More April events.

April 26

The Shining Star Gala, a benefit for the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, is at the French Embassy. Tickets: $125. Call 202-563-6862, Ext. 130.

"Four Queens, Two Jokers -- Full House," Woolly Mammoth Theatre's spring benefit at Club 2K9, features a performance by the a cappella drag quartet the Kinsey Sicks and sketch comedy by Kravits & Jones. Tickets: $50 (regular seating for the show and admission to the post-show party) and $250 (priority seating for a dinner before the show, the show and admission to the post-show party). Call 202-312-5265.

The Howard County Arts Council annual benefit is at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. The event includes performances, a silent auction of works by Howard County artists, plus cuisine prepared by Howard County restaurants and caterers. Tickets: $50 and $75. Call 410-313-2787.

The gala dinner of the James Renwick Alliance is at the Fairmont Hotel. The Alliance supports the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery. More than 60 craft objects will be up for auction during the dinner. Tickets: $225 ($125 for guests under 40). Call 301-907-3888.

The Prince George's County Section of the National Council of Negro Women's annual luncheon and fashion show at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt features fashions presented by the Lovely Lady Boutique of Washington. Tickets: $45 ($20 for ages 12 and younger). Call 301-449-1655 or 301-888-1265.

The Washington Chorus's 33rd annual dinner and auction is at the National Education Association. The evening offers hors d'oeuvres, live music, silent and live auctions, and dinner. Tickets: $75. Call 202-342-6221.

Providence Hospital's gala at the Hyatt Regency Washington features entertainment by Mary Wilson of the Supremes. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-269-7776.

"A Night of Orchids & Butterflies," the Parents Association of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center's scholarship fund benefit, is at the Smithsonian's Arts & Industries building. Tickets: $20. Call 202-786-4717.

"An Evening at the Races," a benefit for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission arts programs at Harmony Hall Regional Center, is at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington. Tickets: $35. Call 301-292-1507.

April 27

Fascinatin'(cq/rg)Rhythm: A Tribute to George Gershwin,the Kennedy Center Gala offers performances by Michael Feinstein, Patti LuPone, Megan Mullally, Tommy Tune and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, the Morgan State University Choir, Leonard Slatkin conducting the National Symphony Orchestra and the New York City Ballet's Miranda Weese and Nilas Martins. For contributors of $5,000 and above, there is a private reception April 26. Tickets start at $500. Call 202-416-8338 or visit

The James Renwick Alliance's awards brunch is at the St. Regis Hotel. Tickets: $55. Call 301-907-3888.

Carpenter's Cookoff, a fund-raising event for the Carpenter's Shelter, Northern Virginia's largest homeless shelter, is at the Birchmere in Alexandria. Tickets: $35 ($100 per family). Tickets for Carpenter's Volunteers $25 ($50 per family). Call 703-548-7500, Ext. 204.

Works by Peter Carl Faberge, including his jeweled eggs, will be on display at the Faberge Arts Foundation's Easter celebration, at the chancery of the Russian Embassy. The affair, which benefits the foundation's St. Petersburg Conservancy, also includes, a concert and a supper of Russian Easter delicacies. Tickets: $175 ($300 per couple). Call 202-293-2277.

April 29

The University of the District of Columbia's gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium features entertainment by Melba Moore. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-342-1988 or 202-293-0599.

April 30

Author, screenwriter and film director Nora Ephron is the guest speaker at the Women's Auxiliary of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington's Aunt Minnie Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Tickets: $85. Call 301-770-8351.

Zero to Three, an early-childhood development organization, is the host of a 25th-anniversary celebration at the Kennedy Center that features performances designed to evoke the amazements of childhood. Tickets start at $300. Call 202-636-8743.