Arts Party in Baltimore
Boyz II Men, Drive By Truckers, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Ozomatli, Q-Tip and Morris Day & the Time are among the headliners during all-day entertainment on multiple indoor and outdoor stages at Artscape 2005, Baltimore's 24th annual celebration of the arts, in its "Cultural Corridor" around the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Lyric Opera House, the Theatre Project and the Maryland Institute College of Art. There will also be performances by the acrobatic dance troupe Air Dance Bernasconi and other dance and theater troupes; art exhibits and an arts and crafts fair; fashion shows; films; children's entertainers; and food vendors. The festival will be open Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 and Sunday from noon to 8. Admission and most activities are free. Call
877-225-8466 or visit www.artscape.org.
When Worlds Collide
The Washington Shakespeare Company opens its production of Peter Shaffer's "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" with "pay-what-you-can" previews Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8 at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington (Metro: Crystal City). The drama portrays the impact of 16th-century conquistadors on the Inca empire in Peru and the grudging respect that develops between Spanish commander Francisco Pizarro and the Inca emperor Atahualpa. Performances continue through Aug. 28; regular prices are $22 to $30. (All Saturday matinees are "pay-what-you-can.") Call 800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808.
Scotland in Alexandria
Musicians, athletes, clan organizations and other groups celebrate the traditions of Scotland at the 32nd annual Virginia Scottish Games and Festival Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 9 to 5 in Alexandria on the grounds of Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Rd. (at Quaker Lane). Highlights include the caber toss (in which competitors sling 20-foot-long telephone poles); concerts by bagpipe bands, harpists, fiddlers and other musicians and singers; a British car show (Sunday only); a dog show; sheep-herding demonstrations; living history portrayals; country dancing; and food tents. The opening ceremony begins Saturday at noon. Admission at the gate is $15 each day, $20 for both, ages 5 to 12 $5 per day, younger free. Call 703-912-1943 or visit www.vascottishgames.org.
Down on the Farm
Tour 11 Montgomery County farms during the self-guided 16th annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4. (Some farms will be open only on Saturday.) Some locations will offer hayrides, pony rides, live music and other special activities. The Red Wiggler Community Farm in Germantown will host "Art Farm" Saturday, a multimedia arts celebration by Concerts in the Country with music, storytelling, exhibits and dance. Pick up maps and brochures at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, or Montgomery County libraries. Call 301-590-2823 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/agservices.
Dozens of rare silent comedy films will be screened at the third annual Slapsticon Silent Comedy Film Festival, opening Thursday and continuing through July 31 at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington (Metro: Rosslyn). Highlights include a newly restored 1914 movie with Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Marie Dressler; the "world re-premiere" of a once-lost 1922 film starring Normand; and early films by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The schedule: Thursday from 1 to midnight, July 29-30 from 9 a.m. to midnight and July 31 from 10 to 6. Tickets cost $20 per day, or $75 for all four; evening special events cost $10. All films will be accompanied by live music. Call 703-228-1841 or visit www.slapsticon.org.
Local bluegrass and "jamgrass" bands, including Larry Keely & Natural Bridge, the Codetalkers with Bruce Hampton, Primitive Mind, Orrin Star & Jimmy Gaudreau and the Good Deale Bluegrass Band with Mike Auldridge, play at the Jug Bay Jam Fest Friday from 3 to 11 and Saturday from noon to 11 at Duncan's Family Campground, 5381 Sands Rd., Lothian, Md., off Route 408 about five miles east of Upper Marlboro. Tickets cost $20 Friday, $25 Saturday, $40 for both, children younger than 10 free. Call 410-867-2400 or visit www.jugbayjamfest.com.
Sounds of Summer
New Orleans-tinged rhythm and blues band Little Feat plays Sunday at 6:15 at Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn, as part of the Loudoun Summer Music Fest series of weekly outdoor concerts by national acts. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, ages 12 and younger free. Next up:
the Gin Blossoms, July 31; .38 Special, Aug. 7. Call 703-726-8867 or visit
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere