Happy Holiday? Get Listed!
Weekend will publish its annual guide to Christmas, Hanukah and other winter holiday activities on Dec. 3. If you would like us to list your concert, pageant, children's show or similar event, mail information -- including a description, dates and times, prices, street address and a telephone number that we may print -- to Holiday Happenings, Weekend section, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071-5650. This is in addition to any information you may wish to submit for our regular weekly listings. Our deadline is Nov. 19. Craft fairs and religious services cannot be included.
Flowers Weren't Enough
The Virginia Opera stages "Turandot," Puccini's tale of a coldhearted Mandarin princess in ancient China who demands that her suitors solve her riddles or die, Friday at 8 and Sunday at 2 in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $44 to $84 plus service charges from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500; for information, call 703-993-8888.
Hot Bands, Hot Beans
Jimmy Eat World, Cake, the Donnas, Chevelle and other bands play all day during the D.C. Chili Cook-Off, a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation, Saturday from 11 to 7 outdoors at 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW (Metro: Smithsonian). About 75 chili chefs will compete for a spot in the World Championships in Las Vegas, and vendors will offer other foods and beverages. Tickets cost $25 through Friday, $35 at the gate. To order, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-244-7900.
The 38th annual St. Mary's County Oyster Festival celebrates the opening of Chesapeake Bay oyster season with entertainment on two stages, seafood specialties and barbecue, a crafts fair, and carnival rides and games Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 6 at the county fairground on Route 5 two miles south of Leonardtown. The National Oyster Shucking Championship and the National Oyster Cook-Off are highlights. Admission is $5, ages 12 and under free. Call 301-863-5015 or visit www.usoysterfest.com.
'Nemo' on Skates
Disney on Ice re-creates the underwater world of cautious clownfish Marlin, cheerful Dory and little lost Nemo in "Finding Nemo," opening Wednesday and continuing through Oct. 24 at Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. The schedule: Wednesday and Thursday at 7, Oct. 22 at 10:30 and 7:30; Oct. 23 at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:30; and Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., 1:30 and 5:30.Tickets cost $15 to $60. "Nemo" then moves to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., for shows from Oct. 27 through Oct. 31.Those tickets cost $12 to $45. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 or 410-547-7328 (service charges added). For information, call Patriot Center, 703-993-3000, or 1st Mariner Arena,
Nearly 100 horses and their riders will compete in the seven steeplechase races of the 67th International Gold Cup Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., on Old Tavern Road about a mile south of I-66 Exit 31. Gates open at 10, a carriage parade begins at noon, the opening ceremony is at 12:45, and the first race begins at 1. Jack Russell terrier races begin at 11:15. General admission tickets at the gate are $60 per vehicle with up to six passengers. Call 800-697-2237 or 540-347-1215, or visit www.vagoldcup.com.
The Washington Ballet opens its 2004-05 season ambitiously with its first full-length production of "Giselle," the 1841 classic in which a peasant girl goes mad and dies after she discovers that her lover is a prince, but no gentleman, in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). The schedule: Wednesday through Oct. 22 at 8, Oct. 23 at 2:30 and 8, Oct. 24 at 2:30. Tickets cost $29 to $59 Wednesday, $48 to $84 at other times. Most shows are followed by a "BalletTalk" discussion with Artistic Director Septime Webre and the company. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524). See story on Page 22.
Match Julie Andrews note for note and greet her whenever she enters a scene at "Sing-a-Long Sound of Music," screenings of the movie classic with subtitles (including vowels for the yodeling sequences), Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 2 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Costumes are encouraged. Tickets cost $15 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-994-6800.
From Their Hands to Yours
* More than 400 artists and artisans will show their creations in metal, wood, glass, fiber and other media at the Craftsmen's Classic Arts & Crafts Festival Friday from 9 to 7, Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. Admission is $7, ages 6 to 12 $1, younger free. Call 703-378-0910.
* About 150 artists from 38 states and Canada will show their wares at ArtBaltimore04 Friday from 10 to 8, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Admission is $9, students and seniors $6, ages under 12 free. Call 410-649-7144 or 703-787-9080.
* Nearly 200 juried artists will display their drawings, sculpture, ceramics and other works at the Bethesda Row Art Festival Saturday from 11 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5 on Woodmont and Bethesda avenues and Elm Street in Bethesda (Metro: Bethesda). There will also be food vendors and live music. Admission is free; part of the proceeds will go to three National Institutes of Health children's charities. Call 301-816-6958.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere
1st Mariner Arena.Christopher Smith announces the next race at last year's International Gold Cup.