The List: Summer Arts Guide

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Entertainment,Greg Prince

Best Music

1. National Symphony Orchestra: Krzysztof Urbanski conductor, Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Macmillan's Piano Concerto No. 3, "The Mysteries of Light," June 20 and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 5, "Egyptian," June 21 and 22; other works by Grieg and Lutoslawski.

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7 p.m. June 20, 8 p.m. June 21 and 22

Info: $10 to $85; 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org

2. The Legacy of Bob Marley: The Kennedy Center and the Grammy Museum celebrate the Jamaican musician and folk legend with a concert featuring Jacob Hemphill & Trevor Young, Citizen Cope, David Hinds, Junior Marvin and others with house band Roots Radics.

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

When: 8 p.m. June 23

Info: $20 to $48; 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org

3. Video Games Live: Bonus Round!: Emmanuel Fratianni conducts music from favorite games and a 25th Anniversary Legend of Zelma montage, hosted by Tommy Ricotta, with huge screens.

Where: Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

When: 8:30 p.m. July 13

Info: $35 to $55 in-house, $25 lawn; 877-965-3872; wolftrap.org

4. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ensemble performs hits from their repertoire.

Where: Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

When: 8 p.m. July 21

Info: $45 in-house, $25 lawn; 877-965-3872; wolftrap.org

5. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in HD: A multimedia event featuring the epic film on huge screen with Howard Shore's award-winning score performed live on stage by a live orchestra, the City Choir of Washington, and the World Children's Choir.

Where: Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7

Info: $48-$58 in-house, $25 lawn; 877-965-3872; wolftrap.org

Best Theater

1. "Anything Goes": Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, Roundabout Theatre Company's production features some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including "I Get a Kick out of You," "You're the Top," and "Anything Goes."

Where: Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW

When: Through July 7

Info: $25 to $115; 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org

2. "One Destiny": Learn about Lincoln's assassination from the perspective of two men who were there when it happened. Stage actor Harry Hawk, who was performing on that fateful night, and Ford's Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question that haunted them both: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped?

Where: Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW

When: Through July 6; see website for dates

Info: $5 to $7.50; 202-347-4833; fordstheatre.org

3. "Spin": This new musical-comedy from the Drama Desk-nominated team of Neil Bartram and Brian Hill follows a former teen idol whose long-awaited comeback and no-strings lifestyle is threatened by the sudden appearance of a daughter and grandson he never knew he had.

Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington

When: July 9 to 27

Info: $30; 703-820-9771; signature-theatre.org

4. "The Book of Mormon": Nine 2011 Tony Awards say it's the Best Musical of the Year and New York critics rave about its humor and cleverness.

Where: Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW

When: July 9 through Aug. 18

Info: $43 to $250; 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org

5. "A Chorus Line": One of the longest running musicals on Broadway, "A Chorus Line" has continued to inspire artists and dreamers through the decades with its look into the lives, loves, hopes and dreams of dancers on the chorus line.

Where: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney Sandy-Spring Road, Olney

When: Aug. 1 to Sept. 1

Info: 301-924-3400; olneytheatre.org

Best Outdoors

1. Visit Curt and Nicole, the twin Andean Bear cubs!: Only 2000 of these bears exist in the wild in their native home, the Andes. They were born here on Dec. 14 and have finally made their public debut, exploring the walls of their enclosure.

Where: Washington National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Info: Free; 202-633-2614; nationalzoo.si.edu

2. Folger Shakespearean Garden Tour: Take a walking tour at the Folger Shakespeare Library. You'll see roses blooming and fragrant herbs such as lavender and rosemary. Tours led by Folger docents.

Where: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE

When: Tours: 10 and 11 a.m. first and third Saturdays of every month; garden open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Info: Free; 202-544-4600; folger.edu

3. Improve Your Habitat: Bird parents work hard finding tasty bugs for baby birds to eat. Make their job easier by removing invasive plants and helping native plants grow! Work parties are held every month and are making a real difference. For adults, families and teens.

