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 in one show 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. 540-347-1215. {diam} Live 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} The St. Maries Citty Militia and other 17th-century military reenactment units join in a Grand Militia Muster Oct. 15 in Historic St. Mary's City. Call 800-762-1634. {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. 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), and performances by the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble Oct. 18-19 in the Eisenhower Theater ($28 to $38). Call 202-467-4600 or visit

The Week of Oct. 21

The Kennedy Center's Festival of China continues with "Cathay: Three Tales of China," a blend of modern multimedia techniques and ancient shadow puppetry, Oct. 21-23 in the Terrace Theater ($25), and performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts Oct. 21-22 in the Eisenhower Theater ($14 to $38). Call 202-467-4600 or visit {diam} Demonstrations of traditional Colonial-era farm crafts, children's workshops, exhibits, entertainment and Potomac River sightseeing cruises are part of Fall Harvest Days Oct. 22-23 at Mount Vernon. Call 703-780-2000. {diam} Hundreds of horses and riders compete in hunter and jumper events at the 47th annual Washington International Horse Show, a benefit for national and local charities, Oct. 25-30 at MCI Center. Call 202-397-7328 or 301-987-9400.


On sale this weekend from Ticketmaster (all prices exclude service charges; call 202-397-7328): Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 for a concert by Phil Lesh & Friends Dec. 2 at the Patriot Center; all tickets are $40. Also on sale Friday at 10 are tickets for "The Christmas Tour," featuring Steven Curtis Chapman and Mercyme, Nov. 27 at the Patriot Center; tickets cost $18 to $75. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for a concert by KEM and Vivian Green Nov. 6 at DAR Constitution Hall; all tickets are $66.50. On Saturday at 10, tickets go on sale for a concert by Bon Jovi Dec. 17 at MCI Center; they cost $49.50 to $98. Also on sale at 10 are tickets for Clay Aiken's "Joyful Noise 2005" concert Dec. 13 at DAR Constitution Hall; tickets cost $55, $75 and $125. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 for a concert by O.A.R. Nov. 25 at the Patriot Center; all tickets are $32. Currently on sale: Tickets to the "Honkytonk Tailgate Party: Katrina Relief," featuring Rhett Akins, Jeff Carson and Daryle Singletary, Oct. 23 at St. Leonard Stage in St. Leonard, Md.; tickets are $27 to $102. Call 410-586-1713 or visit


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: I'm Ready Productions presents "Friends & Lovers," an adaptation of Eric Jerome Dickey's novel about the complicated relationships in a group of friends, Oct. 11 through 16 at the Warner Theater. Tickets cost $27.50. Call 202-397-7328. Charter Theatre presents "Building a Boat," Peter Coy's new play about a man who wants to escape his turbulent life, Oct. 12 through Nov. 6 at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 202-333-7009. Theater Alliance presents "You Are Here," a play by Daniel MacIvor about a woman's attempt to explain her life as people from her past chime in with their own versions of the story, Oct. 13 through Nov. 13 at the H Street Playhouse. Call 202-396-0050.

On Screen

Opening Oct. 7: The drama "Dear Wendy" features Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot") as a gun-loving teen. {diam} George Clooney wrote, directed and acted in "Good Night, and Good Luck," about broadcast journalist's Edward R. Murrow's (David Strathairn) public stand against Sen. Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist tactics in the 1950s. {diam} Clifton Powell portrays a successful R&B singer in "The Gospel." {diam} Elijah Wood is an American expat embroiled in the world of violent underground British soccer clubs in "Green Street Hooligans."

{diam} "In Her Shoes" features Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz as sisters at odds. {diam} In the romantic drama "Separate Lies," a couple's (Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson) marriage is disrupted by the wife's affair with an enigmatic stranger (Rupert Everett). {diam} An injured athlete (Matthew McConaughey) ventures into high-stakes sports gambling in "Two for the Money," also starring Al Pacino. {diam} "Waiting" is a comedy about restaurant servers. {diam} British claymation characters Wallace and canine sidekick Gromit make their feature-length debut in "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

Opening Oct. 12 at the Walters Art Museum: "Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art" features a variety of manifestations of winged beings. Call 410-547-9000.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Top Girls," by Fountainhead Theatre at Theatre on the Run (703-920-5923). "Alexa's Necklace," by Natural Theatricals at George Washington Masonic National Memorial (703-739-5895). "The Disputation," by Theatre J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center's Goldman Theater (800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229). "Three Hotels," by Theater of the First Amendment at George Mason University's Harris Theater (703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888). "Six Characters in Search of an Author," at the Greenbelt Arts Center (301-441-8770). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Irving Penn: Platinum Prints," at the National Gallery of Art, West Building (202-737-4215, TDD: 202-842-6176).


Weekend heads out to the country to report on what's new, and old, at area farms this fall -- from traditional hayrides to high-tech haunted houses. We'll also publish a bountiful list of where to purchase Halloween pumpkins straight from the vine.


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Clay Aiken will perform at Constitution Hall.Irving Penn's "Ballet Society, New York," part of a soon-to-close exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.Cameron Diaz as the flaky sister who loves footwear in the upcoming movie "In Her Shoes."