The Week of March 14

The Washington St. Patrick's Day Parade will feature dancers, bagpipers and bands on March 16 along Constitution Avenue NW from Seventh to 17th streets. Call 202-619-7222.

The Week of March 21

Seal and sea lion feeding and training, face painting for children, special exhibits and other activities will take place at the North American Wildlife Celebration, formerly known as Seal Days, March 22-23 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-673-4717. * The Smithsonian's annual Kite Festival, with competitions in design, performance and other categories, March 22 at 10 (rain date March 23) on the Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. Call 202-619-7222 or 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729). * The blooming cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are the centerpiece of the annual the National Cherry Blossom Festival, showcasing music, sports events and other activities March 22 through April 7, with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Matsuri Street Festival on April 5. Call 202-547-1500 or 202-619-7222, or visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org * The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth," performs March 27 through April 6 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. Call 202-432-7328.

The Week of March 28

The Gunston Hall Kite Festival features kite-flying opportunities, a puppet show, food from vendors and more March 29 at Gunston Hall in Lorton. Call 703-550-9220. * The Washington Opera presents Mozart's "Don Giovanni," March 29 through April 11 at DAR Constitution Hall. Call 202-295-2400 or 800-876-7372.

Hot Tickets Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these upcoming concerts: starting Friday at 10, Pearl Jam and the Buzzcocks, appearing July 1 at Nissan Pavilion ($38 in-house, $34 on the lawn); starting Friday at noon, Def Leppard, April 15 at Baltimore's First Mariner Arena ($45 and $35); starting Saturday at 10, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, July 3 at Merriweather Post Pavilion and July 5 at Nissan Pavilion ($65 in-house, $35 on the lawn); starting Saturday at noon, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, Aug. 19 at MCI Center ($45.50, $58.50 and $72.50). Call 202-432-7328 or 800-551-7328 (service charges added).



This exhibition opens next week: "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," opening March 14 at the Renwick Gallery, spotlights the stained-glass windows of the pioneering American architect. Call 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729). * "Chang Tang Trek: Expedition to the Tibetan Plateau," opening March 19 at the National Geographic Society, features Galen Rowell's photographs of the Chang Tang Plateau in northwest Tibet. Call 202-857-7588.

Film Opening March 14: In "Agent Cody Banks," Frankie ("Malcolm in the Middle") Muniz plays a teenager who's assigned a task for the CIA. * "The Hunted" is a suspense thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones as a tracker who teams up with a female FBI agent (Connie Nielsen) to capture an assassin played by Benicio Del Toro.* "Prozac Nation," based on Elizabeth Wurtzel's memoir, stars Christina Ricci as a young woman who battles depression during her first year at Harvard. * David Cronenberg's "Spider" is about a man named Spider (Ralph Fiennes) who struggles to overcome the trauma of his childhood with his father (Gabriel Byrne) and mother (Miranda Richardson). * In "Till Human Voices Wake Us," a psychologist (Guy Pearce) returns to his Australian hometown to bury his father and encounters a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) whom he believes to be the ghost of a woman he once knew. * "Willard," a remake of the classic horror film, stars Crispin Glover as a young man who has an unusual psychic bond with rats. Opening dates subject to change.

CLOSING Closing on stage this weekend: "The Silent Woman" at the Shakespeare Theatre (202-547-1122, TDD: 202-638-3863); "110 in the Shade," at Signature Theatre (703-218-6500); "Wedding Dance," by African Continuum Theatre Co. at the Kennedy Center's AFI Theater (202-467-4600, TDD: 202-416-8524); and "Tick, Tick . . . Boom!," at Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theater (410-752-1200 or 410-625-4230). * This weekend is your last chance to visit "In Process: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the BFA Program" and "The 47th Corcoran Biennial: Fantasy Underfoot," at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202-639-1700); "The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes From South India," at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (202-357-2700, TDD: 202-357-1729); "Ringside: The Boxing Paintings and Sculptures of Joseph Sheppard," at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum (410-547-9000).

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Celebrants of all ages will enjoy the Washington St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16. Ralph Fiennes stars in "Spider" as a lonely man struggling with deeply buried memories of his childhood. "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright" opens March 14 at the Renwick Gallery.