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

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Info: Free; No registration needed; 703-228-3403; arlingtonva.us

4. Explore Arlighton: Visit WalkArlington's website and go to the Walkabouts page. There you will find 21 self-guided walking tours highlighting the history, cultural attractions, natural resources, transportation options and overall character of a variety of Arlington neighborhoods.

Where: Throughout Arlington

When: Any day

Info: Free; walkarlington.com

5. Sky Meadows: This hike makes use of most of the trails within one of Virginia's newest state parks. Sky Meadows, located on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge, was opened in 1983 and encompasses nearly 1900 acres of rolling pastures and woodlands. A three-mile section of the Appalachian Trail passes through the western edge of the park.

Where: Delaplane, Va. (see website for directions)

When: Any day

Info: Free; Department of Conservation and Recreation: 540-592-3556; localhikes.org

Best Family

1. "Christian Fleetwood and Clara Barton": The talented actors of the Maryland Historical Society tell the brave story of Sgt. Maj. Christian Fleetwood, a newspaper editor and musician who was the first African-American awarded the Medal of Honor. Kids will also learn of the courageous work of Clara Barton, a determined woman who founded the American Red Cross and brought hope to Civil War soldiers.

Where: The National Theater, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

When: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday

Info: Free but tickets required; 202-628-6161; nationaltheatre.org

2. Carousel ride: Ride the antique Dentzel Carousel (dating back to 1921). Those horses still look amazing!

Where: Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Park, Glen Echo

When: Through September

Info: $1.25/ride; 301-634-2222; glenechopark.org

3. Survival Skills: Cordage: These hands-on classes teach traditional survival skills. Learn how to wrangle rope and other natural fibers! For children ages 8 to 12. For more information, call 703-228-6535.

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

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Friday

Info: $10; registration necessary: 703-228-4747; program No. 642923-E

4. Buzzy Bees Campfire!: The whole family is invited to hear stories, sing songs, meet animal friends and enjoy s'mores around a campfire.

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

When: 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Info: $5; registration necessary: 703-228-4747; program No. 642853-G

5. Wheat Harvest: Planted in early fall, the wheat and rye are finally ready for harvest. Watch the farmer and his neighbors cut the grain, then join them to bind and stack the crop. Find out why more and more of the farmer's neighbors are growing wheat as a cash crop in addition to tobacco. At the farm house, lend a hand churning butter, and learn how the farm wife bakes wheat bread.

Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Info: $2 to $3; 703-442-7557; 1771.org

Best Galleries

1. "Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute": Norway's most celebrated painter and printmaker gets a 150th birthday party from the National Gallery. The 20-plus works featured are culled from the NGA's permanent collection and include two of his most iconic pieces, "The Scream" and "The Madonna," both from 1895.

Where: National Gallery of Art, West Building, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. NW

When: To July 28, 2013

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

2. "Washington Art Matters: 1940s-1980s": Some 80 artists' work is included in this comprehensive survey of five decades of work made in D.C.

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

When: Saturday through Aug. 11

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

3. "Fusion: Tracing Asian Migration to the Americas": This exhibit explores the journey made by artists and their families to the Americas from Asia in the latter part of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th.

Where: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW

When: Through Sept. 15

Info: Free; 202-370-0147; museum.oas.org

4. "Red Handed": Johannesburg-born artist Rosemary Feit Covey makes drawings, and then translates those drawings into other media, both electronic and analog. This complete gallery installation includes many discrete pieces that together merge into a dialogue on form versus content.

Where: Morton Fine Art, 1781 Florida Ave. NW

When: June 21 to July 5

Info: Free; 202-628-2787; mortonfineart.com

5. "From My Perspective": These series of new abstract paintings by Audrey Salkind expressed emotion through color and geometric form, paying careful attention to the allocation of negative space on the canvas.

Where: Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda

When: Through July 7

Info: Free; 301-951-9441; waverlystreetgallery.com

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