East Meets West

The Kennedy Center's month-long Festival of China, showcasing dozens of music and dance performances by nearly 900 Chinese artists, kicks off with a free fireworks show over the Potomac River on Saturday at 9:50 and a free kite festival Sunday at 2 on the South Plaza. Sunday at 8, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra performs with pianist Lang Lang; tickets cost $10 to $45. The National Ballet of China dances a mixed program Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 in the Eisenhower Theater; tickets cost $21 to $50. (A different program Oct. 7-8 is sold out.) The festival includes free art exhibitions throughout the center (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org. See cover story on Page 33.

Tasty Food, Hot Cars

* Sample specialties from more than 50 restaurants and listen to music on four stages at the 16th annual Taste of

Bethesda Saturday from 11 to 4 in downtown Bethesda's "Woodmont Triangle," along Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray avenues (Metro: Bethesda). Entertainers include Reverb, Michael Sheppard and the Malcolm X Drummers & Dancers. Admission is free. Tasting tickets cost $5 for four; tastes cost one to three tickets. Call 301-215-6660 or visit


* At the same time, classic, custom and antique automobiles will be displayed at the Come Back to Bethesda classic car show nearby at Wisconsin and Cheltenham avenues. Proceeds benefit the Children's Inn at NIH. Call 301-657-4001 or visit www.backtobethesda.org.

Festivals for Fall

* The 13th annual Fall for Fairfax hosts family entertainment on two stages, an educational health arcade, exhibits by local businesses and community organizations, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, a food court and children's crafts activities Saturday from 10 to 4:30 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. Admission and parking are free. Fees apply for some activities. Call 703-324-3247 or visit www.fallforfairfax.com.

* The 23rd annual Manassas Fall Jubilee presents entertainers, a crafts fair, exhibits, food vendors and children's activities Saturday from 10 to 4 throughout Old Town Manassas around Center and West streets. Call

703-361-6599 or visit


* Entertainment is a highlight of the Takoma Park Street Festival Sunday from 10 to 5 along Carroll Avenue and Laurel Street (Metro: Takoma Park). The lineup includes Lisa Moscatiello & the Space Dots, Billy Coulter, the Tommy Lepson Band and the Hula Monsters. There will also be a crafts fair, children's activities and food vendors. Admission is free. Call 240-253-4229 or visit


Art on the Avenue

Nearly 300 artists and artisans will show their creations Saturday from 10 to 6 at Art on the Avenue, along Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria between Hume and Bellefonte avenues. There will also be entertainment on three stages, a pie-baking contest, food vendors and children's activities. Call 703-683-3100 or www.artontheavenue.org.

NSO Finds a House

Hidden Brook Manor, a 10,000-square-foot McLean mansion redecorated by local designers, is the 2005 National Symphony Orchestra Decorators' Show House, opening Sunday at 8295 Alvord St. The 33rd annual fundraiser for the orchestra will be open Mondays through Fridays from 10 to 3 and weekends from noon to 5 through Oct. 31. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children younger than 8 will not be admitted. Free parking with shuttles will be provided; follow signs from Springhill Road and Old Dominion Drive. Call 202-416-8149 or visit www.kennedy-center.org/showhouse.

Old World and New

Two legends of Latin music take the stage this week at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). The 76-year-old Venezuelan musician and composer Simon Diaz, whose portraits of his country's plains have been popularized by Placido Domingo and the Gipsy Kings, sings Friday at 8. Tickets cost $25 to $35. Thursday at 8, Mariza sings fado music, a Portuguese blend of tango and blues. Tickets are $20 to $30. To order, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added).

For information, call 202-994-6800.

Gallery Concerts Begin

The National Gallery of Art kicks off its 64th season of free weekly concerts Sunday at 6:30 with a performance by the National Gallery Orchestra. Christopher Kendall will conduct music by Pergolesi, Schoenfield, Mahler and Stravinsky. The free concerts continue through May in the West Garden Court of the West Building, at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. No tickets are needed. Call 202-842-6941.

A Look at London

"Monet's London: Artists' Reflections on the Thames, 1859-1914," an exhibition of more than 125 paintings, watercolors and prints by Monet, Whistler, Pissarro and other artists inspired by the architecture and bridges of turn-of-the-century London, opens Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, on Art Museum Drive at North Charles Street in Baltimore. The show continues through Dec. 31. The museum is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 to 5, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 6. Admission is $10, seniors $8, college students $6, ages 18 and younger free. Call 410-396-7100.

Comic Classics on Stage

* A corrupt tycoon's ditzy mistress turns out to be smarter than he thinks in Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," set in political Washington in 1945, running through Nov. 6 in the Arena Stage Fichandler Theater, Sixth and M streets SW (Waterfront-SEU). Tickets cost $46 to $60. Call 202-488-3300 (TDD: 202-484-0247).

* Four sisters come to terms with growing up and growing old in Paul Osborn's "Morning's at Seven," a family comedy set in the Midwest in the 1920s, opening at the Olney Theatre Center with a "pay-what-you-can" preview Tuesday at 7:30. The bargain seats go on sale an hour before the show at the box office, at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Shows continue through Oct. 30. Regular prices are $15 to $39. Call 301-924-3400.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Ben Rich and Akemi Kinu Kawa, both of Bethesda, dance at last year's Taste of Bethesda.Portuguese fado singer Mariza will perform Thursday at Lisner Auditorium.