NSO at Carter Barron
The National Symphony Orchestra plays for free tomorrow and Saturday at Rock Creek Park. Emil de Cou and Sarah Hatsuko Hicks conduct the symphony in the Carter Barron Amphitheatre for two nights of classics and standards. No tickets are required, and seating is first come, first served. The gates open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. 202/467-4600
Rocking the pavilion
The Southern rockers 3 Doors Down have played for President Bush, for NASCAR fans and for the troops overseas. On Tuesday, the band brings its high-energy rock ‘n’ roll to Merriweather Post Pavilion. Joining them are Staind, Breaking Benjamin and No Address. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $61. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 202/397-SEAT.
Wild blue yonder
The seat of an F-15E fighter jet is a place few people will ever venture to, but everyone can get close through the new Imax film “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag.” The larger-than-life film offers a pilot’s view through test runs with some of the world’s best combat pilots. The film is showing at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Tickets are $5.50 to $8. See Calendar for showtimes and locations.
Gale Paridjanian and Olly Knights, the acoustic duo known as Turin Brakes, may have English accents, but their music is more Nashville than Liverpool. Their elegant ballads and falsetto harmonies have attracted fans all over England, and they recently hit the U.S. scene after opening for fellow English singer-songwriter David Gray. The duo play the Rams Head Tavern on Monday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. 33 West St., Annapolis. 410/268-4545.
A triumphant return
In less than a year, the electro-punk outfit the Bravery went from being just another rock band on New York City’s Lower East Side to one of the most talked-about acts of 2004, selling out shows on nearly every continent. The Maryland natives return home for a show tomorrow at the 9:30 Club. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.
Today is Bastille Day, and Brasserie les Halles celebrates the French holiday this afternoon with the 31st Annual Bastille Day Races and Liberty Festival, from noon to 4 p.m. at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The festival features music, food and entertainment while the races are spaced throughout the afternoon. Be sure to catch the Waiters’ Race at 2 p.m. Restaurant staff from all over the city must run the course balancing a full tray. 202/347-6848 or www.leshalles.net.
Big screens, big movies
The outdoor movie screenings continue this week with two big series. The nine-night “Movies Under the Moon” screenings start tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. at George Mason University’s Robinson Field. This weekend’s films include “The Sound of Music,” “Aviator” and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” Admission is free. The films continue each night through July 23. Call 703/323-6333, and for a complete schedule see Calendar. “Screen On the Green” starts Monday on the Mall and runs every Monday through Aug. 15. Monday’s screening is the classic love story “The Way We Were.” Admission is free. The movies begin at dusk between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. Arrive early to secure a good spot. 877/262-5866.
— Thomas Walter