LOOKING AHEAD

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 Week of July 2

Vince Gill & Amy Grant, Robin Gibb and Barry Bostwick join the National Symphony Orchestra July 4 for "A Capitol Fourth," the annual free holiday concert on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, followed by fireworks on the Mall. Call 202-619-7222.

The Week of July 9

The Contemporary American Theater Festival stages four new plays during its 14th season in Shepherdstown, W.Va., from July 9 through Aug. 1: "Homeland Security," which begins with the detention at O'Hare Airport of a couple returning from an overseas vacation; "Rounding Third," a comedy about two mismatched coaches of a Little League team; "Flag Day," the world premiere of Lee Blessing's satirical exploration of race relations; and "The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay," the world premiere of a new musical about the life of a World War I war bride. Single tickets cost $28 to $33, with student, senior and package discounts. Call 800-999-2283.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon from Ticketmaster for a show by the Cure, with Interpol, the Rapture, Mogwai and others, Aug. 6 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. They cost $75 and $65 in-house, $40 on the lawn, plus service charges. Call 202-397-7328. {diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for a show by the Finn Brothers, July 28 at the 9:30 club ($27.50). Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Oh, the Innocents," a musical comedy set in Adams Morgan nightclubs, by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center from June 26 through Aug. 1. Tickets cost $26 to $30. Call 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3230.

Exhibit

Opening June 27 at the National Gallery of Art's West Building, "Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford" features the work of a 19th-century American landscape painter known for his mastery of light and atmosphere. Call 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

Film

Opening Wednesday: "White Chicks," a Wayans brothers comedy, stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans as two disgraced FBI agents who find themselves working undercover and in white drag. It's directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Opening June 25: "Fahrenheit 9/11," winner of the Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm, is Michael Moore's protest documentary about George W. Bush's presidency. {diam} "The Hunting of the President," based on the best-selling book, explores the myths and truths behind the political enemies of the Clintons. {diam} "My Sister Maria" is Maximilian Schell's documentary tribute to his sister, actress Maria Schell. {diam} "The Mother," written by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell, is about a woman who discovers a sexual appetite in her later years. {diam} "The Notebook" stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in Nick Cassavetes' adaptation of the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel, about the resilient love between two young people. {diam} "Orwell Rolls in His Grave," a documentary featuring Michael Moore and others, is about the media's coverage -- and lack thereof -- of political doings in Washington. {diam} "Two Brothers," by Jean-Jacques Annaud, is about two tigers who are separated as cubs by captivity and are reunited years later as enemies. Opening dates may change.

CLOSING

This weekend is your last chance to catch "John Epperson: Show Trash," at Studio Theatre (202-332-3300); "The Altruists," by Catalyst Theater Company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (800-494-8497 or 202-547-6839); "Master and Margarita," by Synetic Theater at the Rosslyn Spectrum (703-824-6200); and the UniverSoul Circus, under the big top at Capital Plaza Mall in Landover (202-397-7328). {diam} Also closing this weekend: "Envisioning Architecture: Drawings From the Museum of Modern Art," at the National Building Museum. Call 202-272-2448.

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"Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford" opens June 27 at the National Gallery of Art.Vince Gill is a star of "A Capitol Fourth" on Independence Day.Anne Reid portrays May in "The Mother."