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 bluesman 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} 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} Star guitarist Christopher Parkening performs with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Nov. 12 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $35 to $60 from Tickets.com. Call 703-218-6500 (service charges added). {diam} The Cathedral Choral Society sings Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and other 20th-century works Nov. 13 at Washington National Cathedral. Tickets cost $20 to $60; call 202-537-5527. {diam} The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performs two 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, Rokia Traore 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.

The Week of Nov. 25

Michael Flatley stars in his newest Irish music and dance extravaganza, "Celtic Tiger," Nov. 26 at George Mason University's Patriot Center. Tickets cost $34.75 to $79.75 from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra with Scottish percussionist Colin Currie Nov. 28 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $40 to $95. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} Star tenor Andrea Bocelli stages "A Royal Christmas" with a cast of 175 musicians and dancers Dec. 1 at MCI Center. Tickets cost $55 to $178 from Ticketmaster. Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).

HOT TICKETS

The National Park Service will release 2,800 free tickets to the Dec. 1 Pageant of Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets NW. The limit is four tickets per person. Call 202-208-1631. {diam} Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 from Ticketmaster for "Super Grover! Ready for Action," this year's Sesame Street Live production, Dec. 15-18 at George Mason University's Patriot Center. They cost $14 to $24. Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).

OPENING SOON

On Stage

The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa and the Sogolon Puppet Troupe of Mali blend 60 puppets and 13 actors with music, dance and video projections in "Tall Horse," a saga of a giraffe captured in Sudan and shipped to France as a gift for the king, in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater Nov. 11-12. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company opens the world premiere of S.M.

Shephard-Massat's "Starving" with "pay-what-you-can" previews Nov. 14-15. The play portrays the lives of a generation of black women through the lens of an Atlanta apartment building in the 1950s. The run continues through Dec. 18; regular prices are $40 to $48. Call 202-393-3939. {diam} Britain's Propeller Theatre Company presents an all-male production of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" Nov. 15-17 in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Tickets cost $25. Call 202-467-4600.

{diam} The Round House Theatre in Bethesda stages the family-friendly musical "A Year With Frog and Toad," based on Arnold Lobel's popular books, Nov. 16 through Dec. 11. Tickets cost $25 to $50. Call 240-644-1100.

On Screen

Opening Nov. 11: Jon Favreau directs "Zathura," adapted from the Chris Van Allsburg children's book. {diam} The documentary "Protocols of Zion" examines the rise of American anti-Semitism after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. {diam} Keira Knightley stars in an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel "Pride & Prejudice." {diam} Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston play an adulterous couple in peril in the thriller "Derailed." {diam} Action-comedy "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" takes place behind the scenes in Hollywood. {diam} The documentary "Ballets Russes" reveals a bit of 20th-century dance history. {diam} "Loggerheads" weaves together the story of three families struggling with homosexuality, suicide and religion. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

The following exhibitions open next week: "War Letters: Lost and Found," opening Nov. 11 at the National Postal Museum, features original letters from the Civil War to the Vietnam War that were lost and then rediscovered by strangers. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

{diam} "Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters," opening Nov. 13 at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, focuses on artist Nixon's series of annual portraits of his wife and her three sisters going back to 1975. Call 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176). {diam} On Nov. 13, four exhibitions open at the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture: "Conversation Among Blues Women" is a site-specific installation by Washington artist Gina Marie Lewis; "Mother and Child: Expressions of Love" presents various artistic interpretations of the bond between mother and child; "Reclaiming Midwives: Pillars of Community Support" documents the life and work of several African American midwives; and "Reflections: Life Pieces to Masterpieces" showcases art made by at-risk youth ages 3 to 21 under the auspices of an outreach program founded in 1996 by Washington artist Larry B. Quick. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729). {diam} "African Art Now: Masterpieces From the Jean Pigozzi Collection," opening Nov. 16 at the National Museum of African Art, features 100 pieces by contemporary African artists. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: The Washington Ballet's fall program, featuring "Carmen" and two other works, in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (202-467-4600); "Born Yesterday," in the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater (202-488-3300, TDD: 202-484-0247); Brian Stokes Mitchell's "Love/Life," at the Lincoln Theatre (202-397-7328 or 202-328-6000); "The Chairs," at the Round House Theatre's Silver Spring stage (240-644-1100); and "Building a Boat," by Charter Theatre Co. at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (202-333-7009). {diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "Shifting Gears: A National Juried Exhibit for Young Artists With Disabilities, Ages 16-25," at the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center (202-633-1000, TDD: 202-357-1729).

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With December fast approaching, why not take some time for yourself and think of others by getting started on your holiday gifts? Weekend shows you how to grow paperwhites, marble stationery, design a necklace, burn a festive music CD and, best of all, roll your own chocolate truffles. Savor, share and embrace the spirit of the season.

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"Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters," annual portraits of the photographer's family taken over three decades, opens Nov. 13 at the National Gallery of Art's West Building. Michelle Monaghan and Robert Downey Jr. star in the action comedy thriller "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," opening Nov. 11.