White House Tours

The White House is decorated for the holiday and is open for candlelight tours Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Jan. 4 from 5 to 7. (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 (Metro: McPherson Square, Metro Center, Farragut North). Call 202/208-1631.

Washington's Funeral

Mount Vernon marks the 200th anniversary of George Washington's death on Saturday by reenacting the first president's funeral, with more than 250 costumed actors who will re-create the scene as it happened 200 years ago. The program begins at 10:30 with eulogies and dirges, followed by the funeral at 11:30. Mount Vernon is on the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, 16 miles south of Washington. Admission is $8, $7.50 seniors and $4 children 6 through 11. The ticket office opens at 8 Saturday, and the entrance gates open at 9.Call 703/780-2000.

Sounds of the Season

The National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chorus and guest soloists present Handel's "Messiah," Friday and Saturday at 8:30, Sunday at 1 and Monday at 8:30 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $65. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

The Master Chorale of Washington presents three Christmas Candlelight concerts, Saturday at noon (for the family), Tuesday at 7:30 and Wednesday at 8:30 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $14 to $42. Call 202/966-3869 or 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

The Maryland Boy Choir presents two Christmas concerts, Saturday at 7:30 at the University United Methodist Church, 3621 Campus Dr., on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, and Sunday at 7 at River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Call 301/559-3456.

The Congressional Chorus presents "So Much Joy!," a program of carols and songs of the season, Saturday at 8 at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE (Metro: Capitol South). Tickets are $12 through Friday, $15 at the door (seniors and students over 12 half-price, ages 12 and younger free). Call 703/237-2213.

The Mormon Choir of Washington presents "A Classic Christmas Concert," Sunday at 8 in the chapel of the Washington D.C. Stake Center, 10000 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Admission is free. Call 301/942-0103.

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Storytelling, hands-on crafts and colorful processions highlight the Smithsonian Institution's first all-day Kwanzaa celebration, Saturday from 11 to 5 at three sites:

Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). Sponsored by the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, activities include performances by storytellers, along with demonstrations of the Kwanzaa ceremony at 11, noon, 1 and 2 in the south gallery's activity room; and Ghanaian drumming and dancing by Akatanwia from 3 to 4 in the rotunda.

National Museum of African Art , 950 Independence Ave. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). The museum will feature hourly gallery talks from 11:30 to 4:30 on agriculture-oriented works, such as Bamana Chi-Wara antelope mask-headdresses. Other activities include drumming and dancing by Akatanwia from 1 to 2 and paper weaving workshops to create kente designs for children accompanied by adults, from 11:30 to 4:30 in the museum's workshop adjacent to the "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity" hands-on activity center.

National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). This museum features dancing and drumming from 11 to noon in the rotunda; lectures by Kwanzaa founder Maulana Karenga at noon and 4 in the Baird Auditorium; storytelling and Kwanzaa ceremony demonstrations at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 in the rotunda; and gallery talks from 11:30 to 4:30 in the "African Voices" exhibition.

Admission and all activities are free. Call 202/357-2700 (TTY: 202/357-1729).



"Whorl," Richmond-based artist Tara Donovan's new sculptural installation made from thousands of pounds of snow-white industrial fiber in the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Hemicycle Gallery (202/639-1700), explores issues of boundaries, physical texture and the beauty of the sublime. See review, Page 67.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


If you were charmed by the pig in "Babe," wait till you get a load of the adorable mouse in "Stuart Little." As voiced by Michael J. Fox (a Fox doing a mouse?) and rendered by superb animatronics, this sweet little rodent will charm the cheese out of you. Oh yeah, and your kids will like it, too. See review, Page 43.

-- Desson Howe


Angelina Reaux, at right, is one of the world's preeminent interpreters of Kurt Weill's songs, and this Churchill High School graduate is in the midst of a three-week stand at the Studio Theater (202/332-3300). The production is called "Songs and Deadly Sins: Berlin Kabarett" and showcases Reaux's stunning voice as she interprets Weill and the works of his early 20th century contemporaries, with performances continuing through Jan. 2.

-- Eric Brace