LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Oct. 1

Music, crafts and tours of Colonial homes are spotlighted at the Waterford Fair, Oct. 1-3 in Waterford, Va. Call 540/882-3018. l President's Cup Nationals International Hot Rod Racing takes place Oct. 1-3 at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek. Call 301/449-7223. l The Fells Point Fun Festival offers arts and crafts, food and music, Oct. 2-3 along the Fells Point waterfront in Baltimore. Call 410/675-6750. l The Taste of Bethesda features samples from area restaurants, music and other entertainment Oct. 2 around Fairmont, St. Elmo and Cordell avenues in Bethesda. Call 301/215-7651.

The Week of Oct. 8

The Catoctin Mountain Colorfest features autumn foliage, along with arts and crafts created by more than 300 artisans, music and other entertainment, Oct. 9-10 in Thurmont, Md. Call 301/271-4432. l The Taste of D.C. offers two outdoor stages with live entertainment and samplings of dishes from 45 area restaurants, Oct. 9-11 on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th streets. Call 202/724-5430. l Cider-pressing and apple-butter demonstrations, crafts, music and other entertainment are showcased in the Apple Butter Festival, Oct. 9-10 in Berkeley Springs, W. Va. Call 304/258-3738.

The Week of Oct. 15

The International Gold Cup steeplechase race takes place Oct. 16 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. Call 540/347-2612. l Tour historic homes of one of Washington's historic neighborhoods during the Dupont Circle House Tour on Oct. 17. Call 202/265-3222.

HOT TIX

Tickets go on sale Saturday from Ticketmaster for two upcoming concerts: starting at 10, Amy Grant with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Michael W. Smith & Point of Grace and the Katinas, appearing Dec. 3 at MCI Center ($48.75 and $25.75); and starting at noon, Meat Loaf, appearing Dec. 1 at DAR Constitution Hall ($50 and $40). Call 202/432-7328 or 800/551-7328 (service charges added). l Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon from Ticketmaster for two jazz shows at Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theatre: Boney James on Oct. 14 and the "Capital Jazz Explosion" on Oct. 24, with Will Downing, Gerald Albright, Phil Perry and Vesta. They cost $28.50, $33.50 and $38.50 for each show. l Tickets go on sale Saturday from ProTix for the entire season at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Highlights include the Australian Ballet, soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinist Kennedy, three productions by the Virginia Opera, the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, the Mark Morris Dance Group, singer Betty Buckley and many others. To order, call 703/218-6500; for information, call 703/993-8888.

OPENING SOON

Film

Movies scheduled to open Friday, Oct. 1: Drive Me Crazy is a high school romance between Adrian Grenier, star of the overlooked "The Adventures of Sebastian Cole," and Melissa Joan Hart, star of TV's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." Sarah Polley, the odd one out in a family of high achievers, falls in love with Stephen Rea, a passionate photographer, in Audrey Wells's Guinevere. l Fuzzy ol' Elmo from the Jim Henson universe embarks on an adventure to Grouchland to find his fuzzy blanket in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. l Life in the small town of Mystery, Alaska gets a little crazy when the local ice hockey team takes on the visiting New York Rangers in a "Rocky"-style publicity stunt. l Robert ("The Full Monty") Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller are notorious highwaymen who form an unlikely partnership in Plunkett and Macleane, a movie set in the mid-18th century. l And in David O. ("Flirting With Disaster") Russell's Three Kings, set during the Gulf war, American soldiers George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube try to steal a gold bullion stash from Iraqi soldiers in the desert. Opening dates are subject to change.

Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Everest . . . Because It Is There," opening Oct. 1 at the National Geographic Society, tells the story of mountaineer George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared 75 years ago near the summit of the world's highest peak. Call 202/857-7588. l "Evan Summer: Landscapes and Nocturnes," opening Oct. 2 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, presents a retrospective of etchings, engravings, drypoints and collages by the contemporary Pennsylvania printmaker. Call 202/639-1700. l "We Are Not Alone: Angels and Other Aliens," opening Oct. 2 at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum, features 260 works by 100 self-taught artists from around the world, all depicting visible and invisible companions from other worlds. Call 410/244-1900. l "Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages," opening Oct. 3 at the National Gallery of Art, focuses on the medieval devotional carvings of this German sculptor, active from 1483 to 1531.

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Spirit: A Journey in Dance, Drums and Song," a celebration of

Native American culture, at the National Theatre Oct. 5-10 ($35 to $56.50 at the box

office and from Telecharge, 800/447-7400; for information, call 202/628-6161); "Death of a

Salesman," Arthur Miller's classic perspective on the American Dream, at the Olney Theatre

Oct. 5 through Nov. 7 ($22 to $32; 301/

924-3400).

CLOSINGS

Closing on stage this weekend: "The Road to Mecca," Athol Fugard's profile of an elderly

South African artist and two friends who try to help her, at the Olney Theatre ($15 to $32; 301/924-3400 or 202/432-7328); "The Memorandum," Vaclav Havel's satire aimed at totalitarian bureaucracy, by Theater of the First Amendment at George Mason University ($20 to $25; 703/993-8888 or 703/218-6500); a touring production of "The Sound of Music," starring Richard Chamberlain, at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House ($15 to $62.50; 410/481-7328 or 410/494-2700).

l This weekend is your last chance to catch these closing Smithsonian exhibitions: "Claiming

Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art From South Africa," at the Museum of African Art; "Frontier Photographer: Edward S. Curtis," at the Museum of American History; and "Behind

the Himalayas: Paintings of Mustang," at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Call 202/357-2700. l Also closing this weekend: "Investigating Where We Live," at the National Building Museum (202/272-24480); and "Eva Levina-Rozengolts: Her Life and Work," at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (202/783-5000).

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