- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Free concerts

The National Symphony Orchestra is leaving the confines of the Kennedy Center this weekend for two nights of free performances at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Emil de Cou conducts tomorrow night and John Clanton takes the baton on Saturday. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. both nights. Seating is first-come, first-served. 16th Street and Colorado Avenue Northwest. 202/416-8113.

Guitar festival

The fifth annual Alexandria Guitar Festival starts Saturday, and this year’s festival is packed full of seminars, classes and concerts for every type of guitar enthusiast. Some of this year’s concert participants include Nicholas Goluses and Benjamin Verdery, and Kenneth Meyer and Soloduo (Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela). Classes and concerts will be spread between the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (321 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria) and the Athenaeum (201 Prince St., Alexandria). The festival runs through July 23. Seminar and class fees vary. Concert tickets range from $12 to $65. See www.alexandriaguitarfestival.com for a complete schedule and more information.

All about Wegman

William Wegman is recognized the world over for his photos and other visual works. The reopened Smithsonian American Art Museum is taking an in-depth look at his extensive catalog with “William Wegman — Funney/Strange.” The exhibit covers his work from the 1960s to today with hundreds of his photos, paintings, videos and writings. The exhibit runs through Sept. 24. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Eighth and F streets Northwest. 202/633-1000.

‘Taiwan Nights’

While the NSO is performing at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing a little bit of Taiwan to the Kennedy Center on Sunday with “Taiwan Nights.” Guest conductor Yoel Levi will lead the orchestra while Chien-Tai Chen will perform a special piano concerto. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $70. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue Northwest. 202/467-4600.

Bring a blanket

Screen on the Green kicks off its seventh season on the Mall on Monday with the 1951 classic film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” As in past years, seating is first-come, first-served, and no tall chairs or alcohol are allowed. The movies begin at sunset. Admission is free. For more information, call 877/262-5866.

All country

It’s all country on Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion for WPOC’s “Sunday In the Country” music festival. The lineup includes sets by Montgomery Gentry, SHeDaisy, Lonestar, Josh Turner and up-and-comer Josh Ingram. The music kicks off at noon. Tickets range from $35 to $55. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 202/397-SEAT.

Joining forces

In Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Philadanco, two of today’s top black dance companies are coming together for a one-night-only dual performance at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on Tuesday . The companies will perform a world-premiere piece choreographed by Mr. Brown. Tickets range from $10 to $34. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. 877/WOLFTRAP or 877/965-3872.

Thomas Walter

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