LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of May 21

Wolf Trap Park opens its summer season in the Filene Center with two performances of "The Mikado," by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players May 21-22, and a free concert by the U.S. Marine Band with fireworks May 23. Call 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860. {diam} The 13th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival brings nearly 200 artists and artisans and entertainment on two stages to Reston Town Center May 22-23. Call 703-471-9242. {diam} The Shakespeare Theatre revives its production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the 14th annual Shakespeare Free for All May 27-June 6 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park. Call 202-547-1122 or 202-334-4790.

The Week of May 28

The National World War II Memorial on the Mall will be dedicated in a ceremony May 29 during a four-day World War II Reunion event May 27-30 with concerts, talks, exhibits and reminiscences. Call 202-357-2700 or 202-619-7222. {diam} The National Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Ossie Davis, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley and other stars at the free Memorial Day concert May 30 on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Call 202-619-7222. {diam} Local jazz ensembles and orchestras perform at the free Memorial Day Jazz Festival May 31 at Alexandria's Fort Ward. Call 703-838-4200 or 703-883-4686.

The Week of June 4

Arthur Mitchell's Dance Theatre of Harlem performs two mixed repertory programs, including an all-Balanchine evening, June 8-13 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $27 to $82; call 202-467-4600.

HOT TICKETS

These upcoming concerts go on sale Saturday from Ticketmaster: starting at 10, Metallica, appearing Oct. 17 at MCI Center ($78 and $58); starting at 11, Simon & Garfunkel with the Everly Brothers, June 14 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena (prices to be announced); starting at noon, Barenaked Ladies and Alanis Morissette, Aug. 10 at Merriweather Post Pavilion ($49.50 and $39.50 in the pavilion, $25 on the lawn). Call 202-397-7328 or 800-551-7328 (service charges added). {diam} These shows at the 9:30 club are on sale now from Tickets.com: Aimee Mann and Julian Coryell, June 19 ($25); Femi Kuti and Angelique Kidjo, June 23 ($25). Call 703-218-6500.

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Necessary Targets," Eve Ensler's depiction of war as seen through the eyes of an unlikely gathering of women, opens May 25 at the Olney Theatre Center with a "pay-what-you-can" preview. The run, part of the annual Potomac Theatre Festival, continues through June 27. Tickets cost $26 to $31. Call 301-924-3400.

Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture," opening May 22 at the National Building Museum, spotlights innovative housing designs -- often incorporating salvaged or recycled material -- made by Auburn University architecture students for the residents of Hale County, Ala. Call 202-272-2448. {diam} Two World War II-themed exhibitions open May 27 at the National Museum of American History: "So Proudly We Hail" features historic flags, including the one raised at Iwo Jima, while "WWII Photographic Perspectives" features wartime photography by amateurs and professionals. Call 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

Film

Opening Wednesday: "Shrek 2," a sequel to the 2001 hit computer-animated comedy, finds the newlywed Shrek and Princess Fiona (voiced by Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz) making their first visit to her parents.

Opening May 21: "Coffee and Cigarettes," from Jim Jarmusch, is a series of sketches featuring an ensemble of indie icons, including Roberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi and Iggy Pop, all of them meeting over coffee and cigarettes. {diam} In "The Return," young brothers Ivan and Andrey meet their father when he returns after a 12-year absence. The three embark on a fishing vacation, but soon the boys are treated harshly by the man they barely know. {diam} "Stateside" follows a rebellious teenager (Jonathan Tucker), on leave from the Marines, who falls in love with a female musician (Rachael Leigh Cook) who is struggling with mental illness. {diam} "The Isle" concerns the bond between a mute woman who runs a lakeside fishing compound and a suicidal stranger. {diam} "Valentin" is a coming-of-age tale of a boy who befriends his father's ex-girlfriend in turbulent 1969 Argentina. {diam} "Lana's Rain" tells the story of a brother and sister coming to America from the war-torn Balkans in the 1990s. Opening dates may change.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "Henry IV, Part 1" and "Henry IV, Part 2," in repertory at the Shakespeare Theatre (202-547-1122, TDD: 202-638-3863); "Jesus Christ Superstar," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328); "Oh, Coward!," at the Olney Theatre Center (301-924-3400); and "Ugly Ducklings" by Venus Theatre at Warehouse Theatre (202-783-3933). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "The Quilts of Gee's Bend," at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202-639-1700); "Discovering Milton Avery: Two Devoted Collectors, Louis Kaufman and Duncan Phillips," at the Phillips Collection (202-387-2151); and "Edda Renouf: Revealed Structures," at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

(202-783-5000).

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Loretta Pettway's "Medallion" is featured in "The Quilts of Gee's Bend," closing this weekend. The National World War II Memorial on the Mall will be dedicated in a ceremony on May 29."Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture" opens May 22 at the National Building Museum.