Steel and Paint
In its only U.S. stop, an international exhibition of more than 100 works by American sculptor Alexander Calder and Spanish painter Joan Miro opens Saturday at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle). "Calder Miro" explores the "visual dialogue" between the two artists, who visited each other's studios in the 1920s and collaborated on the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris World's Fair. The exhibition continues through Jan. 23 and will be accompanied by films, curator talks and children's workshops. Tickets (timed-entry on weekends) cost $13, seniors and students $11, under 18 free. The Phillips is open Fridays, Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 5, Sundays from noon to 7 and Thursdays from 10 to 8:30. Call 202-387-2151 or visit www.phillipscollection.org.
Two dozen Georgetown restaurants will sell samples of their specialties at the 12th annual Taste of Georgetown Saturday from 11 to 5 on the grounds of Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and along Wisconsin Avenue between M and South streets. Billy Martin's Tavern, Cafe La Ruche, the Ritz-Carlton, the Saigon Inn and Filomena are among the participants. The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and Blues Alley All-Stars will entertain, and children may tie-dye T-shirts and race remote-control cars. Admission is free; most tastes cost $2 to $6. Proceeds help support the Georgetown Ministry Center's programs for the homeless. Call 202-298-9222.
SpongeBob -- Live!
Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and other Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon characters will greet children at the 12th annual Comcast Family Toon Day Sunday from 11 to 4 at Strathmore Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). There will also be gospel music by the Sweet Heaven Kings, English folk dancing by the Rock Creek Morris Women, world music by Nada Brahma, live reptiles and birds from Animal Planet, carnival rides, hands-on art activities, demonstrations and exhibits by police and fire-rescue departments, and food vendors. Admission and most activities are free. Call 301-530-0540 or visit
Heave Away, Haul Away
Explore more than 250 racing, cruising and multihull sailboats on land and moored at more than a mile of temporary floating docks during the 35th annual U.S. Sailboat Show Friday through Sunday from 10 to 7 and Monday from 10 to 5 at the Annapolis City Dock and Harbor. There will also be displays by vendors of marine equipment, accessories and services. Admission at the gate is $16, ages 12 and younger $8. Pets are not permitted; strollers are strongly discouraged. (The sailboat show is followed by the U.S. Powerboat Show Oct. 15-17).Call 410-267-6711 or visit www.usboat.com.
The Next Best Thing
The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates Barbra Streisand and her music Friday and Saturday at 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom- GWU, with free shuttles). Streisand impressionist Steven Brinberg, who has toured with his "Simply Barbra" revue for more than a decade, and soprano Julie Budd are guest artists. The orchestra will be led by composer and Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch, who was musical director for the real Streisand's 1994 concert tour and TV special. Tickets cost $20 to $80. Call 202-467-4600.
Festival of Words
The Library of Congress sponsors its fourth annual National Book Festival Saturday from 10 to 5 on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets (Metro: Smithsonian). More than 75 authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers will appear in tented pavilions devoted to "Home and Family," "Poetry," "Teens and Children," "Fiction and Imagination," "Mysteries and Thrillers," "History and Biography" and "Science Fiction and Fantasy." Richard Peck, Anna Quindlen, Clive Cussler, Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Arthur Frommer are among the scheduled authors. At 2, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will talk about "Brothers in Arms," his account of the all-black 761st Tank Battalion's service at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and throughout the day the Veterans History Project and the Voices of Civil Rights project will record personal recollections. Admission is free. Call 888-714-4696 or visit www.loc.gov/bookfest.
Lance Leads Hope Tour
Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong joins the Tour of Hope cross-country bicycle ride during its last leg Saturday, concluding at about noon at a festival on the Ellipse. The group of 20 cancer survivors and caregivers left Los Angeles Sept. 30 on a 3,500-mile trek to focus attention on cancer research. The festival, open Saturday from 9 to 2 at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, includes a health fair, entertainment, a bike rodeo, educational exhibits and an interactive virtual "Ride With Lance." Admission is free. Call 202-587-2558 or visit
Turtles Play Sugarloaf
More than 450 artists and artisans display their paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, textiles and other creations at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Friday through Sunday from 10 to 6 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Route 355 and Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. The '60s folk-rockers the Turtles ("Happy Together") perform Saturday at 1 and 4. There will be demonstrations of glass blowing, papermaking, wood turning and other skills. Admission at the gate is $7, ages under 12 free. Call 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900.
Folger Puts On 'Ayres'
The Folger Consort opens its season with "Sounds and Sweet Ayres," 16th-century English songs and poetry for voice and lute by John Dowland, Thomas Morley and other songwriters, Friday at 8, Saturday at 5 and 8 and Sunday at 2 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Capitol South). Soprano Ann Monoyios and violinist David Douglass will join the trio. Tickets cost $27, with student and senior discounts. Call 202-544-7077.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere