The prancing Lipizzaner stallions from the Spanish Riding School of Vienna are touring the United States for the first time in 15 years, commemorating the 60th anniversary of their rescue by Gen. George S. Patton and his 2nd Cavalry during World War II. The 30 horses and 10 riders demonstrate their balletic dressage maneuvers, including "Airs Above the Ground," adapted from battlefield tactics, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). Tickets cost $35 to $150 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-628-3200.

Rip Wakes to Music

Leonard Slatkin conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in two family concerts, "Rip Van Winkle and Other Musical Tales," Sunday at 1 and 3 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). The highlight is the world premiere of "Rip Van Winkle," David Del Tredici's interpretation of the Washington Irving tale, narrated by star baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell. The program also includes John Williams's "Flying Theme" from his score for "E.T." and music by Bernstein, Gould and Grofe. A musical instrument "petting zoo" begins an hour before each show. Tickets cost $15 to $18. Call 202-467-4600.

Songs of Praise and Joy

The Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Mass Choir, comprising young people from throughout the Washington area, gives its 12th annual concert Sunday at 3 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). Vocal duo Ted & Sheri is the guest artist. Tickets cost $25 to $45. Call 301-581-5100 or visit

Dancing Feats

* Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel of Madrid presents the traditional dances of Spain Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2 at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $21 to $42, half-price for ages 12 and younger, from To order, call 888-945-2468; for information, call 703-993-8888. The troupe also dances Tuesday at 8 at the Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Those tickets cost $38, $36 for seniors and students. Call 301-279-5301.

* The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, founded by George Balanchine's best-loved ballerina, opens an all-Balanchine program Tuesday in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). The schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Nov. 25 at 8 and Nov. 26-27 at 2:30 and 8. Tickets cost $29 to $84. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

Everybody Loves a Parade

* Montgomery County kicks off the holiday season with its eighth annual Thanksgiving Parade Saturday at 9:30 in downtown Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring). The Washington Redskins Marching Band, the Greater Overbrook Mummers Band from Philadelphia, giant helium balloons, police equestrian teams and more than 100 other units will step off at Georgia and Sligo avenues and travel along Georgia Avenue and Ellsworth Drive to Cedar Lane. Call 301-565-7300 or visit (note the u).

* The 20-horse Zydeco Cowboyz, the Shining Eye Percherons and Ballet Folklorico Mexico Vivo lead the Baltimore Thanksgiving Parade, starting Saturday at 11 at Pratt and Eutaw streets. Marching bands, giant balloons, cartoon characters and other units will travel east along Pratt past the reviewing stand at Gay Street and on to Market Place. Call 877-225-8466 or visit

New on Stage

* A happy-go-lucky frog and his grumpy sidekick share a year of adventures in the family-friendly musical "A Year With Frog and Toad," based on Arnold Lobel's popular books, through Dec. 11 at the Round House Theatre, 4301 East West Hwy., Bethesda (Metro: Bethesda). The Saturday matinee at 3 is a "pay-what-you-can" show; tickets go on sale at the box office at 2. Regular prices are $25 to $50, ages 18 and younger $15. Call 240-644-1100.

* Two sets of twins separated at birth are reunited -- eventually -- in Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," continuing through Jan. 8 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial, Gallery Place-Chinatown). Tickets cost $14.25 to $71.25. Call 202-547-1122.

* Speed-dressers Joe Sears and Jaston Williams portray the men, women, boys and girls -- all of them -- in tiny Tuna, Tex., as the mythical metropolis braces for the holidays in "A Tuna Christmas," now on its 16th anniversary tour, opening Tuesday at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW (Metro: Metro Center). The schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday at 8, Nov. 25-26 at 2 and 8, and Nov. 27 at 1 and 6:30. Tickets cost $25 to $45.50 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-783-4000.

Sharp Glass

Ira Glass, host of National Public Radio's "This American Life," blends his comic stories and observations with recorded tales and music Saturday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Tickets cost $20 to $30 from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). For information, call


-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel dances across two stages this week.The Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School visit MCI Center Saturday and Sunday.