Take a trip to the National Mall in Washington tomorrow or throughout the coming week to experience the Smithsonian's annual Folklife Festival. The festival celebrates folk culture with music, dance, traditional foods, performances, crafts, cooking demonstrations, storytelling and illustrations. Scholars and Smithsonian curators will lead discussions of cultural issues. Tomorrow night at 6, the Latin band El Grupo Ansiedad performs on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
The 40th annual Folklife Festival runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some evening concerts after 5, tomorrow through Tuesday, and July 7 through 11. Located on the National Mall, between 9th and 14th streets S.W., Washington. El Grupo Ansiedad plays at 6 p.m. tomorrow on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Call 202-633-1000 or visit folklife.si.edu.
MEET CARMELO ANTHONY
Join Denver Nuggets star and Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony as he hosts the second annual "Melo's H.O.O.D. (Holding Our Own Destiny) Movement 3on3 Challenge" Saturday at Cloverdale Courts. Stick around for a day of festivities and celebrity appearances. Local kids ages 7 to 15 will compete in the double-elimination basketball tournament, starting at 10 a.m. Accompanying the tournament is "Family Day," which includes carnival games, free drinks, contests and a live broadcast from radio station 92Q. Football players Ray Lewis and Ovie Mughelli, basketball players Sam Cassell and Juan Dixon, MTV's La La and rapper Jadakiss, as well as Anthony, will be mingling with the crowds. Food will be available for a small fee; everything else is free.
The tournament starts at 10 a.m., and the festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cloverdale Courts, on the corner of Cloverdale Road and McCulloh Street. For more information, visit carmeloanthony.com.
WHAT / / Presentation of the movie Animals Are Beautiful People at the Walters Art Museum's Family Flick Day
WHEN / / Noon on Saturday
WHERE / / Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
WHY / / Because if you ever wanted to be an animal, or if you have a kid who still does, this is the movie for you. Fun and serious, the film shows the human side of the animal kingdom with hyenas, fish, ostriches and many more creatures.
CONTACT / / 410-547-9000 or thewalters.org
Catch the sounds of local favorites at Belvedere Square's outdoor Friday concert series. Tomorrow brings the bluesy rock 'n' roll of the Blues Therapy band. Food and drink are available from the square's market and restaurants. The concert series continues Fridays through Sept. 8.
The concert is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Belvedere Square, on the corner of York Road and Belvedere Avenue. For more information, call 443-573-4466 or visit belvederesquare.com.
THE 'KINGS' MUSIC
WHAT / / A concert of "Two Kings: The Music of Nat King Cole and 'King George' Gershwin," featuring pianist Gavin Brown and violinist Andrea Snyder.
WHEN / / Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE / / The Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.
WHY / / Because you can hear the music of two of the 20th century's most renown music "kings," and expand your mind with a library book while you're there.
CONTACT / / 410-396-5430, or www.epfl.net
THE LIGHT SIDE OF ART
Bored with traditional art? Check out the Carroll Arts Center's On the Light Side: Art That Makes Us Smile exhibit, full of fun, quirky pieces to refresh your senses. The surprises range from sculptures made out of E-bay purchases and twisted fairy-tale illustrations to Mad Hatter-style tea pots and clay monster sculptures.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 5 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. For gallery hours, call 410-848-7272 or visit www.carr.org / arts.