Thursday, Aug. 30

The four dozen pots and pans that Julia Child used in her kitchen. The Julia Child Kitchen displayis open for her 100th birthday celebration. (Michael S. Williamson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington,” Through Sept. 13, Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

“More Than Meets the Eye,” A look at the tools, skills and technologies used by the museum’s scientists to explore the diversity in lifeforms and cultures. Through Sept. 13, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

“Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,” The first U.S. exhibition to present a comprehensive overview of the ancient nomadic culture of Kazakhstan, which roamed the Altai and Tianshan regions of eastern Kazakhstan from roughly the sixth through the first century B.C. Through Sept. 13, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000.

Abbey Road on the River Festival, More than 40 bands on multiple stages pay homage to Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, The Monkees and of course the Beatles in what is being billed as the largest-ever Beatles tribute show. Highlighted acts include Brit Beat, The Jukebox, The Goodfellas, and The English Channel. Through Monday, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Tickets from $12. 301-965-2000 or

Fresh Produce, This annual festival is a play on “the fridge” but also an indication of what you’ll find at the gallery all month: emerging artists whose work has yet to be presented in a gallery; intersections of theater and visual art; and films and projects that just needed the space to come to fruition. Last year’s inaugural fest was strictly performance-based, but this year the festival has broadened its mission to include film and visual art. Through Sunday, The Fridge DC, 516 Eighth St. SE. Prices vary. 202-664-4151 or

Julia Child’s Kitchen, Julia Child’s kitchen, closed at the American History museum for months now while it goes under renovation, is open again in celebration of her 100th birthday. Come and revisit her copper pots, pans, utensils and set of her many television shows through Sept. 3, when the kitchen will close again until it is fully refurbished and open to the public for good (expected to be in the fall). National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

Maryland State Fair, The event features numerous blue ribbons, a midway, concerts and an attempt at building the world record setting crab cake. Thursday-Monday, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. $8, $6 seniors, $3 ages 6 to 11, younger free. 410-252-0200 or

Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rides, During the Cherry Blossom Festival, advance reservations can be made for times between 10 and noon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Monday, Tidal Basin, Circled by Independence Avenue, 15th Street SW and Ohio Drive. $12-$19 per hour. 202-479-2426 or

Nationals, vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. 7:05 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.

“August: Osage County,” Keegan Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy about a highly dysfunctional family. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 8, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35, $30 seniors and students. 703-892-0202.

Kenny Lattimore, Jarrard Anthony, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” A mysterious plant with a hunger for human flesh helps a shy young man win over his crush. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Wednesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 9, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

“Reals,” Theater Alliance presents a show in which a costumed vigilante questions his view of justice when he meets other crime fighters. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Thursdays-Fridays, Mondays and Thursdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and Sundays, through Sept. 16, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$35, $20-$25 seniors. 202-241-2539 or

“TOTEM,” Cirque du Soleil’s latest production explores the evolution of man through acrobatics, juggling, roller skating and more. 8 p.m. through Oct. 7, Plateau at National Harbor, 201 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill. $43.50-$153.50. 800-450-1480 or

Cool Cow Comedy Showcase, 8-9 p.m. Thursdays, Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $5. 703-486-2345 or

Free For All: ’All’s Well That Ends Well’, Helena wants Bertram, Bertram wants freedom. But as with any of Shakespeare’s heroines, that, of course, is not the end of the story. Find out what happens, for free, as The Shakespeare Theatre Company kicks off its season with “All’s Well That Ends Well,” the quirky tragicomedy that hasn’t graced the Free For All stage since 1998. Get your tickets at the theater the day of the show, starting two hours before the curtain opens. There will also be an online lottery. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Showtimes vary. Free tickets required. 202-547-1122.

Sheila E. & fDeluxe, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 202-803-2899.

Friday, Aug. 31

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, The weekend-long celebration will include amusement park rides, carnival games, live music, and art exhibits. Through Sept. 3, Roosevelt Center, Crescent Road and Southway, Greenbelt. Free. 240-542-2026 or

Labor Day art show, The 42nd annual event features paintings, ceramics, photos, jewelry, textiles and glass work by more than 150 mid-Atlantic artists, most of whom have been instructors, students, or resident artists at Glen Echo Park. Opens Friday with a reception at 7 p.m. Through Monday. Friday-Monday, Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Free. 301-634-2222.

