Weekend will publish our annual
guide to summer entertainment
throughout the Washington area on
June 4. If you are presenting a
summer concert series you would
like our readers to know about,
mail your schedule to Summer Season, Weekend Section, 1150 15th St. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20071.
Our deadline is May 21.
Andrews Air Force Base Opens Doors
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team is the heart-stopping headliner during the free Department of Defense Joint Service Open House, open to everyone Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 4 at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs. (On Friday, Open House activities are reserved for persons with Department of Defense identification.) The Blue Angels fly each day at about 3. Other modern warplanes, including the B-1, the V-22 Osprey, the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-117 Stealth fighter, the A-10A Thunderbolt, AH-64 Apache helicopters and a Russian MiG-17 will take flight during the day. Other aircraft, boats, tanks and assorted hardware will be displayed on the ground. Each day, the U.S. Army's Golden Knights sky diving team jumps at about 10, the Canadian Snowbirds fly at 11:30 and the 82nd Airborne begins a mass paratroop drop at about noon. Call 301-981-4600 or visit http://public.andrews.amc.af.mil.
* Andrews Air Force Base is bordered by the Beltway, Branch Avenue and Suitland Parkway, but limited parking on the base will be available only to Defense Department I.D. holders. Free public parking will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at FedEx Field, near Beltway Exit 15 (Central Avenue) and Exit 17 (Largo Road), from which free shuttles will operate from 7:30 to 2:30. Free shuttles will also operate from the Branch Avenue Metro station from 8 to 2:30. Shuttles will return to both sites until 5:30. Visitors may not bring coolers, backpacks, food, beverages or large bags onto the base, but may bring lawn chairs this year. All visitors will be subject to security screening. Drinking water will be provided; vendors will sell food and other drinks.
Tastes of the Town
* The Wheaton Urban District celebrates the neighborhood's ethnic diversity at the ninth annual Taste of Wheaton Sunday from 11 to 5 outdoors around Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive (Metro: Wheaton). More than 35 local restaurants will offer samples of their specialties for $1 a taste. The Biscaynes will entertain, and there will be a moon bounce, slides and other activities for children. Admission is free. Call 240-777-8115.
* Sample the best cooking from about two dozen Arlington restaurants at the 17th annual Taste of Arlington Sunday from noon to 5 next to Ballston Common Mall on Wilson Boulevard between Randolph Street and Glebe Road (Metro: Ballston). Gonzo's Nose and other bands will entertain. The National Science Foundation will bring a planetarium and a mobile rain forest, and a Kid's Zone will have a moon bounce and other children's activities. Admission is free; a book of eight taste tickets costs $25 at the gate. Proceeds benefit Community Residences Inc. Call 703-841-7768, Ext. 333.
Philadanco in Cheverly
Philadanco, the Philadelphia Dance Company, blends modern dance with jazz and African rhythms in three shows at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. One-hour children's programs are scheduled Friday at 10 a.m. and noon; tickets to the early show cost $7, and at noon they are $4. A full-length concert Saturday at 8 includes "Enemy Behind the Gates," "My Science," "Hand-Singing Song" and "Exotica." Tickets for that show cost $18 to $20, students $10. Call 301-277-1710 (TDD: 301-277-0312).
Curtain Rises on 'Orpheus'
A young drifter arrives in a small Southern town and reawakens a lonely woman's passion in Tennessee Williams's rarely performed fantasy-tinged drama "Orpheus Descending," running through June 27 in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW (Metro: Waterfront-SEU). Tickets cost $35 to $53. Call 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).
This 'Streetcar' Sings
The Washington National Opera is singing the East Coast premiere of "A Streetcar Named Desire," Andre Previn's operatic adaptation of Tennessee Williams's steamy Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, through June 2 in the Kennedy Center Opera House (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Previn will conduct the performances Saturday at 7 and Tuesday at 7:30. Other shows are on May 21 at 7:30, May 24 at 7, May 27 at 7:30, May 30 at 2, and June 2 at 7:30. Tickets cost $41 to $285. (The original play is running through May 30 next door in the Eisenhower Theater.) Call 202-295-2400 or 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
Masekela Celebrates Freedom
Veteran jazz/world-fusion trumpeter Hugh Masekela and other South African stars celebrate the 10th anniversary of democracy in their nation with a concert Sunday at 7 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Masekela will be joined by singer-dancer Busi Mhlongo, singers Vusi Mahlaselan (known at home as "The Voice") and Jabu Khanyile, and the Moving Into Dance Mophatong troupe. Tickets cost $20 to $50. Call 202-467-4600.
Audra McDonald Joins Chorus
Star soprano Audra McDonald joins the Choral Arts Society of Washington in its final concerts of the season Friday at 8 and Saturday at 1 at the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Composer John Adams will conduct his own "Harmonium"; the program also includes works by Verdi, Charles Ives, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. Tickets cost $25 to $43. Call 202-244-3669.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere