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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Can't Miss

1. Dance Party: The Teenarama Story

[movie] Before there was "Soul Train," there was "Teenarama Dance Party." The teen dance television showcase was created from a D.C. radio show in 1963, during a time when blacks weren't allowed on "The Milt Grant Show" and other all-white programs. The documentary focuses on "Teenarama," which aired on WOOK-TV and was hosted by Bob King, as well as other black dance shows throughout the country.

Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356.

2. Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life

[exhibit] Previously unpublished handwritten letters and photographs of the bold Mexican artist and activist are on view in honor of the anniversary of her 100th birthday. Kahlo's painting "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky" is also displayed. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Center and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Opens Friday. Through Oct. 14. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10, seniors and students $8, ages 18 and younger free. 202-783-5000.

3. Emergence-See!

[on stage] Daniel Beaty takes on more than 40 characters in his one-man show about a slave ship that rises out of the water near the Statue of Liberty. Employing a style similar to that of Anna Deavere Smith, the actor uses slam poetry and song to voice the reactions of the characters, including two brothers and a conservative black Ivy Leaguer, hitting on such topics as slavery reparations and ethnic identity. The award-winning show returns to Washington after a sold-out run in February.

Opens Thursday. Through July 22. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $38-$50. 202-488-3300.

4. Vampire Weekend

[concert] The New York indie-rock consort draws inspiration from a curious combination of sources, counting Afro-beat and classical music as two major influences -- all while performing in Oxford shirts and other preppy attire. The band's name stems from a movie that member Ezra Koenig started shooting in college.

Friday at 9:30 p.m. The Red and the Black, 1212 H St. NE. $8. 202-399-3201.

5. Tim McGraw

[concert] The Grammy-winning country artist's most recent soul-stirring hit, "If You're Reading This," hit the charts before it was even released as a single. The song, a tribute to fallen soldiers, is performed as a letter from a serviceman who has been killed in Iraq. McGraw first publicly sang the song, which was co-written by the Warren Brothers, at the American Country Music Awards in May. Award-winning country singer Faith Hill, McGraw's wife, also performs.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $52.75-$92.75. 202-397-7328.

-- Akeya Dickson

And More ...


CHRIS DUARTE-- Today at 8 p.m. The Austin-based guitarist, songwriter and singer plays rhythmic Texas blues-rock that has earned him comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $21. 410-268-4545.

THE SAMPLES-- Today at 8 p.m. Though they've never achieved widespread commercial success, this jazzy folk-pop band has built a loyal underground following through years of constant touring. Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $17-$20. 703-255-1566.

MORRISSEY-- Monday at 8 p.m. The brooding indie luminary is still a top draw after all these years. With Kristeen Young. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $30-$48. 703-255-1868 or 877-965-3872.

GARY JULES-- Tuesday at 8 p.m. If all you've heard from Jules is his cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World," then you owe it to yourself to check out his original soulful rock. Jammin' Java, 232 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $12. 703-255-1566.

MAX LEVINE ENSEMBLE-- Thursday at 7 p.m. The local band mixes DIY punk traditions with accessible pop and ska. With Five Four and Sonic Survivor. Fort Reno Park, Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Free. 703-318-2197.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-- Thursday at 8 p.m. The timeless soul giant needs no introduction. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$40. 703-255-1868 or 877-965-3872.

THE FIERY FURNACES-- Thursday at 8 p.m. The brother-sister duo of Matt and Eleanor Friedberger make delightful, unpredictable psychedelic pop. With Dios. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.

ALL WHITE: CARIB NIGHTS-- Thursday at 9 p.m. Guests are expected to dress to impress (in all white) at this celebration of reggae/dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, soca and Latin rhythms. Featuring Wayna, Bilal, W. Ellington Felton, the S.T.O.R.M. reggae band and DJ Prince Sham of Muzik Nashun. Gallery of Silver Spring, 1115 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. $20. 240-485-8348.

RACHELLE FERRELL-- Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The contemporary jazz singer is just as comfortable working in R&B, pop, gospel and classical styles. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55. 703-549-7500 or 703-573-7328.

LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES AND PACHA MASSIVE-- Saturday at 9 p.m. The Latin rock ensemble performs from last year's "Superpop Venezuela." Opener Pacha Massive is a bilingual mix of dub, trip-hop and funk. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $22. 202-393-0930 or 800-955-5566.

TORTOISE-- Saturday at 9 p.m. The Chicago post-rock innovators have reached box-set status. With the Notekillers. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $17. 202-667-7960.


THE FABRIC OF MEMORY-- Through July 28. Catherine Day's photographic works printed on transparent fabric explore the process by which memory is revealed. McLean Project for the Arts, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Free. 703-790-1953.

BETWEEN REALITY AND DREAM-- Opens Wednesday. Through July 29. Drawings and plates by Spanish artist SarragĂșa Leyva. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. Free. 202-463-0203.

LANDINGS-- Opens Thursday. Through Sept. 16. A collection of contemporary art from Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Free. 202-458-6016.


