LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Dec. 10

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington brings back the Grinch, Rudolph, the Peanuts gang and other familiar characters in its concert, "Holiday Traditions With Our Family," Dec. 10-12 at the National City Christian Church. Call 202/432-7328.

The National Symphony Orchestra and the Children's Chorus of Washington present "Hallelujah Handel," Dec. 12 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

The Choral Arts Society, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and a 190-member chorus present a "Christmas Music" concert, Dec. 14, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202/244-3669.

The World Professional Figure Skating Championship takes place Dec. 10-11 at MCI Center. Call 202/432-7328.

The Week of Dec. 17

White House Candlelight Tours are held Dec. 21-23 from 5 to 7. No tickets are required. The line begins at the southeast gate, East Executive Avenue and E Street. Call 202/208-1631.

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.

"A French Noel" is presented by the Folger Consort and guests, Dec. 17-21 at the Elizabethan Theatre of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Call 202/544-7077.

The Week of Dec. 24

WMAL'S Christmas Eve at the Kennedy Center features area musicians and local personalities at this annual sing-along and concert, Dec. 24 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Seating is free and on a first-come basis. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Scottish fiddle champion Bonnie Rideout, guitarist Al Petteway, hammered dulcimer virtuoso Maggie Sansone, percussionist Paddy League, bagpipe soloist Mike Green, the City of Washington Pipe Band, the City of Washington Drum Corps and traditional Scottish dancers presents "A Scottish Christmas" concert, Dec. 26 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524)

Fabian Barnes and the Dance Institute of Washington present "The Spirit of Kwanzaa," Dec. 28-29 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202/467-4600

The traditions of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and the New Year are explored in the National Museum of American History's annual Holiday Celebration, Dec. 26-28. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). More than 500 of the new millennium's top cars are on display at Hot Wheels 2000, this year's Washington auto show, Dec. 26-Jan. 3 at the Washington Convention Center. Call 888/288-6368.

HOT TIX

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by TLC and Christina Aguilera, Jan. 23 at MCI Center. Prices haven't been announced. Call 202/432-7328.

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Songs and Deadly Sins," a cabaret evening with Angelina Reaux singing music by Kurt Weill and his contemporaries, at the Studio Theatre Dec. 11 through Jan. 2 ($21.50 to $36.50; 202/332-3300); the Dance Theatre of Harlem, performing two programs in the Kennedy Center Opera House from Dec. 14 through 19 ($25 to $62; 202/467-4600 or 202/416-8524); and "Titanic," the Tony Award-winning musical, at Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theatre Dec. 14-19 ($25 to $70; 410/752-1200).

Film

Movies scheduled to open Dec. 10: Comic actor Rob Schneider fills in for a professional hustler in "Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo," produced by Adam Sandler.

Tom Hanks runs a 1930s death row prison in Louisiana in "The Green Mile," writer-director Frank Darabont's adaptation of the Stephen King serialized novel.

Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights," the fourth in his Baltimore films series, is about a Jewish family's experience in Baltimore during the early days of desegregation.

The Cinema Arts Fairfax screens veteran director Alain Resnais's 1997 "Same Old Song" ("On Connait la Chanson"), a romantic comedy set in France about unrequited love.

And in "Tumbleweeds," a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, a single mother (Janet McTeer) and her precocious 12-year-old daughter (Kimberly Brown) hit the road when another of the woman's relationships goes sour. Movie openings are subject to change.

Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Scale: The Architectural League's Young Architects Forum 1999," opening Dec. 10 at the National Building Museum, presents projects by winners of the Architectural League of New York's 18th annual design competition. Call 202/272-2448.

On Dec. 15, the National Museum of Natural History opens "African Voices," a new permanent exhibition on the peoples and cultures of Africa. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 357-1729).

And on Dec. 15, artist Tara Donovan unveils a sculptural installation in the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Hemicycle Gallery. Call 202/639-1700.

CLOSINGS

Closing on stage this weekend: "Annie," the Broadway musical classic, at the Warner Theatre ($25 to $55; 202/783-4000 or 202/432-7328); "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," at Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theatre ($26.50 to $66.50; 410/752-1200).

This weekend is your last chance to visit "Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974," at the National Museum of American History (202/357-2700, TDD: 202/357-1729).

NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND

It's our annual preview of the newest releases of holiday music in a variety of genres. And, yes, there'll be a few novelty albums.

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