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.

The Week of Jan. 21

More than 65 antique dealers display their collections Jan. 23-24 at the Hunt Country Antique Show, a benefit for Oatlands Plantation, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property. The fair is at the Hill School, on Madison Street in Middleburg. Call 703/777-3174. {diam} Players Mike Mussina, Sydney Ponson, Albert Belle, Mike Bordick and new manager Mike Hargrove are among the Baltimore Orioles who will be at Orioles FanFest 2000, Jan. 22-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Activities include fan forums, children's baseball clinics, interactive games, exhibits, autograph and photo sessions and memorabilia dealers. Call 410/685-9800. {diam} Multimedia and performance artist Joyce J. Scott draws links between Old Master paintings and contemporary issues in an exhibition Jan. 23 through May 21 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Call 410/396-7100. {diam} Oshogbo Art Works made in the Nigerian town of Oshogbo in the 1960s go on view Jan. 23 to Oct. 22 at the National Museum of African Art. Call 202/357-2700.


Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Jeffrey Osborne, Atlantic Starr, Al Johnson and Ray, Goodman & Brown, appearing Feb. 12 at DAR Constitution Hall. They cost $36 plus service charges; call 202/432-7328.



On stage soon, on sale now: "Stop Kiss," the Washington premiere of a new comedy focusing on two women friends in New York City, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre from Jan. 10 through Feb. 13 (tickets cost $16 to $29 after "pay-what-you-can" previews Jan. 10 and 11; call 202/393-3939); and "Clarence Darrow," a one-man portrayal of the legendary lawyer, by American Century Theater at the Gunston Arts Center ($15 to $20; 703/553-8782).


"Robert Gwathmey: A Retrospective," opening Jan. 12 at the Virginia Historical Society, brings together 60 oil paintings, drawings and prints by the Richmond artist (1903-1988) whose work's sometimes caustic social commentary caused him to be long overlooked in his home state. 804/342-9665.


In "The End of the Affair," Neil Jordan's adaptation of the Graham Greene novel, Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes are illicit lovers during the London bombing raids. {diam} In "The Hurricane," Denzel Washington plays Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the professional boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder for decades before clearing his name. {diam} In "Magnolia," writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson reprises the "Nashville"-style method of his "Boogie Nights" for this drama about emotionally tortured residents of the San Fernando Valley. Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore and Jason Robards are some of the ensemble. {diam} A murder trial on a Pacific Northwest island in 1950 uncovers revelations about Japanese internment in "Snow Falling on Cedars." Ethan Hawke heads the cast. All openings are subject to change.


Closing on stage this weekend: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," at the Shakespeare Theatre (202/547-1122, TDD: 202/638-3863); "Chicago," at the National Theatre (800/447-7400 or 202/628-6161); "A Christmas Carol," at Ford's Theatre (703/218-6500 or 202/347-4833); "A Broadway Christmas Carol," at Round House Theatre (both Saturday shows are "pay-what-you-can"; 301/933-1644); "The Idiot" by Stanislavsky Theater Studio at Church Street Theater (202/265-3748); "Inns & Outs," at Source Theatre (202/462-1073); "Angelina Reaux Sings: Songs & Deadly Sins," at Studio Theatre (202/332-3300); and "Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman," at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House (410/481-7328). {diam} Several Smithsonian exhibitions are closing this weekend: "The Soviet Challenge in Space--Illustrating the Threat," at the National Air and Space Museum; "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity," at the Museum of African Art and the Arts & Industries Building; "Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People," at the Museum of Natural History; and "Birthday Tribute to Jacob Kainen," "Selections From the Washington Color School," "Edward Hopper: The Watercolors" and "Sara Robey Foundation Collection," at the National Museum of American Art (which itself is closing for a three-year renovation). Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). {diam} Also closing this weekend: "The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries From the People's Republic of China," in the National Gallery of Art's East Building (202/737-4215, TDD: 202/842-6176); "Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America," at the National Building Museum (202/272-2448); "A Thomas Nast Christmas," at the Newseum (703/284-3544 or 888/639-7386); and "A Voyage of Discovery: The Nile Journal of Richard Morris Hunt," at the Octagon Museum (202/638-3105).


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