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

The National Symphony Orchestra accompanies screenings of classic films July 29-30 at Wolf Trap Park: "The Wizard of Oz" July 29 and "Gotta Dance!" July 30, an evening of dance scenes from "Singin' in the Rain," "An American in Paris" and more. Tickets cost $28 to $38 the Filene Center, $18 on the lawn. Call 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860. {diam} 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.

The Week of Aug. 5

The Bolshoi Ballet dances "Don Quixote" Aug. 5-6 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. Tickets cost $45 to $65 in the pavilion, $18 on the lawn; call 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860. {diam} Livestock shows, horse and tractor pulls, exhibits, amusement rides and entertainment are all part of the Howard County Fair Aug. 6-13 in West Friendship. Call 410-442-1022.


Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for two shows: Brooks & Dunn, with Big & Rich, the Warren Brothers and Cowboy Troy, Aug. 20 at Nissan Pavilion ($38.25 to $63.25 in-house, $28.50 on the lawn); and Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Death From Above, Nov. 2 at MCI Center ($45). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} On sale now from Ticketmaster: "Scream Tour IV: The Heart Throbs," with Bow Wow, Omarion, Marques Houston, Bobby Valentino, Pretty Ricky and B5, Aug. 26 at MCI Center. Tickets cost $45. {diam} These Birchmere shows are on sale now from Ticketmaster: Marty Stuart, Aug. 10 ($27.50); Eric Benet, Aug. 15 ($25); Los Lobos, Sept. 27 ($47.50); a spoken-word show by Henry Rollins, Oct. 15 ($25); and War, Nov. 8 ($29.50).


On Screen

Opening July 22: Billy Bob Thornton plays an unconventional baseball coach in charge of a team of young misfits in "Bad News Bears," a remake of the 1976 hit movie. {diam} In "Cronicas," an ambitious Miami TV reporter (John Leguizamo) investigates several murders in a small Ecuadorean village. {diam} In the violence-drenched "The Devil's Rejects," a follow-up to filmmaker Rob Zombie's "House of a 1,000 Corpses," the renegade Firefly family goes on a killing spree. {diam} "Hustle and Flow," a hip-hop fairy tale of sorts, is about a Memphis street hustler (Terrence Dashon Howard) who tries a career change from street pimp to musical hitmaker. {diam} In "The Island," a human clone captive (Ewan McGregor) in a futuristic facility tries to escape before his body parts are "harvested." It also features Scarlett Johansson. {diam} "Murderball" is a documentary about tough, highly competitive rugby players in wheelchairs.


Closing on stage this weekend: "La Tragedie de Carmen," at the Olney Theatre Center (301-924-3400); and "Gladiator," by Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theatre (703-684-7990). {diam} This week is your last chance to visit "Surviving Darfur," photographs by Helene Caux, at the National Geographic Museum (202-857-7588); and "Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation," at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery (202-633-1000, TDD: 202-357-1729).


Something old, something new and something packed with adrenaline, too. Get ready to get wet with the boards -- paddle, river and kite -- of summer.


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An early 9th-century dish from Basra, Iraq, is on display in "Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade and Innovation," closing Sunday at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Terrence Dashon Howard plays a street hustler with big dreams in "Hustle & Flow," opening July 22.

District native Paul Goldstein reaches for the ball in last year's Legg Mason Tennis Classic, opening July 30 this year in Washington.