The Week of July 16

Alexandria hosts "Alexandria Salutes! A USO Weekend," a tribute to the World War II generation, July 16-18 with a swing dance at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, a music festival in Market Square and other activities. Call 888-738-2764. {diam} Baltimore's celebration of the arts, Artscape 2004, hosts music and dance on multiple stages, an arts and crafts fair, children's entertainers, food vendors and other activities July 16-18 in the city's "Cultural Corridor" near the Lyric Opera House, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Call 877-225-8466.

The Week of July 23

Arena Stage brings back last season's hit, "Crowns," an upbeat musical about African American women and their relationships with their Sunday-best hats, from July 22 through Aug. 22. Tickets cost $51 to $66; call 202-488-3300. {diam} Daryl Davis, Neil Harpe & Rick Franklin and other local favorites appear at the free Bluesfest 2004 July 24 at Frying Pan Park in Herndon. Call 703-689-9535. {diam} Highland music and dancing, traditional sports athletic competitions, a British car show and other activities are part of the Virginia Scottish Games, July 24-25 at Episcopal High School in Alexandria. Call 703-912-1943. {diam} Kabuki theater star Nakamura Kankuro and members of his troupe stage two classics of their art at "Kabuki in Washington" July 28 at the Warner Theatre, one of only three appearances in the United States to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United States and Japan. Tickets are $20 to $75 from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328.

The Week of July 30

Observe and assist archaeologists uncovering the past during Tidewater Archaeology Days July 31-Aug. 1 at the site of Maryland's first capital in Historic St. Mary's City. Call 800-762-1634.


Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Patti LaBelle, appearing Aug. 14 at DAR Constitution Hall. They cost $70.75 plus service charges; call 202-397-7328. {diam} Single tickets go on sale Wednesday for the Washington National Opera's entire fall season in the Kennedy Center Opera House: Giordano's "Andrea Chenier," Sept. 11-Oct. 2; Britten's "Billy Budd," Sept. 18-Oct. 3; Verdi's "Il Trovatore," Oct. 23-Nov. 13; and Torroba's "Luisa Fernanda," Nov. 6-19. They cost $45 to $290. Call 202-295-2400 or 202-467-4600 or visit www.dc-opera.org.

{diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for these upcoming shows at the 9:30 club: the BoDeans and Bob Schneider, Aug. 12 ($25), and Lucinda Williams, Aug. 14 ($25). Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).



Concluding the Kennedy Center's "Tennessee Williams Explored" series, Sally Field stars as Amanda Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie," a story of a family struggling to endure the Great Depression and their own memories, in the Eisenhower Theater from July 17 through Aug. 8. Tickets cost $25 to $75. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).


These exhibitions open next week: "Vote: The Machinery of Democracy," opening July 16 at the National Museum of American History, looks at more than two centuries of voting in America and includes such artifacts from electoral history as a so-called butterfly ballot from the 2000 Florida presidential election. Call 202-357-2700. {diam} "The Recollections of a Baltimore Artist: Sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller," opening July 17 at the Walters Museum of Art, features sketches of his Baltimore youth by the 19th-century artist, best known for his paintings documenting the early American fur trade. Call 410-547-9000.

{diam} "Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art From the Victoria and Albert Museum," opening July 18 at the National Gallery of Art, is a traveling exhibition of artifacts drawn from the one of the most renowned collections of Islamic art in the world. Call 202-737-4215.


Opening Wednesday: In "The Door in the Floor," based on John Irving's novel "A Widow for One Year," young Eddie O'Hare (Jon Foster) interns for a womanizing writer (Jeff Bridges) and falls in love with the author's estranged wife (Kim Basinger). Opening July 16: "A Cinderella Story," a retelling of the fairy tale, is about a hardworking girl, Sam (Hilary Duff), who has to toil for her nasty stepmother (Jennifer Coolidge) and stepsisters, after her father dies and his diner is taken over by his new wife. {diam} "The Corporation," a documentary by Mark Achbar, examines the far-reaching powers of corporations. {diam} "Facing Windows" is an Italian drama about a frustrated wife (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) who falls in love with a neighbor who has some secrets. {diam} "Imelda" is a documentary about former Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos. {diam} In "I, Robot," set in 2035, a techno-phobic cop (Will Smith) investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot. Based on the Isaac Asimov book. {diam} "Riding Giants," a surfing documentary, features surfers Laird Hamilton, Jeff Clark, Greg Noll and Sam George. {diam} In "Seducing Dr. Lewis," a ragtag fishing community must persuade a young doctor to live in their town in order to get a much-needed new factory. Opening dates are subject to change.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Mahalia," at MetroStage (703-548-9044); "The Blue Room," at Signature Theatre (703-218-6500); "The Underpants," at Washington Stage Guild (240-582-0050); and "An Island of No Land at All -- The Story of O'Malley of Shanganagh," by Keegan Theatre at Clark Street Playhouse (703-527-6000). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Fine Art in Miniature," at the S. Dillon Ripley Center (202-357-2700, TDD: 202-357-1729); and "Churchill and the Great Republic," at the Library of Congress (202-707-4604).


With the recent opening of Wakefield Skate Park -- Fairfax County's first such facility -- we take a look at other outlets for in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMX bikers in the area.


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Dave Kalama, left, and Laird Hamilton master the surf at Peahi, Hawaii, in "Riding Giants," opening July 16.Eric Lucas is deBourke O'Malley and Ghillian Porter is Joan Bruce-Bennett in the Keegan Theatre's "An Island of No Land at All -- The Story of O'Malley of Shanganagh." "Alexandria Salutes! A USO Weekend" includes a swing dance July 16 at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center.