A CAPITOL FOURTH -- Today at 8 p.m. With the National Symphony Orchestra, country stars Vince Gill and Amy Grant, American Idol Clay Aiken, former Bee Gee Robin Gibb and gospel star Yolanda Adams. Followed by fireworks at 9:10 p.m. Televised on PBS. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-619-7222.

Q AND NOT U -- Monday at 7:15 p.m. The local post-punk group plays with the Partyline as part of the ongoing Fort Reno summer concert series. Fort Reno Park, Nebraska and Chesapeake avenues NW. Free. 202-550-7393.

STING -- Friday at 7 p.m. The pop star and former Police frontman brings the Sacred Love tour to D.C., with Annie Lennox. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $35-$155.50. 202-397-7328 or 703-754-6400.

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC -- Friday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The musical comedian and polka wiz who brought us "Eat It" and "Dare to Be Stupid" reminds us that pop music still takes itself too seriously. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $40. 202-265-0930.

DEEP DISH -- Friday at 9 p.m. Washington's Grammy-winning DJ duo, known for their work with Madonna, the Pet Shop Boys and Michael Jackson. Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $20. 202-397-7328.

X-ECUTIONERS -- Saturday, doors at 10:30 p.m. Hip-hop turntable stars Roc Raida, Rob Swift and Total Eclipse, formerly known as the X-Men, perform with Northern State and Wylde Bunch. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.


LEAGUE OF RESTON ARTISTS -- Closes Monday. Includes the "Rough Edge Photography" of James W. Bailey, whose experimental style incorporates violent scratching, slashing and burning of his prints and negatives. University of Phoenix Northern Virginia Campus, 11730 Plaza America Dr., Suite 200, Reston. Free. 703-481-7898.


Monday. Local artists display

their works made in a variety of styles and materials in a setting of tropical flora. Brookside Gardens, North Conservatory, 1500

Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Free. 301-962-1400.

SUMMER LIGHT -- Opens Wednesday. Through Aug. 8. An exhibition from Touchstone group members. Touchstone Gallery, 406 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-347-2787.

AERIALSCAPES -- Opens Thursday. Through Aug. 2. Reception July 11, 2-4 p.m. Painter Paula Klare Wachsstock's interpretation of how the world appears from the window of an airplane. The Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

EQUIVALENTS -- Closes Saturday. Wall hangings by Andrea Haffner that create a network of objects captured in steel. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Free. 202-661-7582.

REMAINS AND TRACES -- Through July 31. Artist talk Saturday at 7 p.m. Collage by artist David Wallace. Gallery Neptune, 4808 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-718-0809.

SEVEN MORE (THINGS WE LIKE) -- Through July 31. Paintings, photography, video installations and more from artists Reverend Ethan Acres, Sarah Beddington, Marc Dennis, Jennifer Dorsey, Joe Ovelman, Adam Pendleton and P. Elaine Sharpe. Conner Contemporary Art, Second Floor, 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-588-8750.

ILLUMINATING THE WORD: GOSPEL BOOKS IN THE MIDDLE AGES -- Through Oct. 3. A collection of illustrated gospel books from the ninth through 17th centuries. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $8, seniors $6, college students and ages 18-25 $5, children free; first Thursday of the month free. 410-547-9000.


A look at the diversity of patterning in plain-woven textiles, the

simplest form of weaving, from

Asia to the Americas. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free,

with a $5 suggested donation. 202-667-0441.

LUXURY AND LUMINOSITY: VISUAL CULTURE AND THE MING COURT -- Through June 26. Cobalt-decorated porcelains, silk tapestries and color paintings commissioned by the royal court during China's Ming Dynasty. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.


LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL -- Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m. Featuring the kickoff of the Celia Cruz Vocal Competition and a performance by salsa sensations Bio Ritmo, with dancing and lessons. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

VIVE LA FRANCE -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; July 11, noon-6 p.m. A festival of 18th-century French arts, with performances by the Violins of Lafayette and the New York Baroque Dance Company, and tours of the Hillwood's French collection. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $25, children up to age 18 $5. For reservations, call 202-686-5807.


