Holiday Event? List It Here!

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 a description -- with dates and times, prices, street address and a telephone number that we may print -- to Holiday Happenings, Weekend, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071-5650. This is in addition to information you may wish to submit for our regular weekly listings. Our deadline is Nov. 19. Craft fairs and religious services cannot be included.

All the World in Words

The Kennedy Center hosts its ninth annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival Saturday from noon to 5 in the upstairs Atrium and galleries. The lives and cultures of African, African American, Asian American, Indian, Latino and Native American peoples are a special focus. More than 500 titles of storybooks, picture books and other volumes for toddlers through teens will be available, and dozens of authors, storytellers and performers will be on hand. Donna Washington, Sonia Manzano, Edwin Fontanez and other authors will read from their books, and dancers will host workshops in South African, Latin American, Hawaiian and Japanese dancing. All readings will be sign-interpreted. Admission and activities are free. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

Remembering the Veterans

* A Veterans Day commemoration begins Thursday at 11 at Arlington National Cemetery (Metro: Arlington Cemetery).

A wreath will be placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a ceremony in the amphitheater. Visitors must be seated by 10:30. Free buses will operate between the visitors center and the ceremony.

Call 703-607-8000.

* A ceremony starts Thursday at 1 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) is the keynote speaker. Call 202-393-0090.

* A wreath-laying ceremony begins Thursday at 1 at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial). Call 202-737-2300.

* A wreath-laying ceremony with remarks by dignitaries begins Thursday at 3:30 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, at the main gate to Arlington National Cemetery. Call

703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294.

Dancing Feats

* The energetic, colorfully costumed 75-member Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company brings its gravity-defying leaps and spins to two local venues during its U.S. tour. The troupe dances Friday at 8 at Baltimore's Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets cost $32 to $42 plus service charges from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 or 410-547-7328; for information, call 410-685-5086. The dancers move to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Saturday at 3. Those tickets cost $25 to $65; call 202-467-4600.

* Bale Folclorico da Bahia of Brazil performs contemporary adaptations of capoeira, maculele and other traditional Afro-Brazilian dances Saturday at 8 in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $22 to $44, half-price for children age 12 and younger. To order, call Tickets.com, 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-993-8888.

Sounds Around Town

* The avant-garde period instrument quartet Red Priest (which adopted Antonio Vivaldi's nickname) is performing two different programs in the Dumbarton Concert Series at Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Friday at 8, the featured work is Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"; Saturday at 8, "Priest on the Run" showcases Baroque-era music by Telemann, Tartini, Rameau and Gluck. Tickets for each concert cost $30,

seniors and students $26. Call 202-965-2000.

* The Choral Arts Society of Washington opens its 40th anniversary season with Carl Orff's mystical "Carmina Burana" and Francis Poulenc's powerful "Gloria" Sunday at 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Leonard Slatkin conducts. Tickets cost

$17 to $50. Call

202-467-4600.

Love and War in Spain

Star tenor and General Director Placido Domingo portrays a rich landowner in the revolutionary atmosphere of mid-19th-century Spain in the Washington National Opera's production of "Luisa Fernanda," opening Saturday at 7 in the Kennedy Center Opera House (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). In Federico Moreno Torroba's zarzuela, good-hearted Vidal Hernando is entranced by Luisa Fernanda, who loves soldier-playboy Javier, who takes up with the Duchess Carolina. Loyalties shift when war breaks out. Domingo's own parents, celebrated zarzuela singers themselves, often performed the leading roles. Seven performances continue through Nov. 19. Tickets cost $45 to $290. Call

202-295-2400 or 202-467-4600.

America Goes to War

"The Price of Freedom: Americans at War," a new 18,000-square-foot permanent exhibition, opens Thursday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). The exhibition explores defining episodes in American military history from the Colonial era to the present. It includes furniture used by Gens. Grant and Lee during the surrender ceremony at Appomattox Courthouse, a restored Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, and other artifacts, images and activity stations. The museum is open daily from 10 to 5:30. Admission is free. Call

202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

The Red Priest quartet performs at Dumbarton Church.The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company touches down in Washington and Baltimore.