The List for Aug. 30

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Best Music

1. National Labor Day Capitol Concert: Steven Reineke, principal pops conductor, leads the National Symphony Orchestra in a program of patriotic classics and music highlighting the American landscape, including Stephen Flaherty's "American River Suite" and the little town of Mudville in "Casey at the Bat." Concluding selections from the Great American Songbook will be performed by composer/pianist/singer Tony DeSare.

Where: U.S. Capitol West Lawn

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Info: Free

2. Manhattan Transfer: The timeless a cappella quartet of Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel launch their North America and Asian tour with an evening of incomparable harmonies.

Where: The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Info: $55; 703-549-7500; birchmere.com

3. Mose Allison: The jazz and blues pianist will become one of four 2013 National Endowment for the Arts jazz masters, the nation's highest honor in jazz. The Mississippi Delta native shares his considerable style and music from "The Way of the World," his latest album.

Where: Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW

When: 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday

Info: $25; 202-337-4141; bluesalley.com

4. Dixie Power Trio: Zachary Smith and his witty four-man trio have been playing authentic and original New Orleans-style jazz for two decades throughout the East. Their seventh and latest album, "Zydeco Dog," is spanking fresh with only two covers. When they are not wowing audiences at nearby wine and music festivals or headlining on area stages, they may be found entertaining K-12 students with music-infused social studies and language classes correlating with the Virginia Standards of Learning exams.

Where: National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Info: Free; 202-737-4215; nga.gov

5. "Ladies Swing the Blues": The MetroStage musical featuring bebop, blues and jazz is part of the Kennedy Center's 11th annual Page-to-Stage festival for new plays.

Where: Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Info: Free; 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org

Best Galleries

1. Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme: About 101 pieces from the boundary-pushing American printmaker, spanning a 50-year period, demonstrate his mastery of lithography, intaglio, silkscreen and other techniques.

Where: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW

When: Through Sept. 9

Info: $12, seniors 62-plus and students $10, visitors under 18 and members free; 202-387-2151; phillipscollection.org

2. John Cage's STEPS: A Composition for Painting, Selected Watercolors and Ephemera: Known primarily as an avant-garde composer, Cage nevertheless did influential work in visual art and the theater. This exhibit, part of a celebration of his 100th birthday, includes five massive watercolors as well as a collection of his graphically imaginative scores.

Where: The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave.

When: Saturday through Oct. 21

Info: Free; 202-885-1300; american.edu/cas/museum

3. Polly Townsend: Slower Than This: Townsend moves away from her past practice of making oil paintings of mountainscapes and now incorporates photography and other tools to bring a more interior, psychologically motivated perspective to her work.

Where: Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW

When: Through Sept. 14

Info: Free; 202-315-1305; culturaldc.org

4. new. (now).: Hamiltonian Gallery debuts the work of the six new Hamiltonian fellows selected from more than 160 applicants on the basis of their talent and relevance to the contemporary world.

Where: Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, Suite 101

When: Through Sept. 15

Info: Free; 202-332-1116; hamiltoniangallery.com

5. Occupy This!: The Occupy movement, now approaching its anniversary, is chronicled in this collection of work from the nonprofit photography collective Facing Change: Documenting America.

Where: The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave.

When: Saturday through Oct. 21

Info: Free; 202-885-1300; american.edu/cas/museum

Best Brainfood

1. African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond:An exhibition drawing from the Smithsonian's collections, this show features 100 works, many never before exhibited, by such 20th-century artists as Benny Andrews, Lois Mailou Jones and Jacob Lawrence.

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW

When: Through Monday

Info: Free; 202-633-7970; americanart.si.edu

2. Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship: Works from the library's collection, including watercolor drawings, Japanese color-woodblock prints and books, photographs, editorial cartoons and posters, illuminate the story of the trees, their historical significance and their continuing resonance in American culture.

Where: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE

When: Through Sept. 15

Info: Free; 202-707-4604; loc.gov

3. Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment: This exhibition explores the work of the celebrated third-generation modernist Roche, whose architecture, from urban oases and corporate campuses to megastructures and underground museums, captures the spirit of the post-industrial age.

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

When: Through Dec. 2

Info: $8, kids, students and seniors $5, members free; 202-272-2448; nbm.org

4. "In the Shadow of the Banyan": When the Khmer Rouge held power in Cambodia between 1975 and '79, the regime oversaw the deaths of about 2 million people. Vaddey Ratner, age 5 when the nightmare began, retains a child's perspective for her first novel, letting the fictional Raami recount her brutal experiences in graceful, inspiring prose.

Where: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Info: Free; 202-364-1919; politics-prose.com

5. Attachments: Faces and Stories from America's Gates: The exhibit tells the stories of the men, women and children who found themselves at America's immigration gateways from the 1880s through World War II.

Where: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

When: Through Tuesday

Info: Free; 202-357-5000; archives.gov

Best Outdoors

1. Hike at Bull Run: Manassas Battlefield Park contains about 20 miles of hiking trails that follow the campaign routes of such generals as P.G.T. Beauregard, "Shanks" Evans, "Stonewall" Jackson (who earned his nickname here), John Pope and George McClellan in the Civil War Battles of First and Second Bull Run. This 5-mile loop featuring open fields and quiet, wooded areas is suited to hikers with dogs.

Where: Manassas

When: Any season

Info: Free; 703-361-1339; localhikes.com

2. Gospel Lunch Cruise: Board the Spirit of Washington for a positively inspiring experience. You will enjoy gospel entertainment while you dine on a delicious lunch buffet and cruise the Potomac River.

