Ford's Theatre isn't going to be caught napping this time. If Congress and the President can't agree on a budget, this time, in the grand tradition of the theater, the show will go on. Two weeks ago during the earlier budget stalemate, Ford's was forced to cancel performances over the Columbus Day weekend of its production of "Mountain," starring Len Cariou. Ford's building is a historic site controlled by the National Park Service. This weekend, even if there is another shutdown of the government, the Saturday and Sunday performances of the show about the late Supreme Court justice William O. Douglas will go on as scheduled. Frankie Hewitt, Ford's executive producer, said: "We are prepared this time. We have made arrangements with the National Park Service for the Ford's Theatre Society to cover the costs of personnel and utilities if the government doesn't solve the budget crisis in time."

Out and About Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, who failed in his bid to become the first black governor of Georgia in last summer's primary elections, has taken a position with an Atlanta engineering firm. The 58-year-old former top aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has held a number of key political posts in the nearly 23 years since King was assassinated. He had been a congressman and United Nations ambassador before becoming mayor of Atlanta. In taking the job as chairman of the international operations of Law Cos. Inc., which has 1,400 engineers and other employees in 30 countries, Young, not surprisingly, did not rule out future political possibilities. "I will continue to be involved in the political and economic development of Georgia because that's what I've done all my life. Whether that leads to another bid for governor would probably be determined way down the road somewhere," he said ...

Not wanting to have a Noah's Ark reenactment, the Friends of the National Zoo were forced to postpone last night's big outdoor celebration when a violent storm swept through the city. It threatened the big outdoor tent but didn't blow it away. The organizers haven't given up and have rescheduled the nocturnal party for tonight ...

Felix Grant, one of broadcasting's living treasures, is receiving a certificate of appreciation today from the D.C. Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society for his 45 years of jazz broadcasting. The 71-year-old deejay will receive the certificate in the offices of WDCU-FM (90.1), the nonprofit station that carries Grant's respected show on Saturday evenings. Among the tributes to Grant, who kept jazz alive for Washingtonians over WWDC, WMAL for 30 years and then WRC, will be one from Washington resident June Norton, a singer from the 1950s Duke Ellington Orchestra ...

If you've wondered whatever happened to Fawn Hall, the flashy, defiant secretary/shredder to Oliver North, the answer is she's out in Los Angeles still harboring hopes of becoming a talk show host. And, according to Publishers Weekly, she was tossed out of a broadcast journalism class at the University of Southern California when it was discovered she hadn't applied for admission or paid tuition. Since the incident, the university's journalism school has forbidden outsiders to visit a class more than twice. Who knows, maybe Fawn's records were shredded ...