Columbia Throws a Party

The Neville Brothers, the Second City comedy troupe and the Tango Flamenco and Nebellen dance companies headline the 2005 Columbia Festival of the Arts, opening Friday and continuing through June 19 at the Rouse Theatre and other sites throughout Columbia. Ticket prices vary. The Lakefest presents free entertainment, an arts and crafts fair and children's activities Saturday from 11 to 11 and Sunday from noon to 10:30 at Lake Kittamaqundi in the Town Center. Call 410-715-3089 or visit

Songs of Celtic Lands

The Battlefield Band, Tinsmith, Iona and other local and visiting musicians and bands perform on eight stages at the Potomac Celtic Festival Saturday from 10 to 7:30 and Sunday from 10 to 6:30 at the Morven Park Equestrian Center, on Tutt Lane off U.S. 15 in Leesburg. There will also be a crafts fair, men's and women's rugby matches, exhibits by clan societies, a living history camp, children's art activities and food vendors. Admission at the gate is $18, ages 6 to 12 $9, younger free. Gaelic Storm and Tinsmith star in a concert Saturday at 8. Tickets are $10. Call 703-938-9779 or visit

A Parade for Pride

The Washington area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities conclude Capital Pride Week with a parade in the Dupont Circle area and a street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade, with floats, marching units and entertainers, kicks off Saturday at 6:30 at 23rd and P streets NW and travels around Dupont Circle to New Hampshire Avenue, east on R Street, south on 17th Street to P Street, east to 14th Street, and south to L Street (Metro: Dupont Circle). The Capital Pride Street Festival, with entertainment, remarks by local officials and other activities, is open Sunday from 11 to 7:30 along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Seventh streets (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial.) Admission is free. Call 202-797-3510 or visit

Festival Time in Fairfax

The Smithereens, Koko Taylor, Blue Oyster Cult, Better Than Ezra and Rick Springfield headline entertainment on four stages during Celebrate Fairfax!, a three-day family festival at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. There will also be exhibits by community organizations, a crafts fair, carnival rides, fireworks and food vendors. Celebrate Fairfax! will be open Friday from 6 to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 to 6. Fireworks begin Friday and Saturday at about 9:15. Admission is $10, seniors and active-duty military $8, ages 3 to 10 $5, younger free. Free parking with shuttles will be available at Fair Oaks Mall and Fair Lakes Circle. Call 703-324-3247 or visit

The African Beat

Dance Place hosts its 18th annual DanceAfrica DC, a celebration of African traditions, Saturday and Sunday inside and outside the theater, at 3225 Eighth St. NE (Metro: Brookland-CUA). An African outdoor marketplace will be open from noon to 6 both days. Master classes in drumming and dancing begin at 10 both days, and entertainment by dancers and musicians on two stages starts at 1 and continues until about 7. Family matinees begin indoors at 3 both days, and concerts begin at 8. The evening headliners are Coyaba Dance Theater and Sankofa Dance Theater Saturday and the Kankouran and Ezibu Muntu West African dance companies Sunday. Griot Baba Chuck Davis appears both nights. Outdoor activities are free. Matinee tickets cost $12 (one child free with paying adult) and evening concerts are $20, with discounts for seniors, students, artists and children. Call 202-269-1600. See story on Page 22.

Cinderella Finds Her Prince

The Summer Opera Theatre Company begins its 27th season with a fully staged production of Massenet's "Cendrillon" ("Cinderella"), opening Sunday at 2:30 in the Hartke Theatre on the Catholic University campus at 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. The tale of the sweet young girl, her two mean stepsisters, and a lovestruck prince bearing a glass slipper will be repeated Wednesday at 7:30, June 17 at 7:30 and June 19 at 2:30 in French with English surtitles. Tickets cost $45 to $65, with student discounts; a $110 ticket opening night includes a post-show reception. Rush seats will be sold for $25 a half-hour before each show. Call 202-319-4000 or visit

Romp in the Swamp

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie and Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen bring their Cajun, zydeco and blues sounds to the 16th annual Louisiana Swamp Romp Sunday at 2 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 Sunday. To order, call, 703-218-6500; for information, call 703-255-1860.

A Special Arts Festival

VSA Arts, founded as Very Special Arts to promote education in the arts for people with disabilities, hosts a "Start With the Arts" family festival Saturday from 10 to 6 at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Metro: Union Station). Imagination Stage, Kids on the Block and other troupes will perform on multiple stages, and there will be exhibits, art demonstrations and hands-on art workshops for children and adults. Admission is free. Call 202-628-2800 or visit

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Les DuMouchel and the Nebellen Dance Company will perform at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. The D.C. Radical Faeries marched in last year's Capital Pride parade at Dupont Circle.

Rick Springfield will sing at the Celebrate Fairfax! festival.