Arts Festival in Reston

More than 180 artists and artisans will display their paintings, sculpture and crafts at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6 at Reston Town Center, at Reston Parkway and Market Street in Reston. Local bands will entertain, and there will be a children's art zone and a beer and wine garden. A donation of $5 per person is requested. Call 703-471-9242.

Bargains on Stage

* "Necessary Targets," Eve Ensler's account of the impact of the war in Bosnia on female refugees and two American women who counsel them, is the first show in the annual Potomac Theatre Festival of plays with social and political themes at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. A "pay-what-you-can" preview begins Tuesday at 7:30 (tickets go on sale at 6:30). The run continues through June 27; regular prices are $15 to $36. Call 301-924-3400.

* Studio Theatre, at 1333 P St. NW, hosts a "pay-what-you-can" performance of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" Saturday at 2 (tickets go on sale at noon). Terrence Currier and Brigid Cleary are among the stars of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy, set on a barren island off the coast of Ireland in the 1930s. When an American film crew arrives to shoot a documentary on a nearby island, "Cripple Billy" sees a chance to better his life. Shows continue until June 27; regular prices are $28 to $45. Call 202-332-3300.

Shakespeare Under the Stars

The Shakespeare Theatre is restaging its 2002 production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the 14th annual Shakespeare Theatre Free for All, opening Thursday at 7:30 and continuing nightly except Mondays through June 6 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, in Rock Creek Park at 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Sabrina Le Beauf, Casey Biggs and Floyd King star in the comic story of two couples whose journey to love and happiness is derailed by a bitter and deceitful relative. Free tickets will be distributed on performance days (limit four per person) starting at noon at the Carter Barron box office and at the Shakespeare Theatre box office, 450 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial, Gallery Place-Chinatown), and Tuesdays through Fridays starting at 8:30 a.m. at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW (Metro: Farragut North, McPherson Square). Call 202-334-4790.

Wolf Trap Season Opens

The summer season begins this weekend at Wolf Trap Park's Filene Center:

* The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players sing "The Mikado," in which Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo plot to save their romance from the scheming Ko-Ko and Pooh-bah, Friday and Saturday at 8. Tickets in the pavilion cost $28 to $36; lawn space is $10. For tickets, call, 703-218-6500 (service charges added).

* The U.S. Marine Band gives a free concert Sunday at 8, followed by fireworks over the meadow. Gates open at 7. No tickets are required.

Wolf Trap is at 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. For information, call 703-255-1860.

The Dogs Are Loose

National Geographic honors man's best friend with "A Dog Day Afternoon at National Geographic," an outdoor festival Saturday from 10 to 4 on M Street NW between 16th and 17th streets (Metro: Farragut North). Activities at "Dog Day" include Jack Russell terrier races; demonstrations by bomb-sniffing and search-and-rescue dogs; obedience and agility courses; films; doggie dancing; a fashion show; and health and grooming tips. Pet dogs are welcome if leashed. The festival is being held in conjunction with "Dogs: Wolf, Myth, Hero and Friend," in the National Geographic Museum until Sept. 6. Call 202-857-7588.

They Were There

The Smithsonian Institution pays tribute to the 16 million American men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II -- 4 million of whom are still living -- with "Tribute to a Generation: The National World War II Reunion," a four-day celebration starting Thursday and continuing through May 30 in tented pavilions and stages on the Mall between Third and Seventh streets NW (Metro: Federal Center, L'Enfant Plaza). Military, dance and swing bands will play music of the era at the Homecoming and Capitol Canteen stages. Veterans and civilian war workers, including former senators Bob Dole and George McGovern and actors Ernest Borgnine and Jack Palance, will talk about their experiences in the Wartime Stories Pavilion. Children will be issued "marching orders" in the Family Activities tent. And vets will be able to reconnect with their buddies in the Reunion Hall. The tents will be open daily from 11 to 7. Admission and activities are free. (The National World War II Memorial will be dedicated in a ceremony May 29. Tickets have been distributed, but simulcast viewing locations are planned.) Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729) or visit

Choral Notes

* The Washington Chorus concludes its 43rd season with Ralph Vaughan Williams's "A Sea Symphony," with text from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," and William Walton's "Coronation Te Deum," composed for Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation, Sunday at 3 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Tickets cost $17 to $46. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

* The Cathedral Choral Society honors World War II veterans and celebrates the World War II Memorial with "For the Greatest Generation," a concert Sunday at 4 at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. The program includes Mozart's "Requiem" and Frank Martin's "In Terra Pax," with recorded voices of Winston Churchill, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced by 2nd Lt. (later Senator) Bob Dole. Tickets cost $15 to $50. Call 202-537-5527.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Artists display their works this weekend at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston.National Geographic honors man's best friend with "A Dog Day Afternoon," a street festival Saturday from 10 to 4.