Are the stars out tonight?
Washington will get another chance to gaze and gawk and play Star Search over the next few days as the Kennedy Center becomes Hollywood on the Potomac once again.
The annual Kennedy Center Honors gala, Sunday at the Opera House, usually attracts a crowd of Broadway and Hollywood glitterati, with quite a few bright lights from the classical constellation as well.
And rubberneckers get another field day Monday with the world premiere of "Dune," one of the season's most anticipated movies. Those festivities include a black-tie invitational screening, which begins at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, followed by a dinner reception in the Atrium (redecorated in neon).
Among the celebrities expected for Sunday's black-tie, red-carpet events are the five Honors recipients themselves: Lena orne, Danny Kaye, Isaac Stern, Gian Carlo Menotti and Arthur Miller. Piling out of the limousines before the 7:30 invitational performance will be Edward Albee, Dina Merrill, Joseph Papp, Maureen Stapleton, Martin Landau (who opens in "Dracula" at the Kennedy Center next Friday), Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and lots more.
Among those expected for "Dune's" day are Kyle MacLachlan, making his screen debut as Paul Atreides; Francesca Annis, who plays the Lady Jessica; Kenneth McMillan (Baron Harkonnen); Dean Stockwell (Doctor Yueh); Frank Herbert, the author of the "Dune" novels; executive- producer Dino DeLaurentiis and his daughter Raffaella, who produced the film; and director-screenwriter David Lynch, who made "The Elephant Man" and the cult film "Eraserhead."
There's no word yet on whether any of the other cast members will attend. But who knows? The list includes Jose Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Jurgen Prochnow, Max Von Sydow, Sean Young and Police-man Sting.