Where: Pier 4, 600 Water St., National Harbor

When: Boarding 11 a.m., cruising 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 3

Info: $49.90, kids 3 to 12 $29.95; 866-306-2469; spiritofwashington.com

3. Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rides: While the weather is still good, view the Jefferson Memorial and the Japanese cherry trees from the water. Enjoy a family outing or take a break from touring and soak up some sun in your very own boat.

Where: 1501 Maine Ave. SW

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; through Monday

Info: two-passenger boat $12 per hour, four-passenger boat $19 per hour; 202-479-2426; tidalbasinpaddleboats.com

4. Adult Bird Walk: Join members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club for an informal walk through Long Branch and Glencarlyn parks in search of resident and migratory birds. Experienced and beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides. For more information, call 703-228-6535.

Where: Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington

When: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday

Info: Free; registration necessary: 703-228-4747; program No. 612942-A

5. Evening Parade: The "8th & I" Barracks, the oldest active post in the Marine Corps, holds an evening parade during the summer. Reservations required.

Where: Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE

When: 8:45 p.m. Friday

Info: Free; 202-433-6682; marines.mil/unit/barracks

Best Family

1. Creature Feature: Get acquainted with the Nature Center's live animals and assist in their feeding. All ages.

Where: Nature Center, Rock Creek Park, 6200 Glover Road NW

When: 4 p.m. Friday

Info: Free; 202-895-6070; nps.gov/rocr

2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves: When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses; and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller.

Where: The Puppet Co., 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo

When: Through Sunday

Info: $10; 301-634-5380; thepuppetco.org

3. American Trail: The new American Trail showcases species that are gems of North American wildlife and treasures to us all, including sea lions, gray seals, bald eagles, gray wolves, ravens, beavers, river otters, merganser ducks and brown pelicans.

Where: The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW

When: Opens noon Saturday

Info: Free; 202-633-4888; nationalzoo.si.edu

4. Dragons and Damsels Campfire: Come out to roast s'mores around a crackling campfire and learn all about Arlington's fantastic flyers -- the dragonflies and their cousins. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult; 703-228-3403.

Where: Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Info: $5; registration required: 703-228-4747; program No. 612852-A

5. Wild Ones: Lots and Lots of Legs: Think 6 legs are a lot? How about 8 -- or more! At this session you'll learn all about the many legged creatures that live in Arlington's woods, yards, and homes. Information: 703-228-3403.

Where: Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday

Info: $5; registration required: 703-228-4747; program No. 612822-J

Best Gatherings

1. Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics: A gallery celebrates athletic feats by Jim Thorpe, Duke Kahanamoku, Andrew Sockalexis, Lewis Tewanima and other Native American athletes.

Where: National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW

When: Through Monday

Info: Free; 202-633-1000; nmai.si.edu

2. NOVA Open: The fourth annual war gaming convention features tournaments, game systems, seminars and vendors.

Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington

When: Through Sunday

Info: $10, whole weekend $35; 888-421-1442; novaopen.com

3. War of the Roses: Proof hosts a rotating selection of sought-after rose wines from around the world for $35 a bottle. See website for wines offered.

Where: Proof, 775 G St. NW

When: Through Monday

Info: $35 per bottle; 202-737-7663; proofdc.com

4. Happy Hour at Barcode: Barcode's weekday happy hour means half-price beer, wine and rail drinks.

Where: 1101 17th St. NW

When: Weekdays

Info: 202-955-9001; barcodedc.com

5. Crime Against Marine Mammals:The joint exhibition by the museum and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marks the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Where: National Museum of Crime & Punishment, 575 Seventh St. NW

When: Through November

Info: $19.95 in advance, $21.95 at the door, kids ages 5 to 11 $14.95, seniors, law enforcement and military $16.95 in advance, $19.95 at the door, kids under 5 free; 202-393-1099; crimemuseum.org

Best Theater

1. Page-to-Stage: The Kennedy Center hosts its11th annual festival of new plays, featuring more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies. This three-day event offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional and national playwrights, librettists and composers.

Where: Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

When: 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Monday, 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday

Info: Free; 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org

2. "The Temperamentals": "Temperamental" was code for "homosexual" in the early 1950s, part of a created language of secret words gay men used to communicate. Winner of a Drama Desk Award in 2010, "The Temperamentals" tells the story of two men, the communist Harry Hay and the designer Rudi Gernreich, as they fall in love while building the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States.

Where: Rep Stage, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

When: Through Sept. 16

Info: $34 to $40, seniors, military and Howard Community College faculty/staff $31 to $38, students $15; 443-518-1500; repstage.org

3. "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris": Brel's music is just as moving now as it was when it was introduced to Village Gate audiences in 1968. Starring Natascia Diaz.

Where: MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria

When: Through Oct. 21

Info: $48 to $55; 703-548-9044; metrostage.org

4. "Invisible Man": This blistering adaptation of Ralph Ellison's 1952 masterpiece, about an anonymous black man who journeys from the South to a basement in Harlem, documents an America divided by race and class.

Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW

When: Wednesday through Oct. 14

Info: $58 to $63; 202-232-7267; studiotheatre.org

5. "Goldfish Thinking": Lots of explorations of dreams in this psychological thriller.

Where: Callan Theatre, Catholic University, 3801 Harewood Road NE

When: Through Sept. 9

Info: $15 to $18, students and seniors $12 to $15; 202-460-2188; longacrelea.org

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