Holiday Event? Get Listed!

Weekend will publish its annual guide to Christmas, Hanukah and other winter holiday activities on Dec. 2. If you would like us to include your concert, pageant, children's show or similar event, mail a detailed description -- with dates, times, prices, street address and a telephone number that we may print -- to Holiday Happenings, Weekend, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071-5650. This is in addition to information you may wish to submit for our regular weekly listings. Our deadline is Nov. 18. Craft fairs and religious services cannot be included.

Music of China

The Festival of China continues through October at the Kennedy Center (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Composer Tan Dun, who won Academy and Grammy awards for the score of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," conducts the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in his multimedia work "The Map, Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra," Monday at 8 in the Concert Hall. The program also includes Chinese classics conducted by Chen Xieyang. Tickets cost $10 to $30. (Other performances this week by the China National Peking Opera Company and the Shanghai Song & Dance Ensemble are sold out.) Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.

New on Stage

* A man and woman organize a reception for dignitaries who never show up in "The Chairs," opening with "pay-what-you-can" previews Friday at 8 and Saturday at 3 at Round House Theatre's Silver Spring stage, at 8641 Colesville Rd. (Metro: Silver Spring). Eugene Ionesco's absurdist play has been restaged in English by Alain Timar, who created the production for a 2002 French festival. The bargain seats go on sale an hour before each show. Regular prices, through Nov. 6, are $30 to $40. Call 240-644-1100.

* The Folger Theatre transports Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" to England at the end of World War II, opening Thursday at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Kate Eastwood Norris stars as Beatrice, who keeps up a witty war of words with returning soldier Benedick until they fall in love. Tickets cost $25 to $33 during previews through Oct. 22, and $30 to $49 through Nov. 27. Call 202-544-7077.

Giddyap!

Nearly 100 horses and their riders will compete in the seven steeplechase races of the 68th International Gold Cup Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. The gates open at 10. Jack Russell terrier races begin at 11:30, a carriage parade begins at noon and the Washington Redskins Marching Band plays at 12:30. The opening ceremony starts at 12:45, followed by the first race at 1. General admission tickets at the gate are $60 per vehicle with up to six passengers. The course is on Old Tavern Road about a mile south of Interstate 66, Exit 31. Call 800-697-2237 or 540-347-1215, or visit www.vagoldcup.com. See cover story on Page 11.

An Incredible Adventure

The superpowered Parr family tries to blend in quietly at a Disney theme park in "The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure," this year's Disney on Ice production, opening Wednesday at 7 at Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Day and evening shows continue through Oct. 23. Tickets cost $15 to $60 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). For information, call 703-993-3000.

Wonderful Wildlife

Two facilities in the National Wildlife Refuge system are celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week with free family festivals. Saturday from 9 to 3, the Occoquan Bay refuge will present live owls, hawks and reptiles, a bird-banding demonstration, a nature photography seminar and other activities. It is at the end of Dawson Beach Road off U.S. 1 in Woodbridge. Call 703-636-4115. The National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel hosts the Patuxent Wildlife Festival Saturday from 10 to 3, with live animals, behind-the-scenes tours, tram tours, exhibits and children's crafts. It is at 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, on Powder Mill Road between Route 197 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Call 301-497-5763.

Artists in a Row

More than 180 juried artists will show their paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and other works at the Bethesda Row Art Festival Saturday from 11 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5 on Woodmont and Bethesda avenues and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda (Metro: Bethesda). There will also be food vendors and live music on multiple stages. Admission is free. Proceeds will benefit National Institutes of Health children's charities. Call 301-816-6958.

Love Conquers All

A Parisian courtesan sacrifices all for love in Verdi's "La Traviata," staged by the Virginia Opera in Italian with English supertitles Friday at 8 and Sunday at 2 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Cristina Nassif stars as Violetta. Tickets cost $44 to $84. To order, call Tickets.com, 703-218-6500 (service charges added). For information, call 703-993-8888.

Sounds

Around Town

* Brazilian superstar Daniela Mercury, touring in support of her new CD, "Carnaval Eletronico," sings and dances Wednesday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Tickets cost $30 to $45 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). For information, call 202-994-6800.

* Dumbarton Concerts opens its 28th season Saturday at 8 with a performance by the Palestrina Choir at Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. The featured work is Palestrina's 16th-century mass "Ave Maria" on a program with other music of that era. Tickets cost $28, students and seniors $24. Call 202-965-2000.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

BUT NO PEARLS The 39th annual St. Mary's County Oyster Festival celebrates Chesapeake Bay oyster season with entertainment, seafood, crafts, and carnival rides and games Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 6 at the county fairground on Route 5 two miles south of Leonardtown. The National Oyster Shucking Championship and the National Oyster Cook-Off are highlights. Admission is $5, ages 12 and younger free. Call 301-863-5015 or visit www.usoysterfest.com. Meet frogs at two wildlife festivals Saturday.