The Week of Nov. 25

The McLean Project for the Arts sponsors the Museum Shops Holiday Collection, with goodies from the Freer Gallery of Art, Monticello, Winterthur and other regional museum shops, Nov. 25-27 at the McLean Community Center. Admission is $6. Call 703-790-0123. {diam} 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). {diam} The Washington Ballet dances Septime Webre's production of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 1-24 at the Warner Theatre. Tickets start at $29 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} Dumbarton Concerts celebrates the holidays with its 20th anniversary "Celtic Christmas" concerts Dec. 3-10 at Dumbarton Church. Tickets cost $28, seniors and students $24. Call 202-965-2000. {diam} The Marine Band accompanies the annual Holiday Sing-A-Long Dec. 4 at Wolf Trap Park, concluding with a candlelight procession. Admission is free; donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots are encouraged. Call 703-255-1900.

{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 703-237-0300. {diam} American Ballet Theatre stages Kevin McKenzie's interpretation of "The Nutcracker" Dec. 7-11 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets cost $47 to $112. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} The national tour of "Les Miserables" stops at the National Theatre from Dec. 7 through Jan. 21. Tickets cost $36.25 to $83.25 plus service charges. Call 800-447-7400.

The Week of Dec. 9

More than 180 artists will display their museum-quality works at the 18th annual Washington Craft Show Dec. 9-11 at the Washington Convention Center. Admission is $14, seniors $13, ages 11 and younger free. Call 202-249-3000. {diam} The Kennedy Center opens its new Family Theater (in the space once occupied by the American Film Institute) with the world premiere of "Alice," an adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's children's book, from Dec. 9 through Jan. 2. Tickets cost $15. Call 202-467-4600.

HOT TICKETS

Tickets go on sale this weekend from Ticketmaster for these shows: starting Saturday at 10, Martina McBride, appearing Feb. 17 at George Mason University's Patriot Center ($49.50), and Motley Crue Feb. 15 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore ($40.50 to $77); starting Saturday at noon, Coldplay and Fiona Apple March 2 at MCI Center ($36 to $80.50); starting Monday at 10, "Monster Jam," demonstrations and competitions by giant, noisy custom trucks, Jan. 13-14 at MCI Center ($23, children $11). Call 202-397-7328 (service charges added). {diam} Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster for these Birchmere shows: Asleep at the Wheel Feb. 23 ($35); and Keiko Matsui April 9 ($35).

OPENING SOON

On Screen

Opening Wednesday: "Rent" is the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. {diam} In "In the Mix," singer Usher plays a bodyguard who protects a Mafia princess. {diam} John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton play dimwit thieves in "The Ice Harvest." {diam} "Just Friends" is a romantic comedy about a man (Ryan Reynolds) trying to woo his high school crush. {diam} Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo play newlyweds raising a super-size brood in "Yours, Mine & Ours." {diam} "Pulse" is a techno-themed Japanese horror movie. {diam} Opening Nov. 25:

In the French drama "The Passenger," a man struggles with his brother's suicide and its repercussions. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

Opening Nov. 26 at Baltimore's Maryland Historical

Society, "Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards in Maryland, 1865-2005" explores the evolution of

the holiday greeting card. Call 410-685-3750.

CLOSING

Closing on stage this weekend: "Forever's Swing's Zoot Suit," at the Warner Theatre (202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328); "If This Hat Could Talk: The Untold Stories of Dr. Dorothy Height," at the Lincoln Theatre (202-397-7328 or 202-328-6000); "No Exit," by Scena Theatre at the Warehouse Theater (703-684-7990); "Misterman," by Solas Nua at the D.C. Arts Center (800-494-8497 or 202-462-7833); and "The Violet Hour," by Rep Stage at Howard Community College (410-772-4900).

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"Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards in Maryland, 1865-2005" opens Nov. 26 at Baltimore's Maryland Historical Society. Chris Martin and Coldplay (seen here at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards) plays March 2 at MCI Center.Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart star in the romantic comedy "Just Friends," opening Wednesday.A gilded silver bowl by Valerie Timofeev will be a highlight of the Washington Craft Show Dec. 9-11.