LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of April 4

Floats, balloons, marching bands and other entertainers join the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade April 5 on Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets NW. Call 202-547-1500. * {diam} Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performs April 9-21 at the D.C. Armory. Call 202-432-7328.

The Week of April 11

"Marching Through Time," a multi-era historic reenactment encampment, with drills, demonstrations and living history portrayals, is April 12-13 at Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. Call 301-464-5291.

The Week of April 18

Thousands of dogs from scores of breeds compete in the Old Dominion Kennel Club Dog Show April 19 at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg. 703-406-2474. * The African American Family Celebration features an Easter egg hunt, gospel music, storytellers and food vendors April 21 at the National Zoo. Call 202-673-4717.

Hot Tickets Tickets go on sale this weekend for these upcoming concerts: starting Friday at 10, ZZ Top, with Ted Nugent, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Double Trouble, appearing May 13 at Nissan Pavilion ($56, $50 and $29 in-house, $23.50 and $10 on the lawn); starting Saturday at 10, the Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 13 at Nissan Pavilion ($56 in-house, $38.50 lawn); starting Saturday at 11, Matchbox Twenty, Sugar Ray and Maroon 5, May 16 at MCI Center ($40); starting Saturday at noon, the Eagles, July 11 at MCI Center ($178, $88 and $48). Call 202-432-7328 or 800-551-7328 (service charges added).* These shows at Nation are on sale now from Ticketmaster: Molotov, April 16 ($15); Dirty Vegas, April 18 ($15); and Bad Religion, Snapcase and Stun, April 22 ($20).

OPENING SOON

Stage On stage soon, on sale now: The Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Houston Ballet share a week of programs celebrating Paul Taylor April 9-13 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $19 to $45; call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).* The deposed Scottish queen confronts Queen Elizabeth I in Friedrich Schiller's "Mary Stuart," at Baltimore's Center Stage from April 4 through May 4. Tickets cost $10 to $50; call 410-332-0033.* "Tick . . . tick . . . BOOM!," the musical about a struggling young composer that Jonathan Larson wrote before he created "Rent," visits the Warner Theatre April 8-13. Tickets cost $26.50 to $49; call 202-432-7328 or 202-783-4000.

Exhibition

These exhibitions open next week: "Kendall Buster: Inventory of Imagined Places," opening April 4 at the Kreeger Museum, examines the process and source materials behind the creation of Buster's sculpture. Call 202-338-3552. * "Jean Hugo: An Artist Observes World War I," opening April 8 at the Woodrow Wilson House, features watercolors and drawings of World War I-era France by artist Jean Hugo. Call 202-387-4062. * "William Morris: The Reactionary Revolutionary," opening April 9 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, highlights prints and woven woolen textiles by the founder of the arts and crafts movement. Call 410-396-7100.

Film Opening April 4: "Assassination Tango," a thriller directed by Robert Duvall, is about a hired killer (Duvall) who falls in love with a tango dancer while on a hit job in Buenos Aires. * In "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie," a Japanese anime film taken from the popular TV show, the crew has a dangerous mission involving a terrorist incident in a Martian crater. * "Dysfunktional Family" is George Gallo's documentary about the comedian Eddie Griffin, who attends a family reunion that features one uncle who's a porn director and another who's a former pimp. * In "The Guys," a New York City journalist (Sigourney Weaver) is called upon to help a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) write a series of eulogies for the men he lost at the World Trade Center.

* "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not," starring Audrey Tautou, is a French romantic thriller about a romantic triangle between a young woman, her married lover and his pregnant wife. * "Irreversible" is about a woman (Monica Bellucci) who is raped, and whose husband and friend decide to take justice into their own hands. * In "A Man Apart," Vin Diesel's a DEA agent bent on revenge when a drug cartel leader kills his wife. * Joel Schumacher's thriller "Phone Booth" stars Colin Farrell as someone who answers a pay phone, only to learn a sniper has him in his sights. * "What a Girl Wants" stars Amanda Bynes as a free-spirited 16-year-old girl who travels to England to find her biological father (Colin Firth) and discovers he's an aristocratic politician. Opening dates subject to change.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "Book of Days," in the Arena Stage Fichandler Theater (202-488-3300, TDD: 202-484-0247); comedian Jackie Mason, at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-432-7328); "Jump/Cut," by Woolly Mammoth Theater and Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229); "Dames at Sea," at the Olney Theater Center (301-924-3400); "The Return to Morality," by Rep Stage in Columbia (410-772-4900); "That Takes Ovaries!" by Horizons Theatre at Hand Chapel (703-243-8550); Rob Becker's "Defending the Caveman," at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House (410-481-7328 or 410-494-2712); and "Intimate Apparel," at Baltimore's Center Stage (410-481-6500 or 410-332-0033). * This weekend is your last chance to visit these Smithsonian exhibitions: "Through My Father's Eyes: Photographs by Ricardo Alvarado," at the National Museum of American History; "Kites!," at the Arts and Industries Building; and "Palaces and Pavilions: Grand Architecture in Chinese Painting," at the Freer Gallery of Art. Call 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729). * Also closing this weekend: "Traditions in Elegance: 100 Teapots From the Norwich Castle Museum," at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Call 202-225-8333.

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performs April 9-21 at the D.C. Armory."William Morris: The Reactionary Revolutionary," opening April 9 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, highlights prints and textiles by the founder of the arts and crafts movement. Robert Duvall wrote, directed, produced and stars in "Assassination Tango."