KanKouran Can Dance
Washington's KanKouran West African Dance Company hosts its 22nd anniversary celebration with guest artists from Senegal, Guinea and Liberia Saturday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). The show, "Koniaya" ("The Wedding"), will illustrate a traditional West African marriage ceremony. Tickets cost $25, seniors and students $20, ages 12 and younger $16, from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328; for information, call 202-518-1213.
New on Stage
* In "Passion Play, a cycle," a new political fantasy by Sarah Ruhl, the traditional religious drama is set in Elizabethan England, Oberammergau on the eve of World War II, and in Spearfish, S.D., during the Vietnam War and in the present. The world-premiere production opens Saturday at 7 in the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater, Sixth and M streets SW (Metro: Waterfront-SEU). Performances continue through Oct. 16. Tickets cost $41 to $60. Call 202-488-3300.
* Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company hosts "pay-what-you-can" previews Monday and Tuesday at 8 for D.C. native Gina Gionfriddo's "After Ashley," a satire in which a teenager becomes an unwilling media sensation when his family's tragedy becomes talk-show fodder. The bargain seats go on sale 90 minutes before each show at the theater, 641 D St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place, Archives-Navy Memorial). The run continues through Oct. 9. Regular prices are $30 to $48. Call 202-393-3939.
* Studio Theatre opens its season with Caryl Churchill's "A Number," a new play that explores a troubled relationship between a father and the son who confronts him with family secrets, Wednesday at 8 in its Mead Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. The run concludes Oct. 16. Tickets cost $32 to $54. (The Sept. 10 matinee is a "pay-what-you-can" show.) Call 202-332-3300.
Blues and Jazz Outdoors
* The D.C. Blues Society presents Candye Kane, Ruby Hayes, DeConstance and other local blues divas at the 17th annual free D.C. Blues Festival Saturday from 1 to 8 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, in Rock Creek Park at 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. No tickets are needed. Call 202-962-0112. See Spotlight on Page 6.
* Chopteeth, Double Digit, the Ron Holloway Group and the Liz Briones Band headline entertainment on two stages at the 17th annual Herndon Labor Day Wine and Jazz Festival Monday from noon to 6 at Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St. Admission is $3, ages 12 and younger free. A $15 ticket includes tastings from 10 Virginia wineries. Call 703-787-7300.
From Page to Stage
More than two dozen local theater companies present free readings and open rehearsals of new plays and musicals at the fourth annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival starting at 3 Saturday through Monday throughout the Kennedy Center (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Highlights include a new adaptation of "Treasure Island" by Ken Ludwig; "Alice," based on Whoopi Goldberg's inner-city interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland"; and "The Beginning of Summer," a never-
before-staged 1955 play by Horton Foote. All performances are free. Admission begins 30 minutes before each show on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.
Art in the Park
More than 150 artists will display their paintings, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, glass and jewelry at the 35th annual Labor Day Art Show Saturday through Monday from noon to 6 in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Admission is free. Call 301-634-2222. (The Puppet Co.'s regular performances of "The Dinosaur Book of World Records" by Dinorock Productions will continue Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1. Tickets cost $7, younger than 2 free. Call 301-320-6668.)
Sounds of Summer
* The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra wraps up its "Summer Pops" series with a free concert Saturday at 6 at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., off Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis. Music Director Jose-Luis Novo will conduct music by Copland, Mozart and Sousa, and selections from "West Side Story" and "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone." Vendor sales begin at 4:30. Call 410-269-1132.
* The National Symphony Orchestra marks the end of summer with a free concert Sunday at 8 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (Metro: Capitol South). Emil de Cou conducts light classics by Copland, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gould, Leroy Anderson and other composers, concluding with Ravel's "Bolero." No tickets are needed. Call 202-619-7222 or 202-467-4600.
* The Navy Band and Sea Chanters chorus salute the holiday with a free concert Monday at 8 at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial). Call 202-433-2525.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere