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 National Opera stages a new production of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" Oct. 29 through Nov. 19 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $45 to $290. Call 202-295-2400 or 202-467-4600. {diam} More than 20,000 runners will compete in the 30th annual Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 30, following a 26.2-mile route through monumental Washington and nearby Northern Virginia. Registration is closed, but spectators are welcome. Call 800-786-8762 or visit www.marinemarathon.com.

{diam} The New Dominion Chorale opens its 15th season with Brahms's "Requiem" Oct. 30 at the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Call 703-442-9404. {diam} The Choral Arts Society of Washington begins its 40th anniversary season with a concert featuring Handel's "Alexander's Feast" and Harp Concerto No. 6 Oct. 30 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $17 to $50; call 202-244-3669 or 202-467-4600. {diam} Brian Stokes Mitchell brings his one-man musical evening, "Love/Life," to the Lincoln Theatre Nov. 1-6. Tickets cost $45 to $60 from Ticketmaster; call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {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 Kennedy Center hosts its 10th annual free Multicultural Children's Book Festival Nov. 5 on its upper level, with readings by Malcolm Jamal Warner, Nikki Giovanni and other celebrities and authors. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} Italy's leading modern ballet company, Aterballetto, performs Nov. 5 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $22 to $44 from Tickets.com. Call 888-945-2468 or 703-993-8888 (service charges added). {diam} As part of its 50th anniversary season celebration, the Washington National Opera is presenting a free live simulcast of a matinee performance of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" Nov. 6 at 2 on a giant outdoor TV screen on the Mall near Fourth Street. No tickets are needed. Call 202-295-2400.

{diam} 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.

The Week of Nov. 11

Veterans of America's armed services are honored at Veterans Day ceremonies Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Navy Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Women's Memorial and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Call 202-619-7222. {diam} Original British blues man John Mayall sings with his Bluesbreakers Nov. 11 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $20 to $40 from Tickets.com. Call 888-945-2468 or 703-993-8888. {diam}The 35th annual Waterfowl Festival celebrates ducks and geese in photographs, paintings, carvings, sculpture and other media Nov. 11-13 in Easton, Md. Call 410-822-4567.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a concert by Carly Simon Nov. 29 at DAR Constitution Hall. They cost $47.50 to $69.50 plus service charges. Call 202-397-7328. {diam} These 9:30 club shows are on sale now from Tickets.com: "The Breed Love Odyssey 2005," with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae Nov. 25-26 ($40); and the Dandy Warhols with Out Crowd Nov. 27 ($25). Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).

OPENING SOON

On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: Set in 1919, a mysterious machine churns out pages of history from the future and a publisher must choose between two manuscripts in "The Violet Hour," a comedy by Richard Greenberg, at Rep Stage in Columbia Oct. 28 through Nov. 20. Tickets cost $17 to $24; call 410-772-4900. {diam} "Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom,' " based on letters, interviews and official documents, recounts the experiences of four British citizens held in the American prison camp in Cuba, Nov. 2 through Dec. 11 at Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $32 to $52; call 202-332-3300.

On Screen

Opening Wednesday: The drama "Ushpizin" focuses on Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. {diam} Opening Oct. 28: An ensemble of actresses, including Glenn Close, Holly Hunter and Sissy Spacek, are women at crossroads in "Nine Lives." {diam} In the comedy "Prime," a divorced woman (Uma Thurman) falls for a younger man (Bryan Greenberg) who is the son of her therapist (Meryl Streep). {diam} "Saw 2" is the sequel to last year's horror hit "Saw." {diam} "Shopgirl," based on the novel by Steve Martin, features Claire Danes as a department store clerk wooed by a wealthy older man (Martin) and a struggling young musician (Jason Schwartzman). {diam} Antonio Banderas reprises his role as a swashbuckling hero in "The Legend of Zorro," a sequel to 1998's "The Mask of Zorro."

{diam} "Three . . . Extremes" is a trilogy of Asian horror films: "Box," "Cut" and "Dumplings." {diam} In "The Weather Man," Nicolas Cage portrays a Chicago meteorologist whose family obligations conflict with his career aspirations. {diam} The drama "Where the Truth Lies" features Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth as 1950s entertainers caught up in a murder scandal. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

The following exhibitions open next week: "Ray Charles: American Legend," opening Oct. 28 at the National Museum of American History, features the late musician's signature Ray-Bans and a keyboard with Braille markings. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). {diam} "Style and Status: Imperial Costumes From Ottoman Turkey," opening Oct. 29 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, showcases Turkish caftans from the 16th and 17th centuries. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). {diam} "Hiraki Sawa," opening Nov. 1 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, focuses on three black-and-white digital video works.

{diam} "Cram Sessions: 04 Counter-Campus," opening Nov. 2 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, explores how artists and artist groups have created autonomous learning experiences outside the traditional academic environment. Call 410-396-7100.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "Leading Ladies," at Ford's Theatre (202-397-7328 or 202-347-4833); "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328); "Hilda," at Studio Theatre (202-332-3300); and "Kiki & Herb: The Resurrection Tour," at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (202-393-3939). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Games, Contests and Artful Play in Japan" and "Rusticity Refined: Kyoto Ceramics by Ninsei" at the Freer Gallery of Art. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

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An antique silk caftan from the Topkapi Palace Museum in "Style and Status," opening Oct. 29 at the Sackler Gallery.

Malcolm Jamal Warner is at the Kennedy Center Nov. 5.Alison Lohman and Kevin Bacon star in "Where the Truth Lies," about the puzzling breakup of a '50s comedy team, opening Oct. 28.