- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 30, 2001

Tucked away in Northeast, the National Arboretum is one of Washington's hidden treasures. The acres of trees, gardens and ponds provide a perfect place to escape from the gridlock and muggy heat of summer in the city. Take advantage of its beauty by going on a moonlight hike through the grounds from 9-11 p.m. Sunday at the Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Cost is $7. 202/245-2726.

Dog day afternoon
Anna Jalickee's ceramics and paintings make clear that she has a thing for dogs. But not just any dogs. Miss Jalickee's works are cartoonish, wacky and whimsical, conveying the feeling any dog lover gets from seeing a pooch waiting on the front door step. See her odd works from 1-5 p.m. Saturday through Monday at the Wohlfarth Gallery, 3418 Ninth St. NE. It's free. 202/526-8022.

First house
The White House is probably the best known landmark in the city, but few people know the hidden stories behind those white pillars. Local historian Anthony Pitch leads a two-hour anecdotal history tour around Lafayette Square and the White House, pointing out the guest quarters for visiting royalty, the spot where President Harry S. Truman was almost killed by terrorists and the route the Inaugural Parade takes through the city. Join him at 11 a.m. Sunday beside the equestrian Andrew Jackson statue, center of the square at 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, weather permitting. Tickets are $10. Reservations advised. 301/294-9514.

He feels good
James Brown may be approaching 70, but it's hard to find someone even half his age who can compete with the "godfather of soul." With literally dozens of albums under his belt, the hardest-working man in show business continues to be at the top of his game. Watch him strut across the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, Md. Tickets are $35-$45. 410/326-2042 or 800/787-9454.

Classical sounds
If the godfather of soul isn't to your liking, why not take advantage of two free classical music shows. The National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Wilkins, presents a free Labor Day concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at the U.S. Capitol, First Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call 202/225-6827 for more information. Across town, catch the Andrew Harwood Classical Trio in a free performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202/467-4600.

Armchair explorer
Now it's possible to get a feel for Africa's past and present without even leaving D.C. The National Geographic Society is hosting rare African artifacts from the Walt Disney-Tishman Collection, with some objects dating back to the 1400s. See intricate masks, sculptures and an 18-foot-high aluminum cast of a 7,000-year-old rock engraving in "Artist as Explorer," from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. Admission is free. 202/857-7588.

Luck be a lady
Nathan Detroit seems to have never met a bet he didn't like. The mastermind behind the longest running craps game in New York City bets his pal Sky Masterson he can win the heart of the next woman he sees, not expecting her to be a pure-at-heart social worker. See what happens when "Guys and Dolls" plays at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $18-$55. 703/218-6500.

Holiday fun
Concerts, parades and festivals are planned to keep you busy Labor Day weekend. From Saturday to Monday a free art show featuring works by a wide range of artists takes place at Glen Echo Park, at MacArthur Boulevard and Goldsboro Road, Glen Echo. Call 301/492-6229 for more information. A healthy appetite is a must at the Middle Eastern Food Festival, featuring children's games, dance, live music and, of course, food. Stop by from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Transfiguration Melkite-Greek Catholic Church, 8501 Lewinsville Road, McLean. It's free. 703/734-9566.

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