Thursday, July 1, 2010;
PAT MCGEE BAND The popular concert rock band from Virginia behind "Save Me" was formed by McGee after he graduated from college. With D.C.-based rock quartet Honor by August. 8 p.m. Wolf Trap National Park, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1868. 877-965-3872. http://www.wolftrap.org. $25-$32.Fri
GIPSY KINGS The flamenco group began as a family band of singer-guitarists and hit it big with its single "Bamboleo." They recorded the Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" featured in "Toy Story 3." Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Wolf Trap National Park, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1868. 877-965-3872. http://www.wolftrap.org. $25-$42.
CLIPSE AND MAMBO SAUCE Mambo Sauce, the go-go band known for "Welcome to D.C." and "Miracles," formed in 2005. The Virginia Beach hip-hop duo Clipse emerged in 2002 with "Lord Willin' " and released "Til the Casket Drops" in December. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., concert at 9:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. http://www.thestatetheatre.com. $20 in advance, $25 day of the show.Sat
PATRIOTIC PICNIC This all-day event includes artist demonstrations on the quad, live music, food and a children's area. The concerts include Thrive, an acoustic duo (2 p.m.), the New Dominion Choraliers (6 p.m.) and the Rebel Run Dixieland Band of the City of Fairfax Band (7 p.m.). 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-495-0001. http://www.workhousearts.org. Suggested donation $5.
"SUBURBAN MOTEL George F. Walker's set of plays depicts oddball characters in a seedy motel room. Contains adult content. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., closes Saturday at 8 p.m. 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. http://www.1ststagetysons.org/motel. $25, students $15.
POTOMAC NATIONALS The Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals starts a four-game series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Saturday. The Saturday and Sunday games mark the Fourth of July with fireworks and an all-you-can-eat picnic. Saturday-Sunday at 6:35 p.m., Monday-Tuesday at 7:03 p.m. G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. 703-590-2311. http://www.potomacnationals.com. $24 for game and picnic on Saturday-Sunday. Game tickets $8-$14; seniors, military and age 6 and older $7-$9; age 5 and younger free.
UPPER EAST SIDE BIG BAND Swing and jazz music with the 19-piece group from Richmond. Part of a summer concert series. 7:30-10 p.m. Reston Town Center Pavilion, 1818 Discovery St., Reston. 703-912-4062. http://www.restontowncenter.com. Free.Sun
GREAT FALLS FOURTH OF JULY The holiday celebration starts with the annual baby parade of youngsters dressed in red, white and blue (registration at 8:45 a.m., parade at 9 a.m.). Then comes the main parade with firetrucks, horses, floats and antique cars (10 a.m.) There will be food, games and activities in the morning (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). In the evening, activities include inflatable rides for kids (6 p.m. at the Turner Farm, Georgetown Pike and Springvale Road). The day caps off with fireworks at dusk (Turner Farm). Great Falls Village Center, Georgetown Pike and Walker Road. http://www.greatfallsfriends.org. Free.
FOURTH OF JULY IN VIENNA The annual Independence Day festivities include games, rides and arts and crafts vendors. There will be entertainment from B2B, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, and a magician (11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St.). Fireworks follow at 9:15 p.m. (Southside Park, 1315 Ross Dr. SW). 703-255-7840. 703-255-6360. http://www.viennava.gov. Free.
HERNDON INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION This family-friendly event features games, rides and crafts for the kids (begins at 5 p.m.). Fireworks choreographed to music light up the sky at night (9:30 p.m.). Bready Park, adjacent to Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. 703-787-7300. http://www.herndon-va.gov. Free.
"A NEW DAY" Paintings by Jan E. Moffatt celebrate the morning light. Closes Sunday. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. http://www.loftgallery.org. Free.
"CHUKKER CHUCKLES AND CRITTERS" A collection of polo and animal paintings by Louise Mellon, who grew up painting and riding horses in Middleburg. Closes Sunday. Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 540-687-6986. http://www.byrnegallery.com. Free.
"L'CHAYIM (TO LIFE)" A collection of paintings and sculptures by Irene and Azriel Awret, Falls Church artists and Holocaust survivors, who met in a Nazi collection camp in Belgium. The two later started an art colony in Israel before moving to Virginia more than 30 years ago. Closes Sunday. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. http://www.artspaceherndon.com. Free.Mon
"COLOR OF SUMMER" An exhibit of photographs by Jack Nevitt of Woodbridge and wooden boxes by Peter and Rochelle Salter of Dunn Loring. Closes Monday. Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-494-0584. http://www.theartistsundertaking.com. Free.Tue
CHILDREN'S THEATRE-IN-THE-WOODS Wolf Trap's summer-long series of family-friendly shows continues. Wrapping up their five-day stints, Dinorock's "The Great Dinosaur Mystery" (Thursday-Saturday at 10 a.m.) and an interactive musical show with Hayes Greenfield's Jazz-a-Ma-Tazz (Thursday-Saturday at 11:15 a.m.) run through the weekend. The next performers starting five-day runs are the Culkin School of Irish Dance (Tuesday-Wednesday at 10 a.m.) and music teacher Robbie Schaefer (Tuesday-Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.). Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1868. http://www.wolftrap.org. $8 for one show, $10 for both shows on the same day.Wed
"MAMMA MIA!" In this Abba-inspired musical, a young bride-to-be brings the three men who might be her father to a Greek island. The Broadway success spawned the 2008 Meryl Streep movie. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through July 11. Wolf Trap National Park, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1868. 877-965-3872. http://www.wolftrap.org. $20-$80.
-- Compiled by Mark Berman from staff reports