LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Nov. 5

The National Ski and Snowboard Expo, Nov. 5-7 at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, 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 Veterans Day is observed Nov. 11 with ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Call 202/619-7222. l See watermen demonstrate oyster tonging, make oyster shell ornaments and necklaces and feast on raw, fried and roasted oysters at Oysterfest on Nov. 6 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Call 410/745-2916.

The Week of Nov. 12

"The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition," an exhibition that tells the epic story of Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the bottom of the world, opens Nov. 16 at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall. Call 202/857-7700. l The Waterfowl Festival, an annual celebration of ducks and geese in photographs, paintings, carving, sculpture, takes place Nov. 12-14 in Easton, Md. Call 410/822-4567.

The Week of Nov. 19

"On Time," a permanent exhibition exploring the ways time has been measured, used and thought

about, opens Nov. 18 at the National Museum of American History. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD:

202/357-1729). l The Choral Arts Society opens its 35th season with "20th Century Classics," Nov. 21 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202/244-3669 or 202/467-4600. l The Miracle of Lights drive-through light show takes place at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville Nov. 19 through Jan. 8. Call 703/709-5437. l See how Christmas was celebrated during Victorian times during the Christmas at Oatlands festival, Nov. 20 through Dec. 30 at historic Oatlands near Leesburg. Call 703/777-3174.

Hot Tickets

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a show by Train, Nov. 24 at the State Theatre in Falls Church. They cost $15 plus service charges; call 202/432-7328 or 800/551-7328. l On sale now from Ticketmaster: concerts by Phish, Dec. 15 at MCI Center ($25); and Ibrahim Ferrer & Ruben Gonzalez, Feb. 7 at DAR Constitution Hall ($35 and $45). l Tickets are also on sale now from Ticketmaster for "Big Bird's Sunny Day Camp Out," this year's "Sesame Street Live" production, at George Mason University's Patriot Center Dec. 2-5. They cost $9.50 to $19.50 plus service charges.

OPENING SOON

Film

Opening Nov. 5: Buster Keaton's brilliant 1925 comedy "Seven Chances" is transmogrified into "The Bachelor," starring Chris O'Donnell as an heir who learns he'll get a fortune if he finds a bride in 24 hours. Renee Zellweger also stars. l In "The Bone Collector," Denzel Washington is a paraplegic detective on the case of a serial killer. The detective's assistant is played by Angelina Jolie. l "The Insider" is Hollywood's version of the "60 Minutes" brouhaha, in which the news magazine's report on a tobacco company was extinguished by nervous CBS executives. Christopher Plummer portrays correspondent Mike Wallace and Al Pacino his longtime producer. Russell Crowe plays the tobacco industry whistle-blower featured in the news piece. l Japanese animation's biggest hit, "Princess Mononoke," an ecological epic full of cartoon dismemberment, comes to America with supple dubbing from Billy Bob Thornton, Claire Danes and Minnie Driver. Opening dates subject to change.

Exhibitions

"An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon," opening

Nov. 7 at the National Gallery of Art, casts a spotlight on the gifts of art to the National Gallery from the late Paul Mellon, with special emphasis on the work of the collector's favorite artist, Edgar Degas. Call 202/737-4215 (TDD: 202/842-6176).

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," at the Shakespeare Theatre from

Nov. 9 through Jan. 2 ($14 to $58; 202/547-1122); "Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami," a comic tour of contemporary Miami by the postmodern vaudevillian troupe, in the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater Nov. 5 through Jan. 2 ($32 to $45; 202/488-3300); juggling musical comedians "The Flying Karamazov Brothers," at Baltimore's Center Stage Nov. 5-7 ($15 to $30; 410/332-0033).

CLOSINGS

Closing on stage this weekend: "A Couple of Blaguards," based on the McCourt brothers'

tales of their childhood in Ireland, at Ford's Theatre ($15 to $40; 703/218-6500 or 202/347-4833); "Jekyll & Hyde," the smash Broadway musical adaptation of the classic horror tale, at Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theater ($20 to $65; 410/752-1200). l This weekend is your last chance to visit "The Graceful Envelope," at the National Postal Museum. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). l This weekend is also the last to see the NSO Decorators Show House, Friday through Sunday. Call 202/416-8149.

NEXT WEEK IN WEEKEND

Get a history lesson on the area's indigenous tribes and a preview of the many events and celebrations marking Native American History Month.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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