At Weekend we pride ourselves on noticing trends, and it seems everyone is making a big deal out of the year 2000 and the millennium. So we're joining in. But we're doing it right by giving you a chance to win a fabulous prize that puts you in the middle of this year's New Year's Eve festivities!

How fabulous is the prize? Try a package from the historic Willard Inter-Continental Hotel that includes a five-course dinner and champagne reception on New Year's Eve, featuring live music, hors d'oeuvres and an open bar followed by a black-tie, inaugural-style "Presidential Ball."

And you won't have to worry about getting home afterward because you'll also receive deluxe accommodations for two at the Willard for two nights. You'll be close to all the New Year's celebrations on the Mall, and you won't even have to drive around looking for a parking space (valet parking included). The package also includes breakfast for two both mornings and a special commemorative gift for the winning couple.

You can see why the Weekend staff is wishing it were eligible for this prize (but, alas, we're not). You, on the other hand, are. Of course, you have to earn it. (There's always a catch, isn't there?)

For a chance to win, take our Weekend Millennium Quiz, which focuses on "all things Weekend" -- music, theater, movies, exhibitions, kids' stuff, outdoor fun. Some questions are easy, some are a little more difficult (hey, for a prize this nice, you should be willing to break a sweat). But it is an open-book exam. So feel free to look stuff up at the library or on the Internet. We'll randomly select a winner from all entries that correctly answer each question. (See the rules, opposite page.)

Good luck.

On the Town

1. Let's start with a little history. It's April 9, 1939. A woman holds an audience of about 75,000 enthralled while singing on the steps of a particular memorial in D.C. after she was barred from Constitution Hall because of her race. Name her and the memorial.

2. Okay, now let's try a more recent bit of musical history. In August 1966, there were about 50,000 people screaming at D.C. Stadium for four musicians from Liverpool. The easy part is naming those performers. The second, tougher part is naming where they had their first live U.S. performance on Feb. 11, 1964, before a crowd of 8,092. (Hint: Remember, this is a Washington-centric quiz.)


3. This official historic landmark, built in 1924, has had a colorful history. It once housed vaudeville shows and then as that art form lost its appeal, it began operating as a movie theater. It currently is a home to live performances. It closed from 1971 to 1976. At its 1971 farewell it said goodbye with a showing of the movie "Tora Tora Tora" (above). Name this theater.

4. "The Great White Hope," starring Jane Alexander and James Earl Jones (at right), premiered in Washington before its 1968 Broadway opening on what D.C. stage?


5. Let's try a visual question for this visual category. These steps (above) appeared in what movie? (Hint: Thinking about it might make your head spin.)

6. What do Billy Jack, Mr. Smith and the Happy Hooker have in common?


7. Officially designated a park in 1890, this oasis of natural beauty is the National Park Service's largest urban park. Name it.

8. First run in 1976, this race draws thousands of runners, and begins and ends in Arlington after wending its way past many D.C. sights. What is it called?


9. This exhibit was such a hot ticket in 1998 that it seemed as if some people would've been willing to give up an ear for admission. Name it.

10. Which Washington art museum canceled its 1989 exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs due to a controversy over the sexually explicit nature of some of the work? The subsequent debate over freedom of artistic expression led to the resignation of this museum's director later that year.


11. This tradition was a Dolley Madison (below right) idea that began on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. It later moved to the White House during the Rutherford B. Hayes administration. What is this annual event?

12. Opened in 1831, this site has drawn countless groups of schoolchildren (adults, too, of course) who have ridden boats along this waterway reliving its most prosperous era, the 1870s. (Hint: In 1954, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas took a gaggle of media for a much-publicized stroll alongside the waterway.)


1. Weekend's Millennium Quiz Contest runs Oct. 22, 1999. Contest deadline Nov. 12, 1999.

2. Enter by mailing a 4x6 note card only, with your name, address, daytime phone number and the correct answers to our 12 quiz questions to Weekend's Millennium Quiz Contest, The Weekend Section, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071.

3. One entry per person. Entry must be received by contest deadline. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. The Washington Post and all other sponsors are not responsible for late, lost, destroyed or misdirected entry forms.

4. No purchase required.

5. Winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries on Nov. 18, 1999. Winner will receive the special weekend for two at the Willard Inter-Continental Washington, including: two-night deluxe accommodations for two (Friday, Dec. 31, 1999 and Jan. 1, 2000); breakfast for two both mornings (Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000 and Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000); on New Year's Eve: five-course, sit-down dinner, with complementing wines; bottle of Moet Chandon; open bar until 2 a.m.; special commemorative gift for couple; live music and dancing with a 15-piece band until 2 a.m.; apres-party coffee bar; a private table for two; and complimentary valet parking. Total retail value approximately $2,000.

6. Winner will be notified by phone and will be announced in the Weekend section on Dec. 31, 1999. Winners must sign a form releasing The Washington Post and all participating sponsors from all liability relating to the prize, confirming that they have complied with contest rules and accepting the prize as awarded. By entering you consent to the use of your name and your likeness for promotional purposes. Chances of winning determined by the number of correct entries.

7. This contest is open to residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Employees of The Washington Post and its affiliates, agencies and families are not eligible to win.

8. Taxes sole responsibility of winner. Prizes may not be redeemed for cash.

9. The Washington Post reserves the right to cancel this contest at any time. Contest is void where prohibited by law.