic Society of the Washington Area, 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-870-0930.

Wednesday, June 27

Norah Jones,Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $30-$50. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-255-1900.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival, In past years, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has highlighted cultures from all corners of the Earth from Colombia to Bhutan and Mali to Appalachia. This year, the festival looks closer to home, teaming up with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum to focus on identity and community in Anacostia. Other programs are dedicated to the AIDS Quilt and the 150th anniversary of the USDA and land-grant universities nationwide. Wednesdays-Sundays, Wednesdays-Thursdays, through July 8, National Mall, between Eighth and 14th streets. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.festival.si.edu.

Bring Back the Funk with George Clinton, As part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture hosts a free evening concert on the Mall with Clinton, Meshell Ndegeocello and Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk. The concert will take place in the festival’s performance tent between 12th and 14th Streets. 6 p.m., The National Mall, between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Free. 202-633-1000.

Thursday, June 28

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” If you ever watched the Simpsons as a form of escapism, you may sort of relate to this plot line. Of course, you most likely aren’t one of the final survivors on earth. This play, written by Anne Washburn (the dramatist behind “Orestes, A Tragic Romp,” which played at the Folger in 2010), follows a group of Armageddon survivors. To weather post-apocalyptic doldrums, they escape into Matt Groening’s cartoon universe of yellow-skinned oddballs by recounting favorite episodes. 8 p.m Thursday, ends July 1. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$67.50. 202-393-3939.

“Spring Awakening,” The rock musical examines adolescent angst and teenage sexuality. Presented by Keegan Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursday, ends July 8, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $40, $35 seniors and students. 703-892-0202.

Friday, June 29

“Successions: Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection,” Sixty-two prints by 45 artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, David Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, William T. Williams and others. Ends June 29, University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615.

“Boogie Blues Night,” The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concert with the Daryl Davis Band and the Grandsons performing. 7:30 p.m. Jun. 29, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free. 202-426-0486 or www.nps.gov/rocr.

Bowie State Alumni Association dinner, the Prince George’s County Chapter host a scholarship dinner and dance. 8 p.m. Jun. 29, La Fontaine Bleue, 7963 Annapolis Rd, Lanham. $40, reservations required. Diane Wilson Bragg at 301-627-8979, www.bowiestate.edu/alumni or alumni@bowiestate.edu.

Saturday, June 30

Fairy and Gnome Home Festival, A magical fairytale experience for families. Tour over 50 spectacular fairy and gnome friends in a fairy village, unicorn rides, amulet and crown construction, face painting, and obstacle course. Proceeds benefit the gardens art lab. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jun. 30, Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Free with paid admission: $3 seniors and ages 5-11, $2; age 4 and under, free. Registration required. 410-326-4640.

Ward 8 farmers market, with free shuttle bus service to and from the market, vendors offer locally produced asparagus, cherries, green tomatoes, chicken, beef sausages, ham hocks, natural skin care products, premium ice cream, sweet potato cakes, THEARC’s teaching garden and more, free shuttle bus to and from the market. 6/30 9a-1:30p Saturdays through November, Ward 8 Farmers Market, 1900 Mississippi Ave. SE (in THEARC's parking lot).Admission, free. 202-841-0394, www.ward8farmersmarket.com or ward8FM@gmail.com.

5 on5 basketball tournament, bring your best team of 5 and compete in age division tournament. Trophies awarded. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jun. 30, Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden. $50 per team. 301-772-3151.

The Great American Festival, Celebrating America’s independence, the event features live music from Eve 6, Ozomatli, The Dance Party, Lost in Paris and See-i on three outdoor stages and beach area; food, drinks and firework show. Must be 21 and older. 3-10 p.m. Jun. 30, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Admission $34, five drink tickets $20. VIP $64.99. 877-628-5427 or www.greatamericanfestival.com.

The Stylistics perform, also, Ray Goodman and Brown, and Black Ivory. 7:30 p.m. Jun. 30, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. $25. 202-426-0486 or 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Good Foot Dance Company, The company performs “Vaudevival: Old is the New New” with special guests Baakari Wilder and Capitol Tap. 8 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 1, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

Good Foot Dance Company, “Vaudevival: Old is the new,” a dance concert about the cyclical nature of art and society performed with special guests Baakari Wilder and Capitol Tap. 8 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 1, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and teachers, $17; college students, $10; 17 and younger, $8; Sunday: visitors 11 and younger free with a paying adult. www.danceplace.org.

