Napoleon Lands in Washington

More than 250 objects and artifacts that belonged to Napoleon I and his imperial court will be on display in "Napoleon: An Intimate Portrait," opening Wednesday and continuing through Jan. 2 at the National Geographic Museum's Explorers Hall, 17th and M streets NW (Metro: Farragut North). Among the objects, assembled from the collection of author Pierre-Jean Chalencon and shown for the first time in North America, are the emperor's signature hats and other clothing, furniture, paintings and sculpture, documents and a letter he wrote as a Paris schoolboy. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sundays from 10 to 5. Admission is free. Call 202-857-7588.

'Leading Ladies' at Ford's

Ford's Theatre opens its season Friday at 7:30 with "Leading Ladies," a new farce by Ken Ludwig in which two struggling Shakespearean actors concoct a plan to pose as a rich woman's long-lost relatives. John Astin and Charlotte Rae are featured. All tickets cost $25 through Tuesday; thereafter they are $25 to $52. Ford's is at 511 10th St. NW (Metro: Metro Center). To order, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328. For information, call 202-347-4833. See story on Page 30.

Small But Notable

Graphic novelist Harvey Pekar, whose "American Splendor" series was the basis for the movie of the same name, is the guest of honor at the Small Press Expo 2005, a gathering of more than 300 alternative press writers, artists and publishers, Friday from 2 to 8 and Saturday from 10 to 7 at the Holiday Inn Select, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda (Metro: Bethesda). Books and related goods will be available in four exhibition rooms, and panel discussions are planned. Admission is $8 per day or $15 for the weekend. Call 301-537-4615 or 301-652-2000.


Some of the world's leading equestrians and their speedy steeds compete across a course of obstacles, jumps and turns Saturday at the 18th annual Columbia Classic Grand Prix on the grounds of Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Actress and artist Jane Seymour will serve as honorary chair and display her paintings. The gates open at 10; the junior/amateur Jumper Classic starts at 11:30 and the Grand Prix at 2. Proceeds benefit the college's scholarship foundation. Bleacher seats are $10, $5 for ages 12 and younger; a space on the lawn is $5, free for children. Call 410-772-4450.

This official portrait of Napoleon at his coronation is one of more than 250 objects on display in "Napoleon: An Intimate Portrait," opening Wednesday at the National Geographic Museum.