'Phantom' has arrived
The Kennedy Center Opera House becomes the Opera Garnier beginning Wednesday for this summer's eight-week "Phantom of the Opera" run. From the falling chandelier to the elaborate sets and costumes, all of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece will live again. Tickets range from $36 to $94. Showtimes vary. Performances continue through Aug. 12. 202/467-4600.
Founding Father's day
Sunday is Fathers' Day, and at Mount Vernon the Father of His Country (a reasonable facsimile, that is) will discuss his role as husband, stepfather and Founding Father in the Little Theater at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Fathers visiting the estate will receive complimentary admission to George Washington's new distillery and gristmill. Admission to Mount Vernon is $13 for adults and $6 for children. Admission to the distillery and gristmill is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Children under 5 are admitted free. South end of George Washington Parkway, Alexandria. 703/780-2000.
Photographer and poet Ellis Marsalis III presents his visual ode to one block in Baltimore with "Voices & Visions of Tha Bloc." The exhibit, on display at the Anacostia Community Museum, blends poetry and 27 black-and-white photographs of residents going through their daily lives. "Tha Bloc" is on view through Aug. 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 1901 Fort Place SE. 202/633-4820.
Riverdance, the multimedia Irish dance showcase, makes its 10th annual return to Wolf Trap's Filene Center tonight. Mixing elements of traditional Irish step dancing and contemporary theatrics, the company has performed for millions worldwide since its inception in 1994. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $16 to $70. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.
National stars abroad
It was the Europeans who gave the New York City rock group the National its first taste of musical fame. Now, as its stock rises on the heels of its second release, "Boxer," the five-piece outfit is touring this country before heading back to Europe for the summer festival circuit. The National plays the 9:30 Club on Wednesday. Tickets are $14. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra closes out its season at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday, performing works by Barber and Brahms. Maestra Marin Alsop wields the baton while BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney showcases his violin talent in Korngold's Violin Concerto. The music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.
On the waterfront
Tall ships, live entertainment and art exhibits highlight the 26th annual Alexandria Waterfront Festival this weekend. Tour the pinnace Kalmar Nyckel and the schooner Sultana and hear the sounds of Toby Lightman, Bowling for Soup, Virginia Coalition and other musical acts both nights. Admission ranges from $5 to $10. Children under 2 are free. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The fun takes place in Oronoco Bay Park, at the northern end of Union Street in Old Town Alexandria. 703/549-8300.
— Thomas Walter