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 Spielberg 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.americasmillennium.gov. {diam} The Smithsonian Institution will host three days of indoor activities, Dec. 31 through Jan. 2, with dozens of discussions about a variety of subjects (tickets have already been distributed). Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). {diam} The District of Columbia plans to hold a festival Dec. 31 through Jan. 1 along Constitution Avenue NW, on Constitution between 10th 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: www.2000dc.com. {diam} And these cities and counties will hold their own alcohol-free, family-oriented First Night celebrations: Alexandria (call 703/836-1526 or visit the Web site: www.firstnightalexandria.org); Annapolis (call 410/268-8553 or visit the Web site: www.firstnightannapolis.org); Baltimore (call 800/282-6632 or visit the Web site: www.bop.org); Leesburg (call 888/478-1758); Montgomery County (call 240/777-6821 or visit the Web site: www.co.mo.md.us/rec/fnm.html) and Warrenton (call 540/788-3507 or 540/349-0010).

Week of Jan. 7

The Choral Arts Society presents its annual choral tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 9 at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524). {diam} The National Symphony Orchestra holds its first Kinderkonzerts of the year on Jan. 8 in the Kennedy Center Theater Lab. The concert is recommended for children 4 and older. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524) {diam} This is the last weekend to tour the Miracle of Lights drive-through holiday light show in Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., in Centreville. The show is open Jan. 7-8. Call 703/709-5437.

Week of Jan. 14

Speeches, music and a replaying of the "I Have a Dream" speech mark the Jan. 14 celebration at the Lincoln Memorial of Martin Luther King's birthday. Call 202/619-7222. And at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in southeast Washington, videotapes of the civil rights movement will be shown on Jan. 17 to commemorate King's birthday. Call 202/426-5961. {diam} Representations of the goddess Fortuna from antiquity to the Renaissance are the focus of the Images of Fortune show from Jan. 18 to June 10 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Call 202/544-7077.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now for "Forever Tango," visiting the Warner Theatre Feb. 8 through 13. They cost $19 to $49 plus service charges from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328; for information, call 202/783-4000.

OPENING SOONStageOn stage soon, on sale now: "Floyd Collins," the Washington premiere of a musical set in 1925 about a man who tries to turn a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction and becomes trapped underground himself, at Signature Theatre from Jan. 4 through Feb. 13. Tickets cost $28 to $30. Order from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703/821-9771.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this week: "Peter Pan," at the Olney Theatre (301/924-3400); "Black Nativity," at the Lincoln Theater (202/432-7328 or 202/328-6000); and "A Century of Musical Theatre: From Ragtime to Ragtime," by Washington Jewish Theatre at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (301/230-3775). {diam} This week is your last chance to visit "Hats Off: A Salute to African Headgear," at the National Museum of African Art (202/357-2700, TDD: 202/357-1729); and "Fooles and Fricassees: Food in Shakespeare's England," at the Folger Shakespeare Library (202/544-4600).

Next Friday in Weekend

The Millennium arrives, with major celebrations at the Lincoln Memorial, at several Smithsonian museums and along Constitution Avenue. We have all the details and schedules.

For More Information

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