Washington D.C. Accommodations, 2201 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., #C-110, (800) 503-3330, www.wdcahotels.com.
Washington D.C. Convention and Visitors Center, 901 7th St. N.W., 4th Floor, (202) 789-7037, www.washington.org.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth St. N.W., (202) 637-1328, www.wmata.com.
B'Nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, 2020 K Street N.W., (202) 857-6583, $4 members, ages 12 and under free. The Klutznick museum boasts artifacts from Biblical times to today. Check out its new location.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. N.E., (202) 526-8300, www.nationalshrine.com, free. Schedule tours of the cathedral through the Internet in advance.
Capitol Children's Museum, 800 Third St. N.E., (202) 675-4120, www.ccm.org. Children can experience Japanese culture in the 2,500-square foot recreation of the Land of the Rising Sun, or explore different occupations and environments in Cityscapes.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. N.W., (202) 639-1700, www.corcoran.org. What D.C. could use now, is a hefty dose of the love, sweet love of Norman Rockwell. Come see the tour de force that Franklin Roosevelt helped to inspire in the exhibit Four Freedoms, May 15-Sept. 6.
Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. N.E., (202) 526-6800, free. Take a tour of the church and catacombs 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Saturday or 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. S.E., (202) 544-4600, www.folger.edu, free. The exhibit Voices for Tolerance in an Age of Persecution examines the historical struggle to acknowledge religious and ethnic differences. Drawn from the collections of books, manuscripts, and art from the 16th and 17th centuries. Open June 9-Oct. 30.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th and Independence avenues S.W., (202) 357-2700, www.hirshhorn.si.edu. On display June 10-Sept. 6, photographic works by the Mexican-born artist Gabriel Orozco.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Anacostia Avenue and Douglas Street N.E., (202) 426-6905, www.nps.gov/nace/keaq, free. The nnual WaterLily Festival is a-happenin'. Take in the blooming lilies, take a tour of the greenhouse, and take a picture of the gardens and submit it in their photo contest (see Web site for details).
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., (202) 707-5000, free. Okay guess what? Librarians are cute people. So while you are down at the Library of Congress learning about the latest addition to the I Hear America Singing Project, you can check a couple out.
National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W., (202) 357-2700, www.nasm.si.edu. The expanding museum is now housed in two locations. Catch the "Spirit of St. Louis" and the Apollo 11 command module in the original National Mall Building. The new location, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, near Dulles Airport, has more than 80 aircraft on display.
The National Gallery of Art, on the National Mall, Third and Ninth streets at Constitution Avenue N.W., (202) 737-4215, www.nga.gov. As always, the National Gallery gives you plenty of options to please your artistic palette. You can catch the 19th century American art collection of John Wilmerding through Oct. 9th. Next up is Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford, June 27-Sept. 26. And opening July 18th, Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum, drawn from one of the most prestigious collections of Islamic art, this exhibit hosts over 100 works.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. N.W., (202) 783-5000, www.nmwa.org. The NMWA is currently exhibiting its annual Book as Art XV artists books show, which includes 37 works ranging from confrontations of the Holocaust to personal, intimate themes. Runs through Nov. 28.
National Historic Tours, Union Station and other points, (202) 832-9800, www.trolleytours.com. National Historic Tours offers plenty of ways to trot about D.C. while getting learned about our hot capital. The Old Town Trolley tours are the most efficient way to hit 17 stops from Georgetown to the Washington National Memorial on this two-hour trip. For the obnoxiously quacking tourist, a 90-minute DC Duck tour is available. In addition to the daytime round-a-bouts, spectacular evening tours departs at 6:30 p.m.
National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., (202) 673-4800, www.si.edu/natzoo, free. Zoo Fact: The National Zoo has the slowest-loading Web site ever. It's true. So save yourself some time and head straight on down and get in touch with the variety of animals whose pictures are clogging it up.
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road N.E., (202) 635-5400, www.jp2cc.org. In conjunction with the District wide celebration of the National World War II Memorial, the exhibit Faith of Our Fathers and Mothers: The Role of Faith in the Greatest Generation promises to show inspirational reproductions of these military chaplains and saints.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., (202) 488-0400, www.ushmm.com. In honor of the museum's 10th anniversary, two special exhibits will be on hand this summer. Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, offered through Oct. 16, gives both a historic and current look at the scary science of biological cleansing; starting Aug. 28, Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust, which runs through Sept. 30.
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., (202) 456-7041, www.whitehouse.gov. Sorry, you won't get to see the new First Dog, but you can catch up on the past First Families' contributions of the garden and ghost variety.
Asian Arts and Crafts Demonstration, June 6, National History Museum, the National Mall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., (202) 633-1000, www.americanhistory.si.edu. In celebration of Asian-American Heritage month, learn the detailed and dedicated skills of artisans from Japan to the Philippines.
