LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Sept. 24

Hundreds of vendors of remodeling, redecorating and landscaping goods and services share their wares at the Capital Home Show Sept. 24-26 at Dulles Expo Center. Call 703-378-0910. {diam} The Washington National Cathedral hosts its annual Open House Sept. 25, with guided tours, tower climbs and entertainment. Call 202-537-3129. {diam} Entertainment, ranger-guided walks and other activities commemorate Rock Creek Park's 114th birthday at Rock Creek Park Day Sept. 25 at Rock Creek Park Nature Center. Call 202-282-0927 or 202-619-7222.

The Week of Oct. 1

Visit the quaint little town of Waterford, Va., for the 61st annual Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit Oct. 1-3. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the gate; call 540-882-3018.{diam} More than 50 restaurants offer their specialties and entertainers perform on four stages during the 15th annual Taste of Bethesda Oct. 2 in the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660. {diam} Entertainment on two stages, exhibits, children's rides and a food court are all part of the 12th annual Fall for Fairfax outdoor festival Oct. 2 at Fairfax County Government Center. Call 703-324-3247. {diam} Explore a 13,000-square-foot French-style residence in Potomac redecorated by dozens of local designers at the 2004 NSO Decorators' Show House, an annual benefit for the National Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 3-31. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 202-416-8149.

The Week of Oct. 8

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation hosts Alexandria Seaport Day Oct. 9 from 10 to 4 at Waterfront Park, with maritime exhibits, children's activities and a rowboat-building competition. Call 703-549-7078. {diam} Enjoy live performances, hands-on art activities, costumed characters and other entertainment at Family Toon Day Oct. 10 at Strathmore Arts Center in Bethesda. Call 301-530-0540. {diam} Bette Midler brings her "Kiss My Brass Tour" to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena Oct. 11. Tickets are $55 to $135 plus service charges; call 202-397-7328.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster (by phone or Internet, but not at outlets) for a concert concluding the "Vote for Change" superstar tour Oct. 11 at MCI Center. The scheduled lineup includes Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Jurassic 5, Keb' Mo', "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. They cost $53 to $178 plus service charges. Call 202-397-7328 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. {diam}Tickets also go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster (including outlets) for a double-bill by Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, appearing Nov. 3 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena. They cost $29.50 to $69.50 plus service charges.

{diam} These shows also go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster: starting Friday at noon, Eddie From Ohio, appearing Oct. 19 at the Birchmere ($29.50); starting Saturday at 11, Avril Lavigne, Nov. 9 at George Mason University's Patriot Center ($40); starting Saturday at noon, Fourplay, Nov. 16 at Lisner Auditorium ($37.50). {diam}Tickets go on sale Sunday from Telecharge for "Movin' Out," the Broadway musical choreographed by Twyla Tharp with songs by Billy Joel, at the National Theatre from Nov. 19 through Dec. 19. They cost $40 to $85 plus service charges; call 800-447-7400. {diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for these 9:30 club shows: Public Enemy and Living Colour, Oct. 16 ($25); De La Soul, Oct. 22 ($20); Death Cab for Cutie and Pretty Girls Make Graves, Oct. 23 ($17); Ministry, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and Hansel & Gretyl, Oct. 25 ($25); and Bad Religion, Rise Against and From First to Last, Oct. 26 ($20). Call 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

OPENING SOON

Stage

Ford's Theatre opens its 2004-05 season with Thornton Wilder's romantic farce "The Matchmaker" from Sept. 24 through Oct. 24. Tickets cost $25 to $48 plus service charges from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328. {diam} James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll star in a new production of "On Golden Pond" from Sept. 28 through Oct. 17 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $25 to $78. Call 202-467-4600.

Exhibit

Opening Sept. 30 at the Decatur House, "First Neighbors: Decatur House Residents and the Presidents" focuses on the Lafayette Square home's occupants through history and their relationship with their neighbors in the White House. Call 202-842-0920.

Film

Opening Sept. 24: Neve Campbell plays a woman who turns the tables on the arrogant men in her life in "When Will I Be Loved." {diam} "The Forgotten" stars Julianne Moore as a grieving mother whose psychiatrist tries to convince her that she has fabricated eight years' worth of memories of her dead son. {diam} From filmmaker John Waters, "A Dirty Shame" stars Tracey Ullman as a Baltimore housewife who becomes obsessed with sex after a head injury. {diam} The daughter (Katie Holmes) of the U.S. president goes off to college and young love in "First Daughter." {diam} A London slacker must fend off flesh-eating zombies as he attempts to rescue his girlfriend and reach the safety of the local pub in the horror-farce, "Shaun of the Dead." {diam} In the comedy "The Last Shot," Alec Baldwin plays an FBI agent who sets up a fake movie production to entrap a mobster. {diam} A man and a woman who have witnessed a fatal accident deal with a stalker in "Enduring Love." {diam} The darkly comic "Nicotina" stars Diego Luna as a science geek who runs afoul of Russian mobsters. {diam} "Ju-on" is a Japanese horror film about an evil spirit lingering in a house where a violent tragedy occurred. {diam} A bickering French couple become separated in the thriller "Red Lights."

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "The Phantom of the Opera," at the Hippodrome in Baltimore. Call 410-481-7328 or 410-752-7444.

NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND

From Joe Gibbs to "Cowzilla," some pretty intriguing -- and occasionally downright twisted -- characters are popping up in corn fields across the region. Next week, we'll blaze a trail to a-maze-ing puzzling paths, along with pumpkin patches and other autumn delights.

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Climb to the top of the bell tower at Washington National Cathedral during the cathedral's Open House on Sept. 25.Bruce Springsteen is on the "Vote for Change" tour lineup Oct. 11.Tracey Ullman is a housewife who takes a new interest in hubby (Chris Isaak) in "A Dirty Shame," opening Sept. 24.