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, dances Nov. 5 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $22 to $44 from 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. 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. {diam} The uniquely lifelike Salzburg Marionettes perform two Mozart operas Nov. 8-9 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets cost $60. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} Ensembles representing nine world religions perform at the 26th annual InterFaith Concert Nov. 8 at 7:30 at Washington National Cathedral. Tickets cost $15 to $30. Call 202-234-6300.

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 Call 888-945-2468 or 703-993-8888. {diam} Meet representatives of local and national resorts, catch the newest Warren Miller action film and see the latest equipment and fashions at the 18th annual National Ski and Snowboard Expo Nov. 11-13 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. Call 703-378-0910. {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. {diam} The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performs two different programs Nov. 17-19 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $14 to $38. Call 202-467-4600.

The Week of Nov. 18

Rita Coolidge, Fontella Bass, Dianne Reeves and other female jazz singers celebrate Billie Holiday's 90th birthday anniversary in "Billie & Me" Nov. 19 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $20 to $50. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} The Spanish Riding School of Vienna brings its prancing Lipizzaner stallions to Washington for the first time in 15 years Nov. 19-20 at MCI Center. Tickets cost $38 to $153 from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328. {diam} The Suzanne Farrell Ballet dances an all-Balanchine program Nov. 22-27 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets cost $29 to $84. Call 202-467-4600.


Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 from Ticketmaster for two shows by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 21 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore ($32.50 and $42.50) and Dec. 22 at MCI Center ($39.50 to $43.50). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} These 9:30 club shows are on sale now from Morcheeba Nov. 30 ($25); X and Juliana Hatfield Dec. 5 ($25); Sinead O'Connor Dec. 6 ($40). Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added).


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: Arena Stage presents the world premiere of "Cuttin' Up," a collection of stories and folklore from African American barbershops, in the Kreeger Theatre Nov. 4 through Jan. 1. Tickets cost $41 to $60. Call 202-488-3300. {diam} "Yemaya's Belly" is a coming-of-age tale set in the Caribbean, Nov. 8 through Dec. 18 at Signature Theatre. Tickets cost $29 to $49; call 703-218-6500.

On Screen

Opening Nov. 4: The documentary "Touch the Sound" explores the aural realm with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. {diam} The documentary "After Innocence" follows wrongly convicted and imprisoned men in their post-

exoneration lives. {diam} Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard star in the darkly comic military tale "Jarhead." {diam} "The Squid and the Whale" chronicles a couple's (Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels) divorce and its impact on their children (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline). {diam} "Chicken Little" is Disney's latest animated feature, with Zach Braff ("Garden State," TV's "Scrubs") voicing the fearful fowl who's convinced the sky is falling. {diam} Kais Nashef and Ali Suliman portray young Palestinian men recruited for a terrorist mission in "Paradise Now." {diam} Robert Bresson's 1959 French crime drama "Pickpocket" is rereleased on a new 35mm print. {diam} "The Dying Gaul," writer Craig Lucas's directorial debut, is an adaptation of his play of the same name about romantic entanglements of the Hollywood elite. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Woven Rainbows: American Indian Trade Blankets," opening Nov. 9 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, features blankets made by American woolen mills for sale and trade to Native Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Call 410-396-7100. {diam} "The Spirit of Ancient Colombian Gold," opening Nov. 9 at the National Museum of Natural History, presents 280 pre-Hispanic gold objects from the Museo del Oro in Colombia. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).


This weekend is your last chance to visit the 2005 National Symphony Orchestra Decorators Show House in McLean. Call 202-416-8149. {diam}Closing on stage this weekend: "Teahouse" by Beijing People's Art Theatre at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (202-467-4600); "Othello," at the Shakespeare Theatre Company (202-547-1122); and "Morning's at Seven," at the Olney Theatre Center (301-924-3400). {diam}This weekend is your last chance to visit "Directions: Janet Cardiff," at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (202-633-1000, TDD: 202-357-1729); and "Africa MegaFlyover," at the National Geographic Museum (202-857-7588).


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Jamie Foxx portrays the leader of a scout-sniper platoon in "Jarhead," opening Nov. 4. "Woven Rainbows: American Indian Trade Blankets" opens Nov. 9 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Beijing People's Art Theatre performs "Teahouse" through Saturday during the Kennedy Center Festival of China.