ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON --

At 2017 I St. NW, once the home of President James Monroe. Free chamber recitals continue most Fridays at noon through July 16 (and resume in October). 202-331-7282.

JUNE 4 -- Violinist Heather Ledoux Green and pianist Danielle Deswert.

JUNE 11 -- Pianist Ann Joseph.

JUNE 18 -- Soprano Kristin Halliday, clarinetist Christopher Kosmaceski and pianist David Ballena.

JUNE 25 -- Violinist Natalia Kuznetsova and pianist Oksana Lutsyshyn.

JULY 9 -- Pianist Byoungho Han.

JULY 16 -- William Montgomery master class flutists.

BAIRD AUDITORIUM -- Sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates in the National Museum of Natural History, at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Prices vary. 202-357-3030.

JUNE 6 -- (At 6) Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare.

JUNE 12 -- (At 6) Emerson String Quartet.

JULY 10 -- (At 7:30) Ken Peplowski.

CARTER BARRON AMPHITHEATRE -- At 4850 Colorado Ave. NW (16th Street and Colorado Avenue).

The Shakespeare Theatre is presenting its production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at 7:30 nightly through June 6 during the 14th annual Shakespeare Theatre Free for All. Free general admission tickets will be released each day at noon for that evening's show at the Carter Barron box office and at the Shakespeare Theatre box office, 450 Seventh St. NW, and at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday only at The Washington Post building, 1150 15th St. NW. Call 202-334-4790.

The National Symphony Orchestra performs two free concerts with different programs July 16 and 17 at 7:30. No tickets are required.

The Washington Post is presenting the following free "Weekend's Weekends" concerts at 7:30. Free tickets will be released at the Carter Barron box office starting at noon and at The Post, 1150 15th St. NW, starting at 8:30 a.m. for that evening's show. For information, call 202-334-4748.

JUNE 18 -- "Doo Wop Night," with Pookie Hudson & the Spaniels, the Orioles and the Swallows.

JUNE 25 -- "Latin Night," with Orquestra La Romana and Son de Aqui.

JULY 9 -- "Battle of the Big Bands," with the Eric Felten Orchestra and the Tom Cunningham Orchestra.

The D.C. Blues Society presents its 16th annual D.C. Blues Festival Sept. 4 starting at 1. Free, no tickets required. Call 202-828-3028.

The National Park Service is presenting the following concerts at 7:30, except as noted. Tickets cost $20 plus service charges, except as noted, from Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328. Some shows are free. For concert information, call 202-426-0486; for park information, call 202-254-2468 or 202-619-7222.

JUNE 12 -- The Ohio Players and the Bar-Kays.

JUNE 13 -- Navy Commodores (free).

JUNE 19 -- Yolanda Adams, John Stoddart and W. Ellington Felton.

JUNE 26 -- The Manhattans and Ray, Goodman & Brown.

JULY 10 -- Amel Larrieux and Raheem DeVaughn.

JULY 23 -- D.C. Youth Orchestra (free).

JULY 24 -- Isaac Hayes and Ayanna Gregory.

JULY 31 -- The East Coast All-Stars.

AUG. 1 -- (At 4) Washington Area Music Association "Crosstown Jam" (free).

AUG. 6 -- Dance Institute of Washington (free).

AUG. 7 -- "Metro DC Dances," with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Coyaba Dance Theatre and others .

AUG. 8 -- Blues Alley Youth Orchestra (free).

AUG. 27 -- Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, "Christmas in August" (free).

AUG. 28 -- Regina Belle.

CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY -- At 1317 G St. NW. Local soloists and ensembles present free classical recitals most Tuesdays at 12:10. 202-347-2635.

COOLIDGE HIGH SCHOOL -- At Fifth and Sheridan streets NW. The D.C. Youth Orchestra performs Fridays at 7 from July 2 through Aug. 6. Free. 202-723-1612.

DAR CONSTITUTION HALL -- At 18th and D streets NW. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328; for information, call 202-628-4780.

JUNE 12 -- (At 7:30) Dido.

JUNE 29 -- (At 8) The CenturyMen and Broadway Inspirational Voices.

FARRAGUT SQUARE -- At 17th and K streets NW, Thursdays at noon. Free. 202-619-7222.

JUNE 10 -- VSA Arts concert.

JUNE 17 -- Maurice Lyles & Friends.

JUNE 24 -- Marge Calhoun.

JULY 1 -- Marilyn Ashford Brown.

JULY 8 -- Latin Jazz Allstars.

JULY 15 -- The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.

