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 in 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.

The Week of Aug. 12

Free family feature films are shown on a giant outdoor screen 10 nights in a row at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival Aug. 12-21 on the lawn of Strathmore in North Bethesda. Call 301-816-6958 or 301-530-0540. {diam} Carnival rides, livestock displays, exhibits and entertainment are featured at the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg. Call 301-926-3100. {diam} A celebration of African American history and culture are celebrated at the annual Kunta Kinte Festival Aug. 13-14 at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. Call 410-349-0338.


Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster Friday at 10 for a concert by Dolly Parton, appearing Aug. 23 at DAR Constitution Hall. They cost $55.75 to $75.75; call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} On sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster: A show by Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed Peas, Nov. 5 at George Mason University's Patriot Center. Tickets cost $55 and $75 plus service charges. {diam} Also on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster: "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour," March 17-18 at the Warner Theatre, with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White and Bill Engvall. They cost $75 plus service charges.


On Screen

Opening July 29: "Memories of Murder," a Korean film based on a true story, is about a decades-long mission to find the perpetrator of rapes and killings in Korea. {diam} "Must Love Dogs," a romantic comedy, stars Diane Lane as a divorcee who finds love with a new man (John Cusack). {diam} In "Sky High," Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston and Lynda Carter play superheroes whose kids go to a superhero high school. {diam} Jamie Foxx, Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel star in "Stealth," about a squadron of elite pilots who must neutralize a robotic fighter plane gone amok. {diam} "Watermarks" is about the champion female swimmers of the Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna, founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes. {diam} "The World" is the story of a young dancer (Zhao Tao) and her security-guard boyfriend (Cheng Taisheng) who work at World Park, a leisure resort featuring replicas of famous monuments around the world. {diam} In "Yes," the extramarital affair between an Irish American woman (Joan Allen) and a Lebanese immigrant (Simon Abkarian) in London yields debates on the religious, political and sexual issues that divide their worlds. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

Opening Aug. 3 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: "Directions: Janet Cardiff" features a specially commissioned work of sound art by the contemporary, Canadian-born multimedia artist. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).


Closing on stage this weekend: "Peter Pan," in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap (703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860); "Central Park West" and "Riverside Drive," by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229); and "The Emperor Jones," by American Century Theater at the Gunston Arts Center (703-553-8782).


The origins of the fair, that staple of summer fun, lie in showing off. Whether it's prize peaches, blue-ribbon livestock, perfectly baked brownies or beautiful babies, there are contests for almost everything at the region's close-in and far-flung fairs. See our annual guide next week.


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Sam Neill and Joan Allen portray an unhappily married couple in "Yes," opening July 29.Gwen Stefani will perform with the Black Eyed Peas Nov. 5 at George Mason University's Patriot Center.Janet Cardiff at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where her exhibit featuring a commissioned piece of sound art opens Aug. 3.