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} Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel brings the folk dances of Spain to George Mason University's Center for the Arts Nov. 19-20. Tickets cost $21 to $42, half-price for ages 12 and younger. Call 703-218-6500. {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).

The Week of Dec. 2

The Scottish Christmas Walk, a parade of pipe and drum bands, dancers and other troupes, winds through Old Town Alexandria on Dec. 3. Call 703-549-0111.

{diam} The Nighthawks, Mary Ann Redmond, Tommy Lepson and other local stars donate their talents to "Santa Jam 9" Dec. 8 at the State Theatre, a benefit for Northern Virginia shelters for women and children. Admission at the door is one new, unwrapped toy or $10. Call



Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these shows: starting Friday at noon, Aqualung, appearing Nov. 30 at Hammer Auditorium at the Corcoran Gallery of Art ($23); starting Monday at 10, Il Divo and Hayley Westenra Feb. 3 a DAR Constitution Hall ($45.75, $52.75 and $75). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added).


On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "A Tuna Christmas," a comic slice of life in tiny Tuna, Tex., during the holidays, returns to the Warner Theatre Nov. 22-27. Tickets cost $25 to $45.50. Call 202-397-7328.

On Screen

Opening Nov. 18: Joaquin Phoenix plays the Man in Black in "Walk the Line," a biopic about Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter. {diam} "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the fourth movie adapted from the J.K. Rowling-penned book series. {diam} Juliette Binoche and Richard Gere star in "Bee Season," a family drama based on Myla Goldberg's novel. {diam} The provocative comedian delivers deadpan stand-up in "Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic."

{diam} "The Aryan Couple" is a thriller set in Nazi

Germany. {diam} Two Chilean boys experience their country's 1973 political coup in "Machuca." {diam} "Loggerheads" weaves the story of three families struggling with homosexuality, suicide and religion. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

The following exhibitions open next week: "Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod," opening Nov. 19 at the Walters Art Museum, features nearly 300 artifacts from Russia's oldest medieval city, including religious icons, leather goods, jewelry, musical instruments and birch bark documents. Call 410-547-9000. {diam} On Nov. 19, two shows open at the Freer Gallery of Art: "Artists of Edo 1800-1850" presents paintings and prints made by early 19th-century artists working in the metropolis of Edo (Tokyo), while "Freer and Tea: 100 Years of the Book of Tea" celebrates the 1906 publication of the first English study of the philosophical and aesthetic basis of the Japanese tea ceremony by highlighting the museum's collection of Japanese, Chinese and Korean tea ceramics. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

{diam} "George Catlin's Indian Gallery," opening Nov. 24 at the Renwick Gallery, showcases 280 of the lawyer-turned-painter's portraits, landscapes and scenes depicting 19th-century American Indian life. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).


Closing on stage this weekend: "You Are Here," by the Theater Alliance at H Street Playhouse (800-494-8497 or 202-396-2125); "The Body Project," by Horizons Theatre at the Warehouse Theater (703-578-1100); and "Justo en lo Mejor de mi Vida" ("Just at Life's Best Moment"), by Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center (703-548-3092).


Water slides, tubing runs, Eurobungy and, oh yeah, skiing. The region's mountain resorts are redefining winter sports to offer something fun for everyone -- even if you don't like winter.


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Daniel Radcliffe plays Harry Potter and Shefali Chowdhury is his pal Parvati Patil in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film in the series, opening Nov. 18.Michael Flatley leads "Celtic Tiger," his latest celebration of Irish music, to the Patriot Center Nov. 26.

A 14th-century leather animal figure is part of "Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod," opening Nov. 19 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.