Modern Dance

From Germany

In its final U.S. appearances before longtime Artistic Director William Forsythe disbands the company and starts a new one, the avant-garde Ballett Frankfurt stages four signature works in the Kennedy Center Opera House Thursday and June 18-19 at 7:30: "The Room as It Was," "Duo," "N.N.N.N." and "One Flat Thing, Reproduced," which begins with 20 metal tables being dragged across the stage. Tickets cost $30 to $67. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

A Festival in Fairfax

The Charlie Daniels Band, Pat McGee Band, Presidents of the United States of America and Vertical Horizon headline entertainment on six stages during Celebrate Fairfax!, a three-day family festival at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. There will also be exhibits by community organizations, a crafts fair, carnival rides and food vendors. Celebrate Fairfax! will be open Friday from 6 to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 to 6. Fireworks begin Friday and Saturday at 9:30. Admission is $10, seniors $8, ages 3 to 10 $4, younger free. Free parking with shuttles will be available at Fair Oaks Mall and Fair Lakes Circle; free shuttles will operate Saturday and Sunday from the Vienna Metro station. Call 703-324-3247.

Pride Parade and Party

The Washington area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities conclude Capital Pride Week with a parade Saturday in the Dupont Circle area and a street festival Sunday on Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade, with floats, marching units and entertainers, kicks off at 6:30 at 23rd and P streets NW and travels east to P Street, around Dupont Circle to New Hampshire Avenue, east on S Street, and south to Rhode Island Avenue (Metro: Dupont Circle). The Capital Pride Street Festival, with entertainment, speeches and other activities, is Sunday from 11 to 6 along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial, Federal South). Headliners include Sophie B. Hawkins, Simone Denny, Ari Gold and Melissa Ferrick. Admission is free. Call 202-797-3510.

Two More by Tennessee

The Kennedy Center continues its summer-long "Tennessee Williams Explored" festival with two more productions opening this weekend. "A Distant Country Called Youth," in the Terrace Theater, stars Richard Thomas in a one-man show adapted from early letters Williams wrote to friends and family. The schedule: Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, and Sunday at 5. Tickets cost $35. In Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," opening Saturday in the Eisenhower Theater, Mary Stuart Masterson is Maggie and George Grizzard is Big Daddy in a Mississippi family that has trouble facing the truth. The run continues through July 4; tickets cost $25 to $75. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

NSO Celebrates Berlin

National Symphony Orchestra concludes its season in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with "There's No Business Like Show Business: A Tribute to Irving Berlin," Thursday at 7 and June 18-19 at 8. Composer Marvin Hamlisch conducts some of the most memorable music from Berlin's 50-year career accompanied by the Washington Men's Camerata, the Washington Women's Chorus, soprano Debbie Gravitte and tenor Doug LaBrecque. Tickets cost $20 to $75. Call 202-467-4600.

Living With Art

More than 50 artists will display their paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other works at Art for Fine Living, an outdoor festival Friday from 1 to 8, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 4 at Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). There will also be seminars Saturday and Sunday about how to appreciate and display art, and demonstrations of printmaking, metalworking and other crafts. Admission is $8, seniors and children under 13 $6. Proceeds benefit Strathmore and NIH Children's Charities. Call 301-530-0540.

Jazz and Blues at Wolf Trap

The annual Jazz and Blues Festival continues through Sunday at Wolf Trap Park's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Blues singers Jonny Lang and Shelby Lynne sound off Friday at 8; jazz musicians Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and Jean-Luc Ponty share the bill for a "Rite of Strings" Saturday at 8; and a matinee Sunday at 1 stars the Robert Cray Band, the Keb' Mo' Band and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Tickets Friday and Saturday cost $36 in-house, $22 on the lawn. Tickets Sunday cost $30 in-house, $18 lawn if bought in advance, $34 and $22 at the gate. For tickets, call, 703-218-6500; for information, call


Rhythms of Africa

Dance Place stages its 17th annual DanceAfrica DC, a celebration of African traditions, Saturday and Sunday inside and outside the theater, at 3225 Eighth St. NE (Metro: Brookland-CUA). An African marketplace opens outdoors at noon both days, and entertainment on two stages, master classes in drumming and dancing and other activities continue until 7. Family matinees begin indoors at 4 both days, and gala concerts begin at 8. The evening headliners are Coyaba Dance Theater Saturday and KanKouran West African Dance Company Sunday. Lesole Z. Maine and N'Dere perform both nights. Outdoor activities are free. Tickets to the matinees cost $12 (one child free with paying adult), evening concerts $25, with discounts for seniors, students and children. Call 202-269-1600. See story on Page 22.

VSA Arts at Union Station

VSA Arts, an international organization founded in 1974 as Very Special Arts to promote education in the arts for people with disabilities, hosts a free family festival Saturday from 10 to 6 at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Metro: Union Station). Musicians and dance troupes will entertain on three stages, and there will be exhibits, art demonstrations and hands-on art workshops for children and adults. Admission is free. Call 202-628-2800.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere