This Saturday, artists from the District band together to help the needy. The N Street Village service coalition sponsors "Artists Benefit for the Homeless" at 7:30 at the Luther Place Memorial Church. There'll be a photo exhibit, "Portraits of the Powerless," by Jim Hubbard, and music by jazz and blues artist Alma Crawford, the Latin American folk group Itzqueye and Magpie, a group that blends country, jazz, blues and freedom songs (a deaf interpreter will sign all performances). Handicrafts by homeless women, including sweaters, placemats and pillows, will also be for sale. Admission is $4. The church is at 1226 Vermont Avenue NW. For more information, call 332-0440 or 667-1377.
'Tis the season to celebrate the Jewish creative spirit at this year's Jewish Folk Arts Fetival from noon to 6:30 this Sunday at Blair High School. Sponsored by the Jewish Folk Arts Society, the day's entertainment includes live music with the Old World Folk Band from Harrisburg, and the Fabrangen Cheder Chorus; dance workshops and performances by the Kinor Dance Company and the Kallil Dancers; workshops on topics like "Yiddish Song" and "Writing About Jewish Roots"; more than 40 exhibitors, including dreidel makers, calligraphers, weavers, quilters and jewelers; and a mini film festival featuring holiday stories for kids. Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors, $1 for children under 12. The high school is at Wayne Avenue and Dale Drive in Silver Spring. 589-6947.
Whether you need a little help matching color swatches, or are planning a full-scale home makeover, the ninth annual Design for Living Show at the D.C. Convention Center this weekend should be just the thing your hearth desires. There'll be more han 450 product displays, including both handcrafted and production furniture; construction products; appliances and accessories for kitchens and bathrooms; real estate and financial services, and outdoor-living products. Hours are noon to 9 Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 Sunday. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors or those under 17, and free for children under 10. The center is at 900 Ninth Street NW. If you're taking Metrorail, exit from the Orange or Blue lines at the Metro Center station. 261-2180.
For a look at how the British half lives, head over to the Watergate Hotel and check out "Entertaining People," an annual benefit for the Washington Home this Friday through Monday. The theme of this year's show is -- you guessed it -- British country living, featuring 23 exhibits sponsored by well-known Washingtonians and their favorite designers. Hours are 10 to 6 Friday through Sunday, and 10 to 5 Monday. Admission is $7. The hotel is at 2650 Virginia Avenue NW. Call 332-7469 for directions and information.