Thursday, Aug. 2

Tabi Bonney and Elle Varner will perform at Howard Theatre on Aug. 10. (Joshua Cogan)

Farafina Kan, African percussion and dance takes center stage in this show. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., Strathmore Backyard Theater, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $8, age 2 and younger free. 301-581-5100.

“Snow White And the 7 Dwarves,” The Puppet Co. puts a comedic twist on this familiar tale. Through Sept. 2, Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-634-5380.

“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” It is wartime in Britain as three siblings go on adventures through a magic wardrobe. Through Aug. 12, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$22. 301-280-1660.

Step Afrika!, The dance company makes its Hylton Center debut with a program for young audiences. 11 a.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. $15, children $5. 888-945-2468; information, 703-993-7759.

Wildflower, The DC-based band performs R&B, soul, gospel, and smooth jazz. 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Boulevard and Arena Drive, Largo. Free. 301-324-0514 or

Wine Down at the Square, Rockville Town Square holds wine tastings on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Features live music from an assortment of local bands. Through Aug. 23, Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue. Free. 301-998-8178 or

Mambo Combo, Bring a blanket and enjoy the Latin and Caribbean beats. 7-8:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-699-2456.

Nationals, vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.

Tracy Morgan, In the television comedy “30 Rock,” Tracy Morgan stars alongside Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as Tracy Jordan, an actor known for brandishing a lightsaber while running shirtless down the highway and trying to walk around in shoes made of solid gold. How similar is this alter ego to the “Saturday Night Live” alum and stand-up comedian? You be the judge when Morgan performs two stand-up shows in one night. 7:30 and 10 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $55. 202-803-2899.

“Annie,” The Newtowne Players perform the family-friendly musical about a young orphan who embarks multiple adventures on her quest to find a family. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 12, Three Notch Theatre, 21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park. $18, children and seniors $15. Thursday shows $13. Reservations required. 301-737-5447 or

“Little Shop of Horrors,” A mysterious plant with a hunger for human flesh helps a shy young man win over his crush. Through Aug. 26, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

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

Distinction, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Friday, Aug. 3

“The Cradle Project,” Handmade, empty cradles call attention to the plight of African orphans vulnerable to the AIDS virus. Ends Aug. 3, Washington Studio School, 2129 S St. NW. 202-234-3030.

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival, In honor of the election year, the popular annual film festival just across the river from Georgetown dedicates itself to Hollywood’s political oeuvre, from gripping dramas such as “All the President’s Men” to the light and fluffy “Election” and “Dick.” Through Aug. 24, Gateway Park, Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, Arlington. Free. 703-276-7759 or

Seat Pleasant food distribution, bring your own bags and pick up groceries. 1-3 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and 8 a.m.-noon the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, Seat Pleasant Community Center, 6195 Central Ave.Free. 301-386-2278.

Brazilian music by Alma Tropicalia, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or

Whiskey Tasting, Features a demonstration of 18th-century distilling, lecture by Mount Vernon’s resident whiskey expert, Dennis Pogue, and a whiskey tasting and seated dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. $150, including tax and gratuity. 703-780-2000.

“August: Osage County,” Keegan Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy about a highly dysfunctional family. Through Sept. 2, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35, $30 seniors and students. 703-892-0202.

“On the Lam,” Parlor Room Theater, a local youth-run community theater group, presents its newest production a comedy thriller about escaped convicts taking refuge in the home of a typical suburban family. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 12, Bishop McNamara High School, 6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville. $10. Dillon DiSalvo at 240-478-1115 or

“The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy attempts to get home after she is displaced by a twister. Through Aug. 12, Port Tobacco Players, 508 Charles St., La Plata. $17, $14 seniors and youth. 301-932-6819.

Stone Pleasure Band, The Charles County-based band performs old and new R&B music. Must be age 21 and older. 8 p.m.-midnight. Performances every Friday through Aug. 31, Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. $10. 301-392-9794.

Movies on the Potomac, Watch this weeks feature “The American President.” 8:30 p.m. Fridays. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Free. 877-628-5427.

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival, This year’s theme is “Friday Night is Election Night.” 8:30 p.m. and Fridays through Aug. 24, Gateway Park, Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, Arlington. Free. 703-276-7759.

Saturday, Aug. 4

“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. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Aug. 13, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.

D.C. United, vs. the Columbus Crew. 7:30 p.m., RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. or

"The Last Five Years" benefit cabaret, Morrigan Condo, Stephen Deininger and Samantha McEwen perform songs from the show and other popular musical theater and jazz numbers. 8 p.m. The Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G St. NW. Donations welcome. 202-315-1305,,

Holly Bass and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, The duo performs “Double Consciousness.” 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Tickets.$8-$22. 202-269-1600.

Riseband & Show, The nine-member R&B/Funk/Jazz/Motown ensemble performs. Must be age 21 and older. 8 p.m.-midnight. Performances every Friday through Aug. 31, Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. $10. 301-392-9794 or

Sunday, Aug. 5

"The Lion Ride"Celebrate the Frederick Douglass Family Festival with a leisurely ride through Anacostia and the river. Festival events include games, crafts, tours, and ice cream. Sponsored by The Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Fredrick Douglass National Historic Site, Capital Bikeshare, and Bike & Roll. Festival 1-4 p.m., bike ride 3-4 p.m. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St, SE. Free. 202-518-0524.

Monday, Aug. 6

“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 Aug. 13, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356.