Tomorrows Time Band, enjoy smooth jazz and network with other business owners and community members. 5:30-8:30 p.m., University Town Center, Route 410 and American Boulevard, Hyattsville. Free. 301-779-4800 or

“Dolphin Tale,” Sunset Cinema screens the true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Take blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Popcorn, drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. 8 p.m., Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. Free. 703-248-5027 or

“Lysistrata,” The Greek legend about women who withhold sex in hopes of ending a war is given a 1960s spin. Presented by the Rude Mechanicals. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

Gridloc Band, Lead guitarist Earl Bond plays oldies but goodies with his band. Must be age 21 or older. 8 p.m.-midnight, Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. $10. 301-392-9794 or

DJ Dredd Presents: The Third Annual Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration, DJ Dredd’s annual tribute to Michael Jackson digs deep into the vaults — you’ll hear all the hits as well as B-sides, album cuts and remixes from the Jackson 5, Michael’s solo career and members of the Jackson family. MC Grap Luva hosts, while VJ John Bowen (Video Killers) mixes up vintage videos and rare footage. 10:30 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $15. 202-803-2899.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Maryland Renaissance Festival, A 16th century fair featuring jousting games, live performances, English village crafts, food, pony rides, archery and more. Saturdays-Mondays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., through Oct. 21, Route 450 and Crownsville Road, Crownsville.$17, seniors $15, ages 7-15 $8, younger free. After Sept. 22: $22, seniors $19, ages 7-15 $10, younger free. 410-266-7304 or

“If You Give A Moose A Muffin,” The sequel to “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” features a hungry moose who sets of a chain of events when he requests a muffin. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.

Middle Eastern food festival, Authentic Middle Eastern food, pastries, beer and wine, live music and dancing, vendors, church tours and activities for children and adults. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Holy Transfiguration Catholic Church, 8501 Lewinsville Rd., McLean. Free admission and parking. 703-734-9566 or

Annapolis Crab Derby, Live crab races are paired with a crab shell painting contest, live music, a magic show, a crab-picking contest and human crab crawl races. Funds raised by crab sponsorships ($25 each) will benefit local needy children through the Crabs for Kids Foundation. Noon-6 p.m., Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St. $10, age 12 and younger free; advance tickets suggested. 410-295-0104.

DC Blues Festival, The 24th annual free festival includes performance by Sugar Ray and the Blues Tones, Sista Monica Parker, Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner and more. Noon, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. 202-426-0486.

AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, The annual black college football game features Howard University against Morehouse College. 3:30 p.m., RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $25-$50. 800-266-9432 or

TNA Impact Wrestling, Watch and meet the superstars of wrestling, TNA World Heavyweight champion Austin Ares, “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts. 7:30 p.m., Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. Tickets start at $15. 301-653-6139.

KanKouran West African Dance Company, Performances of “Women’s Work,” a compilation of original works choreographed by the women of KanKouran, and traditional works by KanKouran artistic director Assane Konte. 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25, $20 GW students. 202-994-6800.

DC Blues Festival After-Party, The Lionel Young Band performs. 8:30 p.m., American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. $17, members $15. 301-322-4808 or

Grits & Biscuits, Grits & Biscuits is a party dedicated to hip-hop’s Third Coast: crunk, New Orleans bounce, snap music, screwed and chopped beats, ATLien funk, Miami bass — you’ll hear it all at the 9:30 Club. 10 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

Sunday, Sept. 2

2 Chainz, Cap 1, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $31. 202-265-0930.

Tony Woods, The show also will feature Skiba, Larry Lancaster, Erin Jackson, Alycia Cooper, Mike Brooks and others. 7 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. 202-803-2899.

Monday, Sept. 3

“Securing the Blessings of Liberty,” Learn how African Americans survived and helped end slavery while working to shape the world as we know it today. Mondays and Sept. 10, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356.

Labor Day festival, music, a craft show, food, twelve wineries and micro-brews and culinary demonstrations. Noon-6 p.m., Herndon Town Green, 777 Lynn St., Herndon. $20, wine and micro-brew tastings and entertainment; $10, entertainment only; age 12 and younger, free. ;. 703-435-6868 or

Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade, for all ages, dance groups, equestrian units, antique cars, fire trucks, high school marching bands, and more. Sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg and the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Parking will be available in the Olde Towne garage, at the corner of Olde Towne and Summit Avenues. A shuttle bus will leave from Lakeforest Shopping Center transit station to Gaithersburg Elementary School beginning at noon. 1-3 p.m., Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues. Free. 301-258-6350, Ext. 136.

