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Lighting the way

Love lighthouses? This weekend, see one close up. The restored Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, built in 1875 on the Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis, is open for tours for the first time in its history. The 43-foot-high beacon is the only screw-pile lighthouse remaining in its original location in the Bay. Reserve ahead for the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s boat ride at 9 a.m., noon or 3 p.m. Saturday or Sunday — or on Aug. 25 or 26 and selected September weekends. Only 18 passengers allowed per tour; all must be at least 4 feet tall. 410/295-0104 or annapolismaritimemuseum.org.

A wow of a powwow

Code talkers, smoke dancers, dance competitions for all ages and drums, drums, drums. All are on the bill as the National Museum of the American Indian hosts its National Powwow at the Verizon Center tomorrow through Sunday. This year’s theme is “Honoring the Warriors,” with veterans of every war from World War II to Iraq as special guests. 601 F St. NW. Doors open 10 a.m. each day. Tickets range from $12 to $15; a three-day pass is $36. 202/661-5065 or www.nmai.si.edu/powwow.

America as it was

Earl Cunningham, who used flat space and brilliant color to sophisticated ends, was one of the most respected American folk artists of the 20th century until his death in 1977. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 50-painting retrospective of his work, “Earl Cunningham’s America,” opens tomorrow in a blaze of hues. Eighth and F streets Northwest. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Nov. 4. 202/633-1000.

Sista fest

Proving that women can do more than shake their hips in the hip-hop and rap scene, emerging local beat makers will heat up stages across the city this weekend with their sizzling sounds at the “Can a Sista Rock a Mic?” Festival. During the five-day event, the female emcees will mix their best beats as they compete for honors in the DJ world. Competitions begin tonight at 7 at the Cue Bar, 1115 U St. NW. For times and locations of other festival events, see bgirlmanifesto.com. Aug. 9-12. Individual tickets are $12. A festival package is available for $55.

Garden party

Step behind the iron gates to smell the roses at the summer’s final White House Garden Tour on Saturday. Visitors will stroll through the Rose Garden, the Children’s Garden and more, tracing White House history through the plants gracing each garden. The tours are free but ticketed, one per person. First-come-first-served tickets are distributed at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion at 15th and E streets NW beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/208-1631.

Smooth sound of summer

The Dave Matthews Band heads to the Nissan Pavilion on Saturday, ready to play the refreshingly mellow sounds that made them legends. Known for flawlessly combining soothing vocals with emotionally raw lyrics, the band will be joined onstage by Toots and the Maytals. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 7 p.m. Tickets range from $36 to $61. 800/551-7328.

Picture Uganda

Picture life, both heartwarming and heart wrenching, through the eyes of a refugee at Photo Camp 2006: Uganda. The exhibit showcases 60 photographs taken by refugees in a Ugandan camp after they attended photo workshops sponsored by the National Geographic. National Geographic Society Explorer’s Hall, 1145 17th St. NW. Doors open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Through Sept. 3. Free. 202/857-7588.

Suzanna Logan

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