The 1999 World Professional Figure Skating Championship will be held Dec. 10 and 11. The dates were incorrect in Friday's Weekend section. (Published 11/27/99)


The Week of Dec. 3

The Kennedy Center Holiday Festival features free performances and holiday concerts throughout the month of December. Call 202/467-4600.

The Lighting of the Menorah marks the Jewish holiday of Hanukah Dec. 5 on the northwest corner of the Ellipse. Call 202/619-7222.

The lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Dec. 8 on the Ellipse south of the White House kicks off the month-long Pageant of Peace. Call 202/619-7222.

The Scottish Christmas Walk features more than 100 Scottish clans marching through Alexandria's historic Old Town. Call 703/549-0111.

The Audubon Holiday Fair showcases more than 100 juried artisans, gourmet food, music and live animals, Dec. 3-5 at Woodend, the Audubon Naturalist Society's headquarters in Chevy Chase. Call 301/652-9188.

Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday will star in a Holiday Youth Musical, Dec. 4 at 1 and 7:30 at the Washington Convention Center. Call 202/432-7328; for information, call 202/232-5610.

George Washington University hosts the International Dance Improvisation Plus+ Festival, with dancers from Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, Korea and the United States, Dec. 3-4 at the Dance Studio, 2131 G St. NW. Call 202/432-7328.

Basketball teams from George Washington University, the University of Maryland, the University of Illinois and Seton Hall will compete in the BB&T Classic, Dec. 4-5 at MCI Center. Call 202/432-7328.

The Week of Dec. 10

The Smithsonian's "African Voices" exhibition, featuring artifacts from stones worked by mankind's ancient ancestors to sculptures, textiles and pottery, opens Dec. 15 at the National Museum of Natural History. Call 202/357-200 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

Tara Lipinski, Brian Boitano, Ilia Kulik, Kurt Browning and other stars compete in the 1999 World Professional Figure Skating Championship, Dec. 11-12 at MCI Center. Call 202/432-7328 or 202/628-3200.

The Week of Dec. 17

To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of George Washington, Mount Vernon will stage a reenactment of the first president's funeral on Dec. 18, featuring more than 250 costumed participants who will re-create the ceremonies that took place two centuries ago. Call 703/780-2000.

Andy Williams rings in the holidays with a concert on Dec. 22 at the Patriot Center. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328.


Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 from Ticketmaster for a show by Ginuwine, Case, Chico DeBarge and Donell Jones, Dec. 26 at DAR Constitution Hall. They cost $40 plus service charges; call 202/432-7328. On stage soon, on sale now: The Dance Theatre of Harlem, visiting the Kennedy Center Opera House with two programs Dec. 14 through 19. Tickets cost $25 to $65; call 202/467-4600 or 800/444-1324 (TDD: 202/416-8524).



These exhibitions open next week: "The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America," opening Dec. 4 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, documents the lives of former and current homeless people in photographs by 13 artists, including Annie Leibovitz and Tipper Gore. Call 202/639-1700.

"Life Reborn: Jewish Displaced Persons, 1945-1951," opening Dec. 8 at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, examines the fates of Holocaust survivors in the aftermath of World War II. Call 202/488-0400.

"Wilson on Washington," opening Dec. 9 at the Woodrow Wilson House, marks the bicentennial of George Washington's death with an exhibition of artifacts related to Woodrow Wilson's biography of the first president. Call 202/387-4062, Ext. 18.

And on Dec. 9, "Norwegian Alternatives," featuring contemporary craft and decorative and applied art from Norway, opens at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center Art Gallery. Call 202/623-3774.


On stage soon, on sale now: "The Christmas Revels," the annual musical celebration of the holidays by the Washington Revels, at Lisner Auditorium from Dec. 3 through Dec. 12 ($18 to $30; 703/218-6500); and a unique production of "The Nutcracker," performed on ice by the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet, in the Kennedy Center Opera House Dec. 8-12 ($29 to $67; 202/467-4600.)


"Last Night," the directorial debut of Don McKellar, who is also the writer and one of the stars, is a bittersweet, emotional and wry drama about how people choose to spend their final hours before an impending apocalypse. It also features Sandra Oh and Callum Keith Rennie. The movie won the Prix de Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Romance," a daring erotic drama from French director-actor Catherine Breillat, is a provocative portrait of a young French woman, Marie (Caroline Ducey), who embarks on her own sexual adventures when her boyfriend (Sagamore Stvenin) confesses he has no physical attraction to her. Movie openings are subject to change.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Side Man," in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater ($20 to $65; 202/467-4600, TDD: 202/416-8524); "A Tuna Christmas," at the Warner Theatre ($30.50 to $42.50; 202/783-4000 or 202/432-7328); "Danger: Memory!," by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center ($12.50 to $27; 800/494-8497); "Secret Lover," at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House ($17.50 to $28.50; 410/481-7328). This weekend is your last chance to visit "Selections From the Japanese Collection" and "The Tea Ceremony in Japan," at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art (202/357-2700, TDD: 202/357-1729).


Weekend's annual Ho-Hos issue, listing holiday concerts, festivals, light shows and more.