The Eye of Cartier-Bresson

Seventy portraits, many of leading 20th century writers, artists and public figures like Jean Paul Sartre, Martin Luther King Jr., Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, are on display in "Tete a Tete: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson," at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown) through Jan. 9. On Saturday from 2 to 5 in the gallery's Great Hall, a free symposium, "Henri Cartier-Bresson and Photography

Today," will be held; reservations are required. Call 202/357-2920, Ext. 4. The gallery is open from 10 to 5:30 daily. Admission to the gallery is free. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/ 357-1729). See story, Page 64.

Virginia Crafts

About 100 juried crafts artisans will display and sell their work at the Virginia Craft & Folk Art Festival, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. Admission is $6, good for both days. Call 703/883-4760.

European Film Showcase

Twenty-two films, including 12 making their U.S. premiere, will be shown in the 17th annual

European Film Showcase, opening Friday at 8:45 with Bernard Tavernier's French movie, "It All Starts

Today," at the American Film Institute at the Kennedy Center. The festival continues with up to five movies a day through Nov. 14 at AFI. Tickets are $7. For a complete schedule, call 202/785-4600 or visit the Web site:

Big Band From Cuba

The Irakere Cuban Big Band, which combines traditional Cuban folk music with jazz, salsa, classical and even funk, performs Friday at 8 at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW (Metro: Metro Center, Federal Triangle). The band, considered the best in Cuba, rarely tours in the United States. Tickets are $15 to $37 from Ticketmaster; call 202/432-7328 (service charges). For information, call 202/783-4000.

Top Dogs

More than 1,500 dogs representing more than 125 breeds are entered in the Middleburg Kennel Club Dog Show, Friday from 9 to dusk and Saturday from 8:30 to dusk at Oatlands Plantation, on U.S. 15 six miles south of Leesburg. Admission is $2 per carload. Call 540/364-2018.