MIN JIN LEE-- Monday at 7 p.m. "Free Food for Millionaires," the author's first novel, addresses issues of race and the gap that grows between immigrant parents and their Americanized children. In the novel, Casey Han is the daughter of Korean parents who work in a New York laundromat. The Princeton grad must figure out what to do with her life now that college is over. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

SATURDAY BOOKCASE SERIES: JUDITH MARTIN AND ERIC DENKER-- Saturday at 3 p.m. Miss Manners and her co-author discuss "No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice." Preceded by a meet-and-greet and followed by a signing. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL-- Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. July 8, noon-9 p.m. The annual event includes a 1.5-mile walk, art, children's activities and music by Fertile Ground, Musiq Soulchild, Patti LaBelle, the Pharcyde, Charlie Wilson and the Temptations Revue. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 Camden St., Baltimore. Free. 410-235-4427.


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CRYSTALSCREEN: HANG 'EM HIGH SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL-- Monday at sundown. Through Aug. 20. Most of the films in this weekly outdoor film series in Crystal City star Clint Eastwood. This week's selection is "The Outlaw Josey Wales." 18th and Bell streets, Arlington. Free. 703-412-9430.

LICENSE TO WED-- Opens Tuesday. Ben Murphy and Sadie Jones (John Krasinski and Mandy Moore) are a newly engaged couple who must pass the Rev. Frank's (Robin Williams) patented "foolproof" marriage course before getting Sadie's family's blessing.

TRANSFORMERS-- Opens Tuesday. The robotic characters of '80s cartoon, comic and toy fame leap into the 21st century with Michael Bay's feature-length action flick about an interstellar battle between the Autobots and Decepticons on the third rock from the sun. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Bernie Mac, John Turturro and Jon Voight.

THE TREATMENT-- Opens Friday. Showing one week only. Chris Eigeman stars in Oren Rudavsky's romantic comedy as a young schoolteacher in New York who takes up with a socialite widow (Famke Janssen) in lieu of therapy after his mother's death and a romantic breakup. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.75-$9.50. 202-452-7672.

TOTALLY AWESOME: FILMS OF THE 1980S-- Starts Friday. Through Sept. 6. Since candy-colored '80s fashions have seen a revival, why not the pop-cult films of the same era? The nostalgic rundown: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Valley Girl," "Friday the 13th," "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn," "Purple Rain," "This Is Spinal Tap," "Say Anything . . .," "Repo Man," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Terminator," "Pretty in Pink," "Brazil," "Big Trouble in Little China," "Coming to America," "Stranger Than Paradise," "Blue Velvet" and "Porky's." AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $9.25, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

[On Stage]

SORT OF SHAKESPEARE READING SERIES-- Monday at 8 p.m. The Howard Brenton play "Measure for Measure: A Comedy, After Shakespeare" is directed by Dan van Hoozer. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Pay what you can. 703-418-4808.

EDDIE GOSSLING-- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. July 8 at 8 p.m. The stand-up comic has appeared on HBO and on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15-$17. 202-296-7008.

GODSPELL-- Opens Thursday. Through July 29. The Gospel according to St. Matthew is told through clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville set to rock, folk and gospel music by Stephen Schwartz. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $18-$46. 301-924-3400.

THE CIPHER ON H-- Saturday at 8 p.m. The hip-hop dance showcase features DCypher Dance with guest artists Kwikstep and Rokafella, Ryan Webb, Urban Impact and Aysha Upchurch of the Life, Rhythm, Movement Project. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $22, seniors and students $17, ages 11 and younger $12. 202-399-7993.

NEW RELEASES CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE-- Saturday at 8 p.m. July 8 at 7 p.m. The annual event features works by Amanda Abrams, April Betty, Estela Velez, Erika Schonemann, Danah Bella, Kutia Jawara and Sarah Levitt. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; seniors, students, teachers and artists $15; children $7. 202-269-1600.

NEVER THE SINNER-- Through July 22. Michael Kharfen directs the John Logan play that explores the notorious 1920s Leopold and Loeb murder case about two wealthy teens who killed a 14-year-old boy. Silver Spring Stage, Woodmoor Shopping Center, 10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $13-$18. 301-593-6036.


NATIONALS-- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. against the Chicago Cubs. Friday-Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and July 8 at 1:35 p.m. against the Milwaukee Brewers. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $5-$130. 202-397-7328.

MYSTICS-- Today at 4 p.m. against the Indiana Fever. Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the San Antonio Silver Stars. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$115. 202-397-7328.


CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL-- Visit http://www.capfringe.org to fill out an application to help with the myriad performances at venues throughout the city. The second annual event is July 19-29. 202-731-6645.

GUARDIAN ANGELS SAFETY PATROL-- Canvass Washington streets with other volunteers by bike, by foot or on the bus for 16 hours a month to report crimes. Receive training at the D.C. Police Academy in city code, defensive tactics, gang awareness and more. Guardian Angels, 1507 Park Rd. NW. 202-359-0601.

GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY-- A volunteer is needed to shoot portraits for about 20 elderly women on July 21 at 1 p.m. Monroe House Assisted Living, 46555 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling. 703-282-5212.

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