SLAYER -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The thrash metal band plays on the Jagermeister Music Tour with Killswitch Engage and Mastodon. Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $35. 202-397-7328.

THE BLOW -- Tuesday, doors at 8:30 p.m. Khaela Maricich performs a high-energy dance show with Jona Bechtolt of Yacht and Dear Nora. Warehouse Next Door Theater, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $7. 202-783-3933.

THE DONNAS -- Wednesday, doors at 10 p.m. The three-chord rock goddesses play with the Von Bondies and Starlite Desperation. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

LATIN JAZZ NIGHT -- Friday, 6-10 p.m. Percussionist Joe Falero directs D.C.'s Latin Jazz All-Stars at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $10 includes beverage; ages 12 and younger free. 202-633-1000.

WILL DOWNING -- Friday at 8 and 11:30 p.m. The R&B singer performs holiday standards and new songs from his album "Christmas, Love and You." With Vesta and Kirk Whalum. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $55. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

MINNIE DRIVER -- Friday-Saturday at 10 p.m. The actress performs selections from her debut album, "Everything I've Got in My Pocket." Friday: Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $16.50. 202-397-7328. Saturday: Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, $27.50. 410-268-4545.

EDDIE AND GERALD LEVERT -- Saturday at 8 p.m. The father-

son soul duo performs. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $60. 202-397-7328.

MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD -- Saturday, doors at 9 p.m. The experimental-jazz jam band knocks out tracks from their groove-driven release, "End of the World Party (Just in Case)." 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.

DEEP DISH -- Saturday at 10 p.m. The local Grammy-winning DJ duo of Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi. Fur Nightclub, 33 Patterson St. NE. $20. 202-271-1171.

HOOBASTANK -- Nov. 28, doors at 7 p.m. The post-grungers perform with Three Days Grace. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.


ARTS AND CRAFTS EXHIBIT -- Opens today. Through Nov. 30. Features fiber sculpture by Joyce Zipperer and knitted and crocheted works by Beverly Jackson. Toast and Strawberries, 1608 20th St. NW. Free. 202-234-1212.

GEM, MINERAL AND FOSSIL SHOW -- Today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Northern Virginia Mineral Club holds its 13th annual show, with dealers, exhibits, demos and more. George Mason University, Student Union II Building, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $4, seniors and ages

13-18 $2, 12 and younger free. 703-680-7724.

WASHINGTON CRAFT SHOW -- Today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A massive show of glass, ceramics, wood, metal, jewelry, basketry and

more by contemporary artisans. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. $12, seniors $11, younger than 12 free. 202-249-3000.

COME AND BEHOLD HIM -- Opens Monday. Through Jan. 9. Nativity scenes from around the world. Washington National Cathedral, Rare Book Library Exhibit Room, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

AS I SEE IT -- Opens Tuesday. Through Dec. 19. Raymond Ewing's watercolors of still lifes and landscapes, including views of Georgetown. Spectrum Gallery, 1132 29th St. NW. Free. 202-33-0954.

HOLIDAY MODEL TRAIN OPENING -- Tuesday at 5 p.m. As part of the Eighth Annual Norwegian Christmas, model trains wind their way through a winter scene with mountains and fjords, farms, a ski jump and imaginary trolls. Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-289-1908.

INTIMATE SPACES -- Opens Wednesday. Through Dec. 23. A group show of small works. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Free. 202-232-8734.

CHRISTMAS IN PRISON -- Saturday and Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Auction of unsold works at 4 p.m. Paintings, drawings, crafts and music by more than 80 former and current inmates. Proceeds split between the artists and the Prisons Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes education and the arts among inmates. First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E St. NW. Free. 202-393-1511.

ELAINE ROBNETT MOORE -- Saturday-Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The jewelry designer hosts an open house to show her pieces, made from old and contemporary beads. 1001 Spring St., Suite 706, Silver Spring. Free. 301-565-0277.

