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. Call 301-860-0630.

The Week of July 1

Commemorate Independence Day on July 4 with the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue NW and an evening concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, followed by fireworks over the Washington Monument grounds. Call 202-619-7222. {diam} The Kirov Ballet dances its version of Petipa's "Le Corsaire," a swashbuckling tale of pirates at sea, July 5-10 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $47 to $112. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).


Tickets for these shows go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster: starting Friday at 10, Destiny's Child, appearing July 31 at MCI Center ($52.50, $67.50 and $77.50); also starting Friday at 10, Cedric the Entertainer, July 16 at DAR Constitution Hall ($65.50 and $45.50) and July 17 at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House ($59.50); starting Saturday at 10, Stevie Nicks, July 10 at Nissan Pavilion ($20, $39.50 and $62); starting Saturday at noon, the Vans Warped Tour, with more than 60 bands on eight stages, Aug. 10 at Nissan Pavilion ($29.50 general admission). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Two Birchmere shows go on sale Friday at noon from Ticketmaster: the Buddy Miller Band, July 17 ($22.50), and Liz Phair, Aug. 4 ($20). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from for a show by Berlin and the Fixx, July 21 at the 9:30 club. They cost $25 plus service charges; call 703-218-6500.


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "The Emperor Jones," Eugene O'Neill's portrait of a Pullman porter who becomes an African dictator, by American Century Theater at the Gunston Arts Center from June 23 through July 30. Tickets cost $23 to $26, with student and senior discounts. Call 703-553-8782.

On Screen

Opening Wednesday: "Batman Begins," directed by Christopher ("Memento") Nolan, tells the story of Batman's evolution into the superhero. Christian Bale stars. Opening June 17: In the French film "Apres Vous," Antoine (Daniel Auteuil) tries to rehabilitate Louis (Jose Garcia), who has just tried to kill himself, but ends up caught in a romantic triangle. {diam} Christian Slater and Selma Blair star in "The Deal," a political thriller about the Russian mafia and illegal oil trading. {diam} "Deep Blue" is an Imax documentary that explores the mysteries of the ocean. Pierce Brosnan narrates.

{diam} In "Happily Ever After," writer-director Yvan Attal tells the story of three male friends (played by Attal, Alain Chabat and Alain Cohen) living in Paris. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anouk Aimee and Claude Berri co-star. {diam} "My Summer of Love," set in the Yorkshire countryside, is about a friendship that leads to ill-fated love between two women (Nathalie Press and Emily Blunt). Paddy Considine also stars. {diam} In "The Perfect Man," a recent divorcee (Heather Locklear) moves to Tucson with her daughters, Zoe (Aria Wallace) and Holly (Hilary Duff), who secretly plan to find their mother the ideal mate. {diam} "Shake Hands With the Devil" is a documentary about Canadian Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire and his controversial command of the United Nations mission to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2005 National Exhibition," opening June 17 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, features award-winning art by junior and senior high school students. Call 202-639-1700.

{diam} "The Essence of Line: French Drawings From Ingres to Degas," opening jointly at the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art on June 19, showcases drawings and watercolors by such artists as Ingres, Renoir, Cassatt and Daumier. Call 410-547-9000 (Walters) or 410-396-7100 (BMA). {diam} "Pearls of the Parrot of India," opening June 19 at the Walters Art Museum, puts on view several pages of a lavishly illustrated 16th-century Mughal manuscript. Call 410-547-9000. {diam} "Irving Penn: Platinum Prints," opening June 19 at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, is the first major retrospective devoted to the platinum prints of the renowned American photographer. Call 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176). {diam} "Artscape at the BMA: Observation Deck," opening June 19 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, is a group exhibition of contemporary art coinciding with Baltimore's annual summer arts festival. Call 410-396-7100. {diam} "Visual Music, 1905-2005," opening June 23 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, explores the relationship between visual art and music. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).


Closing on stage this weekend: "Hecuba," by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (202-467-4600); "Shkspr Prjct," by Catalyst Theater at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (800-494-8497 or 202-547-6839); "Big Death and Little Death," at the new Woolly Mammoth Theatre (202-393-3939); "Lend Me a Tenor," at the Olney Theatre (301-924-3400); and "Side Man," by Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater (703-527-6000). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "On Their Own: Self-Taught African American Artists," "The Art of Charles Smith" and "In Celebration of Black Men: The Quilt," at the Anacostia Museum (202-633-1000); and "Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre," in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art (202-737-4215).


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A still from a film by Oskar Fischinger is part of the "Visual Music, 1905-2005" exhibition, opening June 23 at the Hirshhorn Museum. Stevie Nicks sings at Nissan Pavilion on July 10. Heather Locklear, left, plays a single mom whose daughters, Hilary Duff, right, and Aria Wallace, plan to find her a husband in "The Perfect Man."