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).

The Week of July 8

The Contemporary American Theater Festival, now in its 15th season, presents four new American plays in rotating repertory July 8-31 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Tickets cost $28 to $33, with package discounts. Call 304-876-3473. {diam}The USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration commemorates Alexandria's 256th birthday and America's 229th July 9 with a free concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, including Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture with cannon, followed by fireworks over the Potomac at Oronoco Bay Park. Call 703-883-4686. {diam} Champion skateboarders and cyclists show their moves at Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huckjam July 11 at MCI Center. Tickets cost $12.50 to $85 plus service charges from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328. {diam} "Hairspray," the Tony Award-winning musical return to 1960s Baltimore, is on stage July 13-Aug. 21 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $35 to $93. Call 202-467-4600.


These shows at Nissan Pavilion go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster: starting Friday at 10, 311, Papa Roach and Unwritten Law, appearing Aug. 26 ($31 in-house, $23.50 on the lawn); starting Saturday at 10, Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton, July 29 ($45 in-house, $27.50 lawn); and starting June 18 at noon, the Backstreet Boys, Aug. 6 at 7:30 ($59.50 and $49.50 in-house, $20 lawn). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from for a show by Ben Harper and Tom Freund, July 25 at the 9:30 club. They cost $35. Call 703-218-6500.


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: Joe Sears and Jaston Williams portray the men, women and teenagers in mythical little Tuna, Tex., as they prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July in "Red, White and Tuna" June 24-July 10 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $20 to $55; call 202-467-4600. {diam} Theater J stages two comic one-acts by Woody Allen, "Central Park West" and "Riverside Drive," from June 25 through July 24 at the D.C. Jewish Community Center. Tickets cost $25 to $36; call 800-494-8497.

On Screen

Opening Wednesday: "After Midnight," Italian writer-director Davide Ferrario's homage to cinema, from the silent era to the French New Wave, will be shown at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre. {diam} "Herbie: Fully Loaded" stars Lindsay Lohan as Maggie Peyton, new owner of No. 53, a very rebellious Volkswagen bug that eventually becomes a NASCAR competitor. Opening June 24: "A Tout De Suite" is French director Benoit Jacquot's thriller about a free spirit (Isild Le Besco) who falls for a bank robber (Ouassini Embarek). {diam} Nicole Kidman stars in "Bewitched," playing a real witch who agrees to portray a fictional one in a remake of the TV series. Will Ferrell plays her TV series co-star. {diam} In "Kings and Queen," Nora (Emmanuelle Devos), who has to deal with a dying father, dumps her 11-year-old son with her former lover Ismael (Mathieu Amalric), who just happens to be in a mental asylum. Catherine Deneuve plays Ismael's psychiatrist. {diam} Zombie-meister supreme George A. Romero is back with "Land of the Dead," in which desperate humans in a walled city fortify themselves against a world of dead shufflers. {diam} In Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin," 18-year-old Brian (Brady Corbet) believes he may have been the victim of an alien abduction. Elisabeth Shue co-stars. {diam} "Rize" is a documentary about a groundbreaking dance phenomenon born on the streets of South Central Los Angeles. {diam} In "Saving Face," a Chinese American lesbian (Michelle Krusiec) and her traditionalist mother (Joan Chen) are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash with cultural expectations. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community," opening June 24 at the National Building Museum, looks at the history of the area's Jewish community from 1795 to the present. Call 202-272-2448. {diam} "East Meets West: Hiroshige at the Phillips Collection," opening June 25 at the Phillips Collection, presents woodblock prints from artist Utagawa Hiroshige's "The 53 Stations of the Tokaido," a series of images depicting stops along an ancient highway known as the Tokaido Road. Call 202-387-2151. {diam} "Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade," opening June 25 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, spotlights the art of ancient civilizations that flourished through control of the frankincense and myrrh trade. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).


Cirque du Soleil closes its latest touring show, "Varekai," Sunday at Harbor Point in Baltimore. Call 800-678-5440. {diam} Also closing on stage this weekend: "Anna Christie," at the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater ( 202-488-3300); and "Continente Viril" ("Virile Content"), by Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center (703-548-3092). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "The Eyes of History 2005: An Exhibition of Award-Winning Photographs by White House Photojournalists," and "Contemporary Print Portfolio," at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Call 202-639-1700.


On the road again, you just can't wait to get on the road again, but no one tells you where to go or how or when? Next week, we will.


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A funerary pillar from "Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade," opening June 25 at the Sackler Gallery. Nicole Kidman twitches her nose as Samantha in "Bewitched," adapted from the '60s TV series, opening June 24. Dan Snook portrays Mat Burke and Sara Surrey is Anna Christopherson in "Anna Christie" at Arena Stage.