Some ticket information about "String Fever," opening Thursday at Theater J, is incorrect in today's Weekend, which was printed in advance. "Pay-what-you-can" performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 cost $25. (Published 10/21/2005)
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.
Road to the White House
View the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the Children's Garden and the South Lawn while military bands play from a White House balcony during the White House Fall Garden Tours Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from noon to 4. Free timed-entry tickets are required for everyone, including small children. They will be distributed starting at 7:30 each day at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets NW. (The Executive Mansion itself will not be open.) Call 202-208-1631.
New on Stage
* The Washington Stage Guild, at 14th and T streets NW, opens its 20th anniversary season Thursday at 7:30 with "If We Are Women," a Canadian drama in which four women from three generations of one family help one another reexamine their pasts and look to the future. Performances continue through Nov. 27. Tickets cost $30 to $35, with student and senior discounts. Call 240-582-0050.
* A concert violinist approaching 40 worries about artificial insemination and string theory and tries to maintain her relationships with an assortment of eccentric characters in "String Fever," an urban comedy opening with bargain previews at Theater J, in the D.C. Jewish Community Center at 1529 16th St. NW. Shows Thursday at 7:30 and Oct. 30 at 3 are "pay-what-you-can"; tickets go on sale an hour before curtain. Tickets for the show Oct. 29 at 8 are $20. The run continues through Nov. 27. Regular prices are $15 to $39. Call 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229.
Cirque du Soleil co-founder Normand Latourelle has created a new theatrical extravaganza, "Cavalia," starring 47 prancing horses and 32 elaborately costumed acrobats, aerialists and riders, and it opens Wednesday in its own 110-foot-high white big top in Pentagon City, at Army Navy Drive and South Eads Street, Arlington (Metro: Pentagon City). The production, in which the audience faces a 160-foot-wide proscenium stage, has toured North America after opening in Quebec in 2003. Most tickets cost $69 to $79, with discounts for seniors, students and children. A "Rendez-Vous" package includes a stable tour for $169, children 12 and younger $99. Parking is $15. Performances continue through Nov. 8. Call 866-999-8111 or visit
Bringing in the Crops
Mount Vernon, the first president's last home, re-creates an 18th-century autumn celebration during Fall Harvest Family Days Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 5. Living history interpreters will demonstrate traditional farming, cooking and crafts skills, musicians will play songs of the era, and children will learn to make cornhusk dolls and play Colonial games. Ticketed sightseeing cruises on the Potomac will be available. Mount Vernon is at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, eight miles south of Alexandria. Admission is $11, seniors $10.50, ages 6 to 11 $5 (younger free). Call 703-780-2000.
More than 400 artists and artisans will show their pottery, woodwork, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass and other creations at the 10th anniversary Craftsmen's Classic Arts & Crafts Festival Friday from 10 to 9, Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. Admission is $7, ages 6 to 12 $1 (younger free). Call 888-962-7238 or 703-378-0910.
Sounds of Strings
* Mandolin master David Grisman and his quartet bring their "dawg" music, a unique blend of bluegrass, swing and jazz, to the Music Center at Strathmore Friday at 8. Tickets cost $19 to $40. Strathmore is at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). Call 301-581-5100.
* International guitar stars Carlos Barbosa-Lima of Brazil and Berta Rojas of Paraguay perform together for the first time in the United States at the season opener of the 12th annual John Marlow Guitar Series Saturday at 8 at Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. Barbosa-Lima often played with the late Charlie Byrd, and Rojas has recorded classical and traditional albums and tours with the Del Sur Guitar Quartet. Tickets cost $30. Call 301-654-6874.
Champions on Four Legs
Some of the world's leading riders and their steeds compete in the 47th annual Washington International Horse Show, an Olympic-level equestrian competition, beginning Tuesday and continuing through Oct. 30 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). Daytime hunter and jumper competitions begin at 7 a.m. every day and end at about 5. Evening sessions begin at 7 Tuesday and Wednesday. Featured performances, with terrier races, barrel racing, dressage demonstrations and other special events, are scheduled Thursday and Oct. 28 at 7:30, and Oct. 29 at 1 and 7. On Oct. 30, a single program runs from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is a benefit for national and local charities. Tickets cost $15 to $60 from Ticketmaster; an all-event pass is $85. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 301-987-9400 or visit www.wihs.org.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere
Guitarist Berta Rojas performs Saturday. "Cavalia" brings trained horses and costumed acrobats to a giant white tent in Pentagon City.