On the Up and Up
You can be lighter than air at the 2nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Rally sponsored by Kids Incorporated, an organization that grants gravely ill children one last wish. A total of 38 balloons lift off beginning Saturday at dawn in a hare and hound race (other races are at 6 on Saturday and Sunday at dawn). There'll be a variety of activities on Saturday, including five-minute tethered balloon rides from 2:30 to 5. Cost is $3. You can also hear barbershop quartets and the Redskins Band; chow down on food from more than 20 vendors; browse over crafts, and even see a precision parachute jump by the Army's Golden Knights at 1:30 and 3:30. The event is on the COMSAT grounds in Clarksburg, Maryland (take I-270 north to exit at Boyds/Clarksburg and follow signs). Admission is free; parking is $3 per car. 569-3551 or 374-1778.
Sounds of Summer
It's gotta be summer when you can wind down from work by stretching out on the lawn near the Washington Monument grounds to hear the United States Air Force Band at the Sylvan Theater. This Friday's program spotlights the music of Claude Smith, Puccini, Handel and Sousa. Dennis Owens of WGMS narrates part of the program with words by Thomas Jefferson set to music. The USAF Band also performs Tuesdays at the steps on the west side of the Capitol. The free concerts, run through August and begin at 8. 767-5658.
In the you'll-only-see-this-in-Washington department: the 2nd Annual Kal Can Capital Canine Follies. Saturday from 1 to 4 at the Capital Children's Museum, you can see more than a hundred dogs belonging to various personalities, including Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Robert and Elizabeth Dole and ABC TV's Kathleen Sullivan. Those five owners will be in attendance, by the way, along with 75 other politicians, soap opera stars, sports figures and members of the media. There'll also be food and information booths, and even a pet psychologist, whom you can consult for $1. Admission is $15 for adults; $5 for children ($30 for families of 4). The museum is at 800 Third Street NE. 675-4123.
Do Look Back
For almost a quarter of a century, Bob Dylan has been a creative chameleon, moving through folk, rock, country, gospel, and from protest to love ballads, from obtuse lyricism to direct advice. He may be the only artist whose every move sends as many people scuttling for cover as running to discover him anew.
With D.A. Pennebaker's "Don't Look Back" still waiting for release on videocassette, Sunday's Dylan Revisited (1963-1986): A Video Retrospective (at the Roxy) is a wonderful reminder of just how intriguing and influential Dylan has been (and continues to be); and unlike Pennebaker's film, which deals with Dylan's 1966 tour, "Dylan Revisited" envelops the whole of his career, from the early '60s (Dylan singing in a Mississippi field at a civil rights protest) right up to 1986.
There are many stations along the way of this three-hour retrospective -- including the folk-goes-electric "scandal" at the Newport Folk Festival, the British tour with the Band, Rolling Thunder and the Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute. The program is drawn from promotional films, documentaries, television interviews and appearances. Much of the material is rarely seen; all of it is revealing. The show is Sunday at 8. Tickets, $6, are available at Ticket Center or at the Roxy, 1214 18th Street NW (at Connecticut Avenue). 296-9292. -- Richard Harrington.
All That Jazz
The 2nd Annual Capital City Jazz Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Washington Convention Center. Friday at 8, the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet and Tito Puente Latin Ensemble cook up some Afro/Latin rhythms. A salsa concert with Tuli Arias follows at midnight. Some of the artists appearing over the course of three Saturday concerts are Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela & Kalahari from South Africa; the Terence Blanchard/Donald Harrison Quintet; the Betty Carter Trio; and a dozen local jazz musicians. For reviews on some of the performers at the festival, see page 13. Tickets, $12 to $17.50, include admission to a jazz marketplace and are available at the Convention Center Box Office, 924 H Street NW. 371-4257 or 832-4274.
Rest of the Best
Teams representing 32 embassies and international organizations vie in the first round of the 4th Annual National Bank of Washington Embassy Cup Soccer Tournament Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. at the JFK Soccer Fields near the Lincoln Memorial. Free. (The tournament continues through June.) 537-2118 . . . The Canadian Embassy co-sponsors a concert of guitar and harpsichord by Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver Saturday at 8 in the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 21st and C streets NW. (By Metrorail, exit from the Foggy Bottom station on the Orange/Blue lines.) Admission is free and seating is available on a first-come basis. 334-2000.
More than 50 pros drive their big rigs at the 22nd Annual District of Columbia Truck Driving Championships from 8 to 5 Saturday in parking lot No. 1, University of Maryland. Free. 838-1885 or 454-2753 . . . Glen Echo kicks off its summer ballroom dancing series Saturday at 9 in the Spanish Ballroom. Admission is $6. (A dance class precedes the event at 8; cost is $4.) 492-6282 . . . The Takoma Old Town Street Festival is Sunday from noon to 6 at the Gazebo, intersection of Carroll and Laurel avenues (two blocks from Takoma Park Metro station on the Red Line). Three stages offer nonstop entertainment, including music by Celtic Thunder, Cathy Fink and Grazzmatazz. There'll also be international food, crafts and games. Free. 270-1700 or 270-5177.
More than 300 cars go on display at Sully Farm's 13th Annual Antique Car Show Sunday from 10 to 3:30. Among other attractions are a car restoration display, antique fashion show, a craft fair and a dixieland jazz band. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children, and includes a tour of the farm house. 437-1794.