LOOKING AHEAD

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.

{diam} Tickets are on sale now for the annual Mount Vernon by Candlelight weekend evening tours from Nov. 26 through Dec. 12. They cost $15, under 12 $8, from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 703-780-2000.

The Week of Dec. 3

"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} The 34th annual Scottish Christmas Walk in Old Town Alexandria Dec. 4 includes a parade, a tour of historic homes and a Boat Parade of Lights. Call 703-838-5005.{diam} The Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort and guest artists perform in the 19th annual "A Celtic Christmas" programs in the Dumbarton Concert Series Dec. 4-11 at Dumbarton Church in Georgetown. Tickets cost $28, students and seniors $24. Call 202-965-2000. {diam} Sing holiday carols with the U.S. Marine Band Dec. 5 at the 37th annual Holiday Sing-A-Long at Wolf Trap Park in Vienna. Admission is free; donations of canned goods for the Capital Area Community Food Bank are encouraged. Call 703-255-1900.

{diam} "Thoroughly Modern Millie," the hit Broadway re-creation of the 1920s Jazz Age in New York City, visits the Kennedy Center Opera House Dec. 7-26. Tickets cost $35 to $93; call 202-467-4600. {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 George Mason University's 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).

The Week of Dec. 10

The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the Harlem Boys Choir perform the world premiere of "Suite for Human Nature," in which the Four Winds help out with mankind after Father Time and Mother Nature create the world, Dec. 10-12 at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets cost $40 to $75; call 202-397-7328. {diam} The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs classics from its repertory and a new work Dec. 16-18 in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $21 to $50; call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Yanni, appearing Feb. 13 at MCI Center. They cost $49.50 and $85 plus service charges; call 202-397-7328.

{diam} Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Tickets.com for two shows by O.A.R., Dec. 29-30 at the 9:30 club. They cost $30 plus service charges; call 703-218-6500. {diam} These 9:30 club shows are on sale now from Tickets.com (service charges added): Mos Def, Dec. 8 ($35); the Roots, Dec. 26 ($35); and the Pietasters, Dec. 31 ($25).

OPENING SOON

Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: The Round House Theatre revives its holiday comic classic, "A Broadway Christmas Carol," from Nov. 26 through Dec. 30 at its intimate black box theater in Silver Spring. Tickets cost $25 to $35; call 240-644-1100. {diam} Fountainhead Theatre stages "Fit to Be Tied," a dark comedy by Nicky Silver, from Nov. 26 through Dec. 18 at Theatre on the Run. Tickets cost $20; call 703-920-5923.

{diam} "Tap Dogs Rebooted," the industrial-strength tap dance and rhythm revue, stops at the Warner Theatre from Nov. 30 through Dec. 5. Tickets cost $26.50 to $54; call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).

Film

Opening Wednesday: "Alexander," directed by Oliver Stone, stars Colin Farrell as the legendary Alexander the Great. The huge cast includes Angelina Jolie as Alexander's mother. {diam} "Christmas With the Kranks" stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as a married couple that tries to escape somewhere warm for Christmas until their daughter unexpectedly decides to spend the holiday with them. {diam} "Santa vs. the Snowman" is Steve Oedekerk's 3-D animated fantasy about a snowman that holds Santa hostage in order to take over his job.

{diam} Opening Nov. 26: "Callas Forever," a Franco Zeffirelli film, imagines the last few months of Maria Callas's life. It stars Jeremy Irons. {diam} "Incident at Loch Ness," written and directed by Zak Penn, follows two filmmakers: Werner Herzog, who's trying to explore the legend of the Loch Ness monster, and John Bailey, making a documentary about Herzog. {diam} "Overnight" is a documentary about the rapid rise and fall of bouncer-turned-filmmaker Troy Duffy after he scores a movie deal with Miramax Films. {diam} "Paper Clips" is the story of schoolchildren in a small Tennessee town who created a memorial to Holocaust victims by collecting paper clips to represent each life lost. Opening dates may change.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "A Tuna Christmas," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328); "St. Nicholas," by Rep Stage in Columbia (410-772-4900); "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," by Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Church (800-494-8497 or 202-452-5538); and "Stop Kiss," by Didactic Theatre Co. at Warehouse Theater (202-248-0179).

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Jason Stiles, from left, Karl Miller and Frank Britton in Dario Fo's play "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" by Rorschach Theatre, closing this weekend. "Elmo's Coloring Book" by Sesame Street Live opens Dec. 9.

Mos Def, seen here at a concert in October at New York's Lincoln Center, appears Dec. 8 at the 9:30 club.