The length of the free motor coach and walking tours during the annual International Tourist Guide Day on Feb. 22 was incorrectly reported in the Feb. 7 Weekend. The motor coach tours will be 3 1/2 hours long; the walking tours will be one hour long. (Published 2/8/03)
The Week of Feb. 14
Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, celebrates the George Washington's Birthday presidential holiday with parades and a sample of Washington's favorite breakfast, "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey" Feb. 15-16. On Feb. 17, music and a presidential wreath-laying will mark the birthday of the first president. Admission on Feb. 17 is free. Call 703-780-2000. * Alexandria holds the nation's largest parade celebrating the birthday of George Washington, with marching bands, floats, military reenactors and other units Feb. 17 on the streets of Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-838-9270.
The Week of Feb. 21
Almost 800 artists and artisans display their wares during the American Craft Council Baltimore Winter Show Feb. 21-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Call 410-649-7000. * The Washington Opera inaugurates a year of performances at DAR Constitution Hall with "Aida" Feb. 22-March 11. Call 202-295-2400 or 800-876-7372. * Free two-hour motor coach and walking tours of "Two Hundred Years of Black History in the U.S. Capital" are offered during the annual International Tourist Guide Day, sponsored by the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington and other organizations, Feb. 22 starting at 9 a.m. at the National Building Museum. Call 202-298-9425.
The Week of Feb. 28
The Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade features floats, bands, Irish dancers and other units March 1 through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-237-2199. * See how maple trees are tapped and the sap is boiled into syrup at the Maple Sugarin' Festival March 2 at the Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster, Md. Call 410-848-9040. * The National Capital Boat Show showcases fishing boats, ski boats, runabouts, motor yachts and personal watercraft and displays by vendors of related products and services, March 6-9 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Call 703-378-0910 or 804-288-5653. * See displays by vendors of home- and garden-related goods and services at the Washington Home & Garden Show March 6-9 at the Washington Convention Center. Call 703-823-7960.
Hot Tickets Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these upcoming shows: starting Friday at noon, comedian Dave Chappelle, appearing May 16 at the Warner Theatre ($39.50, $36.50 and $32.50); starting Saturday at noon, Zwan and Queens of the Stone Age, March 29 at Towson Center Arena ($29.50). Call 202-432-7328 or 410-481-7328 (service charges added). Tickets are on sale now for "Dralion," an avant-garde adaptation of ancient Chinese circus traditions by Cirque du Soleil, who pitch their gold and blue tent in Baltimore's Inner Harbor April 11-27. Tickets cost $45 to $65 through Admission Network; call 800-678-5440.
Stage American Ballet Theatre stages its lavish, full-length production of "Romeo and Juliet," choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Feb. 18-23. Tickets cost $27 to $75; call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
These exhibitions open next week: "El Rio," opening Feb. 14 at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building, uses case studies from New Mexico and Texas and several Mexican states to explore the relationship between local culture and the environment in the Rio Grande/Rio Grande basin. Call 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729). * "An Imperial Collection: Women Artists From the State Hermitage Museum," opening Feb. 14 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, focuses on the 18th- and 19th-century women -- both painters and patrons -- who influenced Russion social and cultural history. Call 202-783-5000. * "Saving Mount Vernon: The Birth of Preservation in America," opening Feb. 15 at the National Building Museum, includes a 6 by 10 by 8-foot scale model of George Washington's mansion. Call 202-272-2448. * "Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936," opening Feb. 15 at the Phillips Collection, looks at the early career of the famous photojournalist. Call 202-387-2151. * "After the Madness: The Secular Life, Art and Imitation of Bada Shanren," opening Feb. 15 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, presents the art of the Qing dynasty painter. Call 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729). * Two shows open at the Corcoran Gallery of Art: "Joseph Mills: Inner City," opening Feb. 15, is the first solo museum exhibition devoted to the art of the local photographer, while the "2003 BFA Senior Exhibitions" put the work of graduating students of the Corcoran College of Art and Design on view beginning Feb. 19. Call 202-639-1700.
Film Opening Feb. 14: Ben Affleck plays blind attorney/superhero Matt Murdock in "Daredevil." Also features Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan. * In Walt Disney's animated "The Jungle Book 2," jungle boy Mowgli finds himself, yet again, tangling with the likes of Shere Khan. * In "Lockdown," a brutal depiction of prison life, De'Aundre Bonds and Gabriel Casseus are two young men falsely imprisoned for murder. * "Lost in La Mancha" is Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary about filmmaker Terry Gilliam's efforts to get the movie "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" off the ground. * "The Other Network" is a compilation of eight previously unseen sitcom pilots with Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Ron Silver, Ray Romano, Sally Struthers, Adam West and others. Opening dates subject to change.
CLOSING Closing on stage this weekend: "Twelfth Night," at the Folger Shakespeare Library (202-544-7077); "High Dive," at Metrostage (703-548-9044); "The Last Seder," by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229); and "Lord of the Dance," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-432-7328). * This weekend is your last chance to visit "An Artist's Artists: Jacob Kainen's Collection From Rembrandt to David Smith," in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art (202-737-4215, TDD: 202-842-6176); and "Jungles: Photographs of Frans Lanting," at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall (202-857-7588).
NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND Karaoke machines, open-mike nights and pool tables have become regular features at area bars and clubs, but look closely, and you'll find watering holes with retro video games, weekly trivia contests, large collections of board games and even the chance to show off your record collection.
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