New on Stage
* Atlanta's True Colors Theatre Company stages "Flyin' West," the story of a small group of pioneering African American women who build new lives for themselves in Kansas in 1898, opening in previews Sunday at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW (Metro: U Street-Cardozo). Tickets cost $26 through Wednesday, $35 to $50 thereafter. The show closes Sept. 25. Call 202-397-7328 or 202-328-6000.
* A 19th-century Parisian courtesan falls in love and pays a high price in "Camille," opening Wednesday at Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda (Metro: Bethesda). This is the first U.S. production of Neil Bartlett's adaptation of the classic story by Alexandre Dumas fils. The run continues through Oct. 9. The shows Wednesday at 7:30 and Sept. 17 at 3 are "pay-what-you-can"; tickets for others cost $25 to $50. Call 240-644-1100.
* A former '60s idealist, who now peddles baby formula to the Third World, and his troubled wife explore the turns their lives have taken in "Three Hotels," opening Thursday and continuing through Oct. 2 by Theater of the First Amendment at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $25 to $30 from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added). For information, call 703-993-8888.
Fair Days in Prince George's
Rides, games, agricultural exhibits, entertainment, pig and duck races, a lawn mower pull and a beautiful baby contest are all part of the Prince George's County Fair, Maryland's oldest, open Friday from 5 to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 to 6 at the Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. A fireworks show begins Friday at 8:30. Admission is $5, ages 6 to 17 $4, younger free. Rides are priced separately. Call 301-952-0271 or visit www.countyfair.org.
Festivals in the Streets
* Local and national musicians, dancers and storytellers will perform on seven stages, artisans will sell their crafts, community organizations will host information tables and food vendors will sell their specialties at the 28th annual free Takoma Park Folk Festival Sunday from 11 to 6:30 at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Takoma (Metro: Takoma, with free shuttles). Free parking with shuttles will be available at Montgomery College, Philadelphia and Chicago avenues. Call 301-589-0202 or visit www.tpff.org.
* Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood hosts entertainment on two main stages and other sites, a dance plaza, children's activities, exhibits, crafts and food vendors at the Adams Morgan Day Festival Sunday from noon to 6 outdoor around 18th Street and Columbia Road NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan). Call 202-232-1978 or visit www.adamsmorgandayfestival.com.
* See cover story about all of this weekend's major festivals on Page 30.
Jazz Greats x Two
* Pianist Ahmad Jamal, saxophonist James Moody and singer Nnenna Freelon star at the 15th annual free Rosslyn Jazz Festival Saturday from 1 to 7 in Arlington's Gateway Park, at Lee Highway and North Lynn Street (Metro: Rosslyn). Call 703-228-1850.
* Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wynton Marsalis headlines the second annual free Silver Spring Jazz Festival Saturday from 2 to 10:30 at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring). The day begins with local favorites Frederic Yonnet, the Ron Holloway Group, Carol Sloane and Marcus Johnson. Marsalis takes the stage at 8:30, and everybody joins a Grand Finale Jam Session at 10:15. Call 301-565-7300.
Kennedy Center Opens Doors
The Kennedy Center celebrates its 34th birthday with its 21st annual Open House Arts Festival Saturday from 11:30 to 7:30, with free performances throughout the center, including the new north and south outdoor plazas. A parade, with a marching band, Chinese lion dancers, stilt walkers and more, starts at 11:30. Headliners include the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Harlem Gospel Choir, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra. The day ends with a show by Texas band Del Castillo at 6 on the Millennium Stage. There will also be a chalk art festival, a musical instrument petting zoo and other children's activities. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524) or visit www.kennedy-center.org. See schedule on Page 14.
A Family Gets Together
The National Council of Negro Women sponsors the 20th annual Black Family Reunion Celebration Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 on the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets (Metro: Smithsonian). Chaka Khan and Lissen headline Saturday's entertainment, and Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary perform on Sunday. There will also be health screenings, exhibits and
food vendors. Admission is free. Call
202-737-0120 or visit www.ncnw.org.
The Arts in Alexandria
More than 200 regional and national artists will show their paintings, sculpture, photography, glass and other works along King Street in Old Town Alexandria during the Alexandria Festival of the Arts Saturday from 10 to 7 and Sunday from 10 to 5 between Washington and Union streets (Metro: King Street, with free shuttles). In addition, pop, folk and jazz musicians will perform in Market Square Saturday from noon to 8 and Sunday from noon to 6, and at the waterfront marina both days from 11 to 6. As part of the festival, the Alexandria Arts Safari will host entertainment and hands-on arts workshops for children Saturday from 10 to 4 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center,
105 N. Union St. All events are free. Call 703-838-5005 or 703-838-4200 or visit www.funsideofthepotomac.com.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere