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, crafts and tours are part 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 in downtown Bethesda. Call 301-816-6958. {diam} About 150 dealers display their 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 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 {diam} This year's Disney on Ice production, "The Incredibles Magic Kingdom Adventure," visits George Mason University's Patriot Center Oct. 19-23. Tickets cost $15 to $50 from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).

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); performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts Oct. 21-22 in the Eisenhower Theater ($14 to $38); music by the Ying Quartet Oct. 27 in the Terrace Theater ($34); and "Teahouse," by the Beijing People's Art Theatre Oct. 27-29 in the Eisenhower ($22 to $55). 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.

The Week of Oct. 28

Trick-or-treating, animal demonstrations and zookeeper talks are part of "Boo at the Zoo," a Halloween fundraiser, Oct. 28-30 at the National Zoo. Tickets cost $23; advance purchase is recommended. Call 202-633-3034. {diam} The Washington Ballet opens its season with Septime Webre's "Carmen," Balanchine's "Serenade" and Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs," Nov. 2-6 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $19 to $105. Call 202-467-4600.


Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these concerts: Starting Friday at 10, Bonnie Raitt with Marc Broussard, Dec. 6 at DAR Constitution Hall ($45); starting Friday at noon, Willie Nelson & Friends, Nov. 9 at the Patriot Center ($41.50 to $47.50); starting Saturday at 10, Depeche Mode with the Bravery, Dec. 9 at the Patriot Center ($49.50 and $75); starting Saturday at noon, Gov't Mule, Nov. 23 at DAR Constitution Hall ($29); starting Saturday at 5, Reel Big Fish, Nov. 14 at Recher Theatre ($17.50). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: Round House Theatre in Silver Spring presents "The Chairs," Alain Timar's adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist drama about a couple with imaginary party guests, Oct. 14 through Nov. 6. Tickets cost $20 to $50. Call 240-644-1100. {diam} Scena Theatre presents "No Exit," Jean Paul Sartre's chilling story of three people joined together in the afterlife, Oct. 15 through Nov. 20 at Warehouse Theater. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call 703-684-7990. {diam} The Warner Theatre presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical adaptation of the Bible story, Oct. 18-23. Tickets are $44 to $76.50. Call 202-783-4000. {diam} Horizons Theatre presents "The Body Project," an exploration of female body image by Leslie Jacobson and Vanessa Thomas, Oct. 20 through Nov. 13 at Warehouse Theater. Tickets are $10 to $25. Call 703-578-1100. {diam} Teatro de la Luna presents "Justo en lo Mejor de mi Vida" ("Just at Life's Best Moment"), a family serio-comedy, Oct. 20 through Nov. 12 at Gunston Arts Center. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 703-548-3092.

On Screen

Opening Oct. 14: "Domino" features Keira Knightley as a model turned bounty hunter. {diam} In "Elizabethtown," a despondent young man (Orlando Bloom) finds romance at a family funeral. {diam} "The Fog" updates the 1980 John Carpenter thriller of the same name about a seaside village engulfed by a supernatural fog. {diam} Elijah Wood stars in "Green Street Hooligans," about violent underground British soccer clubs. {diam}The Spanish drama "Innocent Voices" is set in 1980s civil war-torn El Salvador. {diam} In "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio," Julianne Moore portrays a '50s housewife who masters jingle-writing contests to support her family. {diam} "Tony Takitani" is a Japanese drama with Issei Ogata as a man distraught by his wife's (Rie Miyazawa) obsession with designer clothes. {diam} The documentary "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" focuses on a pivotal civil rights-era murder. {diam} Ayad Akhtar portrays a Pakistani on a New York suicide bombing mission in "The War Within." Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

The following exhibitions open next week: "Rozome Masters of Japan," opening Oct. 14 at the Textile Museum, features screens, scrolls, panels and kimonos created by contemporary masters of the ancient wax-resist dyeing technique known as rozome. Call 202-667-0441. {diam} "Dressed in Gold: Books of the Italian Renaissance," opening Oct. 15 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, features illuminated manuscripts. Call 410-547-9000. {diam} "Sam Gilliam: A Retrospective," opening Oct. 15 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, showcases the work of one of Washington's best-known painters. Call 202-639-1700.


Closing on stage this weekend: "I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda," by African Continuum Theatre Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center (800-494-8497 or 202-529-5763). "It Had to Be You," by American Century Theatre at Gunston Arts Center (703-553-8782). The Big Apple Circus at Dulles Town Center (202-397-7328 or 800-922-3772). "Te Quiero Muneca" ("I Love You, Doll"), by GALA Hispanic Theatre at Tivoli Theatre (800-494-8497 or 202-234-7174). "T Bone n Weasel," by Rep Stage at Howard Community College (410-772-4900). "Camille," at Round House Theatre in Bethesda (240-644-1100). "After Ashley," at Woolly Mammoth (202-393-3939). "Trilogy," by Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (202-295-2400, 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Americans in Paris," at the National Archives (202-501-5000); "Tools of the Imagination," at the National Building Museum (202-272-2448); and "Serving in Style: A Century of Art and Politics," at Anderson House (202-785-2040).


Some of the top horses in the country -- even the world -- will be on view in the area in the next couple of weeks, along with their two-legged partners, who reign equally supreme among equestrians. You don't need to know a pastern from a fetlock to enjoy their performances, so why not plan on going along for the ride?


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Depeche Mode is back: The group is coming to the Patriot Center Dec. 9.Keira Knightley stars as Domino Harvey, a model turned bounty hunter, in the film "Domino," opening Oct. 14.Acrylic on canvas "All Cats Are Grey at Night," in the Corcoran's retrospective of Sam Gilliam, opening Oct. 15.