The Week of Sept. 30

The huge month-long Festival of China at the Kennedy Center, a showcase for dozens of music and dance performances by more than 800 of China's greatest artists, kicks off with a fireworks show over the Potomac Oct. 1 and a kite festival Oct. 2. Opening week continues with a concert by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and pianist Lang Lang Oct. 2; tickets cost $10 to $45. That will be followed by the National Ballet of China, dancing a mixed repertory program Oct. 4-5 and the full-length classic "Raise the Red Lantern" Oct. 7-8 in the Opera House. Ticket cost $21 to $50. Call 202-467-4600 or visit {diam} The annual Fall for Fairfax fair hosts family entertainment, exhibits, children's activities and food vendors Oct. 1 at Fairfax County Government Center. Call 703-324-3247. {diam} The annual Taste of Bethesda features samples from area restaurants, entertainment on multiple stages and other activities Oct. 1 in downtown Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660. {diam} Art on the Avenue is a multicultural arts festival, with exhibits, music and food vendors, Oct. 1 along Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. Call 703-683-3100. {diam} The Manassas Fall Jubilee includes entertainment, a crafts fair, exhibits, food vendors and children's activities Oct. 1 throughout Old Town Manassas. Call 703-361-6599. {diam} Comcast Family Toon Day features family-oriented performances, strolling cartoon characters, rides and other activities Oct. 2 outdoors at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 301-581-5100 or visit {diam} The National Symphony Orchestra 2005 Decorators' Show House, Hidden Brook Manor in McLean, will be open Oct. 2-31. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 202-416-8149.

The Week of Oct. 7

Taste wines from Virginia vineyards, learn more about George Washington's winemaking efforts and enjoy live music at the Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour Oct. 7-9 at the first president's estate. Tickets cost $25; advance purchase is recommended. Call 703-780-2000. {diam} The 62nd annual Waterford Fair on the streets of this 1733 village features music, a crafts fair, crafts demonstrations and tours of Colonial homes Oct. 7-9 in Waterford, Va. Admission is $13 in advance, $15 at the gate; call 540-882-3018 or 540-882-3085. {diam} The Kennedy Center's Festival of China continues with three modern dance troupes, the Beijing Modern Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong) and Guangdong Modern Dance Company, performing together Oct. 7-9 in the Terrace Theater ($30); and the full-length "Female Generals of the Yang Family" by the Chinese National Peking Opera Company, visiting Washington for the first time in 25 years, Oct. 13-15 in the Eisenhower Theater ($48 to $70). Call 202-467-4600 or visit

The Week of Oct. 14

The 68th International Gold Cup steeplechase race will be run Oct. 15 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. Call 540-347-1215. {diam} Animals, children's crafts and behind-the-scenes tours are highlights of the Patuxent Wildlife Festival Oct. 15 at the Patuxent Research Refuge of the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel. Call 301-497-5763. {diam} More than 180 artists and artisans display their creations at the Bethesda Row Arts Festival Oct. 15-16 along four blocks in downtown Bethesda. Call 301-816-6958. {diam} About 150 dealers display their furniture, jewelry and other goods at the Hunt Country Fall Antiques Fair Oct. 15-16 at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg. Call 703-779-2800. {diam} The Kennedy Center's Festival of China continues with a concert by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Academy and Grammy award-winning composer Tan Dun, Oct. 17 in the Concert Hall ($10 to $30). Call 202-467-4600.


Tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster Saturday at 10 for a concert by Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz, Nov. 3 at MCI Center. They cost $62.50 to $128, plus service charges. Call 202-397-7328.


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: Idealism confronts corruption in 1945 Washington in the classic comedy "Born Yesterday," in the Arena Stage Fichandler Theater from Sept. 30 through Nov. 6. Tickets cost $46 to $60; call 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247). {diam} The Olney Theatre stages "Morning's at Seven," a family comedy in which four sisters come to terms with growing up and growing old, opening with a "pay-what-you-can" preview Oct. 5 and continuing through Oct. 30. Tickets cost $29 to $34. Call 301-924-3400. {diam} Studio Theatre is staging "Hilda," a one-act thriller about an upper-class woman's unhealthy obsession with the woman she hires to look after her children, Oct. 5-23 in its Metheny Theater. Tickets cost $32 to $52. Call 202-332-3300.

On Screen

Opening Sept. 30: "Keane" stars Damian Lewis as a father struggling to cope after losing his daughter in New York's Port Authority bus station. {diam} Bill Paxton directs "The Greatest Game Ever Played," a golf drama based on a historic upset during the 1913 U.S. Open.

{diam} "Green Street Hooligans" stars Elijah Wood as a wrongfully expelled Harvard boy who starts a new life in London -- as a soccer hooligan. {diam} A crew of divers finds itself in deep water and deeper trouble after uncovering a drug czar's treasure in "Into the Blue."

{diam} Celebrated graphic novelists Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean take on screenwriting and directing duties, respectively, to create "Mirrormask," a fantastic tale of a 15-year-old circus performer who longs to run off and join the real world. {diam} Ben Kingsley stars in Roman Polanski's new take on the Dickens classic "Oliver Twist." {diam} The crew of a rogue starship goes up against a galactic alliance in the sci-fi adventure "Serenity." {diam} The documentary "Occupation: Dreamland" follows a squad of U.S. soldiers deployed in the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the winter of 2004. {diam} Tilda Swinton stars opposite Lou Taylor Pucci in "Thumbsucker," a quirky comedy about a teenager trying to kick the habit. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Virtue and Entertainment: Chinese Music in the Visual Arts," opening Oct. 1 at the Freer Gallery of Art, examines the traditional engagement of Chinese visual culture with music. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). {diam} "Monet's London: Artists' Reflections on the Thames, 1859-1914," opening Oct. 2 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, features representations of London by Claude Monet and his contemporaries. Call 410-396-7100.

{diam} "Monica Castillo: The Painter and the Body," opening Oct. 5 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, looks at the work of a Mexican contemporary artist. Call 202-783-5000. {diam} "John Lennon: The Lost Album," opening Oct. 6 at the National Postal Museum, features the late Beatle's childhood stamp collection. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).


Closing on stage this weekend: "Flyin' West" by True Colors Theatre Company at Lincoln Theatre (202-397-7328 or 202-328-6000); and "The Sand Storm: Stories From the Front," at MetroStage (800-494-8497 or 703-548-9044). {diam} "Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art," at the Museum of African Art (202-633-1000, TDD: 202-357-1729); "The Cultures and History of the Americas," at the Library of Congress (202-707-4604); "Chinese Mountains of Immortality: A Focused Look," at the Sackler Gallery


TDD: 202-357-1729).


Years in the making and marshalling the talents of more than 800 artists, the month-long Festival of China arrives at the Kennedy Center and environs. Weekend's Eve Zibart is there to help you make the most of it, a rare chance to see the best in Chinese art, theater, dance and more.


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"Houses of Parliament: Effect of Sunlight," by Claude Monet, is part of "Monet's London," opening Oct. 2 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

From left, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Gina Torres and Nathan Fillion as a band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in the upcoming movie "Serenity."

Steven Tyler and Aerosmith will perform at MCI Center Nov. 3.