GRASSROOTS MUSIC FEST -- Today at 2:30 p.m. With Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sam Bush, and the Del McCoury Band. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $30-$65. 202-397-7328 or 301-596-0660.

B.B. KING -- Today at 7 p.m. With Dr. John. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $22-$38. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS -- Today at 8 p.m. '80s pop perfection. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $41.25. 410-268-4545.

CHICKS WITH ATTITUDE -- Friday at 8 p.m. With Liz Phair, the Cardigans, Katy Rose and Charlotte Martin. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $35. 202-265-0930.

LABOR DAY CONCERT -- Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra plays Broadway favorites and movie scores, under the direction of Associate Conductor Emil de Cou. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-467-4600.


PICASSO: SURREALISM AND THE WAR YEARS -- Closes today. An exploration of Pablo Picasso's artistic response to the horrors of war. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7, seniors and students $5, ages 18 and younger free, first Thursday of the month free. 410-396-7100.

PAINTINGS OF ELIZABETH TURNER HALL: A CELEBRATION OF JAZZ -- Closes Wednesday. Paintings of improvisational jazz artists. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. Free. For reception reservations, call 202-686-8000, Ext. 1051.

XXI-CENTURY REALISM -- Opens Thursday. Through Sept. 29. Reception Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. Paintings by Russian artists Luba Sterlikova, Stanislav Nikireyev, Galina Lopatina, Oleg Nefedkin, Iskander Ulumbekov, Youri Bondarenko and Fedor Likov. Apex Gallery, 406 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7001.

HUMOR'S EDGE: CARTOONS BY ANN TELNAES -- Closes Saturday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist's drawings address national issues and international themes. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Great Hall, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-4604.

AARON SISKIND: NEW RELATIONSHIPS IN PHOTOGRAPHY -- Through Sept. 5. The abstract photographer's images are juxtaposed with

works by Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollack.

The Phillips Collection, 1600

21st St. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, younger than 18 free. 202-387-2151.

AUGUST SANDER: PHOTOGRAPHS OF A GERMAN LANDSCAPE -- Through Sept. 5. After Sander's depiction of German society was censored by the Nazis, he turned his lens to nature and the countryside near Cologne. The Phillips Collection, 1600

21st St. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, younger than 18 free. 202-387-2151.

BY HAND IN THE ELECTRONIC AGE: CONTEMPORARY TAPESTRY -- Through Sept. 5. Part of the exhibition features works by Hungarian artists. The second section includes painting-like works by Canadian Marcel Marois and American Jon Eric Riis. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL: ONE TRUE THING, MEDITATIONS ON BLACK AESTHETICS -- Through Sept. 5. The artist looks at black history and identity in more than 40 works, including paintings, sculpture, photography and video installations. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7, seniors and students $5, children free,

first Thursday of the month free. 410-396-7100.

FOCUS ON THE SOUL: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOTTE JACOBI -- Through Sept. 5. The first major U.S. retrospective of the German American photographer's work features more than 80 of her images. Included are portraits, dance and theater photos, and works from her "Photogenics" series, in which she explores the use of light and movement as vehicles for expression. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6-$8, younger than 18 free. 202-783-5000.

ISOLATION AND INTIMACY -- Through Sept. 5. New work by artists Michael Madzo, Stephen Maffin and Cassie Taggart, including painting, mixed-media collage and sculpture. Zenith Gallery, 413 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-783-2963.

REVELATION: GEORGES ROUAULT AT WORK -- Through Sept. 5. A look at the French painter's unconventional use of materials. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, younger than 18 free. 202-387-2151.

SYMPHONY IN STEEL: IRONWORKERS AND THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL -- Through Nov. 28. Gil Garcetti's photographs of the Frank Gehry project in

Los Angeles. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.


PRELUDE FESTIVAL -- Opens Wednesday. Through Sept. 26. A series of music, theater and dance performances to kick off the arts center's 34th season, with performers from Japan, Puerto Rico and Native American cultures, and exhibits by visual artists Jaime Suarez and Antonio Martorell. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free-$40. 202-467-4600.


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.

VANITY FAIR -- Opens Wednesday. An adaptation of the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, starring Reese Witherspoon as a young woman who defies her impoverished background and enters high society.

BANG RAJAN -- The story of a small town in Thailand whose people defended themselves against the Burmese army in 1765. In Thai with English subtitles. At E Street Cinema.

THE COOKOUT -- Professional basketball player Todd Anderson (Quran Pender) signs a $30 million deal with the New Jersey Nets and throws a barbecue to celebrate. When his friends and family mingle with agents and product reps, things get out of hand. With Danny Glover and Queen Latifah.

FESTIVAL EXPRESS -- A documentary about a 1970 summer tour featuring Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and Buddy Guy. At Visions Cinema.

PAPARAZZI -- Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser) is a celebrity relentlessly pursued by tabloid photographers. After a high-speed car chase ends in an accident, injuring his wife and child, Bo seeks revenge. Produced by Mel Gibson.

WICKER PARK -- Josh Hartnett is a young man caught in an obsessive search for a woman he fell in love with who then vanished without a trace. With Matthew Lillard and Rose Byrne.

On Stage

BECKETT: THE SHORTER PLAYS -- Today at 2 p.m. Samuel Beckett's lesser-known short works, including "Krapp's Last Tape," "Rockaby," "Come and Go," "Breath," "Catastrophe," "Footfalls" and "Not I." Arena Stage, 1901 14th St. NW. $15, seniors and students $12. 202-518-9516.

CROWNS -- Today at 2 p.m. Regina Taylor's gospel-influenced musical based on the book "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats." Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $47-$66. 202-488-3300.

THE NEUTRINO PROJECT -- Today at 7:30 p.m. Washington Improv Theatre shoots, edits, scores and screens a film on the spot.

District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $10, students $5. 202-462-7833.

THE KING AND I -- Opens Tuesday. Through Sept. 5. Sandy Duncan appears in a new production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $18-$48. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

MACBETH -- Opens Tuesday. Through Oct. 24. Director Michael Kahn's rendition of "The Scottish Play" features Kelly McGillis as Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare Theatre,

450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202-547-1122.

M. BUTTERFLY -- Opens Friday. Through Oct. 17. A French diplomat named Gallimard falls for Song, a Chinese opera singer, in a tale of love and espionage. Kicks off Arena Stage's 2004-05 season. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$60; Sept. 16 at 8 p.m., college students get in for $10. 202-488-3300.

PAGE TO STAGE NEW PLAY FESTIVAL -- Saturday-Sept 5. Washington-area theaters

give free readings, open rehearsals and panel discussions, with new works by Joyce Carol Oates and Moira Buffini. Kennedy Center,

2700 F St. NW. Free; tickets distributed 30 minutes before each event. 202-467-4600.

CIRCLE OF PRAISE -- Saturday at 8 p.m. A performance by KanKouran West African Dance Company. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St.

NW. $25. 202-994-6800 or 301-808-6900.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES -- Through Sept. 5. Renegade Theater presents the Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein comedy based on a French film by Jean Poiret. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25. 301-871-1487 or 202-783-3933.


REDSKINS VS. FALCONS -- Friday at 7 p.m. on WUSA. The final preseason game.

"Seaweed 11" is part of the exhibit "Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography," showing through Sept. 5 at the Phillips Collection.