LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of May 5

The annual Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk takes place May 7 between 9 and 4. Call 877/229-7726. * The Landon Azalea Garden Festival and Craft Show features more than 200 varieties of azaleas, wildflowers, herbs and ornamental bushes, May 5-7 at Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane in Bethesda. Call 301/320-1101. * The Washington National Cathedral holds its annual Cathedral Flower Mart and craft show, May 5-6 from 10 to 5. Call 202/537-6200. * The Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase classic is May 6 at Great Meadow on Route 245 in The Plains, Va. Advance ticket sales only. Call 540/347-1215. * The Maryland Draft Horse and Mule Association holds a field day and plowing competition, May 6 at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, Md. Call 301/670-4661. The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival features demonstrations of sheepherding, shearing and wool-making, May 6-7 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. Call 410/531-3647. * Family activities, music, food and live animals are among the attractions at the Audubon Nature Fair, May 7 at Woodend, the Audubon Naturalist Society's headquarters at 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Call 301/652-9188.

The Week of May 12

The 125th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 20 is the centerpiece of a Baltimore-wide celebration that features hot air balloon races, concerts, the Preakness Parade on May 13 and other events. Call 410/542-9400 for race information, 410/837-4636 for festival information. * The Guppy Gala, the National Zoo's annual fund-raising extravaganza for children, takes place May 12 and features a climbing wall, moon bounce, puppet shows and many other activities. Call 202/673-4717. * The Goodwill Embassy Tour on May 13 features eight to 10 embassies. Call 202/636-4225, Ext. 1257. * See butterflies native to Maryland and North America flying inside a conservatory filled with beautiful plants and flowers at the "Wings of Fancy" Live Butterfly Show, May 13 through July 16 at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. Call 301/949-8230. * The National Zoo's Zoofari, the zoo's annual fundraiser, is on May 18 and features tastings by more than 100 area restaurants, live entertainment, animal demonstrations and a silent auction. Call 202/673-4717.

The Week of May 19

Taste the wines of Virginia vineyards, learn more about George Washington's wine-making efforts and watch glass-blowers and other artisans at the Mount Vernon Wine Festival, May 19-21. Call 703/799-8604. * The annual Andrews Air Show features aerial feats of daring, a mass parachute jump and displays of vintage and modern warplanes, May 20-21 at Andrews Air Force Base. Call 301/981-1110. * Watch sheep dogs herd sheep and border collies round up sheep, and enjoy music, food and a crafts fair at the Oatlands Sheep Dog Trials, May 20-21 at Oatlands in Leesburg. Call 703/777-3174.

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Side Show," the Broadway musical about Siamese twins who became vaudeville stars, at Signature Theatre May 9 through June 18 ($30; 703/218-6500); "Julius Caesar," by the Aquila Theatre Company at the Folger Shakespeare Library May 9 through June 4 ($24 to $38; 202/544-7077); "El Saludador (Hello, How Nice to See You)," a nostalgic comedy by Roberto Cossa in Spanish with English translation, by Teatro de la Luna at the Gunston Arts Center May 5-27 ($20; 202/882-6227); and "Makin' Whoopee!," a celebration of the 20th-century musical stage, by Interact Theatre Company in the Arena Stage Old Vat Theater, May 11 through June 4 ($25 to $30; 703/218-6500).

Exhibitions

Opening May 6, the exhibition "Remembering the Present" brings 14 local artists to the Kreeger Museum under the umbrella of guest curator Jack Rasmussen's theme of monuments to the here and now. Call 202/337-3050. * "Donald Sultan: In the Still Life Tradition," opening May 10 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, features the large-scale still lifes of a contemporary American artist who paints in tar, oil and plaster on Masonite-mounted linoleum. Call 202/639-1700. * Also on May 10, the Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment opens on the ground floor of the Library of Congress's Jefferson Building with an inaugural exhibition dedicated to Hope's career in the context of American vaudeville. Call 202/707-4604.

Film

Opening May 5: In "Adrenaline Drive," a Japanese comedy from Shinobu Yaguchi, a rental car clerk and a bashful nurse find themselves in a Jaguar with a trunk full of bloody cash and on the run from a mobster and his gangsters. * In Ridley Scott's "Gladiator," set in ancient Rome, Russell Crowe plays Maximus, a Roman general disgraced into a life of slavery, then forced to do life-or-death battle in the arena. The cast also features Joaquin Phoenix, Djimon Hounsou and Richard Harris. * "Color of Paradise" is Iranian filmmaker Maji Majidi's film about Mohammad, an 8-year-student who leaves his birthplace in the northern heights of Iran to study at a school for the blind in Tehran. * Joline (Heather Graham) drives 2,000 miles to Mexico to find her husband (Luke Wilson) who walked out on her in "Committed." * In "I Dreamed of Africa," Kim Basinger plays Kuki Gallmann, an Italian woman who starts a new life in Kenya with her son (Liam Aiken) and new husband (Vincent Perez). * Philip ("Angels and Insects") Haas directs "Up at the Villa," a romantic melodrama set in Tuscany during the fascist era, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft and James Fox. * Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner and James Woods star in "The Virgin Suicides," a seriocomic mystery about five beautiful, but doomed sisters living in suburbia. The film marks Sofia Coppola's directorial debut. Opening dates subject to change.

CLOSING:

Closing on stage this weekend: "The Miracle Worker," at the Arena Stage Fichandler Theater (202/488-3300, TDD: 202/484-0247); "Too True to Be Good," by the Washington Stage Guild at Source Theatre (202/529-2084); "Elektra," by Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theatre (703/684-7990); "The Boys in the Band," by American Century Theatre at Gunston Arts Center (703/553-8782). * This weekend is your last chance to visit "Whistler and the Hadens," at the Freer Gallery of Art (202/357-2700, TDD: 202/357-1729); "Missing You: Last Letters From World War II," at the National Postal Museum (202/357-2700, TDD: 202/357-1729); "The Art of National Geographic: A Century of Illustration," at the National Geographic Society (202/857-7588); and "Reflected Lives, Directed Lives: American Women's Magazines," at the Newseum (703/284-3544 or 888/639-7386).

HOT TICKETS:

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a show by Poison, Cinderella, Dokken and Slaughter, appearing July 9 at Nissan Pavilion. They cost $36.50 and $31.50 in-house, $21.50 on the lawn; call 202/432-7328 or 800/551-7328 (service charges added). * On sale Saturday at noon from Ticketmaster: Diana Ross & the Supremes, July 9 at MCI Center. Tickets cost $39.50 to $125 plus service charges.

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