Hot Wheels

Five hundred of the millennium's newest cars and concept vehicles are on display at Hot Wheels 2000, the Washington Auto Show, Sunday through Jan. 3 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW (Metro: Metro Center). Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 to 9, Dec. 31 from 10 to 6, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 from 10 to 9 and Jan. 3 from 10 to 6. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors, $4 for children ages 6 through 12 (younger free). Call 888/288-6368.

Holiday Celebration

The traditions of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and the New Year are explored in the National Museum of American History's annual Holiday Celebration, Sunday through Tuesday from noon to 4. Activities Sunday include holiday music and carols from noon to 4, Grimm fairy tales by Jane Dorfman at 12:30 and 1:30 and a Kwanzaa workshop from 1 to 3. On Monday, Celtic, bagpipe, klezmer and other music styles are presented from noon to 4, with Margaret Chatham presenting international stories for children 6 and older at 1, 2 and 3 and Jewish stories for children ages 4 through 10 by Jeanne Leckert at 12:30. On Tuesday, the celebration features Chinese lion dancers from 1 to 4, pinata stories by Laura Kleinmann at 12:30 and 2, children's storyteller Neal Bailey-Harper at 1 and Celtic harpist Sue Richards at 12:30. There are pinata breakings each day at 3. The museum is at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

'Martin Guerre'

"Martin Guerre," a musical drama rife with mystery and deception from the creators of "Les Miserables," is presented Friday at 2, Sunday at 2 and 7, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8, and Thursday at 2 and 8 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Performances run through Jan 16. Tickets are $20 to $79. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Family Fun

* Enjoy a Family Winter Concert by Mike Stein and DinoRock, puppeteers Michele Valerie and Ingrid Crepeau, Friday at 11 at Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Rd. NW. Admission is $9, $3 under age 2, $30 per family for a family of four or more. Call 202/363-6394, Ext. 349 for reservations.

* The annual Family Fun Day features a scavenger hunt, storytelling, children's musical theater by Now This! Kids!, a sing-along with Robyn Helzner and arts and crafts, Sunday from 11 to 3 at the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW (Metro: Farragut North). Admission is $6. Call 202/857-6603 for reservations.

WMAL'S Christmas Eve

Area musicians and local personalities will take part in WMAL's Christmas Eve at the Kennedy Center, an annual sing-along and concert, Friday from 10 to 2 in the Concert Hall. Seating is free and on a first-come basis. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Words of Freedom

The original, signed Emancipation Proclamation will go on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives, Wednesday through Jan. 2. The archives is on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW (Metro: Archives/Navy memorial). Admission is free. The hours are 10 to 5:30 daily. Call Call 202/501-5000.

Stars on Ice

Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Ilia Kulik and other champion figure skaters are in Target Stars on Ice, Wednesday at 7:30 at Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 or 410/481-7328 (service charges); for information, call 410/347-2010.



In addition to several month-long exhibitions celebrating the theme of a "Norwegian Christmas" now on view at Union Station, 52 exquisite examples of craft by contemporary Norwegian wood, fiber, clay, glass and jewelry artists are on display through Feb. 18 at the Inter-American Development Bank's Cultural Center Art Gallery, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Call 202/623-3774.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


With the richly nuanced drama "All About My Mother," Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar honors the mother in every woman . . . and a few gay men. (See review, Page 32).

-- Michael O'Sullivan


"Sunny," the second recording by area jazz singer Sunny Sumter, was one of the best CDs of the year. Her warm interpretations of standards and originals were even more impressive than on her stellar debut CD. Sumter hasn't performed much around town lately, so catch her Wednesday at Blues Alley (202/337-4141), along with piano accompanist John Hicks.

-- Eric Brace


For the fourth year in a row, the Dance Institute of Washington is performing "Spirit of Kwanzaa," a depiction in movement, poetry, song and video of the seven principles of the African-based celebration, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (202/467-4600). The 200-member cast features Step Afrika!, guest artists of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, a children's gospel choir, and, in its U.S. premiere, South Africa's Soweto Dance Theatre.-- Sarah Kaufman


A Scottish Holiday

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, Sunday at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 to $35. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Kwanzaa Celebration

* Music by Ebony Strings, Soulshakus and Kale'chi; dancing by Flair Studios and the Stephanie Powell Dance Ensemble; a Kwanzaa workshop; storytelling; and arts and crafts are featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Kwanzaa Family Celebration, Sunday from 2 to 5. The museum is at 31st and North Charles streets in Baltimore. Admission to the festival and museum is free during that three-hour period . Call 410/396-6320.

* Fabian Barnes and the Dance Institute of Washington celebrate the "Spirit of Kwanzaa," using poetry, music, dance and drums, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $10. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Barney & Friends

* Barney, BJ and Baby Bop star in "Barney's Magic Castle," Wednesday at 7, Thursday at 3 and 7, Dec. 31 at 1, Jan. 1 at 3:30 and 7, and Jan. 2 at 1:30 and 5 at the Patriot Center, on the campus of George Mason University, 4400 University Dr. in Fairfax. Tickets are $11.50 to $26. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges).

* The Children's Theater presents "A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail," Monday through Thursday at 3 and 7:30, and Dec. 31 at 1:30 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Tickets are $8, $6 students and seniors. Call 703/548-1154.

* "The Nutcracker" is danced by the Virginia Ballet Company, Sunday at 2 and 7, Monday at 2 and 7, Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 at the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus, 8333 Little River Tnpk. Tickets are $15, $10 seniors and children 12 and younger. Call 703/321-8009.

White House Tours

The White House is decorated for the holiday and is open for candlelight tours Monday and Jan. 4 from 5 to 7. 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.