Capital Jazz Fest, June 4-6, concerts take place in various locations around the Washington suburbs, www.capitaljazz.com, $33.50. All music, all the time: Bob Baldwin plays June 4; Chris Botti, Down to the Bone, India.Arie, and more play June 5; Najee, Lizz Wright, David Sanborn, and more play June 6.
Capital Pride Festival, June 6-13, Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 3rd and 7th streets, (202) 797-3510, www.capitalpride.org. Get involved in one of the largest (and most fabulous) street festivals in D.C., with over 200,000 attendees expected. The Pride parade will kick off on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Celebration of Textiles, June 5-6, the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W., (202) 667-0441, www.textilemuseum.org. Stitchers and/or bitchers of B'more behold the processes of sheep shearing and spinning wool into yarn, among many other demonstrations. Convene with other community organizations such as the Woodmont Weavers and the Capital Crocheters and Knitters.
DanceAfrica, D.C., June 7-13, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. N.E., (202) 269-1600, www.danceplace.org. The Coyaba Dance Theatre is back with this lively annual production celebrating Africa and the African-American experience through dance and drums, along with a marketplace.
Folklife Festival, June 23-27 and June 30-July 4, on the National Mall, 3225 Eighth St. N.E., (202) 269-1600, www.folklife.si.edu/CFCH/festival2004.htm. The festival offers three distinct entertainment programs. The first commemorates Haitian culture and the 200th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution. "Water Ways" focuses on the Mid-Atlantic coastal region's arts and issues. And the third program is a celebration of Latin music and dance.
National Capital Barbecue Battle, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 26, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. June 27, Pennsylvania Ave., (202) 828-3099, www.bbqusa.us, $8, ages 5-12 $4, ages 4 and under free. Serious competition teams taking each other down with tongs, brushes, and those gigantic forks; a sampling pavilion and demonstration stage; live music from the likes of the All Mighty Senators, Chuck Brown, and the Nighthawks; and more barbecue than you'll admit to eating. We betcha can smell it from here.
National World War II Memorial Formal Dedication, May 27-30, the National Mall, (800) 639-4992, www.wwiimemorial.com. This four-day salute to WWII veterans is jam-packed with activities that revolve around Saturday's ceremony. Attendance is expected to be intense, so call in advance and arrive early for the district-wide celebration.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Black History National Recreation Trail, National Park Service, 1100 Ohio Drive S.W., (202) 619-7222, www.nps.gov. The National Park Service provides maps to navigate through Historic District points such as Mount Zion Cemetery and the Frederick Douglass National Site.
D.C. United, RFK Stadium, (703) 478-6600, www.dcunited.com. Don't miss the opportunity to catch the kicking soccer sensation Freddy Adu this summer.
Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Aug. 14-22, William H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets N. W., www.leggmasontennisclassic.com, single session tickets $9-$44, ticket packages $170-$425. Players confirmed for this premier sporty-sports event include Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt. A portion of the week's proceeds benefit the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation.
Washington Freedom, RFK Stadium, (202) 547-3137, www.washingtonfreedom.com. OK, so the ladies don't have some million-dollar Nike endorsed player, but you know its always more satisfying--and hot--to watch the girls' game. Plus, totally better tennis togs.
Washington Mystics, MCI Center, 601 F Street N.W., (410) 481-7328, www.washingtonmystics.com. Share the WNBA excitement with Washington's favorite women's basketball team--these womens got mad skillz.
Discovery Channel Store, 601 F Street N.W., (202) 639-0908. Fun science gadgets and gifts cuz there is no better way to learn than to be entertained at the same time.
Kramer Books and Afterwards Café, 1517 Connecticut Ave. N.W., (202) 387-1462, www.kramers.com. There's only one thing that beats buying books in a quirky crammed bookstore and that's eating skin-on mashed potatoes for $2 in a quirky crammed bookstore. And there's only one thing better than eating mash-er-taters in that bookstore and that's 15 minutes of free Internet, right?
National Postal Museum Shop, 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., (202) 633-9849, www.postalmuseum.si.edu. So what more appropriate place to buy cool repro stamps and stationary than the place that has catalogues of love letters and royal stamps?
Platypus, 3222 M Street N.W., (202) 338-7680. Located among the shops at Georgetown Park, this snazzy little furniture store is a hit among locals.
Union Station, 40 Massachusettes Ave. (800) 527-2554. Probably one of the easiest places to find on the Metro, Union Station is an artery of commerce, shopping, and entertainment.
Very Special Arts Gallery, 1300 Connecticut Ave. N.W., (202) 628-0800. Artwork in all media by artists with disabilities.
Washington Design Center, 300 D Street S.W., (202) 646-6118. Originally, this furniture mecca was once available to wholesale buyers only, but after the Trading Spaces craze, the 65 showrooms became open to the masses. Professionals are available and help is encouraged for your design safety.
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