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.

The Arts for Everybody

Artomatic 2004, a showcase for Washington's visual and performing arts scene, kicks off with an opening night party Friday from 7 to 1 in the old Capital Children's Museum building at 800 Third St. NE (Metro: Union Station). Presentations by nearly 1,000 established and emerging artists, artisans, filmmakers, photographers, writers, theater troupes, dancers and musicians continue through Dec. 5. Artomatic will be open Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 1 a.m.; Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 10; and Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) from noon to midnight (closed Mondays). Admission is free. Call 202-544-3644 or visit

Shakespeare Triple Play

* For the first time in its 17-year history, the Shakespeare Theatre is staging "Pericles," in which a young prince sails the world first to evade an evil king's assassins and later to escape his own demons. Performances continue through Jan. 2. Tickets cost $12.75 to $68. The Shakespeare Theatre is at 450 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial). Call

202-547-1122 (TDD: 202-638-3863).

* A mostly female cast -- including local stars Holly Twyford, Kate Eastwood Norris and Lucy Newman-Willams -- takes on the romantic comedy "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre through Dec. 19. Tickets cost $25 to $48. The theater is in the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Capitol South). Call 202-544-7077.

* The Washington Shakespeare Company is opening its production of "Titus Andronicus" with "pay-what-you-can" previews Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8 at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington (Metro: Crystal City). The bargain seats go on sale at the box office an hour before each show. Joe Banno directs what has been called Shakespeare's bloodiest play, a saga of war, hatred and vengeance in which, by one scholar's count, atrocities -- including live burial and cannibalism -- average one per 97 lines. During his lifetime the gorefest was Shakespeare's most popular play. The run continues through Dec. 31. Regular prices are $22 to $30; Saturday matinees are always "pay-what-you-can." For tickets, call 800-494-8497; for information, call 703-418-4808.

The Sound Glass Makes

Composer-pianist Philip Glass joins the Bang on a Can All-Stars experimental music ensemble Wednesday at 8 in the Dekelboum Concert Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. The first half of the program includes adaptations of traditional Balinese and Brazilian music and David Lang's comic "Cheating, Lying, Stealing." The second half showcases three Glass classics. Tickets cost $20, $30 and $40, students $7. The center is on the University of Maryland campus at University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. Call 301-405-2787.

Hey, Ducks, Come Here!

Wildlife paintings and sculptures, carved duck decoys and other creations by nearly 400 artists and artisans will be on display during the 34th annual Waterfowl Festival, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 4 at indoor and outdoor sites throughout Easton, Md., off U.S. 50 on the Eastern Shore. The World Championship Goose Calling Contest, the World Championship Live Duck Calling Contest and the Mason-Dixon Regional Duck Calling Contest are scheduled at Easton High School; the finals begin Saturday at 7. Retriever dogs will demonstrate their skills each day at 11, 1 and 3, followed by fly-fishing demonstrations at 11:45 and 1:45, at Talbot Commerce Park. Folk and bluegrass bands will perform all weekend, and vendors will sell crab cakes, crab soup and other snacks. Festival admission is $12 per day, ages 12 and under free. Call 410-822-4567 or visit

Going Downhill Fast

Explore the hottest new equipment, clothing and accessories, and learn about ski resorts around the region and across the continent at the 17th annual National Ski and Snowboard Expo Friday from 4 to 9, Saturday from 10 to 8 and Sunday from 11 to 6 at Dulles Expo Center. Among the highlights are Warren Miller's 55th ski action film, "Impact," an interactive virtual reality racing pavilion and a snow shoe park. Admission is $10, movie included. The center is on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. Call 703-912-9332 or

703-378-0910, or visit

'Treasures' of Africa

An exhibition of 73 masterpiece wooden sculptures and traditional masks, drawn from the museum's own holdings and borrowed from private collections, opens Wednesday in a newly renovated gallery at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). "Treasures" is part of the museum's year-long 25th anniversary celebration and will remain up through Aug. 15. The Museum of African Art is open daily from 10 to 5:30. Admission is free. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

An illustration by J. Coleman

is part of Artomatic 2004.A wood sculpture from Nigeria is on display in "Treasures" at the Museum of African Art.Natasha Zurek goes for altitude at California's Big Bear in a scene from Warren Miller's ski action film "Impact," screening at the National Ski and Snowboard Expo in Chantilly.