The works of 41 master artists are showcased in the exhibition "Glass! Glorious Glass!," opening Friday and running through Jan. 30, at the Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Farragut West, Farragut North). On Saturday from 1 to 4, the Renwick Gallery holds a Family Day, with a puppet show at 2, demonstrations, a hands-on bead workshop and tours of the exhibition. The gallery is open from 10 to 5:30 daily. Admission is free. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).
Arts on Foot
Arts on Foot, Washington's celebration of art, theater, dance, films and music, takes place Saturday from 11 to 5 in the Pennsylvania Quarter around Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Schedules will be available at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW; the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW; the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; Utrecht Art Supplies, 1250 I St. NW; the Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; and the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Activities include a Spanish dance performance by the Danza del Rio Company at 11 at the National Theatre; craft demonstrations from 12:30 to 4 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW; demonstrations by area chefs, from 11:45 to 4:30 outdoors on Fand Eighth streets; and, at the Shakespeare Theatre, stage combat demonstrations from 11:30 to 12:30. It's all free. Call 202/482-7271 or 202/547-1122, or visit the Web site: ww.artsonfoot.org.
A Tribute to Hank
Live performances by country music stars Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, Steve Earle and Kathy Mattea perform at a Smithsonian Associates' tribute to country music legend Hank Williams, Friday at 6:30 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom/ GWU). Tickets are $30. Call 202/ 357-3030.
An air show, displays of antique and war planes; model rocket and model airplane demonstrations; and other entertainment are featured at College Park Airport's AeroFair, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. Admission is $1. Airplane, biplane, and helicopter rides are available for additional fees from 10 to 2 and 4 to 5; tethered hot-air balloon rides are offered from 10 to noon. The air show is from 2 to 4 both days. From Beltway Exit 23, follow Kenilworth Avenue south 2.3 miles to Paint Branch Parkway, turn right and continue to Cpl. Frank Scott Drive; turn right to parking areas. The airport is two blocks from the College Park Metro station, and free shuttle buses will run between the Metro station and the fair. Call 301/927-1909 (TDD: 301/249-4252).
Takoma Park Festival
The 22nd annual Takoma Park Folk Festival features six stages of performances by Al Petteway & Amy White, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Terri Allard, Bill Danoff, Arte Flamenco, the Yellow River Art Ensemble, the Nicolo Whimsey Show, the Capital Klezmers, the Liz Lerman Youth Dance Troupe and others; dance workshops; hands-on craft activities; storytellers; and games, on Sunday from 11 to 6:30. The festival takes place at Route 410 and Maple Avenue, in and around the Takoma Park Municipal Building and Piney Branch Elementary School. Admission is free; free shuttle buses will run from the Takoma Park Metro station and a free satellite parking area at Washington Adventist Hospital, Flower and Carroll avenues. Call 301/589-3717.
The Washington National Cathedral, at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, holds its annual Open House Saturday from 10 to 4 with music and dance by local ensembles, exhibits and tours, food vendors, demonstrations by stonecarvers, blacksmiths and stonemasons, and and activities for children. The popular Central Tower Climb, up winding stone stairs to the highest point in the District, is will be held from 8 to 4. Tower climb tickets cost $2; all other activities are free. Call 202/537-6200.
Books in Baltimore
The Baltimore Book Festival presents talks and readings by scores of authors, including chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall; children's entertainment and displays by about 150 vendors, Friday from 5 to 9, Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 7 at Mount Vernon Place, in the 600 block of North Charles Street. Call 800/282-6632.
The extraordinary vision of art connoisseur, collector, critic, patron and museum director Duncan Phillips is celebrated in "Renoir to Rothko: The Eye of Duncan Phillips" at the Phillips Collection. See cover story on Page 36.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
"American Beauty" gets America right where it lives: suburbia. Thanks to a powerful story and Kevin Spacey's performance, it's one of the best pictures of the year. See review on Page 45. -- Desson Howe
Comedian Dave Attell uses his angry, nearly visionary voice to scrape scathing truths from daily life's surface pleasures. His world-gone-mad rants are so powerful because they're so accurate. Catch him Friday through Sunday at the Improv (202/296-7008).
-- Eric Brace
Comedienne Margaret Cho was the first Asian-American to star in her own sitcom (ABC's "All-American Girl"), and while that made her famous it didn't make her happy. Her one-woman show "I'm the One That I Want" Friday at the Warner Theatre (202/432-7328) brings her trademark biting humor to bear on what she calls the "rise and demise" of those Hollywood days, and her life now.
-- Sarah Kaufman