LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Oct. 29

Getting into the spirit of Halloween, the Arlington Symphony Orchestra accompanies screenings of the 1922 silent horror classic "Nosferatu" with the original score Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 at the Rachel Schlesinger Center in Alexandria. Tickets cost $20; call 703-528-1817. {diam} Sharp-tongued comedian Wanda Sykes shares her view of the world Oct. 29 at Lisner Auditorium. Tickets cost $35.50 plus service charges from Ticketmaster; call 202-397-7328. {diam} "The Irish Tenors" -- Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright and John McDermott -- sing traditional ballads and other music Nov. 3 at Warner Theatre. Tickets cost $29.50 to $65 from Ticketmaster (service charges added).

The Week of Nov. 5

The colorful, energetic Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company brings its gravity-defying leaps and spins to Baltimore's Lyric Opera House Nov. 5 ($32 to $42; call 866-597-4200), and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Nov. 6 ($25 to $65; call 202-467-4600). {diam} Artistic director and tenor Placido Domingo stars as a rich landowner in the revolutionary atmosphere of mid-19th-century Spain in Torroba's "Luisa Fernanda" in the Kennedy Center Opera House Nov. 6-19. Tickets cost $45 to $290; call 202-295-2400 or 202-467-4600. {diam} The Choral Arts Society of Washington opens its 40th anniversary season with Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Poulenc's "Gloria" Nov. 7 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $17 to $50; call 202-244-3669. {diam} Mikhail Baryshnikov takes on his first stage acting role since 1989 in "Forbidden Christmas, or The Doctor and the Patient," set in the 1950s in a Soviet Georgian town where Christmas has been outlawed, Nov. 10-14 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets cost $35; call 202-467-4600.

The Week of Nov. 12

Explore the hottest new equipment, learn about local and national resorts and catch "Impact," the latest Warren Miller ski action film, at the 17th annual National Ski and Snowboard Expo Nov. 12-14 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Admission is $10 at the door, ages under 8 free; call 703-912-9332. {diam} A wildlife and nature art fair, the World Championship Goose Calling Contest and the World Championship Live Duck Calling Contest are highlights of the 34th annual Waterfowl Festival Nov. 12-14 throughout Easton, Md., on the Eastern Shore. Call 410-822-4567.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Friday at noon from Ticketmaster for a show by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, appearing Dec. 6 at the Birchmere. They cost $45 plus service charges; call 202-397-7328. {diam} Tickets for these Birchmere shows are on sale now from Ticketmaster: Raphael Saadiq and Amp Fiddler, Nov. 10 ($35); Nancy Sinatra, Nov. 30 ($25). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for these shows at the 9:30 club: Talib Kweli and Saul Williams, appearing Nov. 18 ($25); and Medeski, Martin & Wood, Nov. 27 ($25). Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: Audrey Wasilewski stars in "Becoming Adele," a solo comic tale of a Brooklyn waitress trying to create a future for herself and her daughter, at Rep Stage in Columbia from Oct. 29 through Nov. 21. Tickets cost $10 to $23; call 410-772-4900. {diam} Theater J opens "A Bad Friend," Jules Feiffer's portrait of a family of American communists in the '50s, with "pay-what-you-can" previews Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The run continues through Nov. 28. Regular prices are $20 to $36; call 800-494-8497.

Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: On Thursday and Oct. 30, respectively, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery open "Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler," a two-part exhibition devoted to the work of the Chinese-born contemporary artist. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). {diam} On Nov. 1, the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center opens the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar to the public, featuring a refurbished space shuttle Enterprise as its centerpiece. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). {diam} "Cram Sessions: 02 Dark Matter," opening Nov. 3 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, features selections from the world of contemporary culture that are sometimes overlooked by the art establishment. Examples include underground 'zines, a slide archive of Baltimore graffiti art, experimental musical instruments and unorthodox knit works. Call 410-396-7100. {diam} "Five Friends From Japan," opening Nov. 4 at the National Building Museum, uses built environments to explore what life is like for a contemporary Japanese child. Call 202-272-2448.

Film

Opening Oct. 29: In "Being Julia," Annette Bening plays a stage actress seduced by a fan with a dubious agenda. {diam} Nicole Kidman stars in "Birth" as a young widow who meets a 10-year-old boy claiming to be her reincarnated husband. {diam} "In the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word and Deed," a political documentary, tells the story of Ronald Reagan as a cold warrior. {diam} "The Machinist" is about a factory worker (Christian Bale) who has not slept in a year. {diam} In "Ray," Jamie Foxx plays legendary singer Ray Charles. {diam} In "Saw," a deranged killer abducts morally wayward people and forces them to play macabre games. {diam} "Sideways," a buddy comedy, is about two middle-age friends (Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti) who go on a last hurrah trip through California wine country before one of them gets married. {diam} "Undertow" is a thriller about violence as it plays out between two generations of brothers. {diam} "Voices of Iraq" is a documentary compiled from footage from 150 video cameras distributed to everyday Iraqis. Opening dates may change.

CLOSING

This weekend is your last chance to catch Cirque du Soleil's newest touring extravaganza, "Varekai," on the RFK Stadium grounds; call 800-678-5440. {diam} Also closing on stage: the Washington Ballet's new production of "Giselle," in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater (202-467-4600); "Macbeth," at the Shakespeare Theatre (202-547-1122, TDD: 202-638-3863); "The Matchmaker," at Ford's Theatre (202-397-7328 or 202-347-4833); "The Russian National Postal Service" and "The Russian Readings," at Studio Theatre (202-332-3300); and "Lady Windermere's Fan," at Baltimore's Center Stage (410-332-0033). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite," at the National Museum of Natural History; call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

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"Five Friends From Japan," opening Nov. 4, explores the lives of Japanese children. Christian Bale plays a factory worker who hasn't slept in a year in "The Machinist," opening Oct. 29. Cirque du Soleil closes its newest touring extravaganza, "Varekai," Sunday in its tent at the RFK Stadium parking lot.