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 book for children, from Dec. 9 through Jan. 2. Tickets cost $15. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} The Washington Revels stage the 23rd annual Christmas Revels, "Journey to the Northlands," with a focus on the music and dance of Scandinavia, Dec. 9-18 at Lisner Auditorium. Tickets cost $18 to $40, with youth discounts. Call 800-595-4849. {diam} Grammy-winning vocal quartet the Manhattan Transfer, backed by a 20-piece big band, sings holiday classics Dec. 13-14 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets cost $21 to $60. Call 301-581-5100.

{diam} Super Grover loses his superness and his pals help him get it back in "Super Grover! Ready for Action," the newest Sesame Street Live production, at George Mason University's Patriot Center Dec. 15-18. Tickets cost $14 to $24. Call 202-397-7328.

The Week of Dec. 16

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra stages its Christmas-themed rock opera Dec. 21 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena ($32.50 and $42.50) and Dec. 22 at MCI Center ($39.50, $42.50 and $43.50). Call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328.

The Week of Dec. 23

The Kennedy Center hosts its eighth annual free "All Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam" Dec. 25 at its Millennium Stage, with Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Lenny Robinson, Tom Williams, James King and Delores Williams. Call 202-467-4600. {diam} The Dance Institute of Washington and the Washington Reflections Dance Company stage "The Spirit of Kwanzaa," celebrating the African American holiday, Dec. 28-29 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $12 to $25. Call 202-467-4600.


The unique Dame Edna shares the details of her incomparably enviable life and shows off her newly acquired psychic powers in "Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance!" Feb. 21 through March 5 at the National Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday through Telecharge. They cost $36.25 to $71.25. Call 800-447-7400. {diam} Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 from Ticketmaster for a show by Brandon T. Jackson, with Lil' JJ, Cory Fernandez, Isiah Kelly and Juan Garcia Jan. 21 at DAR Constitution Hall. They cost $35. Call 202-397-7328. {diam} Also on sale from Ticketmaster: starting Saturday at 10, Queen and Paul Rodgers March 9 at MCI Center ($38 to $128); starting Saturday at 11, Great Big Sea April 28 at Lisner Auditorium. Tickets cost $27.50. {diam} Plan now for summer: Five musical shows coming to Wolf Trap's Filene Center next year go on sale Saturday at noon from "The Pirates of Penzance" by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, June 2-3; "Riverdance" June 22-25; "Annie" June 27-July 2; "Chicago: The Musical" July 11-16; and "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" Aug. 29-Sept. 3. Prices vary by show and seat location. Call

877-965-3872. {diam} These 9:30 club shows are on sale now from James Brown and Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers Dec. 28 ($55); and Robert Randolph & the Family Band Dec. 31 ($50). Call 703-218-6500.


On Stage

"Damn Yankees," the classic musical comedy about a desperate baseball fan who sells his soul to the devil so his beloved Washington Senators can trounce the New York Yankees, opens Dec. 9 in the Fichandler Theater at Arena Stage. Tickets cost $49 to $68. Call 202-488-3300.

On Screen

Opening Dec. 9: "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is based on the C.S. Lewis books. {diam} Naomi Watts plays a struggling actress in "Ellie Parker." {diam} "Traffic" screenwriter Stephen Gaghan wrote and directed "Syriana," a look at the oil industry. {diam} Claude Berri's first feature film, "The Two of Us," gets rereleased at the AFI Silver Theatre. {diam} "Dorian Blues" is a coming-out indie. {diam} The 1972 documentary "Winter Soldier" details the atrocities committed by American soldiers during the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam. Opening dates are subject to change.

On Exhibit

These exhibitions open next week: "Picturing the Banjo," opening Dec. 10 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, examines the symbolism of the iconic stringed instrument in American art from the 18th century to the present. Call 202-639-1700. {diam} "Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words," opening Dec. 12 at the Library of Congress as part of its ongoing "American Treasures" exhibition, celebrates the tercentenary of the American statesman's birth with selections from the library's extensive collection of Franklin papers. Call 202-707-4604.


Closing on stage this weekend: "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Keegan Theatre at Church Street Theater (703-527-6000); and "Hay Fever" at Baltimore's Center Stage (410-332-0033).

{diam} This weekend is your last chance to visit "The Mystique of Sandalwood" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (202-783-5000).


Gargantuan apes, gay cowboys and geisha girls, oh my! Hollywood always saves the best for last (the last part of the year, that is), but this season, separating the winners from the duds seems harder than ever. Never fear, Desson Thomson is here, scanning the list and panning for gold among the holiday movies in Weekend's annual guide. Plus: Weekend introduces an updated look.


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William Wegman's "Blue Period With Banjo" is on display in "Picturing the Banjo," opening Dec. 10 at the Corcoran.

From left, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Alexander Siddig star in "Syriana," a political thriller about the oil industry, opening Dec. 9.Bob Kinkel will sing with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at MCI Center and 1st Mariner Arena.