The Week of Oct. 6

Friday, September 29, 2006

The Week of Oct. 6

Mount Vernon hosts its Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour, with wine tastings, entertainment and candlelight mansion tours, Oct. 6-8. Tickets cost $25. To order, call 202-397-7328; for information, call 703-780-2000. . . . Explore hundreds of racing and cruising sailboats from leading American and foreign manufacturers at the 37th annual U.S. Sailboat Show Oct. 6-9 at Annapolis City Dock, followed Oct. 13-15 by the U.S. Powerboat Show. Call 410-268-8828. . . . The 63rd annual Waterford Homes Tour features a crafts fair, traditional music, Civil War reenactors and tours of historic homes Oct. 6-8 in the 1733 village of Waterford. Tickets cost $13 in advance. Call 540-882-3085. . . . The Freer Gallery of Art celebrates the 100th anniversary of Charles Lang Freer's 1906 donation of his art collection to the people of the United States with a free all-day festival Oct. 7 on the Mall. Starting at 8 a.m., local yoga schools will attempt to break the American record for the largest gathering of yoga practitioners. There will also be a world music festival, martial arts demonstrations, sake tasting and a comedy showcase. Call 202-633-1000. . . . Sample specialties from more than 50 restaurants and enjoy free entertainment on four outdoor stages Oct. 7 at the Taste of Bethesda in downtown Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle neighborhood. Call 301-215-6660. . . . Tommy the Clown from South Central Los Angeles and his troupe of Hip Hop Clowns bring their unique competitive free-style dance form, krumping, to Strathmore Oct. 7 for afternoon and evening shows. (The show may not be appropriate for young children.) Expect loud music and audience participation. Tickets cost $20 to $55. Call 301-581-5100. . . . Learn about environmentally sensitive building materials and methods at the Festival of the Building Arts Oct. 7 at the National Building Museum. Call 202-272-2448. . . . More than 300 artists and craftspeople show their works at the 11th annual Art on the Avenue Oct. 7 in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood, with entertainment on three stages and international foods. Call 703-683-3100. . . . The 2006 National Symphony Orchestra Decorators' Show House, a Georgian-style Potomac mansion decorated by more than two dozen designers, will be open for tours daily from Oct. 8 through Nov. 5. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 202-416-8149.

The Week of Oct. 13

The Virginia Opera opens its season in Northern Virginia with a production of Bizet's "Carmen," starring soprano Cristina Nassif, Oct. 13 and 15 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $44 to $86. Call 888-945-2468 or 703-993-8888. . . . The Turtle Island String Quartet and the Ying Quartet share the program at the Founder's Day Celebration concert Oct. 13 at the Barns of Wolf Trap, opening the Discovery Series of classical recitals at the Barns. Tickets cost $35. Call 877-965-3872. . . . The Baltimore Opera Company kicks off its 56th season with Rossini's "The Siege of Corinth," a story of Naples unsuccessfully resisting Turkish invaders, Oct. 14-22 at the Lyric Opera House. The work hasn't been performed in the United States since 1975. Tickets cost $40 to $132, student and senior discounts available. Call 410-727-6000. . . . Disney on Ice presents "Princess Wishes," woven from the tales of Cinderella, Snow White, Mulan and other storybook princesses, Oct. 18-22 at George Mason University's Patriot Center. Tickets cost $15 to $65. Call 202-397-7328.

The Week of Oct. 20

The avant-garde Kronos Quartet plans a program that includes music from its 2005 CD, "You've Stolen My Heart," and the Washington premiere of "The Sad Park," featuring recordings of New York City nursery school children, Oct. 22 at Lisner Auditorium. Tickets cost $25 to $35. Call 202-397-7328. . . . Champion equestrians compete in day and evening sessions at the 48th annual Washington International Horse Show Oct 24-29 at Verizon Center. Tickets cost $15 to $60. Call 202-397-7328. . . . The Washington Ballet opens its 2006-07 season with a triple bill of Twyla Tharp's athletic "In the Upper Room," Jerome Robbins's "In the Night" and the world premiere of "oui, non," a collaboration between Artistic Director Septime Webre and chanteuse Karen Akers, Oct. 25-29 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $19 to $115. Call 202-467-4600.

Hot Tickets

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster for two shows by James Taylor Nov. 6-7 at the Warner Theatre. They cost $45.50 to $95.50. Call 202-397-7328. . . . Also on sale Friday at 10: a concert by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Lyfe Jennings Nov. 24 at DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets cost $75. . . . These Birchmere shows go on sale Friday at noon from Ticketmaster: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Jan. 5-6 ($35); Eddie From Ohio Jan. 12-14 ($29.50); Isaac Hayes Jan. 25 ($65); Doc Watson with Dirk Scott & Riley Baugus Feb. 1-2 ($35); and Nils Lofgren Feb. 16-18 ($39.50). . . . Tickets are on sale now from for these shows at the 9:30 club: AFI, the Explosion and the Loved Ones Nov. 1 ($25); Shooter Jennings Nov. 3 ($15); Queensryche Nov. 4 ($35); and Ziggy Marley Nov. 8 ($29.50). Call 800-955-5566.

On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Rain: The Beatles Experience," a multimedia re-creation of the Beatlemania era, visits the Warner Theatre Oct. 6-8. Tickets cost $36 to $56. Call 202-397-7328. (The show goes on to Baltimore's Hippodrome Oct. 13-15. Tickets there are $35 to $55.)

On Screen

Opening Wednesday: Forest Whitaker plays Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," with James McAvoy as Amin's Scottish doctor. Opening Oct. 6: "49 Up" is the latest in documentary filmmaker Michael Apted's series following a group of British-born people from age 7 through middle age. . . . Jude Law, Juliette

Binoche, Robin Wright Penn and Ray Winstone star in the crime drama "Breaking and Entering." . . . Martin

Scorsese's crime drama "The Departed" features

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and other big-screen stars. . . . Jessica Simpson plays a store temptress in "Employee of the Month." . . . Helen Mirren plays "The Queen" Elizabeth II as she tries to maintain the royal household after Princess Diana's death. . . . Back story and blood take center stage in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

The following exhibitions open next week: "Illuminating the Word: The St. John's Bible," opening Oct. 6 at the Library of Congress, spotlights a contemporary, handwritten version of the Bible created in the tradition of medieval manuscripts. Call 202-707-4604. . . . "Home and Beast," opening Oct. 7 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, simultaneously explores the notion of home and the relationship between men and animals. Call 410-244-1900. . . . "The City Real and Ideal," opening Oct. 11 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, features printed images of European cities from the 15th to 18th centuries. Call 443-573-1700.

Last Chance

Closing on stage this weekend: "Frankenstein" by Synetic Theater, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (202-467-4600, TDD: 202-416-8524). . . . This weekend is your last chance to visit "Robert Weingarten: Palette Series" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202-639-1700) and "Directions: Jim Lambie" at the Hirshhorn Museum (202-633-1000, TDD: 202-357-1729).

Next Friday in Weekend

We all pretty much agree on the signs of fall: the leaves turning, the pumpkins ready for picking and, more and more, the corn mazes ready to be explored. Weekend gives you tips for catching the leaves at their peak and rounds up the season's farm festivals, giving you a guide to finding one -- complete with pumpkins, mazes and more -- that's right for you.

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