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.

'Porgy and Bess'

The Washington National Opera continues its 50th anniversary season with a new production of "Porgy and Bess," George Gershwin's portrait of love and loss in the African American community of Catfish Row, opening Saturday at 7 in the Kennedy Center Opera House (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Performances continue through Nov. 19. Tickets cost $45 to $290. In a Washington first, the Nov. 6 matinee will be simulcast live on a giant outdoor LED screen on the Mall between Seventh and 10th streets (Metro: Smithsonian). The simulcast starts at 2; admission is free. Call 202-295-2400 or 202-467-4600.

Love and Life

Broadway baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell stages his one-man cabaret evening, "Love/Life," through Nov. 6 at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW (Metro: U Street-Cardozo). The schedule: Tuesday, Thursday and Nov. 4 at 8; Nov. 5 at 5 and 8; and Nov. 6 at 7. Tickets cost $45 to $60 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-328-6000.

Acrobats From the East

The concluding shows in the Kennedy

Center's Festival of China are sold out, but for a family-friendly evening of gravity-

defying entertainment from the East you can still catch the Shangri-La Chinese

Acrobats Friday at 8 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St.,

Annapolis. Tickets cost $27, ages 12 and younger $17. Call 301-261-1553.

See Them Run

Nearly 30,000 runners will follow a 26-mile, 385-yard course around monumental Washington in the 30th annual Marine Corps Marathon Sunday in Arlington starting in two waves. The Scarlet Wave takes off at 8:15 on Route 110 south of Memorial Bridge, near the Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial (Metro: Arlington Cemetery or Rosslyn). The Gold Wave starts there at 8:45. The route includes a leg through Crystal City, where a Street Spectacular will host entertainment, food vendors, a climbing wall and children's activities from 9 to 3:30. The speediest runners are expected to cross the finish line back at the memorial in about 2 hours 20 minutes. Registration is closed, but spectators are welcome. Before the marathon, vendors will offer the latest running and fitness goods and nutrition products at a free expo Friday and Saturday from 9 to 7 at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Stadium-Armory). Call 800-786-8762 or visit

Ballet Season Opens

The Washington Ballet kicks off its new season Wednesday with Septime Webre's "Carmen," Balanchine's "Serenade" and Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs" in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). The schedule: Wednesday through Nov. 4 at 8, Nov. 5 at 2:30 and 8, Nov. 6 at 1 and 5. Tickets cost $19 to $105. Call 202-467-4600. See story on Page 24.

Choral Notes

* The Master Chorale of Washington sings two works with roots in Gregorian chant, Maurice Durufle's "Requiem" and Dave Brubeck's "Pange Lingua Variations," Saturday at 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). "Requiem" will be accompanied by orchestra and organ, and a jazz combo with pianist Jeffrey Chappell will back the Brubeck work. Remaining tickets cost $30 to $55. Call 202-467-4600.

* The Choral Arts Society of Washington begins its 40th anniversary season with Handel's "Alexander's Feast" and Harp Concerto No. 6 Sunday at 3 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $17 to $50. Call 202-467-4600.

* The New Dominion Chorale opens its 15th season with Brahms's "Requiem," sung in English, Sunday at 4 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets cost $25, seniors $20, students and children $15. Call 703-442-9404.

Halloween Chills

* The Silent Orchestra performs its own acoustic and electronic score with screenings of "Nosferatu," the 1922 silent film adaptation of the Dracula legend, Saturday at 7 and Monday at 9 at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Tickets cost $20. Call 301-495-6700.

* Actor David Keltz portrays Edgar Allan Poe's 1849 visit to Alexandria Sunday and Monday at 8 at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. He will read from "The Tell-Tale Heart" and other tales of suspense. Tickets cost $12, ages 18 and younger $10. (The program is intended for ages 12 and older.) Call 703-838-4994.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Nearly 30,000 runners will race in the 30th annual Marine Corps Marathon Sunday.

Michele Jimenez dances in the Washington Ballet's "Carmen."