IONA ROZEAL BROWN: A3, THE REVOLUTION, TELEVISED, TERRORIZED AND SEXUALIZED -- Through Dec. 4. Paintings that mix Japanese art with hip-hop style. G Fine Art, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. 202-462-1601.

THESE THINGS HAPPEN -- Through Dec. 19. Artist talk

Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. A new video by Brandon Morse shows the artist's fascination with weather. Strand on Volta, 1531 33rd St. NW. Free. 202-333-4663.


Films open Friday unless otherwise noted. Check or Friday's Weekend section for details. All movies are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change.

ALEXANDER -- Filmmaker Oliver Stone's tale of Alexander the Great, starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. Opens Wednesday.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS -- Based on John Grisham's "Skipping Christmas." Tim Allen

and Jamie Lee Curtis star as a

couple who decide to skip Christmas until their daughter comes

home at the last minute. Opens Wednesday.

SANTA VS. THE SNOWMAN 3D -- A 39-minute, animated Imax

feature about a snowman

who wants to take over Santa's Christmas Eve deliveries. Opens Wednesday at the Smithsonian's Johnson Imax Theater.

CALLAS FOREVER -- A fantasy about the last few months of opera star Maria Callas's (Fanny Ardant) life, when she reunited with her manager (Jeremy Irons) to lip-sync to an old recording for a movie. At Landmark's E Street Cinema.

HEAVEN'S GATE -- A restored print of the 1980 Western with Christopher Walken and Kris Kristofferson. A week after its original release, the film was cut by an hour; this is the full version. At AFI Silver Theatre.

INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS -- Written and directed by Zak Penn, this movie shows renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog making his (unfinished) feature about the Loch Ness Monster and documentarian John Bailey's coverage of the process. At Landmark's E Street Cinema.

OVERNIGHT -- A documentary about a bartender and budding filmmaker whose screenplay is picked up and then dropped by Miramax.

PAPER CLIPS -- The story of small-town Tennessee kids who collect paper clips to represent each death during the Holocaust and build a memorial with them.

On Stage

CARLA & COMPANY -- Today at 4 p.m. Dance Place founder Carla Perlo's contemporary performance includes the premiere of "All Wrapped Up," during which audience members are invited to dance with the company. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.

BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS & THE DESERT ROSES -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. A belly-dance extravaganza. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328.


The new production of the holiday classic, adapted by Michael

Wilson, includes a multiracial cast and new sets and costumes. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $25-$48. 202-347-4833.

THE NUTCRACKER -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Nov. 28 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Open rehearsal Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Performance by Chicago's Joffrey Ballet. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $29-$99, rehearsal $12. 202-467-4600.

A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL -- Opens Friday. Through Dec. 30. Charles Dickens's tale is told through parodies of Broadway show tunes. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $25-$35, ages 30 and younger $10. 240-644-1100.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON -- Friday-Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. Michael W. McCorkle's stage play about a family troubled by its history of verbal, emotional and physical abuse toward women. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $20, seniors and students $15. 202-397-7328.

A BAD FRIEND -- Through Nov. 28. A teenager struggles with growing up in a family of communists in 1950s Brooklyn. Written by Jules Feiffer. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $25-$36. 800-494-8497.

POUND -- Through Nov. 28. Sean O'Leary's play about the life of poet Ezra Pound. Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $28-$30. 202-582-0050.

FLOW -- Through Dec. 5. Actor, rapper, playwright and

spoken-word artist Will Power performs this hip-hop theater piece drawn from his own experiences. Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. $25-$48. 202-332-3300.



Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Toronto Raptors. MCI Center,

601 F St. NW. $10-$125. 202-397-7328.


7 p.m. The biggest Ping-Pong tournament in the United States includes more than 200 teams,

from recreational players to

Olympic competitors. The semis and finals begin Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. $10 for a three-day pass, younger than 12 free. 301-738-8250.

Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi are Deep Dish. Seem them spin Saturday at Fur.