The Legend Lives On
The Music Center at Strathmore closes its summer season with a free "All-Star Tribute to the Band," the pioneering '60s and '70s group that backed Bob Dylan before releasing its own string of influential albums, Wednesday at 7 in the outdoor Gudelsky Concert Pavilion, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). The lineup includes the Nighthawks, Tom Principato, Jon Carroll, Tommy Lepson & Soul Crackers, Martha Hull, reunions of the Rosslyn Mountain Boys and Bill Holland & Rent's Due, and other local favorites. No tickets are needed. Call 301-581-5100.
The Don Dances
The fabled Bolshoi Ballet dances "Don
Quixote" Friday and Saturday at 8:30 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. This lavish adaptation of the Cervantes tale of the "knight errant" who dreamed impossible dreams was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and first danced in 1869. Tickets cost $45 to $65 in the pavilion, $18 on the lawn, from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-255-1860. See story on Page 20.
The Ballyshaners host their annual Alexandria Irish Festival Saturday from noon to 7 at Waterfront Park, on the Potomac between King and Prince streets in Old Town Alexandria. Local Irish musicians, dancers and pipe and drum bands will entertain all day, artisans will display Irish and Celtic crafts, and food vendors will offer their specialties. Admission is free. Call 703-237-2199.
New Stage, Classic Drama
"The Miracle Worker," William Gibson's portrait of young Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, is the inaugural production in the Olney Theatre Center's new $8.5 million mainstage theater, with 429 stadium-style seats on two levels. The performance Tuesday at 7:30 is a "pay-what-you can" preview; tickets go on sale at the box office, at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., an hour before the show. The run continues through Sept. 11. Regular prices are $29 to $34, with student and senior discounts. Call 301-924-3400.
Sculpture for All Senses
Canadian multimedia artist Janet Cardiff has created a "sound sculpture," a 20-minute stroll among sites on the Mall while listening to commentary and sound effects in a special headset, starting from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. The Hirshhorn Museum is open daily from 10 to 5:30, but the headsets will only be available Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 to 3. The project, called "Words drawn in water," continues through Oct. 30. Admission is free. Call 202-633-1000.
Stars Under the Stars
* Starlight Cinema brings back the era of the drive-in movie with free films Saturdays at 7:30 through August on a giant screen in the Trinity Building parking lot, 5875 Trinity Pkwy., Centreville. Watch from your car or sit outdoors closer to the screen. The schedule: "E.T.," Saturday; "Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban," Aug. 13; "Shrek 2," Aug. 20; and "Ghostbusters," Aug. 27. No tickets are needed. Call 703-324-7469.
* Watch two film classics on an outdoor screen at Stars on the Avenue in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle neighborhood, at Norfolk and Auburn avenues (Metro: Bethesda). Catch "Casablanca" Wednesday at 9 and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" Thursday at 9. No tickets are needed. Call 301-215-6660.
Sounds of Summer
* Hoaloha re-creates the music and dance of a traditional Hawaiian luau at a free show Friday at 7:30 in the Newton W. Edwards Amphitheater at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Call 703-941-1730 or 703-324-7469.
* Jazz artists Marcus Johnson and Spur of the Moment perform Saturday at 8 as part of the free weekly series at Fort Dupont Park, Minnesota Avenue and Randle Circle SE. Call 202-426-5961 or 202-619-7222.
* Latin jazz band Rumba Club gives a free concert Saturday at 8 during the summer-long festival at Lake Kittamaqundi, on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia's Town Center. Call 877-713-9674 or 410-715-3000.
* Local blues queen Mary Ann Redmond and her band conclude the free summer concert series Thursday at 6:30 on Lion-Tiger Hill at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Call 202-633-4480.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere