'Capital Collection'

Jewelry, handbags, clothing, gifts, food and other merchandise from 65 specialty shops from around the nation are showcased in "A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops," the Junior League of Washington's annual fundraiser for local charities Friday from 11 to 6, Saturday 10 to 6 and Sunday 10 to 4 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW (Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo). Admission is $10 (good all three days). On Friday evening from 7 to 11:30 at the hotel, a "Capital Casino" will preview the holiday shops, with an open bar and casino tables. Tickets are $80 per person. For general information, call 202-337-2001, Ext. 21; for "Casino" tickets, use Ext. 22.

Washington Craft Show

The 15th annual Washington Craft Show showcases works in pottery, metal, jewelry, wood, glass and textiles by 180 juried artists Friday from 10 to 8, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5 at the Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW (Metro: Metro Center). Admission is $11, seniors $10; children 11 and younger are free. Call 202-371-4200.

String Sensations

* Violinist Maxim Vengerov performs works by Bach, Ysaye and Shchedrin Saturday at 4 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $35 to $75.

* Cellist Alban Gerhardt performs works by Bach, Crumb, Ligeti and Kodaly Tuesday at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $25.

The Metro stop closest to the Kennedy Center is Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

Stage Notes

* Shenandoah Shakespeare Express performs "Love's Labour's Lost," Shakespeare's comical look at the war between the sexes, from Saturday through Dec. 1 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Capitol South). Performances this week are on Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7:30, and Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30. Tickets are $25 to $36, with discounts for seniors and students. Call 202-544-7077.

* The African Continuum Theatre Company presents Athol Fugard's "Blood Knot," a drama that explores the complexities of racial identity, though Dec. 1 at the AFI Theater in the Kennedy Center (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles). The schedule this week: Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2, and Wednesday and Thursday at 8. Tickets are $20 to $23. Call 202-467-4600.

* The Olney Theatre Center concludes its 2002 season with "The Secret Garden," the Tony Award-winning musical about a little girl who restores happiness to a gloomy household, opening Tuesday and continuing through Dec. 29. Shows this week are on Tuesday at 7:30 and Wednesday and Thursday at 8. Tickets cost $15 to $35. The Olney Theatre Center is at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. in Olney. Call 301-924-3400.

Choral Notes * The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra accompany Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" with Richard Einhorn's oratorio "Voices of Light" Friday and Saturday at 8 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets cost $25, students and children $13. Call 410-263-1906.

* The Cathedral Choral Society and soloists Juliana Franco, MaryKate Hotaling and Marjorie Bundy accompany the audience in a singalong of selections from Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Handel's "Messiah" Tuesday at 7:30 at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Tickets are $7; reservations are recommended. Scores may be rented for $1. Call 202-537-5527.

The Eroica Trio

The Eroica Trio performs a free concert of works by Beethoven, Arensky and Loeillet on Sunday at 3 at the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 2100 C St. NW. No tickets are required. Call 202-334-2436.

Dancing Feats

* The Maryland Dance Ensemble and guest artist Keely Garfield present works by faculty choreographers at 8 on Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Dance Theater at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the University of Maryland campus at Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Tickets are $12, students $5. Call 301-405-2787.

* The IDEA Dancers present tribal folk dances at Jaatra: Indian Dance Fair Saturday at 4:30 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Tickets are $10, seniors and students $5. Call 703-532-5479.

-- Compiled by Larry Fox

Hand-painted furniture and other artworks are featured at the Washington Craft Show.Violinist Maxim Vengerov performs Saturday at the Kennedy Center.captthree