Audubon Holiday Fair
More than 100 juried artisans selling nature crafts and other items; entertainment by the Nicolo Whimsey Show, harpist John Kovac and others; and hands-on crafts activities and live animal exhibits for children are showcased at the 30th annual Audubon Holiday Fair, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at Woodend, the Audubon Naturalist Society's headquarters at 8940 Jones Mill Rd. in Chevy Chase. Admission to a Friday preview party is $35 at the door, $10 for ages 2 through 12 (younger free). Admission Saturday and Sunday is $6, $2 for children. On-site parking is limited. Free shuttle buses will run during the fair from the Medical Center Metro station and North Chevy Chase Elementary School, 3700 Jones Bridge Rd. Call 301/652-9188.
The lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Wednesday at 5 on the Ellipse just south of the White House starts the annual Pageant of Peace. President Clinton is expected to light the tree, with entertainment by Wayne Newton, Renee Fleming, Marty Stuart, members of the cast of "Chicago" and others. The National Christmas Tree, as well as trees representing every state and territory, will remain on the Ellipse through Jan. 2. There will be half-hour concerts Thursday through Dec. 30 at 6, 7 and 8 (except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). The concerts start at 5 Dec. 11 and Dec. 17; on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 there are also concerts at 9 p.m. The closest Metro stops are Farragut West and McPherson Square. Call 202/208-1631 or 202/619-7222.
More than 300,000 lights decorate the grounds around the Visitors Center in the Festival of Lights at the Washington Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nightly through Jan. 2 from 5:30 to 10. Inside the Visitors Center, regional music groups will perform nightly at 7 and 8, and 15 decorated trees will be on display. The Visitors Center is at 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Call 301/587-0144.
The Scottish Christmas Walk Parade is on Saturday from 10:30 to noon, featuring more than 100 Scottish clans, pipe and drum corps, dog clubs, antique cars and other attractions. The parade follows a winding route from South Pitt and Wilkes streets north on Pitt Street to Cameron Street, west on Cameron to St. Asaph and south on St. Asaph to Wilkes Street. The walk also features tours of six Alexandria homes decorated for the holidays by interior designers, which are open for tours Saturday from 11 to 4. Tickets are $15 through Friday, $20 Saturday; get them and a guide at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St. Call 703/549-0111.
Nineteen community choral groups and the U.S. Marine Band lead the annual Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-Along, Sunday at 4 at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Admission is free, but a donation of canned goods for area food banks is encouraged. Free shuttle buses will be available from the West Falls Church Metro station, beginning at 2. Call 703/255-1900.
The Christmas Revels
The Washington Revels feature the music and tales of medieval Europe, Sephardic Spain and the Middle East in their "Christmas Revels," Friday and Dec. 10 at 7:30, Saturday and Dec. 11 at 2 and 7:30, and Sunday and Dec. 12 at 2 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU). Tickets are $18 to $30 for adults, $12 to $20 for ages 18 and younger from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges); for information, call 202/723-7528.
Holliday in Concert
Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday will star in a Holiday Youth Musical showcasing the talents of Washington young people, Saturday at 1 and 7:30 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW (Metro: Metro Center). Tickets are $25.50, $35.50 and $45.50 for the matinee, $45.50 for the evening show. Order from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges); for information, call 202/232-5610.
A Millennium Maccabee Celebration features games, crafts, an indoor light show, menorah lighting and a play, Saturday from 7 to 8:30 at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tnpk., Fairfax. Admission is $16 for a family of up to four persons, $2 for each additional child and $5 for each additional adult. The Center Company performs "David's Big Secret," Saturday at 7 during the celebration and again Sunday at 3. Tickets to Sunday's performance are $5 per person, $16 for a family of four. Call 703/323-7965 for tickets to the Sunday show. For tickets to the Saturday event and for information, call 703/323-0880.
The Lighting of the Menorah marks the Jewish holiday of Hanukah, Sunday at 5 on the northwest corner of the Ellipse. Call 202/619-7222.
For a glimpse into the life of a great Italian director, slip into the National Gallery of Art's East Building (202/737-4215) at 12:30 Saturday or noon Sunday, where Carlo Lizzani's 1999 "Luchino Visconti" screens for free. A new documentary on the late, great Italian director of "The Leopard" and "Rocco and His Brothers," the 60-minute movie contains rare footage of Visconti, who died in 1976, and interviews with his friends and associates.
-- Desson Howe
Twenty years ago Roger Miller was a member of Mission of Burma, one of the best punk bands ever. He moved on to more experimental musings and arrives in town Saturday at the Black Cat (202/667-7960) with his new duo, the Binary System. In a non-vocal setting, Miller plays ambitiously experimental piano along with Larry Dersch's drums. Challenging stuff, worth a listen.
-- Eric Brace