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} The Alexandria Irish Festival celebrates all things Irish Aug. 7 at Waterfront Park, with entertainment, crafts and food vendors. Call 703-237-2199. {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.

The Week of Aug. 20

Revisit the Colonial era during August Court Days, with more than 200 reenactors, mock trials, music and a militia encampment, Aug. 21-22 in downtown Leesburg. Call 800-752-6118. {diam} Old Dominion vintners showcase their products Aug. 21-22 at the 29th annual Virginia Wine Festival, moving this year to Long Branch Farm in Millwood, Va., with all-day entertainment, a crafts fair, gourmet fare from local restaurants and children's activities. Admission is $20 in advance, $22 at the gate, ages 2 to 21 $5, younger free. Call 888-435-9746 or 800-520-9670.


Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these upcoming shows: starting Friday at 10, Alicia Keys, appearing Sept. 18 at the Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six in Baltimore ($49.50 to $79.50 in-house, $20 on the lawn); starting Saturday at 10, Barry Manilow, Oct. 14 at MCI Center ($38 to $128); starting Saturday at noon, Tim McGraw, Big & Rich and the Warren Brothers, Sept. 12 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena ($65 and $39.50). Call 202-397-7328 or 410-547-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for the "Chicks With Attitude" tour, Sept. 3 at the 9:30 club, with Liz Phair, the Cardigans, Katy Rose and Charlotte Martin. Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).



Opening Aug. 6: "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi" is writer-director-star Takeshi Kitano's tribute to the folk hero who wins sword fights without the benefit of sight. {diam} "Broadway: The Golden Age" is Rick McKay's salute to a bygone era, featuring interviews with Angela Lansbury, Stephen Sondheim, Carol Burnett, Carol Channing, Elaine Stritch and others. {diam} In "Collateral," a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx) is forced to do the bidding of the mysterious Vincent (Tom Cruise), a contract killer.

{diam} "Garden State" is a comedy in which an actor (played by writer-director Zach Braff) reunites with his New Jersey friends and family when he attends his mother's funeral. {diam} In Per Fly's Danish-made "The Inheritance," a young man is reluctant to take over the family business when his father dies. {diam} In Patrice Leconte's "Intimate Strangers," because she picked the wrong door, Anna (Sandrine Bonnaire) ends up confessing her marriage problems to a financial adviser (Fabrice Luchini). {diam} In "Little Black Book," a young woman (Brittany Murphy) sneaks into her commitment-shy boyfriend's Palm Pilot and starts interviewing all of his old girlfriends. {diam} In "Open Water," based on a true story, two scuba divers are stranded in shark-infested waters after their tour boat has left them. Opening dates may change.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Cyrano," at the Shakespeare Theatre (202-547-1122, TDD: 202-638-3863); "Oh, the Innocents," by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229); and the four plays in the 14th annual Contemporary American Theater Festival, on the Shepherd University campus in Shepherdstown, W. Va.: "Homeland Security," "Flag Day," "Rounding Third" and "The Rose of Corazon: A Texas Songplay" (304-876-3473 or 800-999-2283). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Art and War: Works in the Kreeger Collection" and "The True Artist Is an Amazing Luminous Fountain," at the Kreeger Museum. Call 202-338-3552.


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Tom Cruise, left, is a hired killer and Jamie Foxx is the hapless cabbie who drives him to work in "Collateral," opening Aug. 6. Andre Agassi returns to the Legg Mason Tennis Classic Aug. 14-22 at the FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.