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.

Gershwin Visits Mall

In a Washington first, the Washington National Opera is hosting a free simulcast of its production of "Porgy and Bess," George Gershwin's portrait of love and loss in the African American community of Catfish Row, Sunday at 2 on the Mall between Seventh and 10th streets outside the Smithsonian Castle (Metro: Smithsonian). Viewers can watch the matinee on a giant LED screen as it is being sung live onstage at the Kennedy Center. No tickets are needed. Call 202-295-2400.

The Printed Word

Poet Nikki Giovanni, author Yvonne Wakim Dennis and actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner are among the celebrities who will read at the 10th anniversary Multicultural Children's Book Festival Saturday from noon to 5 throughout the upper level of the Kennedy Center (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Other writers will be on hand for autographs and talks, Step Afrika! will host a dance workshop and illustrators will conduct children's art workshops. Admission is free. Call 202-467-4600.

Italian Footwork

On its first tour in the United States, Italy's leading modern ballet company, Aterballetto, dances an all-Stravinsky program Saturday at 8 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. The evening includes "Petrouchka" and excerpts from "Les Noces." Tickets cost $22 to $44 from Tickets.com. To order, call 888-945-2468 (service charges added); for information, call 703-993-8888. See story on Page 24.

New on Stage

* Arena Stage is presenting the world premiere of "Cuttin' Up," a collection of stories and folklore from African American barbershops, through Jan. 1 in its Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW (Metro: Waterfront-SEU). The play is an adaptation of Craig Marberry's book "Cuttin' Up: Wit and Wisdom From Black Barber Shops," for which the author traveled the country talking to barbers and their customers. (Marberry previously compiled the oral histories that became "Crowns," Arena's smash musical tribute to black women and their best hats.) Tickets cost $41 to $60. Call 202-488-3300.

* Studio Theatre is hosting a "pay-what-you-can" matinee of "Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom' " Saturday at 2 in its Milton Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. The play tells the stories of four British residents locked up for years without charges at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay and was created entirely from letters, family interviews and government documents. The bargain seats go on sale at the box office Saturday at noon. Performances continue through Dec. 11. Regular prices are $32 to $52. Call 202-332-3300.

* After a disaster befalls his rural Caribbean village, a 12-year-old boy sets out alone to find the Promised Land in "Yemaya's Belly," a fantasy by Quiara Alegria Hudes, opening Tuesday at Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington. Performances continue through Dec. 18. Tickets cost $29 to $49 from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added). For information, call 703-820-9771.

Shakespeare in Song

Opera Verdi Europa from Bulgaria sings "Macbeth," Verdi's adaptation of "the Scottish play," Sunday at 4 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $20 to $40 from Tickets.com. To order, call 888-945-2468 (service charges added); for information, call 703-993-8888.

The Arts of Alaska

In celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, the Smithsonian Institution is hosting the first Alaska Native Arts & Culture Festival by the Alaska Native Arts Foundation, with exhibits, films, performances and demonstrations, Friday through Sunday from 10 to 5 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle). Highlights include an all-day documentary film festival on Saturday and Eskimo dancing by the Nunamta Yup'ik Eskimo troupe Sunday at 3. Admission is free. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). At a ticketed reception Friday at 7:30, the Paymua band will perform Yup'ik Eskimo songs, and other groups will present an Alaska Native fashion show and artworks. Tickets cost $35 from Smithsonian Associates; call 202-357-3030.

Sounds Around Town

* The Brazilian Guitar Quartet blends a program of classics by Brazilian and European composers with folk ballads Saturday at 8 as part of the Dumbarton Concert Series at Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Tickets are $28, $24 for seniors and students. Call 202-965-2000.

* The Washington Chorus opens its 45th season with Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" Sunday at 3 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Tickets cost $19 to $56. Call 202-467-4600.

* Ensembles representing nine world religions perform their sacred songs, dances and chants at the 26th annual InterFaith Concert, sponsored by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, Tuesday at 7:30 at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Tickets cost $15 to $30. Call 202-234-6300.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Gordon Hawkins and Indira Mahajan star in "Porgy and Bess" by the Washington National Opera.

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