Here’s Looking at You, Bogart, Need a way to make those hazy Mondays seem a little cooler? Try National Theatre’s free series of Humphrey Bogart films, every Monday through August 20 at 6:30 p.m. It kicks off, naturally, with “Casablanca.” If you learn a few things from Bogart, not only will you feel cool in mid-summer, but maybe you’ll be able to act cool, too. Maybe. Mondays and Mondays, through Aug. 20, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372 or

Screen on the Green, The big daddy of outdoor film screenings returns to the Mall between 7th and 12th streets NW for its 14th season of classic movies under the stars. The schedule is as follows: August 6th: “Psycho.”, The National Mall, between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Free. 202-485-9880 or

Gathering of historic buyboats, The Calvert Marine Museum will play host to a rare gathering of the last three, log-built Chesapeake Bay buyboats, also known as deckboats. See the 1899-built “Wm. B. Tennison", the 1909-built “Old Point” and the 1924 built “F.D. Crockett.” These three survivors are unique to the Chesapeake Bay and represent the ultimate step in the evolution of multi-log boats that trace their ancestry back to the native-American dugout canoe. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Free with admission: $7, seniors $6, ages 5-12 $2. 410-326-2042 x31 or

Manassas African American Heritage Festival, annual event includes a classic car show, live entertainment, an authors’ corner, health fair, more than 100 vendors, children’s activities and free school supplies. Noon-6 p.m., Grace E. Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-369-2475 or

“Hamlet: The Bad-Ass Quarto,” Half as long and with some surprising differences, this version is touted as the first printing of the Bard’s tragedy. 7 p.m., Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free.

Chinese-American Youth Arts Festival, Dance, music and martial arts performances by Chinese and Washington-area artists, sponsored by the America and China International Foundation. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600.

Swingtopia, the jazz octet performs two sets of 1930s, 40s and 50s swing and big band tunes every Monday night. 8 and 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Aug. 13, Greek Village Restaurant, 13476 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-879-2877 or

Tuesday, Aug. 7

The Gipsy Kings, Tuesday-Wednesday, Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$42. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-255-1900.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Sol Roots, Part of Capitol Riverfront lunchtime concerts, the guitarist-singer plays reggae rock. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. Free. 202-646-0045.

“The Book Thief” author event, Markus Zusak discusses his bestselling novel about a meager, foster girl living in World Ware II Germany who steals books and shares her love to read with neighbors during bombing raids. 1-2:30 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Marlboro Hall, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0476 or

NoMa Summer Screen, For 2012 the outdoor film festival explores the end of the world, with films such as “Dr. Strangelove,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Wall-E” and more. Each week, the festival will feature food vendors, and children and friendly dogs are welcome. 7 p.m., NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. Free. 202-289-0111 or

“Deep Impact,” Mimi Leder’s 1998 action film about a comet that promises to collide with Earth and causes part of the population to seek safety in shelters. 9 p.m., NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. Free. 202-289-0111 or

Thursday, Aug. 9

The ZombiesThe British Invasion-y '60s-era group performs with The Left Banke. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $39.50 in advance, $45 at the door.

Friday, Aug. 10

Soul Crackers, perform Memphis and Motown soul. Part of the Downtown Wheaton TGIF Summer Concert Series. 6:30-8 p.m., Wheaton Triangle, Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive. Free. 240-777-8106 or

I+I Riddim, The Montpelier Summer Concert Series closes out with the band performing classic reggae, calypso and soca tunes. 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, grounds, 9650 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-377-7817.

Elle Varner and Tabi Bonney,the singer-songwriter performs with the DC rapper. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $25.

Saturday, Aug. 11

FESTAFRICA 2012, a two-day celebration of African culture and heritage featuring musical guest Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa on Sat. and other music and dance performances and competitions, a fashion show, African cuisine, crafts, food, children’s activities, and health and career fairs. 1 to 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring Civic Center, corner of Fenton St. and Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 410-608-0420 or

“Dear Delinquent,” Jack Popplewell returns to Greenbelt with his stage play about a pretty, appealing young female burglar who meets her match when she breaks into the apartment of a man who makes it his mission to reform her. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway. $18, students and seniors $15. 301-441-8770.

Sunday, Aug. 12

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, 4:30 p.m. FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover. $29.50-$259.50. 301-276-6000.

Oasis Island Sounds, The steel drum band performs reggae, calypso, soca and African music at this outdoor concert. Part of the “Arts on the Waterfront” concert series. 6-7:30 p.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free. 301-779-0371 or

Monday, Aug. 13

Lazarus Foundation Charity Golf Tournament The annual event features golfing, a Jamaican-themed dinner and award ceremony to benefit the Foundation which assists youth in foster care. Meet Chelsey Rodgers, Miss DC USA 2008 and Miss DC International 2010 and other dignitaries. Noon. Cross Creek Golf Club, 12800 Bay Hill Dr., Beltsville. 202-469-1912. Golf tickets start at $250. Reception $75.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

Chrisette Michele, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $59.50. 202-803-2899.

Wednesday, Aug. 15

“TOTEM,” Cirque du Soleil brings their latest production to the Washington-area with a show exploring the journey into the evolution of mankind through acrobatics, juggling, roller skating and so much more. Various times through Sept. 30, Plateau at National Harbor, 201 Harborview Avenue, Oxon Hill. $40-$153.50. or

Baysox Beach Party Beer Dinner, A buffet featuring shrimp, fried fish, crab cakes, pasta, salad and more and 3-hour open bar with a variety of beers on tap and bottled. Stay and watch the team take on the Erie SeaWolves at 7:05 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. $44, season ticket holders $39. 301-653-6139.

UkeFest 2012, Part of Strathmore’s free summer concert series, the Hawaiian-themed event features Hula Honeys, Keola, Moanalani Beamer, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. 7 p.m. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-581-5100.

Thursday, Aug. 16

“Queer Queens of Qomedy,” featuring Poppy Champlin and more., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. 703-549-7500.

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