JULY 22 -- Christine Crerar.

JULY 29 -- Selena McDay.

AUG. 5 -- Bobby Parker.

AUG. 12 -- The Eddie Anderson Project.

AUG. 19 -- Yvonne Johnson.

FORT DUPONT PARK -- At Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE, Saturdays at 8. Free. 202-426-5961 or 202-619-7222.

JULY 10 -- Cuba Gooding Sr. and Phil Flowers.

JULY 17 -- Roy Ayers and Indigo.

JULY 24 -- John Lucien and the Image Band.

JULY 31 -- Con Funk Shun with Michael Cooper & Felton Pilate.

AUG. 7 -- Will Hart and Roger Chapman & Unity Project.

GRACE CHURCH BACH FESTIVAL -- At Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Soloists and ensembles perform June 30 and July 7 at 7:30, July 11 at 3, July 14 at 7:30 and July 16 at 8. 202-333-7100.

HIRSHHORN MUSEUM -- At Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Pop and jazz bands play in the outdoor plaza Thursdays at 5:30 from July 1 through July 29 during the "Art Night on the Mall" evenings. Free. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

INTER-AMERICAN CULTURAL Center -- In the Andres Bello Auditorium, 1300 New York Ave. NW, Thursdays at 6:30 except as noted. Free. 202-623-3929.

JUNE 21 -- (Monday at 12:30) Latin Jazz Allstars.

JULY 22 -- Trio Colonial.

AUG. 12 -- Donald Vega.

AUG. 19 -- Cellist Jorge Espinoza.

AUG. 26 -- Countertenor Jose Lemos.

SEPT. 21 -- Juan Lazar Mendolas.

KENNEDY CENTER -- At New Hampshire Avenue and F Street NW, on the Potomac three blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, from which the center operates free "Show Shuttles" from 9:45 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to midnight on Sundays and holidays.

The National Symphony Orchestra concludes its season in the Concert Hall with "Composer Portrait: Ludwig van Beethoven," conducted by Leonard Slatkin, June 10-12, and "There's No Business Like Show Business: A Tribute to Irving Berlin," conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, June 17-19.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem touches down in the Opera House June 8-13, followed by Ballett Frankfurt June 17-19.

The "Tennessee Williams Explored" festival stages "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," June 12-July 4, and "Glass Menagerie," July 17-Aug. 8, in the Eisenhower Theater, and "A Distant Country Called Youth," June 11-13 in the Terrace Theater.

"Beehive," a look back at the girl groups of the '60s, nests in the Terrace Theater June 17-Aug. 8, and "The Producers," the smash Broadway musical adapted from the classic Mel Brooks film comedy, lands in the Opera House from June 23 through Aug. 22.

And "Shear Madness," the comic murder mystery set in a Georgetown hair salon, is celebrating its 16th year in the Theater Lab.

Plans are being made now for the Kennedy Center's annual Open House Sept. 12, with free entertainment and children's activities all day on multiple indoor and outdoor stages.

The Millennium Stage series hosts free performances by local, national and international soloists, choruses, bands, dance troupes and theater groups every day at 6 in the Grand Foyer, and occasionally in the Concert Hall. Here's the lineup so far. No tickets or reservations are required for Millennium Stage shows.

For Kennedy Center information, schedules and tickets, call 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524), or visit www.kennedy-center.org.

JUNE 4 -- Student 10-minute play readings.

JUNE 5 -- Georgetown Day School Honors Chorale.

JUNE 6 -- D.C. Area Youth in Jazz.

JUNE 7 -- Young Artists of the Laurel Fund.

JUNE 8 -- The Kelley Johnson Quartet.

JUNE 9-12 -- International VSA Arts Festival.

JUNE 13 -- Fairfax Wind Symphony.

JUNE 14 -- Danny Ruskin.

JUNE 15 -- The Paschall Brothers.

JUNE 16 -- The Donald Junker Jazz Quintet.

JUNE 17 -- Bowen McCauley Dance.

JUNE 18 -- Brides of the Nile.

JUNE 19 -- Teatro de Dance Contemporanea de El Salvador.

JUNE 20 -- Abonesh.

JUNE 21 -- Violist Robert Diaz and pianist Karina Glasinovic.

JUNE 22 -- National Symphony Orchestra prelude ensembles.

JUNE 23 -- Shout 'n' Feel It.

JUNE 24 -- Daniel Burkholder & the Playground.

JUNE 25 -- The Greater Canton Men's Chorus.

JUNE 26 -- National Symphony Orchestra National Conducting Institute.

