LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Feb. 4

Marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, clowns and other performers star in the Chinese New Year Parade, Feb. 6 in Chinatown. Before the parade, lion dancers and drummers will entertain at a stage on H Street near Sixth Street NW. 202/638-1041. * The stars of "Toy Story" come to life Feb. 8-13 when the lavish ice spectacular Walt Disney World on Ice skates into MCI Center. Call 202/432-7328.

The Week of Feb. 11

The Sterling & Reid Brothers Circus, a small traveling circus, performs Feb. 11 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. Call 202/432-7328. * Abraham Lincoln's birthday is celebrated at noon Feb. 12 with a wreath-laying, military bands and a dramatic reading of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" at the Lincoln Memorial. Call 202/619-7222. * More than 200 juried professional artists will sell their creations at the Cabin Fever Festival, Feb. 12-13 at the Frederick Fairgrounds in Frederick. Call 301/898-5466. * A wreath-laying ceremony, musical tributes and other activities are planned to commemorate the birthday of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Feb. 14 at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Site. Call 202/426-5961.

The Week of Feb. 18

Workshops, recitals and concerts by top local and national jazz artists are showcased at the East Coast Jazz Festival, opening Feb. 16 at Walter Johnson High School and continuing Feb. 17-21 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rockville. Performers include the Marshall Keys Quintet, Jeanie Bryson, Ernie Andrews, Dakota Staton, the Keter Betts Ensemble, Buster Williams, Houston Person and Etta Jones. Call 301/933-1822. * The Washington Boat Show features hundreds of powerboats, sailboats and luxury yachts, plus the latest in marine accesories and waters sports equipment, Feb. 17-21 at the Washington Convention Center. Call 703/823-7960. * Alexandria holds the nation's largest parade celebrating the birthday of George Washington on Feb. 21, starting at 1 at Wilkes and St. Asaph streets and proceeding through Old Town to Gibbon and South Fairfax streets. Call 703/838-4200. * International Tourist Guide Day features two-hour motorcoach and walking tours of Washington, Feb. 21 from 9 to 11 and noon to 2. Call 202/298-9425.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Marc Anthony, appearing March 21 at DAR Constitution Hall. They cost $34.50 and $40.50 plus service charges; call 202/432-7328.* On sale Saturday at noon from Ticketmaster: a show by Korn, with Spike & Mike and Staind, appearing March 27 at Baltimore Arena. Tickets cost $29.50 plus service charges. * Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster for the Harlem Globetrotters, visiting Patriot Center March 5 and MCI Center March 18. They cost $11 to $75, plus service charges.

OPENING SOON

Exhibitions

These exhibitions open next week: "Reflections in Black: A History of African American Photographers, 1840 to the Present," opening Feb. 4 at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building, begins with the pioneering work of daguerreotypist Jules Lion and ends with the contemporary art of such photographers as Carrie Mae Weems. Call 202/357-2700. * "Reflected Lives, Directed Lives: American Women's Magazines," opening Feb. 4 at the Newseum, examines the more than 200-year-old history of American women's magazines. Call 703/284-3544. * "Cupid's Chocolate Factory," opening Feb. 5 at the Capital Children's Museum, features 650 pounds of romantic-themed chocolate sculpture. Call 202/675-4120. * "The Dragon's Moan," opening Feb. 6 at the Freer Gallery of Art, focuses on the qin, a zither-like musical instrument from China. Call 202/357-2700. * "Vive Wilson!--An American President in France," opening Feb. 8 at the Woodrow Wilson House Museum, puts on view more than 50 photographs of President Wilson's 1919 trip to Paris to sign the Versailles Peace Treaty. Call 202/387-4062. * "The Magic of Remedios Varo," opening Feb. 10 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is the first U.S. retrospective devoted to the paintings and drawings of the late Mexican surrealist. Call 202/783-5000. * And on Feb. 10, "Abomey: History Told on Walls" goes on view in the Kennedy Center's roof-level South Gallery, featuring bas-relief sculpture from the West African nation of Benin. Call 202/467-4600.

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "The Mystery of Irma Vep," Charles Ludlum's sendup of horror movie and pop culture cliches starring two actors in eight roles, by Rep Stage in Columbia Feb. 4 through March 12 ($12 to $19; 410/772-4900); "The Dying Gaul," a satire in which a Hollywood screenwriter finds the afterlife on the Internet, at Source Theatre Feb. 5 through March 5 ($25, after "pay-what-you-can" previews Wednesday through Feb. 4; 202/462-1073); "Figaro," an original adaptation of "The Marriage of Figaro," by Classika Theatre Feb. 4 through March 20 ($12 to $17; 703/824-6200); "Forever Tango," an evening of Argentine dance and music, at the Warner Theatre Feb. 8-13 ($19 to $49; 202/32-7328); "The Civil War," a musical saga of America's past, at Baltimore's Morris Mechanic Theatre Feb. 8-13 ($20 to $65; 410/752-1200); "His Woman, His Wife," a new gospel musical, at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House Feb. 8-13 ($17.50 to $29.50; 410/752-1200); and the Washington Ballet's winter program of "Carmina Burana" and "The Leaves Are Fading," in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater Feb. 10-13 ($40 to $45; 202/467-4600).

Film

Opening Feb. 4: "Scream" newcomer Parker Posey joins old hands Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell in "Scream 3," the second follow-up to the runaway 1996 horror hit. Creator Kevin Williamson did not script this sequel, however. But director Wes Craven returns to the helm. Opening date may be subject to change.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: The Keegan Theatre is closing two plays this weekend: "The Derry Boat," a one-man show about Irish immigrants in Scotland, at the Rosslyn Spectrum, and "The King of Mackie Street," the world premiere of a dark comedy set in Ireland, at the Warehouse Theatre. Call 703/757-1180. * Two Smithsonian exhibitions are closing this weekend: "Glass! Glorious Glass!," at the Renwick Gallery, and "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting," at the Freer Gallery. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729). * This weekend is also your last chance to visit "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits From American Collections," at the Baltimore Museum of Art (410/396-7100); "The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America" and "To Conserve a Legacy: American Art From Historically Black Colleges and Universities," at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202/639-1700); and "Life of the People: Realist Prints and Drawings From the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection, 1912-1948," at the Library of Congress (202/707-4604).

NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND

Welcoming the Lunar New Year, we learn how several local residents celebrate and what events will be held in honor of the Year of the Dragon.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To search for upcoming events or read past articles, check out The Washington Post's Web site: www.washingtonpost.com.