The Week of Jan. 3

The 19th annual Fishing Expo & Boat Show is Jan. 9-12 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Call 410-838-8687. * The Boys Choir of Harlem performs Jan. 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524). * The 48th annual Washington Antiques Show is Jan. 9-12 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Call 202-965-0640.

The Week of Jan. 10

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents A Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 12 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524). * The celebrated political satirist Mark Russell performs Jan. 15-19 at Ford's Theatre. Call 703-218-6500, 800-955-5566. * "Shakespeare's Villains: A Master Class in Evil," is performed by Steven Berkoff Jan. 16-Feb. 2 at Studio Theatre. Call 202-332-3300.

The Week of Jan. 17

Speeches, music and a replaying of the "I Have a Dream" speech mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance Jan. 17 at 11 in the Department of Interior Auditorium, 18th and C streets NW. Call 202-619-7222. * Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday/birthday will be noted with a Civil Rights Film Festival on the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement Jan. 19-25 at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. Call 202-426-5961. * The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Parade will feature floats, marching bands and church choirs Jan. 20 at noon on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore. Call 410-837-4636. * Sample more than 150 wines, enjoy wine seminars and cooking demonstrations, and then savor dinners prepared by famous chefs at the fifth annual "Fine Art of Cuisine" Jan. 17-19 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. Call 703-917-5498. * "Theophilus North," an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's novel about a young man who sets out to see the world, is performed Jan. 17-March 2 at Arena Stage. Call 202-488-3300. * See the latest cars, SUVs, vans and trucks at the Carquest World of Wheels auto show Jan. 17-19 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW. Call 202-296-7200. * The Greater Washington Golf Show features vendors of golf-related products and services Jan. 17-19 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Call 703-802-0066 or 800-939-0040. * See displays of powerboats and other watercraft and exhibits by vendors of nautical goods and services at the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show Jan. 18-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Call 410-649-7000.


Stage On stage soon, on sale now: "The Last Seder," a family comedy about connections and separations, by Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center from Jan. 7 through Feb. 9 ($21 to $34; 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229); "The Unexpected Man," a mystery about an encounter between a famous author and a dedicated fan, by Washington Stage Guild at Arena Stage at 14th and T NW ($25 to $28; 240-582-0050); and "Twelfth Night," at the Folger Shakespeare Library ($29 to $46; 202-544-7077).

Film Opening Jan. 3: In Ferzan Ozpetek's "His Secret Life," a Franco-Italian production, AIDS doctor Antonia (Margherita Buy) learns the truth about her husband after he dies in a car crash. * Luck is a marketable commodity in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's "Intacto," a cat-and-mouse thriller that connects three lives. * "Nicholas Nickleby," an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, stars Charlie Hunnam, Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent and Christopher Plummer. * In Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year, a Polish Jewish pianist (Adrien Brody) hides from the Nazis in Warsaw. Opening dates subject to change.

CLOSING Closing on stage this weekend: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," in the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater (202-488-3300, TDD: 202-484-0247); "A Christmas Carol," at Ford's Theatre (703-218-6500 or 202-347-4833); "A Broadway Christmas Carol," at Round House Theatre (240-644-1100); "The Christmas Carol Rag," at Signature Theatre (703-218-6500); "The Secret Garden," at the Olney Theatre (301-924-3400); and "Bat Boy: The Musical," at Studio Theatre's Secondstage (202-332-3300). * This weekend is your last chance to visit these closing exhibitions: "Fashioning Art: Handbags by Judith Lieber" and "Picturing the Corcoran's Sculpture: Photographs by David Finn," at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202-639-1700); "In the Arms of Elders" and "The Color Yellow: Beauford Delaney," at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, and "Photo du Jour: David Hume Kennerly's Picture-a-Day Journey Through the First Year of the New Millennium," at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building (202-357-2700, TDD: 202-357-1729); and "The Book of Kings: Art, War and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible," at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum (410-547-9000).

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Catch him if you can: Justin Spencer Pereira as Colin Craven in a soon-to-close production of "The Secret Garden."Anglers will be lured to attend the Fishing Expo & Boat Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds beginning Jan. 9.Jim Broadbent stars as Wackford Squeers, the wicked headmaster of Dotheboys Hall, in the ensemble comedy "Nicholas Nickleby."