- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2007

June 1

The next 007

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? Find out at the International Spy Museum’s new Operation Spy exhibit, opening June 1. The hour-long interactive show allows guests to test their skills in video surveillance, code-cracking, message decryption and lie detector tests. Admission is $14 — or $24 for admission combined with the permanent exhibit. Operation Spy is for adults and children 12 and older. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 800 F St. NW. 202/393-7798.

Mozart by McFerrin

Ten-time Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin returns to the Music Center at Strathmore on June 1 to lead the Baltimore Symphony in music by Mozart, Mendelssohn — and McFerrin. Along for the performance is 15-year-old piano prodigy Kit Armstrong. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $21 to $80. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5100.

Belfast’s ‘fillums’

Rediscover Northern Ireland, a spring-summer cultural fair, spotlights 10 standout movies at the AFI Silver Theatre from June 1 to 3. See “The Crying Game,” “Mickybo and Me,” “Omagh,” “Breakfast on Pluto” and more. Tickets range from $7.50 to $9.25. Showtimes vary. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 877/362-7849.


Walk the museums

Explore the museums around Dupont Circle and Kalorama during the 24th annual Museum Walk Weekend on June 2 and 3. Participating museums include the Phillips Collection, the Meridian International Center, Woodrow Wilson House and others. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2, 1 to 5 p.m. on June 3. Admission is free. See dkmuseums.com or call 202/785-2040 ext. 428.

World music

The eighth annual Washington Jewish Music Festival kicks off June 2 with an evening of Israeli hip-hop from Yuri Lane, Y- Love, DJ Handler and others. With a lineup ranging from classical to pop and Arabic, this year’s festival is a musical kaleidoscope. Admission ranges from free to $75. Showtimes and venues vary. See wjmf.org or call 800/494-8497.

June 8

White House dolls

See Caroline Kennedy’s historic doll collection at the Decatur House beginning June 8. “Gifts from the World to the White House: Caroline Kennedy’s Doll Collection, 1961-1963,” features more than 70 dolls from 30 countries that were given to President John F. Kennedy’s daughter. The exhibit runs through Jan. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. 1610 H St. NW. 202/842-0920.

Whoa, Nelly

Canadian pop songstress Nelly Furtado brings her dance-inspiring tunes to the Patriot Center on June 8. She is touring in support of her latest multi-platinum release, “Loose,” but is sure to reprise a few songs from her past, including her breakout hit, “I’m Like a Bird.” Rising Ethiopian rock singer Kenna opens. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $45. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT.

Celebrating Fairfax

Hear the live sounds of Live, Eddie From Ohio, Smash Mouth and Little Big Town, and shop from more than 400 exhibitors at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival June 8-10. The gala includes nightly fireworks. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight June 8, 10 a.m. to midnight June 9 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 10. Admission ranges from $5 to $10. Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. 703/324-3247.

June 10

A little country

Nissan Pavilion goes country on June 10 with celebrated headliners Alan Jackson and Brooks and Dunn. Newcomers Jake Owen and Catherine Britt showcase their budding talents as opening acts. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $85. 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. 202/397-SEAT.

June 12

Silver screen

More than 100 of the best new documentaries from 42 countries will get screen time at this year’s Silverdocs film festival from June 12 to 17. Now in its fifth year, the festival has hosted some of the biggest names in film. This year’s lineup includes work from noted folk music film director Jim Brown, Norman Lear, Jonathan Demme and the producing team behind “March of the Penguins.” Admission ranges from $8 to $10 for screenings. Opening night tickets are $50. At the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 877/362-7849.

June 18


Bring your translator to Pink Martini’s show on June 18 at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. For its latest release, the 12-piece, genre-defying band recorded songs in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Arabic; they’ll play them live the same way. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $38. 1645 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

June 20

Indie veterans

Praised by music critics and fans across Europe and the United States over the past several years, the National has somehow stayed under the musical radar and retained its status as “the next big act.” That may be hard to do after its latest release, “The Boxer,” and its headlining tour, which pulls into the 9:30 Club on June 20. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

‘Phantom’ returns

The longest-running musical in Broadway history, “The Phantom of the Opera,” comes back to the Kennedy Center for a spell beginning June 20. From the falling chandelier to the elaborate sets and costumes, the magic will envelop the Opera House through Aug. 12. Showtimes vary. Tickets range from $36 to $94. Eighth and F streets Northwest. 202/633-1000.

June 23

Food fight

Teams of barbecue masters will fight it out on June 23 and 24 in the 15th annual National Barbecue Battle for the title of National Pork BBQ Champion. Visitors can sample the BBQ, attend cooking demonstrations, hear live local music and watch the masters work the grill. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 23, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 24. Tickets range from $5 to $10; children under 5 get in free. Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets Northwest. 202/828-3099.

June 27

Just folks

One of Washington’s biggest events each year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, comes to the Mall beginning June 27. This year’s themes focus on the Mekong River, Northern Ireland and the roots of Virginia’s culture, with live music, dance, crafts, cooking demonstrations, storytelling and more. Admission is free. Daily hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; evening music programs begin at 6. The festival runs through July 1 and then from July 4 to 8. See folklife.si.edu.

Join the fray

The piano-driven pop/rock quartet The Fray continues its relentless schedule with a nationwide tour that pulls into Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 27. Still playing hits from its debut album, “How to Save a Life,” the band is testing new material on the road. OK Go and Mae are also on the bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25.50 to $40.50. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Md. 202/397-SEAT.

June 29

The Cos

“Legend” is the word for Bill Cosby, and on June 29 he comes to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. Mr. Cosby will share laughs from his career — from his early days as a stand-up comedian to his work on “The Cosby Show” and “Fat Albert” — along with stories that guarantee a chuckle. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $40. 1645 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna. 703/218-6500.

Thomas Walter

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