Nationals, vs. the Chicago Cubs. 1:05 p.m. Monday, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday-Sept. 6, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.

“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” The Pulitzer Prize finalist about an up-and-coming pro wrestler taking on the current champ is staged. 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, Sept. 8, 12-13, 7 p.m. Sept. 9, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$67.50. 202-393-3939.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars, Billed as the “World’s Largest Circus under the Big Top.” 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sept. 6, Laurel Park Race Course, Route 198 and Race Track Road, Laurel. $16-$23. 888-332-5200 or

Mystics, vs. the Connecticut Sun. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Johnny Artis Band, Part of Capitol Riverfront lunchtime concerts, the band plays rock and roll and rhythm and blues. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. Free. 202-646-0045.

“Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo,” An Iraqi gardener, two marines, yes, a tiger walk the streets of Baghdad and consider life after war in this darkly humorous show. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, Sept. 12-13, 8 p.m. Sept. 7, 3 and 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 3 p.m. Sept. 9, Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. $26-$63. 240-644-1100.

“Invisible Man,” Ralph Ellison’s novel about a black man from the south attempting to make a solid life in the north is given a turn on the stage. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sept. 8, Sept. 11-13, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$72. 202-332-3300.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Lanham bereavement support group, for those who have lost loved ones. 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, Doctors Community Hospital, First floor conference room, 8100 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free. Cathy Cooper at 301-883-0866.

Prince George’s County Fair, The annual fair kicks off with The Beautiful Baby contest, open to ages 6-36 months old. Also enjoy the pony rides, live animal shows, race cars, music, and children’s activities. 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 9, Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $6, ages 6-11 $5, age 5 and under free. 301-952-7900 or

Boyz II Men, Remember this part of the East Coast Family? Their harmonies will take you back to the mid-90s. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, through Sept. 7, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $59.50 in advance, $64 at the door. 202-803-2899.

Friday, Sept. 7

24 Hours East of the River, Photos by members of the Exposure Group. Sept. 7-13, Glen Echo Park, Photoworks Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2274.

Seat Pleasant food distribution, bring your own bags and pick up groceries. 1-3 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month and 8 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Fridays of each month, Seat Pleasant Community Center, 6195 Central Ave.Free. 301-386-2278.

Mystics, vs. the Los Angeles Sparks. 7 p.m. Sept. 7, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.

Stone Pleasure Band, The Charles County-based band performs old and new R&B music. Must be age 21 and older. 8 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 21, Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. $10. 301-392-9794.

Saturday, Sept. 8

ImagiFest 2012, for children ages 1 to 10, highlights of this “Seuss Is On The Loose” themed open house include a dance party, backstage access, a DIY chalk graffiti wall, preview performances, and sample classes in theatre, music, and dance. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Free, reservations are recommended. 301-280-1660 or

National Capital Model Soldier Society show, An exhibition of hundreds of model soldiers by US and foreign artists, sci-fi/fantasy crafters, plastic modelers, and more than 100 vendor tables selling figure kits, toy soldiers, Russian-painted figures, fantasy figures, plastic models, military history books, videos, military music, and militaria. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $7; age 11 and younger, free. 443-223-6867 or

Alexandria King Street Art Festival, with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. Featuring a drawing marathon, a Q-ART code scavenger hunt, an ice cream bowl fundraiser, art activity with artist Steve Prince, a puppet making and kaleidoscope prize drawing, and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Admission, free. 703-746-5592 or

Burke Fall Festival, Arts and crafts, carousel rides, pony rides, hayrides, a jumbo slide, a moonbounce, children’s rides, a rock climbing wall, live entertainment, food and more. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; wine tasting social with appetizers and music, 5-10 p.m. Saturday., Burke Center Conservancy, 6060 Burke Centre Pkwy. Free. 703-978-2928.

Virginia Indian Festival, eight Virginia and Washington, D.C. area tribes will participate. There will be demonstrations, talks, tool-making experts and local archaeologists, bow and arrow shooting and spear throwing. Help build a dug-out canoe. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8, Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls. $5. 703-759-9018.

