The Week of July 15

See free family feature films nine nights in a row at Movies Under the Moon July 15-23 on the Robinson field at George Mason University in Fairfax. Vendor sales benefit local charities. Call 703-323-6333 or visit {diam} Explore more than 75 varieties of blooming lilies and lotuses at the annual Waterlily and Founders Day July 16 at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Call 202-426-6905.

{diam} Cathy Rigby stars in "Peter Pan" July 19-24 at Wolf Trap's Filene Center. Tickets cost $34 to $65 in-house, $18 on the lawn from To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, 703-255-1860.

The Week of July 22

Baltimore celebrates the arts at Artscape 2005, with music and dance on multiple stages, an arts and crafts fair, children's entertainers, food vendors and other activities, July 22-24 on Mount Royal Avenue between North Avenue and Preston Street, near the Lyric Opera House, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Call 877-225-8466. {diam}The Virginia Scottish Games and Festival features Highland music, dancing, athletic competitions, trained dog demonstrations, a British car show and other activities July 23-24 on the grounds of Episcopal High School, Alexandria. Call 703-912-1943.

The Week of July 29

Observe and assist archaeologists uncovering the past during Tidewater Archaeology Days July 30-31 at the site of Maryland's first capital in Historic St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County. Call 800-762-1634. {diam} The Legg Mason Tennis Classic brings the professional men's tennis tour to Washington for the 36th year July 30-Aug. 7 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. Call 202-397-7328 or 202-721-9500.


Tickets go on sale Friday for two concerts at the Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six in Baltimore: starting at 10, Tori Amos, with Imogen Heap and the Ditty Bops, appearing Aug. 24 ($36 and $47 in-house, $24 on the lawn); starting at noon, Jesse McCartney, Aug. 4 ($32.50 and $27.50 in-house, $27.50 lawn). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Also on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster: the 18th annual Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis, starring Brad Paisley, Sept. 10 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. They cost $35 to $175. {diam} These 9:30 club shows are on sale now from the New York Dolls, Aug. 10 ($35); Kings of Leon and Secret Machines, Aug. 11 ($25); and Devo, Aug. 14 ($55); call 703-218-6500 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now for the fall productions in the Washington National Opera's 50th anniversary season: Verdi's "I vespri siciliani," Sept. 17-Oct. 4; Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," Oct. 29-Nov. 19; and "Trilogy," an evening of excerpts from "Fedora," "The Merry Widow" and "Otello" starring Placido Domingo. All are in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $45 to $290. Call 202-295-2400 or visit


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: Scena Theatre presents a modern adaptation of "The Persians," by Aeschylus, the playwright's story of the Greek conquest of the Persians told from the Persian point of view (and the earliest surviving play in the history of Western drama), at the Tivoli Theatre from July 15 through Aug. 14. July 15 is a "pay-what-you-can" preview; regular prices are $20 to $30. Call 703-684-7990.

On Screen

Opening July 15: Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play a pair of lotharios who pick up single women at wedding receptions in the comedy "Wedding Crashers."

{diam} Lisa Kudrow teams up again with filmmaker Don Roos, who directed her in "The Opposite of Sex," for "Happy Endings," a comedy about love and family.

{diam} Johnny Depp stars as Willy Wonka in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," director Tim Burton's adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's book. {diam} Romain Duris plays a man torn between classical music and thug life in "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," a drama based on the 1978 film "Fingers." {diam} A teenage girl (Alice Teghil) from a small Italian seaside town copes with her new life in Rome in "Caterina in the Big City."


Closing on stage this weekend: "Red, White and Tuna," at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (202-467-4600, TDD: 202-416-8524); "Pacific Overtures," at Signature Theatre (703-218-6500); and "All My Sons," by Quotidian Theatre at the Writer's Center in Bethesda (301-816-1023). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books," at the Library of Congress (202-707-4604); and "High Fiber," at the Renwick Gallery (202-633-1000, TDD: 202-357-1729).


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Tori Amos sings Aug. 24 at Pier Six in Baltimore."Spike" by Gyngy Laky is on display in "High Fiber," closing Sunday at the Renwick Gallery. Mr. Teavee (played by Adam Godley) shows a miniaturized Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry) to Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," opening July 15.