KONG LIVES, and this time he takes on Washington! Can't you see him crawling up the Monument--the scaffolding would help, no?--while pawing at the F-22s that buzz and jab at him and tenderly protecting a love gal . . . say, Hillary Clinton! Ah, delicious. But only a pipe dream, alas, though one suggested by the arrival of the original grand old ape blast, the 1933 "King Kong," to Screen on the Green, an alfresco film festival on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The movies, sponsored by HBO and Banana Republic, play on a 20-by-40-foot screen. This fourth in a series of five such screenings is set for tomorrow evening.
At 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Tomorrow at sunset. 1-877-262-5866.
IN 1968 ARTIST DENNIS OPPENHEIM trekked from his home in New York to a spot on the St. John River, which forms part of the border between New Brunswick and Maine. Using plows and shovels, he carved semicircles into an area of snow and ice on each side of the river and called it art. "Annual Rings," a six-panel photo documentation of his efforts, is part of the exhibit "Collection in Focus: New Acquisitions--Major Works by Dennis Oppenheim" at the Corcoran Gallery. Oppenheim continues to create art incorporating found objects, although he has moved from site-specific work to kinetic sculpture. "Study for Lung With Brushes," a large drawing for one of his recent works, features a pair of purple, pink and blue lungs sprouting an array of paintbrushes. Of the 12 works in the show, only one actually moves, but Oppenheim's preparatory drawings for other pieces offer ideas of what he has in mind.
At the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Through Aug. 8. Free. 202-639-1700.
TEN YEARS AGO, PEGGY CONE WAS A PHOTO STYLIST AT ATLANTIC RECORDS, helping that label's acts define their looks for album covers and publicity photos. Before long, though, she decided to move to the other side of the lens, studying swing dance and song and luckily anticipating the retro-swing movement that blossomed in the last few years. Cone, who studied swing dance with the legendary Frankie Manning, has put together one of New York's hottest swing bands, the Central Park Stompers, who will bring their mix of retro-fashion, period hairdos and classic tunes to the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park Saturday. Dress is casual, and no partner or dance experience is necessary.
At Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, Goldsboro Road and MacArthur Boulevard, Saturday, 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $8. 301-340-9732. The concert is the second event of the evening; an earlier swing dance to recorded music, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., costs an additional $8. An introductory swing lesson takes place from 7 to 8 p.m.
HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO, under the direction of Lou Conte since its inception 21 years ago, has made a point of showcasing works by the top contemporary choreographers. Its upcoming program bears the fruit of those efforts. This polished troupe of 18, fluent in Hubbard's own hybrid brand of jazz and contemporary dance techniques, will perform five works. Nacho Duato's "Rassemblement" ("The Gathering") is the third work by the Spanish choreographer in the company's repertoire. Kevin O'Day's duet "To Have and to Hold" and Chicago choreographer Harrison McEldowney's "Group Therapy" were created especially for Hubbard Street. David Parsons's "The Envelope" and Jiri Kylian's comic "Sechs Tanze" complete the program.
At Wolf Trap's Filene Center, Vienna. Monday at 8:30 p.m. $8-$28. 703-218-6500.