Chinese New Year

Dragon and lion dancers, martial artists, Chinese folk dancers and a parade help celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Sheep (or Goat), on Sunday from 2 to 5 on H Street NW between Fifth and Ninth streets (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown). The celebration and parade are free. Call 202-393-2280.

Tango in Fairfax

Tango Buenos Aires presents "The Golden Age of Tango" in dance, music and song Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets are $20, $32 and $40. To order, call, 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-993-8888.

Disney on Ice

Mickey, Minnie, Jiminy Cricket, Buzz, Woody and other favorite Disney characters star in Disney on Ice's "Walt Disney's 100 Years of Magic" at two area venues. They visit First Mariner Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena), 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Friday at 10:30 and 7:30, Saturday at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30 and 5:30. Tickets cost $11 to $35. The ice show then moves to MCI Center, 601 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown) for performances Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 10:30 and 7:30, Feb. 14 at 7:30, Feb. 15 at 11, 3 and 7:30, and Feb. 16 at 1 and 5. Opening night tickets at MCI are $10 and $42; for other nights, they cost $13, $17, $22 and $42. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-432-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 410-347-2010 (First Mariner Arena) or 202-628-3200 (MCI Center).

Hispanic Theater Festival

Teatro de la Luna presents "Teatro y Exilio/Theater and Exile," the International Festival of Hispanic Theater, Friday through March 15 at Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. The festival features 10 Hispanic theater companies from eight countries presenting 12 productions in Spanish with simultaneous English interpretation. The opening show is Tankred Dorst's "La Curva/The Curve," a dark comedy about two brothers who live next to a dangerous highway curve -- one repairs damaged cars and the other writes to relatives of the deceased -- Friday at 8 and Saturday at 3 and 8. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students. The festival also presents children's performances in Spanish at 11 a.m. on Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and March 1 at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW; tickets are $7, free for ages under 12. Call 703-548-3092 for tickets and information; for a schedule, visit

All About France

Le Neon Theatre presents "Paris on the Potomac," a festival of French theater, food, and culture, Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 15-16 from noon to 6 at the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. The daily program features Raymond Queneau's "Exercises in Style" at 12:30; Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano" at 1:50; "Parisian Characters," a collection of character sketches by Didier Rousselet and Charles Cros at 3:10; and Moliere's "L'Amour Medecin" at 4:30. Other attractions include poetry reading, dance, face-painting, singing, juggling and an art auction. Admission is $18, $15 for seniors and $12 for students under 21. On Friday at 8, Le Neon presents pay-what-you-can staged readings in English of "Painting With Light," a play by Joan Kelley about Mary Cassatt and the impressionists, and "Duet," Otho Eskin's dialogue between Sarah Bernhardt and Eleanora Duse. For more information, call 703-243-6366.

St. Petersburg Celebration

Baltimore celebrates St. Petersburg's 300th birthday with these exhibitions:

* "The Brilliance of Bakst: Theater and Textile Designs From Baltimore Collections," featuring patterned silks and a theater set by Russian artist Leon Bakst, and "Art of the Ballet Russes," featuring stage designs and costumes for the ballet troupe created by Matisse, Picasso, Chirico and Bakst, opening Wednesday and continuing through May 4 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, on Art Museum Drive off N. Charles Street. The museum is open Wednesday-Friday from 11 to 5, and Saturday-Sunday from 11 to 6 (open until 8 on the first Thursday of each month). Admission is $7; seniors and students $5; under age 19 free; free to all on the first Thursday of each month. Call 410-396-7100.

* Two exhibitions open Thursday at the Walters Art Museum, at 600 North Charles St.: "Origins of the Russian Avant-Garde" includes work by Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and more than 20 innovative Russian artists, and "The Faberge Menagerie" focuses on animal sculptures made from gemstones by the famous Russian designer Carl Faberge. The "Avant-Garde" exhibition closes May 25, and "Faberge" on July 27. The museum is open daily except Monday from 10 to 5 (until 8 on the first Thursday of each month). Timed-entry tickets, which include both special exhibitions and the other collections, are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for ages 18 to 25 and free for ages 17 and younger. Buy tickets at the museum or order from Ticketmaster, 202-432-7328 or 410-481-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 410-547-9000.

-- Compiled by Larry Fox

The Chinese New Year celebration is Sunday in Chinatown.The Blue Fairy from "Pinocchio" skates in "Disney on Ice" in Baltimore and Washington.captthree