Spectrum Road, 8 p.m. Jun. 30, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 202-588-5595.

Sunday, July 1

“Tastes Of Africa” Festival, traditional African dishes, and live gospel, jazz, soul, hip-hop, and reggae music. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 1, Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-915-4094 or info@tastesofafrica.org.

“Memphis,” It’s the 1950s and a white DJ and a black singer begin a forbidden romance. 7:30 p.m.Sunday. Ends July 1. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $39-$115. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600.

Monday, July 2

Washington Nationals baseball clinic, ages 7-15 may register for the hands-on training conducted by former major league players and local high school coaches. Bring your own glove, bat, shoes, hat and water. 9 a.m. July 2, Clinics scheduled for: July 14 from 9-11 a.m. at Prince George's Sports Park, 13200 Woodmore Rd., Mitchellville and Aug. 11 from 9 a.m.-noon at Bowie Baysox stadium, 4101 NE Crain Hwy.Free, registration required. 301-446-6800 or https://smartlink.pgparks.com/POSWeb/POSItemDetails.asp.

Tuesday, July 3

Aerosmith, 7:30 p.m. July 3, Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $35.50-$155.50. 703-754-6400.

The Jacksons, 8 p.m. July 3, DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $43.50-$148.50. 202-628-4780.

Wednesday, July 4

Fourth of July at Long Bridge Park, featuring a family bike, vendors, face painting, family relays, moon bounces and fireworks. Shuttles are available from Crystal City and Pentagon City Metro Stations, and 1750 Crystal Drive parking garage (free parking available on Garage Level). Noon-10 p.m. July 4, Long Bridge Park, 475 Long Bridge Dr., Arlington. Admission, free. .

Taste of Charles County, A family-friendly event featuring live music from three area bands, games, a car show, corn hole tournament and fireworks display. Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners. 4:30 p.m. July 4, Regency Furniture Stadium, Piney Church Road and St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. Free. Craig Renner at 301-843-8600 or http://www.stcharlesmd.com/events/fourth-of-july-fireworks-waldorf-st-charles.html.

“Red, White and Boom,” Watch the Baysox take on the Harrisburg Senators and then stay for an extended fireworks display. Other festivities include apple pie eating contest and barbeque buffet. Doors open at 5 p.m. Game begins at 6:05 p.m., Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. Call or visit website for ticket prices. Must purchase tickets by 3 p.m. July 2. 301-653-6139 or cbrent@baysox.com.

July Fourth Fanfare, A performance by the Greenbelt Concert Band at 5:30 p.m. and community drum circle at 7:15 p.m. start off the evening. Fireworks are at dusk. 5 p.m. July 4, Buddy Attick Park, 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt. Free. 301-474-0646 or Buddy Attick Park, 555 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt.

Potomac Nationls game and fireworks, The P-Nats are back in Woodbridge hosting the Frederick Keys for three games. There will be fireworks at the July 4th game. Wednesday at 6:35 p.m., July 5 and 6 at 7:05 p.m., G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. $8-$15, seniors, military and age 6 and older, $7-$10, age 5 and younger free. 703-590-2311 or www.potomacnationals.com.

Rockville Independence Day Celebration, Food and music by Fugitive Brass Quintet, Lloyd Dobler Effect and the Rockville Concert Band. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. 7-10 p.m. July 4, Montgomery College, Paul Peck Art Building/Sarah Silberman Art Gallery, 51 Mannakee St. Free. 240-314-5022 or www.rockvillemd.gov/events.

Takoma Park Fourth of July parade and fireworks, Parade at 10 a.m., barbecue from noon to 6 p.m., Wiffle Ball tournament at 2:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 7 p.m. July 4, Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free. 301-588-1635 or www.takomapark4th.org.

Thursday, July 5

“African Cosmos: Stellar Arts,” Ninety works illustrating the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy. Ends July 5, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

X-Factor, The DC-based funk, R&B band performs. 6:30 p.m. Performances every Thursday through Aug. 31, The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Blvd. and Arena Dr., Largo. . 301-324-0514 or http://www.x-factorband.com/.

“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” It is wartime in Britain as three siblings go on adventures through a magic wardrobe. Ends July 5. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$22. 301-280-1660.

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