The Week of Nov. 12

The Waterfowl Festival, an annual celebration of ducks and geese in photographs, paintings, carving, sculpture and other media, with music, duck-calling contests and other activities, takes place Nov. 12-14 in Easton, Md. Call 410/822-4567.

The National Press Club holds its 22nd annual Book Fair and Author's Night, featuring such writers as Diane Rehm, Richard Cohen, Dusko Doder, Elizabeth Drew, David Ignatius, Don Knotts, Annie Proulx, Dick Morris and David Maraniss, on Nov. 18. Call 202/662-7501.

The Week of Nov. 19

Twelve members of the U.S. Women's National Team, winners of the 1999 Women's World Cup Championship, will compete against a squad of World All-Stars in a soccer exhibition, Nov. 20 at MCI Center. Call 202/432-7328.

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.

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.

See how Christmas was celebrated during Victorian times during "Christmas at Oatlands," Nov. 20 through Dec. 30 at historic Oatlands near Leesburg. Call 703/777-3174.

The Week of Nov. 26

Brookside Gardens holds its annual "Garden of Lights" holiday display, Nov. 26 through Jan. 2 in Wheaton. Call 301/962-1453.

GALA Hispanic Theatre presents "Neruda: 2000," a musical presentation based on Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda's visionary poem, "Dos mil," Nov. 26 through Dec. 19. Call 202/ 234-7174.

Hot Tickets

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 at Ticketmaster for "A Soulful Celebration," Dec. 4 at USAirways Arena, with Kirk Franklin & 1 Nation Crew, Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, Kelly Price, Karen Clark-Sheard, Crystal Lewis, Anointed, Marvin Sapp, Darwin Hobbs and Sheila E. They cost $40 and $30 plus service charges; call 202/432-7328. Reunited: Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, appearing April 6 at MCI Center. They cost $40.50, $51 and $76 (and a small number of Gold Circle seats for $201) plus service charges.


Some people love 'em, others hate 'em. But in the next several weeks, we're all likely to go to one. A mall, that is. We'll fill you in on what's new at area shopping meccas.



These exhibitions open next week: "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition," opening Nov. 16 at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall, tells the story of Ernest Shackleton's harrowing attempt in 1914 to reach -- and then escape from -- the treacherous ice surrounding the South Pole. Call 202/857-7700.

"Directions: Shahzia Sikander," opening Nov. 17 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, presents 30 works on paper and a site-specific mural by the 30-year-old, New York-based, Pakistani painter. Call 202/3357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

"John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations," opening Nov. 17 at the Library of Congress, explores the history of our love-hate relationship with England, from before the Revolutionary War to today. Call 202/707-4604.


On stage soon, on sale now: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," the smash Broadway musical, visiting Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theatre Nov. 18 through Dec. 5. Tickets cost $26.50 to $66.50 from Ticketmaster, 410/752-1200; for information, call 410/625-4320.

"A Tuna Christmas," a holiday visit to the mythical little town of Tuna, Tex., whose entire citizenry is portrayed by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, at the Warner Theatre Nov. 16 through Nov. 28. Tickets cost $30.50 to $42.50 from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328; for information, 202/783-4000.


Movies opening next week: Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman play a dysfunctional mother-daughter couple in "Anywhere But Here."

Kevin ("Clerks") Smith takes on the Catholic faith in the satirical "Dogma."

In "Dreaming of Joseph Lees," rising star Samantha Morton lusts after the mysterious title character (Rupert Graves), who is subsequently wounded on an excursion in Italy.

Milla Jovovich ("The Fifth Element") plays the Maid of Orleans in "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc."

In "Light It Up," Clifton Collins Jr., Rosario Dawson, Sara Gilbert, Fredro Starr and others play a disparate group of students that bands together to help themselves and their school. This film opens Wednesday.

Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson are ex-boxers trying to make a comeback in Ron Shelton's sports flick, "Play It to the Bone."

In "Pokemon: The First Movie," based on the Japanese cartoon, pocket monsters and their young trainers battle bio-engineered Super-Pokemon.

A narrator recollects a "Life Is Beautiful"-style Holocaust story in "Train of Life."

Two documentary filmmakers looking for a provocative subject choose a small-time detective called Boone (Miguel Ferrer) in the offbeat comedy, "Where's Marlowe?" Opening dates subject to change.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Death of a Salesman," Arthur Miller's classic play, at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts ($15 to $32; 301/924-3400 or 202/432-7328); "Red Beans and Rice," at the Warner Theatre ($19.50 to $29.50; 202/783-4000 or 202/432-7328); "Disney on Ice Celebrates 75 Years of Disney Magic," at the Baltimore Arena ($10.75 to $30; 410/481-7328 or 410/347-2010); "Spirit -- A Journey in Dance, Drums and Song," at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House ($15 to $49; 410/481-7328 or 410/494-2700)


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