JUNE 27-30 -- Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

LISNER AUDITORIUM -- At 730 21st St. NW. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328. For information, 202-994-6800.

JUNE 26 -- (At 7) "El Show Del Ano."

JULY 1 -- (At 8) Youssou N'Dour.

JULY 15 -- (At 8) Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, London Gay Men's Chorus and Heartland Men's Chorus.

JULY 16 -- (At 8) Luther Barnes and Vanessa Williams.

JULY 30 -- (At 7:30) Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites" by Opera International.

AUG. 1 -- (At 4) Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites" by Opera International.

OCT. 8 -- Engelbert Humperdinck.

"LIVE ON PENN" -- Outdoors on Pennsylvania Avenue NW near Third Street. Local and national acts will perform Saturdays from July 10 through Sept. 18 from 4 to 10. The lineup hasn't been announced. $5 in advance, $7 at the gate, under 12 free. 301-519-2936 or visit www.liveonpenn.com.

McPHERSON SQUARE -- At 15th and I streets NW, Wednesdays at noon. Free. 202-619-7222.

JUNE 9 -- The Harold Little Group.

JUNE 16 -- Blue Sky Puppet Theatre.

JUNE 23 -- Teri S.

JUNE 30 -- The Sarita Davis Show.

JULY 7 -- The Karen Lovejoy Group.

JULY 14 -- The East of the River Steel Band.

JULY 21 -- Harry Snipper.

JULY 28 -- The Moonlighters.

AUG. 4 -- Poetry in Motion.

AUG. 11 -- Project Natale.

AUG. 18 -- Nia Olabesi.

MCI CENTER -- At 601 F St. NW. (See also the U.S. Army Spirit of America, below.) Times and prices vary. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328; for information, call 202-628-3200.

JUNE 13-14 -- Madonna.

JUNE 21 -- Eric Clapton.

JUNE 25 -- Van Halen.

AUG. 12-14 -- Prince.

AUG. 22 -- "American Idols III Live."

SEPT. 4 -- "Heartbeats," with Shahrukh Kahn, Saif and others.

SEPT. 8 -- Gloria Estefan.

OCT. 17 -- Metallica and Godsmack.

NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE

Museum -- At Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Air Force Band ensembles perform most Wednesdays at noon through August. Free. 202-767-5658 or 202-357-2700.

NATIONAL CITY CHRISTIAN Church -- At 14th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. Free recitals by guest organists and other musicians continue Thursdays at 12:15 through July, and resume in September. 202-232-0323.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART --

At Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free weekly concerts in the West Garden Court continue Sundays at 7 through June (and resume in October). Free. 202-842-6941 or 202-737-4215.

JUNE 6 -- Cellist Mischa Maisky.

JUNE 13 -- National Gallery Orchestra.

JUNE 20 -- National Gallery Chamber Players Wind Quartet.

JUNE 27 -- National Gallery Chamber Players String Quartet.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART Sculpture Garden -- Outdoors at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, adjacent to the West Building. Local jazz bands perform Fridays from 5 to 8. Free. 202-737-4215.

JUNE 4 -- Dave Kline.

JUNE 11 -- Jerry Gordon.

JUNE 18 -- Latin Jazz Allstars.

JUNE 25 -- Bruce Ewan.

JULY 2 -- Federal Jazz Commission.

JULY 9 -- The Grandsons.

JULY 16 -- The Perry Conticchio Quartet.

JULY 23 -- The Thad Wilson Quartet.

JULY 30 -- Baile del Mundo.

AUG. 6 -- The Nicki Gonzalez Band.

AUG. 13 -- Gypsy Strings.

AUG. 20 -- Raggs & the All Stars.

AUG. 27 -- Trio Balanca.

SEPT. 3 -- The Joshua Bayer Quartet.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN

in the Arts -- At 1250 New York Ave. NW, Thursdays at 7. $6, seniors and students $5. 202-783-7370.

JULY 7 -- Soprano Cathryn Frazier-Neely.

JULY 29 -- The Sunna Gunnlaugs Quartet.

AUG. 26 -- The Tine Bruhn Trio.

NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE Immaculate Conception -- At 400 Michigan Ave. NE. These visiting organists perform Sundays at 6; their concerts are preceded by carillon recitals at 5:30. Free. 202-526-8300.

JUNE 6 -- Andrew Shenton.

JUNE 13 -- Kimberly Hess with trumpeter Christopher Smith.

JUNE 20 -- Gail Archer.

JUNE 27 -- Elmo Consentini.

JULY 11 -- Richard Kenneth Fitzgerald.

