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August 04, 2005

Gadsby's open house

Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Va., hosts Tavern Day, an open house of the historical landmark. Gadsby's Tavern consists of two buildings dating to 1785 and 1792. The buildings were a social centerpiece in Alexandria in the 18th century. Many of the country's founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison, frequented the establishment.

This Sunday, there will be costumed tours of the buildings and dances from the 18th century along with refreshments. A volunteer recruitment fair will offer information about volunteer opportunities.

Gadsby's Tavern is at 134 N. Royal St. in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Tavern Day is this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Call 703-838-4242.

Life on display

The exhibit Traits of Life, on display through Aug. 21 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, explores life's building blocks and various organisms. The exhibit is split into three sections: Cells, Genes and Living Together. Each section provides hands-on examples of the inner workings of human and animal bodies.

See chick embryos and roundworms that glow because of transplants from bioluminescent jellyfish, and see the amount of carbon dioxide generated by their cells.

The exhibit is on view through Aug. 21 at the National Geographic Museum's Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St., Washington. Museum hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Call 202-857-7588.

Flicks under the stars

When the weather is nice and the stars are out, why not relax by watching a movie outdoors? On Wednesday and Aug. 11, Bethesda Urban Partnership will present its Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue program. Wednesday will feature a showing of the timeless love story Casablanca. On Aug. 11, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will be shown.

Come early for a good seat, and bring your seat.

Both movies begin at 9 p.m. at Norfolk and Auburn avenues, in the Woodmont Triangle in Bethesda. Free. Call 301-215-6660 or visit www.be thesda.org.

-- Erica Kritt

Jerry Garcia bash

Birthday parties are always a blast, but the 20th annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash could be even more fun. It's three days of music featuring 15 bands in celebration of the Grateful Dead's late founder and leader. Perfomers include Ratdog, featuring Bob Weir, founding member of the Dead; jam band ekoostik hookah; the David Nelson Band, and the Toni Brown Band with Tom Constanten, formerly of the Dead, at Sunshine Daydream Music Park in Terra Alta, W.Va.

The event opens today at 12:30 p.m., continues tomorrow from 1 p.m. to midnight, and on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to midnight. The park closes Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Sunshine Daydream Music Park is in Terra Alta, W.Va. For information and directions, call 304-789-2292 or go to www.sunshinedreams.com. Tickets are $115 and are available online at sunshineday dream.musictoday.com.

-- Jonathan Pitts

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