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.


THE NATIONAL PASTIME IN BLACK AND WHITE: THE NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES, 1867-1955 -- Opens Tuesday. Reception Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Through Jan. 7. A collection of 60 photographs that look at the history of baseball during segregation. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356.

HENRY OSSAWA TANNER AND THE LURE OF PARIS -- Opens Wednesday. Through May 28. More than 40 paintings, prints and drawings explore the artist's fascination with religious subjects, landscapes and Orientalism. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $10, seniors $8, students $6, children free, first Thursday of the month free. 410-396-7100.

WASHINGTON CRAFTS SHOW -- Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The 18th season of the show highlights 185 craft makers, including recognized masters and emerging artists. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. $14, seniors $13, 12 and younger free. 202-249-3000.

PICTURING THE BANJO -- Opens Saturday. Through March 5. An exploration of the American stringed instrument in paintings, drawings, photographs and other artifacts dating from the 18th century to the present. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8, seniors and military $6, students $4, younger than 12 free. 202-639-1700.

Books and Authors

DEBRA MAGPIE EARLING AND N. SCOTT MOMADAY -- Friday at 8 p.m. The authors have a discussion as part of the museum's Native Writers series. Earling's 2002 book "Perma Red" won an American Book Award, and Momaday's first novel, "House Made of Dawn," won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1969. With moderator Suzan Shown Harjo. A book signing and reception follows. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.


MATT HAIMOVITZ -- Today at 7 p.m. The classical cellist is known for playing his solo repertoire in rock clubs and smoky dive bars. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $16. 703-522-8340.

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS -- Monday at 6 p.m. Harvey Phillips leads tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around the Washington area in traditional Christmas music. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

X -- Monday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The original lineup of the '80s punk group. With Juliana Hatfield. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.

SINEAD O'CONNOR -- Tuesday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The controversial pop singer is back. With Sly & Robbie. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $40. 202-265-0930.

AMERICAN ANALOG SET -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Austin's drone-pop quartet is calling it quits; a farewell show with Chris Brokaw and Meredith Bragg & the Terminals. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

TRACHTENBURG FAMILY SLIDESHOW PLAYERS -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. Indie rock meets vaudeville: The band finds vintage slide collections and creates musical narratives to accompany the images. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $12. 703-237-0300.

CHILDREN OF BODOM -- Thursday, doors at 7:30 p.m. Fast and furious heavy metal from Finland. With Trivium and Amon Amarth. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

BABYFACE -- Thursday at 8 p.m. With En Vogue and Charlie Wilson. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $65. 301-952-7900.

PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The Seattle indie-punk group plays with Tangiers and the Double. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.

DR. RALPH STANLEY & HIS CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Virginia's "living dean of bluegrass" has been playing the music since its inception. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $27.50. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328.


SCUBA SANTA -- Today, noon-4 p.m. Santa straps on a tank and regulator and takes a prolonged visit to the pool, where he has his picture taken with visitors in an underwater Christmas environment. For adults and kids 10 and older. Olney Swim Center, 16601 Georgia Ave., Olney. $5 in nonperishable food. 301-570-1210.

FROM HERE TO THE EDGE: A VISUAL TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE -- Today at 2 p.m. The sun's corona and its sunspots; Saturn's rings; the remnants of a supernova; and the light echo of an exploded red giant are among the images featured in a lecture by space photography expert Michael Soluri and the Hubble Space Institute's Ray Villard. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20, students $10. 202-252-0012.


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

CLAWS OF THE LION -- Today at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. Part of the CinemAfrica series. A general, who believes that prowess in one area of his life equals power in another, must face the consequences of his sexual lifestyle. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $9.25, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE -- Four children find a magical door in the house of an eccentric professor and travel through it to discover a fantastic land that they must help free from permanent winter.

DORIAN BLUES -- A misfit teenager, who is realizing that he might be gay, must deal with his star athlete brother, his homophobic father, a therapist, a priest and his first boyfriend while waiting to leave his small hometown for college in the Big Apple. Debut writer-director Tennyson Bradwell's coming-of-age tale stars Michael McMillian. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

ELLIE PARKER -- Naomi Watts plays the up-and-coming film star who changes makeup, clothes and personalities as she attempts to balance her life while racing from one audition to another. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

SYRIANA -- The adaptation of Robert Baer's book "See No Evil" is a political thriller that tracks several international characters affected by the power and wealth that drives the energy industry. Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.

THE TWO OF US (LE VIEIL HOMME ET L'ENFANT) -- A new 35mm print of the 1967 Claude Berri film set in occupied France. In 1944, the Langmann family must disguise their Jewish heritage and send young Claude to live in the country with a friend's elderly parents. At AFI Silver Theatre.

WINTER SOLDIER -- A documentary filmed in February 1971, a month after the My Lai massacre was revealed to the public, shows the testimony of more than 125 veterans (including John Kerry) who gathered for three days to tell of the atrocities they had seen and committed during the conflict in Vietnam. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

On Stage

A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO EMILY DICKINSON -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Poet Rosmarie Waldrop, choreographer Meisha Bosma and the BosmaDance troupe celebrate the Belle of Amherst with original dance and poetry. A conversation with the artists follows. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $12. 202-544-7077.

DAMN YANKEES -- Opens Friday. Through Feb 5. In celebration of baseball's return to Washington, Molly Smith directs a revival of the musical about a Senators fan who is willing to sell his soul to join the team and earn a victory over hated rival New York. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $50-$69. 202-488-3300.


WIZARDS -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Toronto Raptors. Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Chicago Bulls. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$150. 202-397-7328.

CAPITALS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the Nashville Predators. Friday at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Red Wings. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$90. 202-397-7328.

THE WILLIAMS SISTERS -- Thursday at 8 p.m. An exhibition match between Venus and Serena benefits Ronald McDonald House charities. With music by artists including saxophonist Mike Phillips. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $20-$150. 202-397-7328.