JULY 18 -- Arthur Lamirande.

JULY 25 -- Brian Milnikel.

AUG. 1 -- Conrad Bernier.

AUG. 8 -- Diane Heath.

AUG. 15 -- Matthew Middleton.

AUG. 22 -- Barbara Baird.

AUG. 29 -- Richard Pilliner.

NATIONAL ZOO -- At 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Thursdays at 6:30 at Lion-Tiger Hill. Free. 202-673-4925.

JULY 1 -- Army Blues.

JULY 8 -- The 25th Army Band.

JULY 15 -- The Orioles.

JULY 22 -- The Mary Ann Redmond Band

JULY 29 -- The Johnny Artis Band.

AUG. 5 -- The Merchants of Cool.

NEPTUNE PLAZA -- At the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Free outdoor concerts by folk and traditional artists, at noon. 202-707-5510.

JUNE 15 -- The Paschall Brothers.

JULY 14 -- Oinkari Basque Dancers.

AUG. 18 -- Phong Nguyen Ensemble.

SEPT. 28 -- National Heritage Fellow, to be announced.

THE PAVILION -- At the Old Post Office, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The pavilion hosts free indoor concerts by visiting high school and college bands and local musicians about noon most weekdays, and later in the afternoon on weekends. 202-289-4224.

PHILLIPS COLLECTION -- At 1600 21st St. NW. "Artful Evening" programs of art tours and talks accompanied by local musicians and ensembles continue through the summer most Thursdays from 5 to 8:30. (The Sunday afternoon concert series resumes in September.) $5. 202-387-2151.

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL -- On the Mall, between 10th and 14th streets, June 23-27 and June 30-July 4. The themes of the 38th annual festival are "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture," "Haiti: Freedom and Creativity From the Mountains to the Sea" and "Water Ways: Charting a Course for Mid-Atlantic Communities." The main part of the festival, with exhibits, crafts demonstrations, music and folk dancing, will be open daily from 11 to 5:30. Concerts and other activities will continue some evenings until about 9. Highlights include the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert June 25. All activities are free. Call 202-633-9884 or 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729), or visit www.folklife.si.edu.

SUMMER OPERA THEATRE Company -- At the Hartke Theatre, on the Harewood Road edge of the Catholic University campus at 620 Michigan Ave. NE. For its 26th season, the university's resident opera company is presenting two fully staged productions: Verdi's "Otello" (in Italian with English surtitles), June 20 at 2, June 23 at 7:30, June 25 at 8 and June 27 at 2; and a double-bill of Mozart's "The Impresario" (in English) and Puccini's "Suor Angelica" (in Italian with English surtitles), July 11 at 2, July 14 at 7:30, July 16 at 8 and July 18 at 2. Tickets cost $44 to $110. Call 202-319-4000 or 202-526-1669.

U.S. ARMY "SPIRIT OF AMERICA" -- At MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Band and the 3rd U.S. Infantry ("The Old Guard") present a colorful celebration of American history in drills, narration and music Sept. 17 at 10:30 and 7:30 and Sept. 18 at 2 and 7:30. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, call 866-239-9425; for information, call 202-628-3200.

U.S. ARMY "TWILIGHT TATTOO" -- On the Ellipse between 15th and 17th streets NW, south of the White House. Army Band ensembles join marching units of the Third Infantry ("The Old Guard") in the "Twilight Tattoo" pageant of music and drills Wednesdays at 7 through June 30. Free. 202-685-4989 or 202-619-7222.

U.S. CAPITOL -- Where the Mall would meet North, South and East Capitol streets, if it could. The premier U.S. service bands each perform on the West Terrace weekly at 8 through August: the Army Band on Fridays, the Navy Band on Mondays, the Air Force Band on Tuesdays and the Marine Band on Wednesdays. The National Symphony Orchestra presents holiday programs at 8 on July 4 and Sept. 5. All free. 202-619-7222 (National Park Service); 202-767-5658 (Air Force Band); 703-696-3399 (Army Band); 202-433-4011 (Marine Band); 202-433-2525 (Navy Band); 202-467-4600 (National Symphony).

U.S. MARINE CORPS "EVENING Parade" -- At the Marine Barracks, "the oldest post of the Corps," Eighth and I streets SE. The Marine Band, Drum & Bugle Corps, Silent Drill Platoon and marching units stage a colorful full-dress parade Fridays at 8:45 through Aug. 27. Free, but reservations are required and must be requested in writing. For instructions, call 202-433-6060.