Films open Friday unless otherwise noted. Check or Friday's Weekend section for details. All movies

are in general release unless

otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change.

KING ARTHUR -- Opens Wednesday. Jerry Bruckheimer's adaptation of the legend of Britain's mythical king. With Clive Owen as Arthur and Keira Knightley as Guinevere.

ANCHORMAN -- It's the 1970s, and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell)

is San Diego's top-rated anchorman. When ambitious journalist Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) threatens his superiority, it's

more than a battle between two people with perfect smiles and hair -- it's war.

BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS -- A documentary about the iconic poet and novelist who wrote "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" and "Post Office," by director John Dullaghan. At E Street Cinema.

MY MOTHER LIKES WOMEN -- Three sisters' lives are thrown off balance when they learn their mother has fallen in love with a woman. At Visions Cinema.

SLEEPOVER -- Four best friends seeking to improve their social status take on their school's popular clique in an all-night scavenger hunt.

On Stage

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF -- Today at 2:30 p.m. Director Mark Lamos stages Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $61-$75. 202-467-4600.

AMERIKA -- Today at 3 p.m. D.C.'s Scena Theatre and the Pygmalion Theater of Vienna, Austria, present an adaptation of Franz Kafka's comic first novel. The story of a young immigrant named Karl Rossmann whose parents pack him off to America after a scandalous sexual misadventure. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25. For reservations, call 703-684-7990.

COPENHAGEN -- Opens Wednesday. Through Aug. 8. A play about a meeting between two atomic scientists on opposite sides of World War II, and how it may have changed the course of history. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$36. 301-924-3400.

TATTOO SKY -- Closes Thursday. The Keegan Theatre presents

local playwright Eric Lucas's

Sam Shepard-inspired story

of two con artists who meet

their match in the Nevada

desert. Clark Street Playhouse,

601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$25. 703-527-6000.

DNA: DRAMA, NUANCE, ATTITUDE -- Opens Friday. Through Aug. 8 The Black Women Playwrights' Group presents ruminations on DNA and the essence of life. Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G St. NW. $15-$20. 202-315-1321.

PRONTO -- Opens Friday. Through July 24. Washington Improv Theater spins a word suggested by the audience into a dream that is narrated and acted out on the

spot. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $10. 202-462-7833.

AN ISLAND OF NO LAND AT ALL: THE STORY OF O'MALLEY OF SHANGANAGH -- Closes Saturday. Keegan Theatre presents Peter Coy's play about a man who returns to Ireland from the seas and falls in love. Based on the works of Irish American author Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$25. 800-494-8497 or 703-527-6000.


at 8 p.m. and July 11 at 7 p.m.

Dance Place's annual showcase of new works from established and emerging choreographers. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers

and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.

PLANET CLAIRE -- Closes Saturday. A sci-fi-meets-go-go musical written by Tad Janes, featuring songs by the B-52's. Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., Baltimore. $20. 410-752-8558.

RITUAL PLAY -- Closes Saturday. Two sisters open an old family trunk and find objects that evoke the depression and deceit in their relationship. District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $10-$12. 202-462-7833.

THE BLUE ROOM -- Through July 11. David Hare's contemporary adaptation of "La Ronde" tackles the themes of sex, romance, isolation and hypocrisy. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $22-$36. 703-218-6500.

MAHALIA: A GOSPEL MUSICAL -- Through July 11. Bernardine

Mitchell stars as the great

gospel singer. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703-548-9044.

THE UNDERPANTS -- Through July 11. Steve Martin's adaptation of a social satire by German playwright Carl Sternheim, about a government clerk whose wife drops her underpants in public. Directed by Steven Carpenter. By the Washington Stage Guild. 1901 14th St. NW. $25-$28. 240-582-0050.


WIMBLEDON -- Today at 9 a.m. The men's final round in the lawn tennis championship on NBC.

A page from a bible circa 1475 is part of the Walters Art Museum's "Illuminating the Word: Gospel Books in the Middle Ages."