The Week of Oct. 22

Thousands of runners will take part in the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 24. Race registration is closed. Call 703/784-2225. l Eddie and Martha Adcock and Rambler's Choice are the featured performers at WAMU's 14th annual free Pickin' in the Glen bluegrass concert on Oct. 23 at Glen Echo Park. Call 202/885-1200. l More than 150,000 used books, CDs, records, cassettes, sheet music and artwork are on sale at Goodwill's Used Book Sale, Oct. 21-26 at the Washington Convention Center. Call 202/636-4225. l The Washington International Horse Show features hundreds of horses and riders, Oct. 24-31 at USAirways Arena. Call 301/840-0281.

The Week of Oct. 29

Disney on Ice celebrates 75 years of Disney magic, Oct. 27-31 at MCI Center. Call 202/432-7328.

l Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, presents Celtic myths, stepdancing, choral melodies and the explosive rhythms of the Irish drum, Nov. 2 through Nov. 14 at Ford's Theatre. Call 202/347-4833.

The Week of Nov. 5

The National Ski Expo, Nov. 5-7 at Ballston Common, features exhibits from more than 100 ski resorts; previews of the latest ski films, ski wear and accessories; and other activities. Call 703/912-9332. l "An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon," an exhibition of approximately 100 works, is at the National Gallery of Art Nov. 7 through Feb. 27. Call 202/737-4215.


We unveil our Millennium Contest and its grand prize.


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Closing on stage this weekend: "Hot 'N' Throbbing," a comic/ tragic profile of a dysfunctional family, at the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater ($27 to $45; 202/488-3300, TDD: 202/484-0247); "The Dead Monkey," a dark comedy about a California couple who have built their lives around their pet monkey, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre ($16 to $29; 703/218-6500); "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?," comedian Robert Dubac's take on the worlds of men and women, at the Warner Theatre ($17 to $39.50; 202/783-4000 or 202/432-7328); "Cuentos de Hadas (Fairy Tales)," Uruguayan playwright Raquel Diana's profile of three lonely women, in Spanish with English interpretation, by Teatro de Luna at Gunston Arts Center ($20; 703/548-3092); and "An Awful Night at Hotel Taiga," two satires by '70s Soviet playwright Aleksandr Vampilov set in a dilapidated hotel far from Moscow, by Classika Theatre ($15 to $17; 703/824-6200). l Two Smithsonian exhibitions close Sunday: "Directions -- Sam Taylor-Wood," at the Hirshhorn Museum, and "Yoshida Hiroshi: Japanese Prints of India and Southeast Asia," at the Sackler Gallery. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). l And this is the last weekend for "Our Mothers Taught Us Well: Five Generations of a Georgetown Family," at the Historical Society of Washington. Call 202/ 785-2068.


Several upcoming shows go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster. On sale Friday at 10: the Lipizzaner Stallions, performing their intricate leaps and maneuvers Nov. 20 and 21 at George Mason University's Patriot Center ($17.50 and $21.50); and a comedy show by Don Curry, Sheryl Underwood, Shuckey Duckey and Rickey Smiley, Nov. 13 at DAR Constitution Hall ($32.50). l On sale Saturday: starting at 9, Shania Twain and Shane Minor, Nov. 24 at MCI Center ($65 and $35); at 10, Widespread Panic, Nov. 19 at Patriot Center ($25); at 11, Kids in the Hall, Feb. 18 at the Warner Theatre ($29 and $35.50); at noon, Barenaked Ladies, Dec. 28 at MCI Center ($35 and $25). Call 202/432-7328 or 800/551-7328 (service charges will be added). l Tickets go on sale Sunday from Telecharge and Monday at the box office for a touring production of "Chicago -- The Musical," starring Robert Urich, at the National Theatre from Nov. 30 through Jan. 2. Tickets cost $35 to $67.50 plus service charges. To order, call 800/447-7400; for information, call 202/628-6161.



On stage soon, on sale now: The Australian Ballet, performing a mixed program Oct. 22 and 23

at George Mason University's Center for the Arts ($35 to $45; 703/218-6500 or 703/993-8888);

l "Three Tall Women," Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, at Rep Stage in Columbia from Oct. 22 through Nov. 14 ($12 to $19; 410/

772-4900). l "Jekyll & Hyde," a touring production of the long-running Broadway musical smash, at Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theatre Oct. 26-31 ($20 to $65; 410/752-1200).


These exhibitions open next week: "Edward Hopper: The Watercolors," opening Oct. 22 at the

National Museum of American Art, features early landscapes of New England, Mexico and Charleston. l "Reimagining the Suburbs: Smart Growth and Choices for Change," opening Oct. 22 at the National Building Museum, examines the effects of sprawl on the American suburb. l "From Schongauer to Holbein: Master Drawings from Basel to Berlin," opening Oct. 24 at the National Gallery of Art, presents works by such Swiss and German artists of the Renaissance as Albrecht Durer, Matthias Grunewald and Martin Schongauer, as well as Hans Holbein the Younger and Elder. l Drawn from the Walters Art Gallery's permanent collection, "Vive le France: From the Middle Ages to Monet" opens Oct. 26. l Timed to coincide with the publication of a new book of her photographic portraits of women, "Annie Leibovitz: Women" opens Oct. 27 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.


Lou Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer (from "Starship Troopers") star in "Bats," a horror movie about a Texas town invaded by -- you guessed it.

l In "The Best Man," a group of college friends, including Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut and Nia Long, reunites after graduation.

l Partying leads to morning-after questions in "Body Shots," starring Tara Reid and Jerry O'Connell. l In "Boys Don't Cry," Hilary Swank plays a young woman who poses as a male and moves to Falls City, Neb., where she/he falls in love with Lana (Chloe Sevigny). Predictably, things turn bad when the truth comes out.

l Martin Scorsese returns to his "Mean Streets" roots in "Bringing Out the Dead," a story of New York paramedics arm deep in occupational gore, starring Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette. l "Crazy In Alabama" marks Antonio Banderas's directorial debut in this civil rights-era drama about an eccentric southern housewife, played by Melanie Griffith. l Filmmaker Harmony ("Gummo") Korine's "Julien Donkey Boy" spends time with a family of psychological misfits and other dysfunctionals, including Werner Herzog as an abusive father. l In "The Straight Story," written and directed by David Lynch, Richard Farnsworth rides across Iowa on a lawn mower to visit his estranged and ailing brother, Harry Dean Stanton.

l In the offbeat romantic comedy, "Three to Tango," architects Matthew Perry and Oliver Platt run into complications after Chicago tycoon Dylan McDermott chooses them to compete for the design of a multimillion-dollar cultural center, then hires Platt to spy on his girlfriend (Neve Campbell).