U.S. NAVY MEMORIAL -- At 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Navy Band units perform most Tuesdays at 8 through Aug. 31. The Navy Band also presents a Labor Day concert Sept. 6 at 8. Free. 202-737-2300 or 202-433-2525.

WASHINGTON NATIONAL Cathedral -- At Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Guest organists perform most Sundays at 5. These "Summer Music Festival" concerts begin at 7:30 except as noted. All free. 202-537-6200.

JUNE 27 -- (At 5) Organist Joyce Jones.

JUNE 27 -- (At 7) Youth Choral Concert.

JUNE 29 -- "The Cosmos According to Crumb," Part I.

JULY 5 -- (At 11) Organist Erik Wm. Suter.

JULY 6 -- "The Cosmos According to Crumb," Part II.

JULY 9 -- Soprano Laura Mann.

JULY 11 -- (At 5) Organist Jeffrey Smith.

JULY 13 -- "The Cosmos According to Crumb," Part III.

JULY 16 -- The Rick Whitehead Trio.

JULY 18 -- (At 5) Organist David Higgs.

JULY 20 -- "The Cosmos According to Crumb," Part IV.

JULY 23 -- Cathedral Choral Society.

JULY 25 -- (At 5) Organist Jeremy Filsell.

JULY 27 -- Carillonneur Edward Nassor.

WARNER THEATRE -- At 13th and E streets NW. These shows are at 8 except as noted. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328; for information, call 202-783-4000.

JUNE 18 -- Steven Wright

JUNE 24 -- Anthony Hamilton

JUNE 26 -- Tommy Davidson

JULY 8 -- Hanson.

JULY 28 -- (At 7) "An Evening of Kabuki."

"WASHINGTON SUMMER SINGS" -- Sponsored by the New Dominion Chorale at Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. Sing classic choral works with noted local choral conductors (but not their choruses) Tuesdays at 7:30. Admission $8; score rental $2. 703-442-9404.

JUNE 15 -- Mozart's "Requiem," with J. Reilly Lewis.

JUNE 22 -- Faure's "Requiem," with Robert Shafer.

JUNE 29 -- Verdi's "Requiem," with Thomas Beveridge.

JULY 6 -- Durufle's "Requiem," with Donald McCullough.

JULY 13 -- Brahms's "Requiem," with Paul Traver.

WOODROW WILSON PLAZA -- Outside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Local and visiting musicians, dance troupes, talent shows and other entertainers take the stage most Mondays through Fridays at noon from June 9 through Sept. 3. Here are some highlights. Free. 202-312-1300.

JUNE 11 -- Franko Jazz.

JUNE 14 -- Keter Betts.

JUNE 15 -- Almost Recess.

JUNE 16 -- CityDance Ensemble.

JUNE 24 -- Travessia.

JUNE 25 -- The Grandsons.

JUNE 28 -- 5 Minus 3 and the Companions.

JUNE 29 -- CityDance Ensemble.

JUNE 30 -- Gye Nyame African Dancers.

JULY 2 -- Indigo.

JULY 7 -- Frederic Yonnet.

JULY 8 -- Tameka Moore.

JULY 9 -- The Jozef Pauly Ensemble.

JULY 12 -- Summer Opera Theatre Company.

JULY 13 -- Randy Barrett.

JULY 14 -- Transformation.

JULY 15-16 -- Hip Hop Theatre Festival.

JULY 19 -- Magician Alain Nu.

JULY 20 -- Lillian Spencer.

JULY 21 -- Caribeat.

JULY 23 -- Danza Marina.

JULY 26 -- Miguel Botafogo & Bruce Ewan.

JULY 27 -- David Bach.

JULY 28 -- Benito Gonzales & Ashley Meier.

JULY 29 -- String of Pearls.

JULY 30 -- The Red Eyes.

AUG. 2 -- D.C. Soul with Skip Mahoney.

AUG. 3 -- Mary Ann Redmond.

AUG. 4 -- CityDance Ensemble.

AUG. 11 -- Ruthie & the Wranglers.

AUG. 16 -- Earnestine Jackson.

AUG. 17 -- The Dave Kline Band.

AUG. 18 -- Catherine Carraway.

AUG. 20 -- Whop Frazier.

AUG. 23 -- The Mustangs.

AUG. 24 -- Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute.

AUG. 25 -- CityDance Ensemble.

AUG. 27 -- Latin Jazz Allstars.

AUG. 30 -- Kim Fields & October Skies.

AUG. 31 -- CityDance Ensemble.

MCI Center is busy this year with several big-name artists on the schedule, including Van Halen.