Woodland Indian Discovery Day, Learn about the skills and practices of the native Yaocomaco people and participate in family-friendly activities such as archery, cordage, flint knapping, as well as dancing and open-hearth fire cooking. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8, Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. Admission: $10, seniors $9, ages 6-18 $6, age 5 and under free. 240-895-4990.

Leonardtown Wharf Regatta, The 5th annual Barnacle Cup event features a series of boat races along the Breton Bay area, followed by a happy hour social. Proceeds benefit sailing programs at local high schools. Registration 11:30 a.m. Race begins at noon. Happy hour 5 p.m., Near St. Clements Island (Herring Island Buoy), 7, Milestown.$20, registration requested. Buzz at 240-298-1211 or Shawn at 301-247-7238 or

Kayak lessons, for age 10 and older (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Learn basic paddling skills. 1-5 p.m. Sept. 8, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. $25; nonresidents of Prince George\'s and Montgomery counties, $30. Reservations required. 301-779-0371.

Rosslyn Jazz Fest, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Henry Butler, Grace Kelly, Al Williams Quartet and Juanita Williams. 1-7 p.m. Sept. 8, Gateway Park, Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, Arlington. Admission, free. 703-228-`850 or

Silver Spring Jazz Festival, for jazz music lovers, performers include headliner Sergio Mendes, Marcus Johnson, the Bruce Swaim Quartet and Elliot Levine. Sponsored by Celebrate Downtown Silver Spring Foundation and Montgomery County Department of Recreation. 4:30-10 p.m. Sept. 8, Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place. Admission, free. 240-777-6821.

CityDance: “FRESH VISIONS,” CityDance staff and faculty premier new dance works. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 9, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $15. 301-581-5100.

Paul Taylor Dance Company, The opening night of the Clarice Smith Center’s 2012-2013 season includes works spanning Taylor’s nearly-60-year career: “3 Epitaphs” (1956), set to early New Orleans jazz and infused with humor; “Aureole” (1962), set to Baroque music and known as Taylor’s first major success; “Brandenburgs” (1988), which celebrates the good things in life; and “The Uncommitted” (2011), about the human condition. 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $40, $32 subscriber / U-Md. faculty and staff , $35 senior citizen / U-Md. Alumni Association, $10 students / youth. 301-405-2787.

Sunday, Sept. 9

2012 Community Festival, for all ages, games and activities, a moon bounce, food, and live music. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Free. 301-652-5160, Ext. 4 or

Cruise on the “Dee of St. Mary’s,” Captain Jackie Russel leads a 2-hour cruise abroad one of the few skip jacks built on the Western Shore. 2 p.m. Sept. 9, Calvert Marine Museum, Lore Oyster House, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $20, registration required. 410-326-2042 x41.

Monday, Sept. 10

“Tribute to Our Service Men and Women,” A memorial event to mark 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and pay tribute to those that lost their lives, and the service men and women past and present. 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 10, Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-864-1611.

Symphony X, 8 p.m. Sept. 10, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 202-803-2899.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

“SKIN,” The 2008 British-South African biographical film tells the story of a black child born in apartheid South Africa to white Afrikaners, who is unaware of their black ancestry. For age 60 and older. 11 a.m. Sept. 11, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $2. 301-277-1710.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Maryland Horse and Pony Show, The 68th annual event features the nationally ranked hunter/jumper and state final competitions, exhibits, and trophy and award ceremony. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, through Sept. 16, Prince George’s County Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-952-7999 or 443-417-7976, or

Anne Arundel County Fair, Live music, agricultural exhibits, rides, food vendors and many more activities. 4-11 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 16, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Hwy., Crownsville. $6, $4 for ages 8 through 15, free for age 7 and youger. 410-923-3400 or

How Sweet the Sound, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $11-$20.99. 202-628-3200.

Gregory Porter, 8 p.m. Sept. 12, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20. 202-803-2899.

Thursday, Sept. 13

“African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center,” In collaboration with the Smithsonian, this exhibit shows how art by African Americans has evolved over the last several decades, displaying works by famous artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden and Sam Gilliam and new talents such as Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson and Chakaia Booker. Sept. 13, University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615.

Les Nubians, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $26 in advance, $30 at the door. 202-803-2899.

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