The Week of Sept. 9

The Kennedy Center celebrates its 34th birthday with its 21st annual Open House Sept. 10 (a Saturday this year), with free performances and other activities throughout the center. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524). {diam} The University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center kicks off its new season with a concert by jazz great Branford Marsalis Sept. 9 in the Dekelboum Concert Hall. Tickets cost $25 to $45. Call 301-405-2787. {diam} James Moody, Ahmad Jamal and Nnenna Freelon headline the 15th annual free Rosslyn Jazz Festival Sept. 10 in Arlington's Gateway Park. Call 703-228-1850. {diam} Wynton Marsalis is the star of the second annual free Silver Spring Jazz Festival Sept. 10 outdoors in downtown Silver Spring. Call 301-565-7300. {diam} More than 200 artists display their works along six blocks of King Street during the Alexandria Festival of the Arts Sept. 10-11 in Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-838-4200. {diam} The National Council of Negro Women presents the 20th annual Black Family Reunion Celebration, with entertainment, exhibits and an international marketplace, Sept. 10-11 on the Mall. Call 202-737-0140. {diam} Musicians, dancers and storytellers perform on multiple stages, artisans sell their crafts and community organizations host information tables at the 28th annual free Takoma Park Folk Festival Sept. 11 at Takoma Park Middle School. Call 301-589-0202.

{diam} Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood hosts entertainment on multiple stages, exhibits and food vendors at Adams Morgan Day Sept. 11 around 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. Call 202-232-1978.

The Week of Sept. 16

Concerts, agricultural exhibitions and midway rides are highlights of the Great Frederick Fair Sept. 16-24 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Frederick. Call 301-663-5895. {diam} The Arts on Foot Festival presents indoor and outdoor performances, art exhibitions and other activities Sept. 17 in Washington's Pennsylvania Quarter neighborhood. Call 202-482-7271. {diam} Children's performers from around the world entertain on multiple stages at the International Children's Festival Sept. 17-18 at Wolf Trap Park in Vienna. Call 703-642-0862 or 703-255-1860. {diam} Mount Vernon hosts its annual 18th-Century Fair, with crafts displays and demonstrations by artisans in Colonial attire, Sept. 17-18. Call 703-780-2000. {diam} Sample Maryland wines and local food specialties and enjoy a crafts fair and entertainment at the Maryland Wine Festival Sept. 17-18 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Call 410-876-2667 or 800-654-4645. {diam} The Washington National Opera opens its 50th anniversary season with Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani," a bloody tale of Sicilian resistance to French oppression, Sept. 17 through Oct. 4 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Placido Domingo will conduct the orchestra. Tickets cost $45 to $290. Call 202-295-2400. {diam} Tour embassies and historic sites at the 21st annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour Sept. 18 in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood. Call 202-387-4062. {diam} Fiesta Musical is a celebration of Latin American culture with music, dance and traditional foods Sept. 18 at the National Zoo. Call 202-673-4821. {diam} The Big Apple Circus, now in its 28th season, stages its newest show, "Grandma Goes to Hollywood," Sept. 22 through Oct. 10 under its little big top at Dulles Town Center. Tickets cost $15 to $47 plus service charges from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328.

The Week of Sept. 23

Authors read their books and sign them, and bookstores and publishers display their wares, at the Baltimore Book Festival Sept. 23-25 outdoors at Mount Vernon Place, in the 600 block of North Charles Street. Call 877-225-8466. {diam} Plan your next home improvement project with tips from hundreds of vendors of remodeling, redecorating and landscaping goods and services at the Capital Home & Remodeling Show Sept. 23-25 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Call 703-378-0910. {diam} The Library of Congress presents talks and other events by 80 authors at the National Book Festival Sept. 24 outdoors on the Mall. Call 888-714-4696.


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Camille," adapted from the Alexandre Dumas story of a Parisian courtesan and her tragic romance, has its U.S. premiere Sept. 14 through Oct. 9 at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. Tickets cost $25 to $50. Call 240-644-1099. {diam} The African Continuum Theatre Company stages "I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda," about the efforts of a Rwandan genocide survivor to publish her account of the massacre, Sept. 15 through Oct. 19 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $21.50 to $36.50. Call 202-529-5763. {diam} Atlanta's True Colors Theatre Company performs "Flyin' West," a story of African American women who build new lives for themselves in Kansas in 1898, Sept. 11-25 at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets cost $26 to $50. Call 202-397-7328 or 202-328-6000.

On Screen

Opening Sept. 9: Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford star in "An Unfinished Life," a drama about a struggling mother who moves in with her father-in-law. {diam} "Saraband," from writer-director Ingmar Bergman, provides an epilogue to his 1973 "Scenes From a Marriage," with Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson reprising their roles as ex-spouses. {diam} John Leguizamo portrays a TV news reporter on the trail of an Ecuadorean serial killer in "Cronicas." {diam} The 1958 French thriller "Elevator to the Gallows," filmmaker Louis Malle's feature debut, gets a rerelease with new subtitles. {diam} Inspired by true events, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" features Laura Linney as a lawyer who takes on the Catholic Church in the wake of a young woman's death during an exorcism. {diam} A case of mistaken identity leads a federal agent (Samuel L. Jackson) to team up with a dental supply salesman (Eugene Levy) to solve a murder in the comedy "The Man." {diam} "2046" is a fantastical romance from writer-director Wong Kar Wai. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

The following special exhibitions open Sept. 9 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md.: "Robert Rauschenberg: Study for Chinese Summerhall" highlights 28 large-format photographs the artist took in China in 1982; "In Response to Place" features the work of several contemporary photographers, including Annie Leibovitz and William Wegman; "The Cup and Three Quarters: The Art of James Von Minor" includes work made from found and cast objects; and "States of Change" looks at the digital photography of Easton artist George Holzer. Call 410-822-2787. {diam} Opening Sept. 10 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, "Gold: The Asian Touch" explores the use of gold in Asian cultures. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). {diam} "Consuming Splendor: Luxury Goods in England, 1580-1680," opening Sept. 15 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, looks at the way the consumption of luxury goods affected society, politics and the economy in 17th-century England. Call 202-544-7077.


Closing on stage this weekend: "My Fair Lady," in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park (703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860); "Disney's The Lion King," at Baltimore's Hippodrome (410-547-7328 or 410-752-7444); "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," by Actors' Theatre of Washington at Source Theatre (800-494-8497 or 202-319-7227); and "Energumen" and "The Real Inspector Hound," by Longacre Lea Productions (202-460-2188). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "The Allure of Pearls," at the National Museum of Natural History (202-633-1000, TDD: 202-357-1729); "East Meets West: Hiroshige at the Phillips Collection," at (no surprise here) the Phillips Collection (202-387-2151); and "The Enemy Within: Terror in America, 1776 to Today," at the International Spy Museum (202-393-7798).


The second weekend in September has evolved into one of the busiest festival weekends of the year. We take a look at several of the biggest events -- including the Kennedy Center Open House, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, Adams Morgan Day and the Black Family Reunion Celebration -- all vying for your attention next weekend.


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"American Studies for Chinese Summerhall I (Wheels)" is part of the "Robert Rauschenberg: Study for Chinese Summerhall" exhibition opening Sept. 9 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md. Robert Redford, left, and Morgan Freeman star in "An Unfinished Life," opening Sept. 9.