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.

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 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.

The Week of June 25

The National Capital Barbecue Battle presents 30 bands on three stages, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, food tastings and children's rides June 26-27 along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th streets. Call 202-828-3099. {diam} Baltimore celebrates the 150th anniversary of the launch of the USS Constellation with the "July 4 Sailabration," from June 27 through July 4 in the Inner Harbor, including outdoor entertainment and tours of visiting tall ships. Call 877-225-8466.


The Wiggles are coming: Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 from Ticketmaster for shows by the Australian heroes of the preschool set Aug. 24 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena ($15 to $30), and Saturday at 11 for shows Aug. 21-22 at George Mason University's Patriot Center ($16 to $31). Call 202-397-7328, 410-547-7328 or 800-551-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Also on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster: starting Saturday at 10, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Uncle Kracker, appearing Aug. 13 at Nissan Pavilion ($65.25 in-house, $31.25 lawn); starting Saturday at noon, Lollapalooza, a two-day festival Aug. 12-13 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with Morrissey, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, Modest Mouse and many others ($40 per day).



The "Tennessee Williams Explored" festival at the Kennedy Center continues with "A Distant Country Called Youth," June 11-13 in the Terrace Theater ($35), and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," June 12-July 4 in the Eisenhower Theater ($25 to $75). Call 202-467-4600. {diam} Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company opens the world premiere of Angus MacLachlan's "The Radiant Abyss" with a "pay-what-you-can" preview June 15. The run, in the Kennedy Center Film Theater, continues through July 18; regular prices are $32 to $39. Call 202-467-4600.


These exhibitions open next week: "Sally Mann: What Remains," opening June 12 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, explores the theme of mortality from different angles. Call 202-639-1700. {diam} On June 12, three exhibitions open at the Phillips Collection: "August Sander: Photographs of the German Landscape" features landscape and nature photography from the 1930s and 1940s; "Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography" juxtaposes Siskind's abstract photographs with the work of such painters as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock; while "Revelation: Georges Rouault at Work" examines the French painter and printmaker's creative process. Call 202-387-2151. {diam} "Diego and Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Road," opening June 17 at the Mexican Cultural Institute, features photographs of the famous art-world couple, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, by such artists as Edward Weston, Manuel and Lola Alvarez Bravo, and Tina Modotti. Call 202-728-1628.


Opening June 11: "The Chronicles of Riddick" returns Vin Diesel to the antiheroic role of Richard Riddick he created in the 2000 sci-fi thriller "Pitch Black." {diam} Starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken, "The Stepford Wives" is a darkly comic reimagining of the 1975 film. {diam} "Garfield: The Movie" features the voice of Bill Murray as the titular computer-animated cat in this feature based on the comic strip. {diam} Writer-director Mario Van Peebles plays his own father, filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, in "Baadasssss!," a story about the making of the elder Van Peebles' 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." {diam} "The Trilogy: On the Run" is the first of three separate films, all with the same cast and telling parallel stories, but made in three distinct genres (thriller, romantic comedy and melodrama). {diam} "S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine" is a documentary about a notorious Cambodian prison. Opening dates may change.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Much Ado About Nothing," the Shakespeare Theatre's 14th annual Shakespeare Free for All production at Carter Barron Amphitheatre (202-334-4790); "Children of Eden," at Ford's Theatre (703-218-6500 or 202-347-4833); "Grease," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328); and "Passing the Love of Women," by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229). {diam} These exhibitions are closing: "Memento: Muriel Hasbun Photographs," at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202-639-1700); and "D.C. Builds: The Anacostia Waterfront," at the National Building Museum (202-272-2448).


Next week's cover story is a picnic to read -- several picnics, actually. We point the way to picnic parks suitable for children, groups, entertainment lovers and view-seekers.


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An aerial view of a previous Celebrate Fairfax! festival, scheduled June 11-13 this year at Fairfax County Government Center. Vin Diesel is Riddick and Judi Dench is Aereon in the science-fiction adventure "The Chronicles of Riddick," opening June 11. "Beech Tree," by August Sander, in a show at the Phillips Collection.