Music and Dance of China

The Kennedy Center's Festival of China continues through October (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Weekend shows by three modern dance troupes are sold out. Sunday at 8 in the Concert Hall, the 70-member Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra performs Tan Dun's "Fire Ritual" and other music with traditional wind, string and percussion instruments; tickets cost $10. The Chinese National Peking Opera Company, visiting the United States for the first time in a quarter-century, stages "Female Generals of the Yang Family" Thursday and Oct. 14-15 at 8 in the Eisenhower Theater. The opera, sung in Chinese with English supertitles, uses music, acrobatics and elaborate fight choreography to tell the story of 100-year-old She Taijun, who leads her family of angry widows into battle to avenge the deaths of her sons. Tickets cost $48 to $70. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

Lance Rides With Hope

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong joins the Tour of Hope cross-country bicycle ride during its final leg Saturday, concluding about noon at a festival on the Ellipse near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The group of cancer survivors and caregivers left San Diego Sept. 29 on a 3,300-mile trek to raise awareness of cancer research. The festival will be open from 9 to 2 and includes a health fair, entertainment, a bicycle rodeo, educational exhibits and an interactive virtual "Ride for Research." A finale ceremony begins at 11, and Armstrong will speak when he arrives. Admission is free. Call 202-587-2596 or visit

Musical Crafts

Grammy-winning '70s star Rita Coolidge ("Higher and Higher") gives free outdoor concerts Saturday at 1 and 4 during the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, open Friday through Sunday from 10 to 6 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Route 355 and Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. More than 450 artists and artisans will show their paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, textiles and other creations, and some will demonstrate glass blowing, papermaking, wood turning and other skills. Local '60s band the Fabulous Hubcaps performs Sunday at 1 and 4. Fair admission at the gate is $7, younger than 12 free. Call 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900.

A Weekend in Waterford

Historic homes will be open for tours, Colonial-era and Civil War reenactors will pitch camps and stage skirmishes, more than 160 artisans will demonstrate their skills and show their creations, and musicians and dancers will perform at the 62nd annual Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit Friday through Sunday from 10 to 5 at indoor and outdoor sites throughout the 1733 Quaker village of Waterford, Va. Admission at the gate is $15, ages 12 and younger free. From Route 7 west of Leesburg, take Route 9 west to Route 662 and follow the signs. Call 540-882-3085 or 540-882-3018, or visit

Stage Bargain at Studio

Studio Theatre will host a pay-what-you-can performance of "Hilda" Saturday at 2:30. The one-act thriller, by French novelist Marie Ndiaye, explores an upper-class woman's unhealthy obsession with the woman she hires to look after her children. Bargain seats go on sale at the box office, at 1501 14th St. NW, two hours before the show. The run continues through Oct. 23. Regular prices are $32 to $52. Call 202-332-3300.

Folger Consort Looks Back

The Folger Consort early music ensemble kicks off its new season with "Josquin & Isaac," a program of 15th-century songs and motets by Josquin des Prez and Heinrich Isaac, Friday at 8, Saturday at 5 and 8, and Sunday at 2 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Capitol South). Vocalists Barbara Hollinshead, Philip Cave and William Sharp are guest artists. Tickets cost $28, seniors $25, students $23. Call 202-544-7077 or visit

Non-Russians Don't Fly

The Flying Karamazov Brothers (who aren't Russian, aren't related and don't swing on a trapeze) stage "Life, a Guide for the Perplexed," their latest zany blend of juggling and comic commentary, Sunday at 7 in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $20 to $40, half-price for ages 12 and younger. To order, call, 703-218-6500 (service charges added). For information, call 703-993-8888.

Heave Away, Haul Away

Explore more than 250 racing, cruising and multihull sailboats on land and moored at more than a mile of temporary floating docks during the 36th annual U.S. Sailboat Show Friday through Sunday from 10 to 7 and Monday from 10 to 5 at the Annapolis City Dock. There will also be displays by vendors of marine equipment, accessories and services. Admission at the gate is $16, ages 12 and younger $8. Pets are not permitted, and strollers are strongly discouraged. Parking with shuttles will be available at satellite lots; follow signs from U.S. 50, Exit 24 (Exit 22 on Saturday). The sailboat show will be followed by the 34th annual U.S. Powerboat Show Oct. 14-16. Call 410-268-8828 or 410-267-6711, or visit

Tasty Georgetown

More than two dozen Georgetown restaurants will sell samples of their specialties at the 12th annual Taste of Georgetown Saturday from 11 to 4 on the grounds of Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and along Wisconsin Avenue between M and South streets. Billy Martin's Tavern, Cafe La Ruche, Citronelle, Filomena, the Mendocino Grille and the Ritz-Carlton are among the participants. Jazz and blues band will entertain, and there will also be wine tastings and children's activities.

Admission is free; tastes are $4 each.

Proceeds help support the Georgetown Ministry Center's homeless outreach

programs. Call 202-333-1600 or visit

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

From left: Lance Armstrong joins the last leg of the Tour of Hope cross-country ride Saturday; the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the site of this weekend's U.S. Sailboat Show; the China National Peking Opera Company in "Female Generals of the Yang Family" at the Kennedy Center.