Barbecue on the Avenue

Cooking teams from across the country will compete in the National Capital Barbecue Battle Saturday from 11 to 10 and Sunday from 11 to 7:30 on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th streets. Chuck Brown, Pieces of a Dream and the All Mighty Senators headline an entertainment lineup of 30 bands on three stages. There will also be cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, exhibits, children's rides and food vendors. The event benefits the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs. Admission at the gate is $8, ages 5 to 12 $4, younger free. Call 202-828-3099 or visit www.bbqusa.us.

A Day Trip to the '40s

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting "Let Freedom Ring," a free family day, Saturday from 10 to 3 in conjunction with its exhibition "Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms: Paintings That Inspired a Nation." Activities with a World War II theme include live music of the era, a '40s fashion show, swing dancing, hands-on art workshops and guided gallery tours. The Corcoran is at 500 17th St. NW. Call 202-639-1727.

Silk Road Leads to Egypt

The Silk Road Dance Company recounts the history and legends of ancient Egypt in "Egypta: Myth, Magic and Mystery," blending traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern and Central Asian dances, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7 at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE (Metro: Brookland-CUA). Tickets cost $18, with discounts for seniors, students and artists. Call 202-269-1600.

A Present From The Post

Son de Aqui, Orquesta La Romana and the Latin Jazz All-Stars perform Friday at 7:30 at "Latin Night," a free Weekend's Weekends concert sponsored by The Washington Post at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. Free tickets will be released Friday at 8:30 a.m. at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, and at noon at the Carter Barron box office. Call 202-334-4748. See story on Page 6.

Sounds Around Town

* Linda Ronstadt and her band join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at two venues this week. She'll be singing some of her greatest rock hits from the '70s and '80s along with American pop standards Sunday at 8 at the newly renamed Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six off Pratt Street in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Tickets in advance cost $42.50 to $55 in the pavilion, $20 on the lawn ($2 more on day of show). To order, call 202-397-7328 or 800-551-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 410-659-7100. Ronstadt and the BSO repeat the program Wednesday at 8:30 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets cost $42 in the pavilion and $25 on the lawn from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-255-1860. (The concert is also part of Wolf Trap's annual black-tie fundraising gala. Those tickets start at $450; for gala information, call 703-255-4030.)

* Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour merges the traditional sounds of Africa with western jazz, soul and samba Thursday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Tickets cost $40. To order, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328;

for information,

call 202-994-6800.

Under Sail in Baltimore

Baltimore celebrates the 150th anniversary of the launch of the USS Constellation, the U.S. Navy's last all-sail warship, with a "July 4 Sailabration" in the Inner Harbor. After a public welcoming ceremony Wednesday at 6, seven tall ships and other vessels from around the world will be open for tours Thursday through July 4 from 10 to noon and 2 to 6. Admission is free.

Call 877-225-8466.

Real People, Real Life

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Smithsonian Institution's 38th annual celebration of folk culture, continues through July 4 (except Monday and Tuesday) on the Mall between Ninth and 14th streets, with entertainment, talks, crafts demonstrations, exhibits and food vendors. The major themes this year are "Haiti: Freedom and Creativity From the Mountains to the Sea," "Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities" and "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture." Most activities are open daily from 11 to 5:30. Dance parties and concerts continue most evenings until 9. A highlight is the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, honoring the late festival director, Friday at 5:30, with the gospel sounds of the Christianaires, the Paschall Brothers, the Zionaires and Gospel Supreme. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729) or visit www.folklife.si.edu.

Men Swing Clubs in Potomac

The Booz Allen Classic, the only Washington area stop on the PGA tour, concludes Sunday at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, 10000 Oaklyn Dr., Potomac. Play begins at about 7 a.m. Friday and at about 8:30 Saturday and Sunday. Single-day admission tickets are $50 in the pavilion, $35 on the grounds. On-site parking is free. Free shuttle buses will run Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 from the Marriott headquarters parking lot at Fernwood Road and Rock Spring Drive in Bethesda. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added). For information, call 301-469-3737 or visit www.boozallenclassic.com.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Tall ships will be open for free tours in Baltimore starting Thursday. Youssou N'Dour and his band perform Thursday at Lisner Auditorium.