LOOKING AHEAD

The Week of Nov. 19

About 185 artists and artisans selected from more than 1,000 applicants will display their creations at the 17th annual Washington Craft Show Nov. 19-21 at the Washington Convention Center. Admission is $12, seniors $10, under 12 free. Call 202-249-3000.

{diam} The Virginia Opera performs Lehar's comic

"The Merry Widow" Nov. 19 and 21 at George Mason University. Tickets cost $44 to $84 from Tickets.com; call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).

{diam} The Miracle of Lights is a two-mile drive-through display of holiday lights, open from Nov. 19 through Jan. 8 in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Admission is $12; call 703-709-5437. {diam} The Washington Chorus begins its 40th season with Bach's Mass in B Minor Nov. 21 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $19 to $53; call 202-467-4600 or 202-342-6221. {diam} The 11th annual Symphony of Lights, a 1.4-mile drive-through holiday lighting display, opens Nov. 22 and continues nightly through Jan. 2 in Symphony Woods, adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. The event benefits Howard County General Hospital. Admission is $15 per car. Call 410-740-7666. {diam} The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago dances "The Nutcracker" Nov. 24-28 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $29 to $99; call 202-467-4600.

The Week of Nov. 26

Explore goods from more than a dozen museum shops, including Winterthur and Fallingwater, Nov. 26-28 at the Museum Shops Holiday Collection at the McLean Community Center. Admission is $6; call 703-790-0123. {diam} The Kennedy Center unveils "Willy Wonka," a new musical based on the Roald Dahl children's classic, in the Theater Lab from Nov. 26 through Dec. 26. Tickets cost $14; call 202-467-4600.

The Week of Dec. 3

The 34th annual Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria Dec. 4 includes a parade, a tour of historic homes and a Boat Parade of Lights. Call 703-838-5005.

{diam} "The King and the Fool" is the theme of the 22nd annual Christmas Revels holiday musical celebration Dec. 3-12 at Lisner Auditorium. Tickets cost $18 to $38, ages under 19 $12 to $20, from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500; for information, call 202-723-7528.

{diam}Local favorites, including the Nighthawks, Tom Principato, Mary Ann Redmond and Tommy Lepson, join hands for "Santa Jam 8," the annual benefit for Northern Virginia homeless and women's shelters, Dec. 9 at the State Theatre in Falls Church. Admission is $10 or one new unwrapped toy. Call 703-237-0300. {diam} Sesame Street Live stages "Elmo's Coloring Book" Dec. 9-12 at Patriot Center. Tickets cost $13 to $23 from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).

{diam} The Washington Ballet premieres Septime Webre's new production of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 9-26 at the Warner Theatre. Tickets cost $29 to $69 from Ticketmaster; call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Friday at 5 from Ticketmaster for the 11th annual "HFS-Mas Nutcracker," Dec. 4 at George Mason University's Patriot Center, with Velvet Revolver, Good Charlotte, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World, Chevelle, the Killers, My Chemical Romance, Breaking Benjamin and Keane. They cost $48, $53 and $58; call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from Tickets.com for these shows at the 9:30 club: Patti Smith, Dec. 9 ($25); Chris Isaak, Dec. 17 ($40); and John Waters and Mary Prankster, Dec. 21 ($25). Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: actorrapper Will Power plays seven characters in his one-man show "Flow" from Nov. 19 through Dec. 5 at Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $25 to $48; call 202-332-3300. {diam}"Movin' Out," the Broadway musical choreographed by Twyla Tharp with songs by Billy Joel, lands at the National Theatre from Nov. 19 through Dec. 19. Tickets cost $41.25 to $86.25; call 800-447-7400. {diam} Scena Theatre stages Wallace Shawn's one-man show "The Fever," in a which a First World traveler reflects on Third World inequality, from Nov. 21 through Jan. 3 at the Warehouse Theater. Christopher Henley stars. Tickets cost $15 to $25; call

703-684-7990.

Exhibit

Opening Nov. 24 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, "Chermayeff & Geismar Inc.: Designing Over Four Decades" examines the work of the well-regarded New York graphic design firm founded in the late 1950s by Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar. Call 202-639-1700.

Film

Opening Nov. 19: "Finding Neverland" stars Johnny Depp as the playwright J.M. Barrie, whose befriending of an English family inspires him to write the play "Peter Pan." It also features Kate Winslet and Julie Christie.

{diam} In "Kinsey," Liam Neeson plays the groundbreaking sex researcher whose 1948 book "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" put him at the center of a media storm. {diam} "National Treasure" stars Nicolas Cage as a treasure hunter searching for a Revolutionary War-era cache. {diam} "Overnight" is a documentary about a bartender whose script was bought by Harvey Weinstein but whose Hollywood dreams were dashed.

{diam}"Postmen in the Mountains" is a Chinese film about a son who takes over his ailing father's job as a mailman in a remote mountain area. {diam} Catherine Breillat's "Sex Is Comedy" is a saucy comedy about a director's struggles with a difficult sex scene between two actors who hate each other. {diam} "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" is the movie version of the popular Nickelodeon TV series. Opening dates may change.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this week: "Forbidden Christmas, or the Doctor and the Patient," in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (202-467-4600); "Miss Saigon," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328); "Anna in the Tropics," in the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater (202-488-3300, TDD: 202-484-0247); and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," at Baltimore's Hippodrome (410-547-7328 or 410-752-7444). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "The Furniture of Frank Gehry" and "Thinking Inside the Box: The Art of Andrew Krieger," at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202-639-1700); and "With an Even Hand: Brown vs. Board at Fifty," at the Library of Congress (202-707-4604).

NEXT FRIDAY IN WEEKEND

The holiday movie season, Hollywood's annual gift to film fans, is almost ready to be unwrapped. Desson Thomson offers his take on this winter's offerings, including a look at Oscar contenders.

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West Highland terriers marched through slush in last year's Scottish Christmas Walk Parade in Old Town Alexandria, scheduled for Dec. 4 this year.Gregoire Colin and Anne Parillaud must pretend to be lovers in "Sex Is Comedy," a movie about the movies, opening Nov. 19. A poster on display in "Chermayeff & Geismar Inc.: Designing Over Four Decades," opening Nov. 24 at Corcoran Gallery of Art.