CLARIFICATION: The Andy Williams concert on Dec. 22 at the Patriot Center has been canceled, it was announced after today's Weekend section, which is printed in advance, went to press. (Published 12/10/1999)


The Week of Dec. 17

White House Candlelight Tours are held Dec. 21, Dec. 27 and Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. These dates are a change from previously announced dates. No tickets are required. The line begins at the southeast gate, East Executive Avenue and E Street. Call 202/208-1631. l 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. l Andy Williams rings in the holidays with a concert on Dec. 22 at the Patriot Center. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328.

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). l 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 present "A Scottish Christmas" concert, Dec. 26 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524). l Fabian Barnes and the Dance Institute of Washington celebrate the African American holiday with "The Spirit of Kwanzaa," Dec. 28-29 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524). l 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). l More than 500 of the new millennium's top cars and concept vehicles will go 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.

The Week of Dec. 31

The millennium arrives, with much celebration in Washington and nearby cities. America's Millennium is the big celebration on the Mall on New Year's Eve. Actor Will Smith will host a three-hour nationally televised show featuring numerous stars of stage and screen, starting at 10 p.m. from the Lincoln Memorial, followed by a Steven Speilberg film "The Unfinished Journey," which will be shown on giant screens on three sides of the Reflecting Pool. And at midnight, there will be a high-powered sound-and-light show. Call 888/294-2100 or visit the Web site: www.americas- l The Smithsonian Institution will host three days of indoor activities, Dec. 31 through Jan. 2, with dozens of discussions about a variety of subjects. (See story, Page 74.) Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). l The District of Columbia plans to hold a festival Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, on Constitution between Ninth and 14th streets NW. The festival will feature four huge tents with exhibits and activities and five stages of entertainment. For more information, call 202/727-8449 or visit the Web site (now under construction):

And these cities and counties will hold their own alcohol-free, family-oriented First Night celebrations: Alexandria (call 703/836-1526 ); Annapolis (call 410/268-8553); Baltimore (call 800/282-6632); Leesburg (call 888/478-1758); Montgomery County (call 240/777-6821); and Warrenton (call 540/788-3507 or 540/349-0010).


Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Kenny Rogers, Feb. 12 at George Mason University's Patriot Center. They cost $38.50 and $28.50 plus service charges; call 202/432-7328. l On sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster: a concert by Cher, Feb. 27 at MCI Center. Tickets cost $75, $50 and $39.50 plus service charges.


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On stage soon, on sale now: "Guys and Dolls," the classic musical comedy, starring Maurice Hines as gambler Nathan Detroit, in the Arena Stage Fichandler Theater Dec. 17 through Feb. 20 ($32 to $50; 202/488-3300); and "Martin Guerre," a new musical set in the religious wars of medieval France, visiting the Kennedy Center Opera House Dec. 23 through Jan. 16 on its way to Broadway ($20 to $79; 202/467-4600).


Next week sees the opening of two exhibitions at the Capital Children's Museum: "Architecture in the Schools," opening Dec. 17, showcases the design projects of students from seven D.C. public schools who studied this fall with volunteer architects from the Washington Architectural Foundation, while "Too Much TV," opening Dec. 18, includes more than 20 original watercolor illustrations from a children's storybook about the joys of reading by Washington-based artist Michael J. Walberg. Call 202/675-4120. l "The Idea of China in Japanese Art," opening Dec. 19 at the Freer Gallery of Art, features 50 examples of Chinese and Japanese painting, lacquerware and ceramics that explore the impact of China on the production and appreciation of Japanese art. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 357-1729).


Opening Dec. 17: In the comedic "American Movie," filmmaker Mark Borchardt tries to make a personal, independent movie with help from the residents of Menomonee Falls, Wis. l Jodie Foster's the prim English teacher and Chow Yun-fat is the King of Siam in "Anna and the King."

l Robin Williams goes from domestic robot to sweet-hearted human in "Bicentennial Man," the comedian's screen reunion with Chris ("Mrs. Doubtfire") Columbus. l Tobey Maguire is an orphan, who is mentored by his orphanage's doctor (Michael Caine) in "The Cider House Rules," director Lasse Hallstrom's version of the John Irving novel. l In the Civil War drama "Ride With the Devil," Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich are childhood friends fighting on opposite sides of the Kansas-Missouri border. l And in "Stuart Little," E.B. White's cute little mouse scurries animatronically across the big screen. Openings are subject to change.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Communicating Doors" at Round House Theatre ($23 to $28; 301/933-1644); "Hamlet" at the Folger Shakespeare Library ($29 to $38; 202/544-7077); "The Dark Kalamazoo" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre ($16 to $29; 703/218-6500); and "The Christmas Revels" at Lisner Auditorium ($18 to $30; 703/218-6500).

This weekend is your last chance to visit "Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium," at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (202/783-5000); and "Twice-Told Tales From the Middle Kingdom," at Baltimore's Walters Art Gallery (410/547-9000).