The Week of June 10

The annual Celebrate Fairfax! festival hosts entertainment on multiple stages, arts and crafts, children's activities and other diversions June 10-12 at Fairfax County Government Center. Call 703-324-3247. {diam}National and regional stars of music, stage and dance perform in the annual Columbia Festival of the Arts June 10-19 at multiple venues throughout Columbia. Call 410-715-3044. {diam}A parade on June 11 in the Dupont Circle area and a street festival on June 12 along Pennsylvania Avenue are highlights of the week-long Capital Pride Festival, a celebration by the area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. Call 202-797-3510. {diam}The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie and Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen headline the Louisiana Swamp Romp June 12 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park. Call 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

The Week of June 17

The Antique and Classic Boat Festival presents classic boats, wooden boat building demonstrations, music, crafts and food vendors June 17-19 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Call 410-745-2916. {diam} The Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival hosts music on multiple stages, an arts and crafts fair, ship tours, exhibits, amusement rides, food vendors and more June 18-19 at Oronoco Bay Park. Call 703-549-8300. {diam} The Suzanne Farrell Ballet dances the world premiere of its production of Balanchine's "Don Quixote" June 22-26 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $29 to $84. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} "Oman: Desert, Oasis and Sea," "Forest Service, Culture and Community," "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture" and "Food Culture USA" are the themes of the 39th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 23-27 and June 30-July 4 on the Mall. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

The Week of June 24

Teams from across the country compete to represent the United States in the World Barbecue Championship at the National Capital Barbecue Battle, June 25-26 along Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets NW, with entertainment on multiple stages, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, children's activities and food vendors. 301-860-0630.


Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these shows: starting Friday at 10, Widespread Panic and Cracker, appearing July 30 at Nissan Pavilion; starting Saturday at 10, Coldplay and Rilo Kiley, Sept. 30 at Nissan Pavilion ($49.50 to $69.50 in-house, $34.50 on the lawn), and preschooler idols the Wiggles, appearing Aug. 24 at MCI Center ($18 to $33) and Aug. 28 at George Mason University's Patriot Center ($16 to $31). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster for these shows at the Birchmere: Rickie Lee Jones, July 25 ($35); the Funk Brothers, Aug. 7 ($45); Earl Scruggs, Sept. 1 ($35); and Delbert McClinton, Oct. 12 ($40). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from for these 9:30 club shows: Femi Kuti, July 16 ($25); and De La Soul with Rahzel, July 19 ($25). Call 703-218-6500.


On Stage

MetroStage presents "The Last Five Years," a musical story of five years in a marriage, from June 15 through July 24. Tickets cost $32 to $38; call 703-548-9044.

On Screen

Opening June 10: In "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl," a boy's imaginary superhero friends come to life and join him on a series of adventures.

{diam} Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Kathy Bates are part of a big ensemble in "The Bridge of San Luis Rey," an adaptation of the Thornton Wilder classic. {diam} "Eating Out," a romantic comedy involving Caleb (Scott Lunsford), who likes aggressive women, and Gwen (Emily Stiles), a forceful woman who digs wimpy guys. {diam} In "High Tension," a French film, college friends Marie and Alex visit Alex's parents in their country home, only to be confronted by a brutal murderer. {diam} "The Honeymooners" is a remake of the oldtime TV series, starring Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps and Gabriel Union.

{diam} In the animated "Howl's Moving Castle," the 18-year-old Sophie (voice of Emily Mortimer) is trapped in an old woman's body and must undo the spell by entering the castle of a wizard named Howl (voice of Christian Bale). {diam} "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" is about a married couple (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) who are unaware they are both professional assassins, until they're hired to kill each other. {diam} "Tell Them Who You Are" is a documentary about renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler by his son Mark. {diam} In the Spanish comedy "Torremolinos 73," an encyclopedia salesman (Javier Camara) and his wife (Candela Pena) decide to make erotic films to be sold in Scandinavia. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

Under the collective title of "Women and Blues," two exhibitions open June 10 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts: "Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues" features the mixed-media constructions of artist, art historian, curator and scholar Amalia Amaki, while a companion exhibition, "Women in Blues and Jazz," highlights the achievements of such performers as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington in photographs and film clips. Call 202-783-5000.


Closing on stage this weekend: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," by the Shakespeare Theatre at the Shakespeare Free for All in Rock Creek Park (202-334-4790); "Big River, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," at Ford's Theatre (202-397-7328 or 202-347-4833); "Of a Sunday Morning," by Charter Theatre (202-333-7009); "Side Man," by Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater (703-527-6000); and "Hannah and Martin," at Theater J (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Six Centuries of Prints and Drawings: Recent Acquisitions," in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art (202-737-4215); "Beyond the Bag: Textiles as Containers," at the Textile Museum (202-667-0441); and "Stubbs and the Horse," at the Walters Art Museum (410-547-9000).


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Rita Cant of the U.S. Forest Service will share stories and music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 23-27 and June 30-July 4 on the Mall.Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star as a married couple who are assassins-for-hire in "Mr. And Mrs. Smith," opening June 10."Dream Fan" is part of the "Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons and the Blues" exhibition, opening June 10 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.