LOOKING AHEAD

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, Thursday 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} Japanese 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.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets for these upcoming shows go on sale Saturday from Ticketmaster: starting Friday at 10, Yes and Dream Theater, appearing Aug. 25 at Nissan Pavilion ($33 to $68.50, all in-house); starting Saturday at 10, Toby Keith, Terri Clark and Scotty Emerick, Sept. 25 at Nissan Pavilion ($66.25 in-house, $32.25 on the lawn); starting Saturday at noon, Gloria Estefan, in what's being billed as her last tour, Sept. 8 at MCI Center ($86 and $40.50). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets for these 9:30 club shows are on sale now from Tickets.com: Steel Pulse, Aug. 19 ($25); Presidents of the United States of America, Aug. 25 ($15). Call 703-218-6500.

OPENING SOON

Exhibit

"Thinking Inside the Box: The Art of Andrew Krieger," opening July 24 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, features miniature sculptural environments by the Washington artist. Call 202-639-1700.

Film

Opening July 23: In "The Bourne Supremacy," Matt Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne, the CIA operative with the recovering memory who's forced to take up his former life as a trained assassin to survive. Also back: Franka Potente as his partner. {diam} Halle Berry gets feline in "Catwoman," the movie version of the comic book and TV character. {diam} In "Cheer Up," Tommy Lee Jones is a Texas Ranger who must protect cheerleaders after they witness a murder. {diam} "Distant," a critical hit at Cannes, is about a commercial photographer who struggles to reconcile his artistic ideals and his professional obligations. {diam} In "Seducing Dr. Lewis," a ragtag fishing community on a tiny, French-speaking island tries to persuade a young doctor to live in their town in order to get a much-needed new factory. {diam} "Time of the Wolf," set in an unspecified country and time, is about a mother and two children attempting to survive an apocalypse.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "Oliver!," at Wolf Trap's Filene Center (703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860); "The Radiant Abyss," by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in the Kennedy Center Film Theater (202-467-4600, TDD: 202-416-8524); and "Nervosis," by Capital Renaissance Theatre at H Street Playhouse (877-426-9372). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Birds and Beasts in Japanese Art" and "The Tea Ceremony as Melting Pot," at the Freer Gallery of Art (202-357-2700, TDD: 202-357-1729); and "Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting From Japanese Religious Traditions," at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery (202-357-2700, TDD: 202-357-1729).

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Halle Berry and Benjamin Bratt reach out in "Catwoman," adapted from the comic book character, opening July 23. Daryl Davis and his band are on the bill at Bluesfest 2004 July 24 at Frying Pan Park in Herndon."A Room for Love" is part of "Thinking Inside the Box: The Art of Andrew Krieger," more than 100 small three-dimensional creations, opening July 24 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.Okamoto Shuki's hanging scroll, "Auspicious Symbols: Crane, Rising Sun and Peach," in the exhibit "Birds and Beasts in Japanese Art," closing this weekend at the Freer Gallery

of Art.