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.

The Week of Aug. 26

The Maryland Renaissance Festival presents entertainment, food vendors, crafts and jousting in a re-creation of a 16th-century English village, open weekends and Labor Day from Aug. 27 through Oct. 23 in Crownsville. Call 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304. {diam} A new production of "My Fair Lady," the Lerner & Loewe musical classic, visits Wolf Trap's Filene Center Aug. 30-Sept. 4. Tickets cost $34 to $65 in the pavilion, $18 on the lawn, from Call 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.


Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Alan Jackson, with Sara Evans and the Wrights, appearing Sept. 9 at Nissan Pavilion. They cost $32.50 to $62.50 in-house, $27.50 on the lawn. Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Also on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster and the Strathmore box office: a concert by the reunited, New Age-world beat band Dead Can Dance, appearing Oct. 10 at the Music Center at Strathmore. They cost $55 and $75 plus service charges. Call 202-397-7328 or 301-581-5100.


On Stage

"Urinetown," the Tony Award-winning musical fantasy set in a Gotham-like metropolis where a water shortage forces extreme measures, opens Aug. 16 and continues through Oct. 9 at Signature Theatre in Arlington. Tickets cost $31 to $55 from Call 703-218-6500.

On Screen

Opening Aug. 12: In the documentary "The Aristocrats," some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jon Stewart, George Carlin, Drew Carey and Robin Williams, explore the lore of the world's dirtiest joke.

{diam} "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" is the story of two friends sent from the city to the countryside as part of the Maoist reeducation program.

{diam} In "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," Rob Schneider reprises his role as a professional lover who's dispatched to Europe to save his former pimp, T.J. Hicks (Eddie Griffin). {diam} Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin and Garrett Hedlund star in John Singleton's "Four Brothers," a crime drama in which four men join forces to avenge the death of their mother. {diam} "The Great Raid" stars Benjamin Bratt, James Franco and Joseph Fiennes as soldiers caught up in the "great raid on Cabanatuan," a true battle during World War II. {diam} Werner Herzog's documentary "Grizzly Man" is about bear activist Timothy Treadwell and his ultimately tragic interaction with the grizzlies of Alaska. {diam} In "9 Songs," a flashback story punctuated by nine songs, a young glaciologist remembers a romance that unfolded at a rock concert. {diam} "November" is a psychological mystery in which a photographer (Courteney Cox) finds the distinction between reality and fantasy becoming fuzzier after a tragic event. {diam} In "Saraband," written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson reprise their roles as the contentious married couple from the 1973 "Scenes From a Marriage," who meet again after a 30-year absence. {diam} "The Skeleton Key," Kate Hudson plays a young woman taking care of an invalid in New Orleans, who finds herself caught up in a world of voodoo. Opening dates may change.


This year's summer festival by the Potomac Theatre Project closes Sunday at the Olney Theatre Center: "Press Conference," "American Dream" and "One for the Road"; "Somewhere in the Pacific"; and "Lovesong of the Electric Bear." Call 301-924-3400. {diam} Also closing Sunday: "Crowns," at the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater. Call 202-488-3300, TDD: 202-484-0247. {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "In the Realm of Princes: The Arts of the Book in 15th-Century Iran and Central Asia," at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).


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High-flying carnival rides are a highlight of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Aug. 12-20 in Gaithersburg.This 1441 folio from an illuminated frontispiece of the AbuMansuri Preface is part of "In the Realm of Princes: The Arts of the Book in 15th-Century Iran and Central Asia," closing Sunday at the Sackler Gallery. Andy Dick is one of the comedians who tell their versions of a filthy joke in "The Aristocrats," opening Aug. 12.