Each week, the Sunday Source lists the new and notable events that have tickets available at press time. For more area happenings, look in Friday's Weekend section or go online at www.washingtonpost.com/cityguide.


LOVELY LETTERING CALLIGRAPHY DEMONSTRATION -- Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Tamara Stoneburner and Lorraine Swerdloff of the Washington Calligraphers Guild showcase various alphabet styles while explaining their techniques. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-5555.

SACRED ARTS AND CITY LIFE: THE GLORY OF MEDIEVAL NOVGOROD -- Through Feb. 12. More than 290 objects, including 35 religious icons, explore the material and artistic culture of Novgorod, Russia, from the ninth through the 16th centuries. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $10, seniors $8, college students $6, 6-17 $2, younger than 6 free; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and first Thursdays of the month free. 410-547-9000.

GEORGE CATLIN'S INDIAN GALLERY -- Ongoing. The American lawyer-turned-painter's portraits, landscapes and scenes of Native American life are on display in the Grand Salon, shown in the style of the galleries he created during his tours of Europe. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free. 202-633-2850.


ALISON KRAUSS -- Today at 8 p.m. The bluegrass singer and virtuoso fiddle player performs with Union Station. With Jerry Douglas. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $31.50-$45.50. 202-397-7328.

OK GO -- Today at 8:30 p.m. Chicago's power-pop kings. With Shortstack. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. 202-667-7960.

STYROFOAM -- Today at 8:30 p.m. Arne Van Petegem's dreamy German electro-pop is from Berlin's Morr Music, home to the Notwist and Lali Puna. With Alias. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-522-8340.

DUWAYNE BURNSIDE AND THE MISSISSIPPI MAFIA -- Monday at 8:30 p.m. The son of late Delta bluesman R.L. Burnside takes up the mantle. With Jimbo Mathus and Knockdown South. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $13. 703-522-8340.

KONONO NO. 1 -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Congolese ensemble plays "tradi-modern," or electrified traditional music. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

BAUHAUS -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The Goth-rock progenitors are now back from the dead. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. $49.50. 301-581-5100.

PAUL OAKENFOLD -- Wednesday, doors at 9 p.m. One of the world's best-known DJs. Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $35. 202-554-1500.

ELEPHANT MAN -- Wednesday, doors at 10 p.m. The Jamaican star is the Busta Rhymes of dancehall. Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg. $20-$25. 301-927-1056.

PHARRELL -- Friday, doors at 7 p.m. The hip-hop and rock super-producer and MC performs. Love, 1350 Okie St. NE. $20. 202-636-9030.

BREEDLOVE ODDYSEY TOUR -- Friday, doors at 7:30 p.m. With Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $40. 202-265-0930.

MAZE FEATURING FRANKIE BEVERLY -- Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. The '80s R&B stars perform. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $75. 202-397-7328.

MARY PRANKSTER -- Friday at 8 p.m. Baltimore's favorite bar-rocker plays her last area show. Jammin' Java Cafe, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $12-$15. 703-255-1566.

BUJU BANTON -- Saturday at 11:59 p.m. The dancehall reggae star fuses hip-hop, R&B and pop with his island sound. Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg. $40. 301-927-1056.


WHAT IS SANITY? -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips makes his case for our need of a new definition of sanity in order to facilitate rich and creative personal lives. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20. 202-252-0012.

HOLIDAY TRAINS -- Opens Thursday. Through Jan. 8. With the Garden Court transformed into a mini replica of the National Mall, model trains move past familiar Washington landmarks. The entire landscape, buildings included, is made of natural plant materials, such as bark, cones and seed pods, and model railroad designer Paul Busse lays the rails. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.

FOURTH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY TROT FOR HUNGER -- Thursday at 8:30 a.m. A 5K run and family walk benefits charities feeding the homeless. For registration, see www.some.org. Ohio Drive between Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive, SW. $20. 202-797-8806, Ext. 1093.

MOUNT VERNON BY CANDLELIGHT -- Opens Friday. Through Dec. 11. Special weekend night tours of George Washington's historic Virginia estate includes the rarely opened third floor of the plantation house, and offers caroling, cookies and hot cider around an open campfire. Mount Vernon, southern end of George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon. $15, children $8. 703-573-7328.


Films open Wednesday and are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change. Check www.washingtonpost.com/movies or Wednesday's Style section for details and complete movie listings.

THE ICE HARVEST -- A sleazy attorney and his unsavory associate attempt a Christmas Eve getaway after embezzling $2 million from a Wichita mob boss, but end up stuck in the city amid a furious ice storm. Staring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Randy Quaid and Oliver Platt.

IN THE MIX -- Usher stars as a hot-shot DJ who accidentally gets a job protecting women from danger after saving the life of a Mafia princess.

JUST FRIENDS -- A man pursues his high school crush after turning from a nerd to a powerful record executive. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Chris Klein and Amy Smart.

PULSE -- When a recent suicide begins to make ghostly appearances in computer and video images, his friends believe that he is trying to contact them from the grave. After a floppy disk is found in the dead man's apartment, deaths and disappearances occur and soon Tokyo -- and the world -- begins to be drained of life. In Japanese with English subtitles. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

RENT -- Rosario Dawson and Taye Diggs star in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical about East Village bohemians struggling with life, love and AIDS.

YOURS, MINE AND OURS -- A remake of the 1968 family classic casts Dennis Quaid as a widower with eight children who marries a widow, played by Rene Russo, who has 10 of her own.

RISKS AND REINVENTION: THE CINEMA OF LOUIS MALLE -- Opens Wednesday. Through Jan. 10. AFI, the National Gallery of Art and La Maison Francaise present a retrospective of the French director's career, beginning on the 10th anniversary of his death. Spanning five decades, the films include "Elevator to the Gallows," "A Very Private Affair," "Black Moon" and "Atlantic City." For a full schedule of films, see www.afi.com/silver. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $9.25, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

THE PASSENGER -- Opens Friday. After a burned-out journalist switches identities with an Englishman who dies in a North African hotel, an enigmatic young French woman embarks with him on a physical and spiritual journey through Africa, England, Spain and Germany. The 1975 Michelangelo Antonioni classic, which has been unavailable in the United States for years, stars Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

On Stage

DINEH TAH NAVAJO DANCERS -- Monday at 6 p.m. Traditional dances and songs include the "Corn Grinding Act," the "Basket Dance," the "Bow and Arrow Dance" and the "Social Song and Dance." Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

THE SUZANNE FARRELL BALLET -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday-Nov. 27 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. The Kennedy Center's newly appointed artistic advisor for ballet presents an all-Balanchine program, including performances of "La Source," "Duo Concertant," "Clarinade" and "La Valse." Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. $50-$84. 202-467-4600.

A TUNA CHRISTMAS -- Tuesday-Wednesday at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 27 at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Joe Sears and Jaston Williams return with their portrayal of 24 citizens of Tuna, Tex., who try to cope with traditional seasonal disasters. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $25.50-$45.50. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

CELTIC TIGER -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Michael Flatley, the self-proclaimed "master of dance," lifts his feet and opens his shirt to perform a new program of traditional Irish moves. Come for the fiddle, stay for the fluting. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $49.50-$79.75. 202-397-7328.


WIZARDS -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Denver Nuggets. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$150. 202-397-7328.

CAPITALS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Lightning. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$90. 202-397-7328.

A unmistakably younger Jack Nicholson stars with Maria Schneider in "The Passenger," opening Friday at Landmark E Street Cinema.