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 from Thursday through May 30, with concerts, talks, exhibits and reminiscences. Tickets for the ceremony have been distributed, but simulcast viewing sites will be established at Mount Vernon, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. Call 202-633-1000 or visit www.wwiimemorial.com. {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

Sample the best from more than 45 Virginia wineries and 30 restaurants in the 23rd annual Vintage Virginia Wine Festival, June 5-6 at a new location this year: Historic Long Branch Farm in Millwood, Va. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the gate, with youth and designated-driver discounts. Call 800-277-2675. {diam} 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 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

The Week of June 11

Celebrate Fairfax! hosts entertainment on eight stages, exhibits, fireworks and other activities June 11-13 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Tickets cost $10, ages 3 to 12 $4, younger free. Call 703-324-3247. {diam} "Beehive," a musical return to the '60s and its girl groups, nests in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater from June 17 through Aug. 8. Tickets cost $45 to $48; call 202-467-4600.


These concerts go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster: starting Friday at 10, Norah Jones, appearing Aug. 20 at Merriweather Post Pavilion ($58 in the pavilion, $40 on the lawn); starting Friday at 11, Reba McEntire, headlining a benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, July 17 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena ($65, $42.50 and $27.50); starting Saturday at 10, the "American Idols III" tour, Aug. 22 at MCI Center ($48 and $38). Call 202-397-7328 or 800-551-7328 (service charges added). {diam} These 9:30 club shows are on sale now from Tickets.com: Talib Kweli and MF Doom, June 13 ($20); Los Lobos, June 24 ($25); and Burning Spear, June 26 ($22). Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).



On stage soon, on sale now: Signature Theatre stages "The Blue Room," David Hare's exploration of love and coupling adapted from the classic "La Ronde," from June 1 through July 11. Tickets cost $22 to $36 from Tickets.com; call 703-218-6500. {diam} Round House Theatre concludes its season with "The World Goes 'Round," a musical revue of Kander & Ebb songs from "Chicago," "Cabaret" and their other hits, from June 2 through July 3. Tickets cost $29 to $39; call 240-644-1100.


These exhibitions open next week: "The Eyes of History 2004: An Exhibition of Award-Winning Photographs by White House Photojournalists," opening May 28 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, is the fourth annual showcase of work by members of the White House News Photographers Association. Call 202-639-1700. {diam} "Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of African American Art," opening May 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, includes work by such "names" as Romare Bearden along with pieces by Ann Tanksley and other less well-known artists. Call 410-396-7100. {diam} "Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs," opening June 1 at Hillwood Museum and Gardens, highlights Russian religious painting's so-called late icons from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Call 202-686-8500. {diam} "Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes," opening June 3 at the Library of Congress's Jefferson Building, spotlights the work of Telnaes, who in 2001 became only the second woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Call 202-707-4604. {diam} "Expressions 2004," opening June 3 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, features work by participants in ArtReach, a program designed to increase young people's awareness of the visual arts through projects created in partnership with public schools and community centers. Call 202-639-1700.


Opening May 28: A disgruntled airline customer uses the proceeds of a legal settlement to open his own all-black airline in the comedy "Soul Plane." {diam} Cataclysmic climate change threatens the inhabitants of planet Earth in "The Day After Tomorrow." {diam} When high schooler Jena Malone gets pregnant, she is ostracized by her Baptist classmates in the satire "Saved!" {diam} Kate Hudson plays a single Manhattanite whose fast-paced lifestyle slows down when she is named guardian of her late sister's three children in "Raising Helen." {diam} Childhood friends only slowly realize they're meant for each other in the French romantic comedy "Love Me if You Dare." {diam} Based on the book by Ann Tyler, "A Slipping Down Life" stars Lili Taylor as a small-town woman who becomes obsessed with a rising pop singer (Guy Pearce). {diam} Set during the period leading up to Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan, "The Clay Bird" concerns a young boy whose father sends him away to a strict Islamic school. {diam} Visions Bar Noir's "Truly Shocking Showcase" continues with "Twentynine Palms," a darkly comic tale of sex and brutality from French director Bruno Dumont, and "Love Object," the story of a man's unhealthy relationship with a silicone sex doll. {diam} And the 1979 religious farce "Monty Python's Life of Brian" gets a 25th-anniversary re-release.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Senor Discretion Himself," in the Fichandler Theater at Arena Stage (202-488-3300); "The Comedy of Errors," at the Folger Shakespeare Library (202-544-7077); "Far Away," at Studio Theatre (202-332-3300); "Waiting for Godot" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover," by the Washington Shakespeare Company at Clark Street Playhouse (800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808); and "Boy Gets Girl," by Theater Alliance at H Street Playhouse (800-494-8497). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Moulin Rouge," at the Baltimore Museum of Art (410-396-7100); "Word and Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608," at the Folger Shakespeare Library (202-544-4600); and "Guardians of the Law: Chinese Luohan Painting," at the Freer Gallery (202-357-2700).


During the "Tribute to a Generation: National World War II Reunion" on the Mall, veterans of World War II will have a chance to renew ties, and the public will learn more about the era. Our guide will include a schedule of events, map and background on the creation of the gathering.


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Jake Gyllenhaal and Arjay Smith try to pull a pal to safety along a frozen New York street in "The Day After Tomorrow."Ossie Davis joins the National Symphony Orchestra on Memorial Day.This glimpse of the jail in Karbala, Iraq, is part of "The Eyes of History 2004," opening May 28 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.