LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of June 4

The 11th annual Frederick Festival of the Arts presents entertainment on three stages, a crafts fair and children's activities June 5-6 at Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick. Call 301-694-9632. {diam} The Washington Folk Festival returns to Glen Echo Park June 5-6, with music, dancing, storytelling and other entertainment on seven stages. Call 202-546-2228. {diam} 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} Philippine music, folk dances, foods and crafts are showcased June 6 at a Philippine Fair on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 10th and 12th streets; a parade begins at 1. Call 703-927-6521 or 301-907-8687. {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} "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the next show in the Kennedy Center's summer-long "Tennessee Williams Explored" festival, stars Mary Stuart Masterson and George Grizzard in the Eisenhower Theater from June 12 through July 4. Tickets cost $25 to $70; call 202-467-4600. {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.

The Week of June 18

The 23rd annual Alexandria Red Cross Festival hosts local and national stars on multiple stages, exhibits, a crafts fair, children's activities and tall-ship tours June 18-20 at Oronoco Bay Park on the Potomac in Alexandria. Call 703-549-8300. {diam} Dozens of performances, exhibits and other activities are part of the 2004 Columbia Festival of the Arts June 18-27 at sites throughout Columbia. Concert headliners include Harry Connick Jr., the Indigo Girls and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Call 410-715-3044 or visit www.columbiafestival.com. {diam} "The Producers," the smash Broadway musical based on the classic Mel Brooks movie comedy, sets up shop in the Kennedy Center Opera House from June 23 through Aug. 22. Tickets cost $35 to $90; call 202-467-4600.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Sunday at noon from Admission Network for the newest extravaganza by Cirque du Soleil, "Varekai," pitching its trademark gold and blue tent in the RFK Stadium parking lot from Sept. 16 through Oct. 10. They cost $55 to $75, seniors and students ages 13 to 17 $49.50 to $67.50, children ages 2 to 12 $38.50 to $52.50. Call 800-678-5440 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now for a show by South African star Johnny Clegg, July 6 at the 9:30 club. Tickets cost $25 from Tickets.com; call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Cyrano de Bergerac," the tale of the warrior-poet who is too shy to confess his love for Roxanne, at the Shakespeare Theatre from June 8 through Aug. 1. Tickets cost $16 to $66; call 202-547-1122.

Exhibits

These exhibitions open next week: "In Search of Self: Paintings and Drawings by Anil Revri," opening June 5 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, showcases the Washington-based artist's contemplative geometric abstractions. Call 202-639-1700. {diam} "All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak," opening June 7 at the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, uses artwork, personal objects, recorded interviews and readings to explore the relationship between inspiration and place in the work of such authors as Delores Kendrick and Edwidge Danticat. Call 202-357-2700. {diam} "Voices for Tolerance in an Age of Persecution," opening June 9 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, explores the roots of the struggle for freedom of conscience and expression in early modern Europe. Call 202-544-7077.

{diam} "Directions: Gabriel Orozco," opening June 10 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, spotlights the Mexican-born artist's photographs of everyday objects. Call 202-357-2700.

Film

Opening June 4: Wizard-in-training Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) faces a dangerous escaped prisoner (Gary Oldman) in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." {diam} From director Hector Babenco ("Kiss of the Spider Woman"), "Carandiru" tells the true story of the events leading up to a 1992 massacre in an infamous Brazilian prison. {diam} The life of a low-ranking, widowed samurai who spends much of his energy taking care of young daughters changes dramatically after an unexpectedly victorious confrontation with a samurai of much higher status in "The Twilight Samurai."

{diam} "In My Skin" explores the psyche of a woman (French writer-director Marina de Van) who becomes violently obsessed with her own flesh and its frailty. {diam} "Tattoo" is a thriller about a man with a gruesome hobby -- collecting human tattoos before their owners are done with them.

{diam} A young African boy with special gifts confronts an evil sorceress in the animated "Kirikou and the Sorceress."

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "A Streetcar Named Desire," at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (202-467-4600, TDD: 202-416-8524); Stephen Lang's one-man show, "Beyond Glory," at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Theatre (202-772-1165); and "Mamma Mia!," at Baltimore's Hippodrome (410-547-7328). {diam} Also closing is "Rhythm on Paper: The Illustrations of Brian Pinkney," at Baltimore's Walters Art Gallery

(410-547-9000).

NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND

It's our annual summer concerts preview with information on shows big and small, from MCI Center to neighborhood parks, with lots of shows in between.

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Hermione (Emma Watson) and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) look out for each other in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." Ikolo Griffin lifts off during "St. Louis Woman," by Dance Theatre of Harlem."In Search of Self: Paintings and Drawings by Anil Revri" opens June 5 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.