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} Celebrate all things Irish at the annual Alexandria Irish Festival, sponsored by the Ballyshaners, Aug. 6 in Waterfront Park. Call 703-237-2199. {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 will be 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. {diam} The 29th annual Arlington County Fair features exhibits, entertainment, rides, food vendors and other activities Aug. 18-21 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Call 703-920-4556.

The Week of Aug. 19

August Court Days, Leesburg's annual Colonial street fair, re-creates street scenes of 1775 with more than 300 Colonial reenactors Aug. 20-21 around King and Market streets. Call 800-752-6118. {diam} Sample Virginia vintages at the Virginia Wine Festival of wine, music and entertainment Aug. 20-21 at Historic Long Branch in Millwood, Va. Call 800-520-9670.


These shows at the Birchmere are on sale now from Ticketmaster: Tower of Power, Aug. 27 ($45); Virginia Coalition, Sept. 4 ($19.50); the Proclaimers, Sept. 21 ($20); and Marcus Miller, Sept. 25 ($26.50). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from for a solo acoustic show by John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin, Sept. 4 at the 9:30 club. They cost $35. Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added). {diam} Also at the 9:30 club: second nights added to visits by the Pat McGee Band and Vertical Horizon, Aug. 5 ($25); Lucinda Williams, Aug. 8 ($35); and Devo, Aug. 13 ($55).


On Stage

The Olney Theatre Center opens its new main stage with "The Miracle Worker," William Gibson's classic portrait of young Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, from Aug. 10 through Sept. 11. Tickets cost $29 to $34, after a "pay-what-you-can" preview Aug. 9. Call 301-924-3400.

On Screen

Opening Aug. 5: "The Beautiful Country" is the story of Binh, a shy Vietnamese man in his twenties who embarks on a journey with a beautiful young woman, Ling, aboard a refugee ship to America. {diam} In "Broken Flowers," Bill Murray plays a lonely man who learns he might have a son by one of his former lovers, but he's not sure which one. It also stars Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton and Jessica Lange. {diam} Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville play good ol' boys Bo and Luke Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard." {diam} In Hans Weingartner's "The Edukators," two young German radicals (Daniel Bruehl and Stipe Erceg) break into homes of the wealthy, rearrange their furniture and leave ominous notes. {diam} Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" is the filmmaker's elliptical, fictional spin on the last days of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. {diam} "Saraband" is Ingmar Bergman's epilogue to "Scenes From a Marriage," in which Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann reprise their roles as former marital partners. Opening dates may change.


This weekend is your last chance to see four plays at the annual Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.: "The God of Hell," "American Tet," "Sonia Flew" and "Father Joy." Call 304-876-3473 or 800-999-2283. {diam} Also closing on stage this weekend: "Lady Windermere's Fan," at the Shakespeare Theatre (202-547-1122, TDD: 202-638-3863); "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," by Keegan Theatre at the Church Street Theater (703-527-6000); and "The Last Five Years," at MetroStage (800-494-8497 or 703-548-9044).

{diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Gilbert Stuart," in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art (202-737-4215, TDD: 202-842-6176) and "Artscape at the BMA: Observation Deck," at the Baltimore Museum of Art (410-396-7100).


What are indie movies? When did they start? Are they better than Hollywood's offerings? And why are so many people suddenly making them with $10,000 and a camcorder? Desson Thomson examines their evolution and recommends some of the better ones to see.

Deputies close in on the General Lee in the action comedy "The Dukes of Hazzard," opening Aug. 5. A 1782 portrait of Henrietta Elizabeth Frederica Vane is part of the "Gilbert Stuart" exhibition, closing Sunday in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art. Guitarist Marcus Miller comes to the Birchmere Sept. 25.