The Week of Oct. 21

The Kennedy Center's Festival of China continues with "Cathay: Three Tales of China," a blend of modern multimedia 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 Family 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 stages 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.

The Week of Nov. 4

The Washington Chorus opens its 45th season with Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" Nov. 6 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $19 to $56. Call 202-467-4600.


Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these shows: Starting Friday at 10, Rachelle Ferrell and Rahsaan Patterson, appearing Nov. 10 at the Warner Theatre ($62); Earthquake, Katt Williams and Lavell Crawford Nov. 11 at DAR Constitution Hall ($50); and 311 and Agents of the Sun Nov. 25 at Towson Center Arena ($35). Starting Friday at noon, comedian Russell Peters Nov. 11 at the Warner ($49.50 and $39.50). Starting Saturday at 10, Bon Jovi Feb. 2 at MCI Center ($49.50 to $98). Starting Monday at 10, "A Royal Christmas," featuring tenor Andrea Bocelli with 175 musicians and dancers, Dec. 1 at MCI Center ($55 to $178). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now for a concert by Alison Krauss & Union Station Nov. 20 at Patriot Center. They cost $31.50 to $45.50. {diam} These Birchmere shows are on sale now from Ticketmaster: Citizen Cope Nov. 9 ($20); Nellie McKay Jan. 22 ($27.50); and the Outlaws March 16 ($39.50). {diam} Tickets have just gone on sale for the Washington National Opera's 50th anniversary spring season, opening March 25: "Das Rheingold," "L'Elisir d'Amore," "La Clemenza di Tito" and "L'Italiana in Algeri." They cost $45 to $290. Call 202-295-2400 or visit


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: In "If We Are Women," four women from three generations of one family help one another reexamine their pasts, at Washington Stage Guild from Oct. 27 through Nov. 27. Tickets cost $30 to $35; call 240-582-0050. {diam} A woman approaching 40 worries about artificial insemination and string theory in "String Fever," an urban comedy at Theater J from Oct. 27 through Nov. 27. Tickets cost $15 to $38; call 800-494-8497. {diam} The Keegan Theatre stages the Tennessee Williams classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" from Oct. 27 through Nov. 26 at Church Street Theater. Tickets cost $20 to $25; call 703-527-6000. {diam} The Washington Shakespeare Company revives Tom Stoppard's 1988 "Hapgood," an end-of-the-Cold War blend of thriller and farce, from Oct. 27 through Dec. 4 at Clark Street Playhouse. Tickets cost $28.50 to $31.50; call 800-494-8497.

On Screen

Opening Oct. 21: In "Capote," Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays Truman Capote during the years he wrote the landmark book "In Cold Blood." {diam} "Doom" brings the popular video game of the same name to life as a sci-fi thriller starring The Rock. {diam} A girl (Dakota Fanning) nurses an injured racehorse back to health in the family drama "Dreamer."

{diam} A killer stalks gay men in West Hollywood in the slasher film "Hellbent." {diam} "North Country" stars Charlize Theron as a labor activist. {diam} The documentary "Reel Paradise" chronicles indie filmmaker John Pierson's relocation to Fiji to operate a remote movie theater for the cinema-loving islanders.

{diam} "Stay" is a suicide-themed thriller with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

The following exhibitions open next week: "Sean Scully: Wall of Light," opening Oct. 22 at the Phillips Collection, features contemporary abstractions. Call 202-387-2151. {diam} On Oct. 22, the Walters Art Museum reopens its Italian Palazzo Building with a new installation called "Palace of Wonders: The New Galleries of Renaissance and Baroque Art." Call 410-547-9000. {diam} "Sudan: The Land and the People," opening Oct. 27 at the Meridian International Center, spotlights the photographs of Michael Freeman. Call 202-667-6800. {diam} "No Temperance in It: Woodrow Wilson, the Prohibition Amendment and Brewing in Washington, D.C.," opening Oct. 27 jointly at the Woodrow Wilson House and the Brewmaster's Castle (better known as the Christian Heurich Mansion), looks at the history of the 18th Amendment. Call 202-387-4062 or 202-429-1894.

{diam} On Oct. 28, three exhibitions open at the National Museum of Women in the Arts: "Alice Neel's Women" showcases the work of a great American portrait painter; "The Water Remembers: Paintings and Works on Paper by May Stevens" explores the artist's interest in the theme of a universal consciousness underlying all human experience; and "Carla Maria Maggi" focuses on the Italian painter's efforts to bridge impressionism and postimpressionism. Call 202-783-5000.


Closing on stage this weekend: "Passion Play, a Cycle," at Arena Stage (202-488-3300, TDD: 202-484-0247); "Urinetown," at Signature Theatre (703-218-6500); "A Number," at Studio Theatre (202-332-3300); "Metamorphosis," by Catalyst Theatre Company at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (800-494-8497); "The Trial," by Scena Theatre at Warehouse Theater (703-684-7990); "Friends & Lovers," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328); and "The Boys Next Door," by Journeymen Theater at Clark Street Playhouse (202-248-2295).


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Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon will keep the kids busy.

A south German watch of gold, rock crystal and enamel from "Palace of Wonders: The New Galleries of Renaissance and Baroque Art" at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Charlize Theron as Josey Aimes, a miner fighting for fair treatment, in "North Country."