LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of July 30

The Wolf Trap Opera Company and the National Symphony Orchestra join forces in a concert staging of Puccini's "La Boheme," in Italian with English surtitles, July 30 at Wolf Trap Park's Filene Center. Tickets cost $32 to $45 in-house, $20 on the lawn. Call 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860. {diam} Opera International performs Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites" July 30 and Aug. 1 at Lisner Auditorium. Tickets are $30 to $50. Call 202-397-7328 or 202-994-6800. {diam} 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.

The Week of Aug. 6

The National Symphony Orchestra accompanies classic cartoons in "Bugs Bunny on Broadway"

Aug. 6-7 at Wolf Trap Park's Filene Center. Tickets cost $28 to $38 in-house, $18 on the lawn. Call

703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860. {diam} Enjoy livestock shows, horse and tractor pulls, exhibits, rides and entertainment at the annual Howard County Fair Aug.

7-14 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. Call 410-442-1022.

The Week of Aug. 13

See free family feature films on a giant outdoor screen for 10 consecutive nights at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Aug. 13-22 on the lawn of Strathmore Hall Arts Center in North Bethesda. Call 301-816-6958 or 301-530-0540. {diam} Carnival rides, livestock displays, exhibits and entertainment are all part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Aug. 13-21 at the fairgrounds on Route 355 in Gaithersburg. Call 301-926-3100. {diam} The Kunta Kinte Festival celebrates African American history and culture with music, dance, exhibits and vendors Aug. 14-15 at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Call 410-349-0338.

{diam} The professional men's tennis tour arrives with the Legg Mason Tennis Classic Aug. 14-22 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. Call 202-721-9500 or 202-397-7328.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Hank Williams Jr., Sept. 3 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. They cost $40 in-house, $25 on the lawn, plus service charges; call 202-397-7328.

{diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for a show by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Aug. 27 at the 9:30 club. They cost $20 plus service charges; call

703-218-6500.

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: The Washington Shakespeare Company opens its production of "The Tempest," Shakespeare's tale of the struggle between civilization and nature, with "pay-what-you-can" previews Aug. 5-9 at the Clark Street Playhouse. Tickets go on sale at the box office 30 minutes before each show. The run continues through Sept. 4; regular prices are $22 to $30. Call 703-418-4808.

Film

Opening July 30: "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," a comedy, follows two young friends on a wild journey through New Jersey in search of the "perfect food." {diam} "A Home at the End of the World," about an unusual love triangle in New York City, stars Colin Farrell, Sissy Spacek and Dallas Roberts. {diam} "The Manchurian Candidate," a remake of the Cold War classic, stars Denzel Washington as Army Maj. Ben Marco, who believes that his Desert Storm squad sergeant (Liev Schreiber) may be the center of a dangerous conspiracy. {diam} "Maria Full of Grace" is about a young woman's harrowing journey from a small Colombian town to the streets of New York. {diam} "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" follows the attempts of the band to reconcile creative conflicts through group therapy.

{diam} "Orwell Rolls in His Grave" is a documentary about the shortcomings of the American press.

{diam} In "Seducing Dr. Lewis," the inhabitants of an island try to entice a doctor to settle in their community so they can attract a corporation to build a factory there. {diam} "A Thousand Clouds of Peace" is about a gay teenager trying to unlock a personal mystery.

{diam} "Thunderbirds," a live-action version of the 1960s Gerry Anderson marionette TV series, is about a family of action-hero astronauts. {diam} "Twist" is a retelling of "Oliver Twist," set in Toronto. {diam} "The Village," M. Night Shyamalan's new spooky movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt, is about a village that believes it is surrounded by dangerous creatures. Opening dates may change.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "Machinal," by American Century Theatre at Gunston Arts Center. Call 703-553-8782. {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya" and "The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place," in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Call 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND

From deep-fried Twinkies to Asian stir-fry, from Elvis impersonators to local history dioramas, from cattle competitions to hot rod shows featuring "insane exhaust modification," the county or state fair of today is a cool, crazy and sometimes contradictory thing. Catch our annual guide to area fairs.

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Denzel Washington is Maj. Ben Marco and Meryl Streep is Sen. Eleanor Shaw in "The Manchurian Candidate," opening July 30.Susan Kuklewicz entertained as "Feathers the Clown" at the 2002 Howard County Fair, scheduled Aug. 7-14 this year."The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place" will close Sunday in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.