The Dec. 9 Weekend section listed an incorrect telephone number for information about performances of "Christmas Revels" at Lisner Auditorium. The correct number is 202-723-7528. (Published 12/12/2005)

Crafts as Art

About 180 artists, selected from about 1,000 applicants across the United States, will show their museum-quality works in glass, metal, paper, wood and other media at the 18th annual Washington Craft Show at the Washington Convention Center through Sunday. Admission is $14, seniors $13, ages 11 and younger free.

WASHINGTON CRAFT SHOW Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Sq. NW (Metro: Mount Vernon Square-Convention Center). 202-249-3000 or

Voices Raised in Song

The Cathedral Choral Society and Washington Symphonic Brass perform holiday concerts this weekend at Washington National Cathedral. J. Reilly Lewis will conduct "The Joy of Christmas: A Norwegian Festival," an evening of American, English and Norwegian Christmas music, concluding with a carol singalong. Tickets cost $20 to $60.

CATHEDRAL CHORAL SOCIETY Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 4 and Sunday at 4 at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-5527.

The Alexandria Choral Society sings " 'Tis the Season," a family concert of holiday favorites, Saturday and Sunday in Alexandria. The chorus will be joined by the ACS Children's Chorus and the Metropolitan Brass Quintet. Tickets cost $20.

ALEXANDRIA CHORAL SOCIETY Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2:30 at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria (Metro: King Street). 703-548-4734.

New Show, New Stage

The Kennedy Center raises the curtain of its new Family Theater on Friday with the world premiere of "Alice," an adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's book for children about a little girl's adventures in the big city. The new stage is in the space long occupied by the American Film Institute. Tickets cost $15. See story on Page 24.

"ALICE" Through Jan. 2 at the Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW (Metro: Foggy

Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles).

202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524) or

Transfer on the Red Line

Eight-time Grammy-winning vocal quartet the Manhattan Transfer, whose members have been singing together since they met in New York in 1972, puts its distinctive jazz twist on holiday hits Tuesday and Wednesday at the Music Center at Strathmore. A 20-piece big band will back the group. Tickets cost $21 to $60.

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). 301- 581-5100 or

Grover Gets Rescued

Super Grover loses his superness and his pals help him restore his inner hero by teaching him healthy habits in "Super Grover! Ready for Action," the newest Sesame Street Live! production, opening Thursday at Patriot Center. Tickets cost $14 to $24 from Ticketmaster.

SESAME STREET LIVE! Thursday at 7, Dec. 16 at 10:30 and 7, Dec. 17 at 10:30 and 2:30, and Dec. 18 at 1 and 4:30 at George Mason University's Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. For tickets, 202-397-7328; for information, 703-993-3000.

New Takes on Two Classics

Duke Ellington's jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" (in which "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" becomes "Sugar Rum Cherry") and Quincy Jones's "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration," his gospel adaptation of the classic, are the featured works at an upbeat holiday show by the Soulful Symphony Saturday at Strathmore. Washington-born pianist and composer Darin Atwater will conduct the Baltimore-based African American orchestra, joined by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost $18 to $55.

SOULFUL SYMPHONY Saturday at 8 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda (Metro: Grosvenor-Strathmore). 301-581-5100 or

Reveling in Snow

The Washington Revels opens its 23rd annual Christmas Revels, "Journey to the Northlands," Friday at Lisner Auditorium. This year's production imagines Christmastime in Scandinavia with traditional songs, folk dancing and dramatizations of traditional tales, including the Kalevala, Finland's story of the creation of the world. The Karelian Folk Music Ensemble from the Russian Republic of Karelia is the guest artist. Tickets cost $18 to $40, with youth discounts.

CHRISTMAS REVELS Friday and Dec. 16 at 7:30, Saturday and Dec. 17 at 2 and 7:30, and Sunday and Dec. 18 at 2 at Lisner Auditorium, 800 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). For tickets, 800-595-4849; for information, 202-723-1234 or

'The Messiah' Arrives

The National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Chorus take up Handel's "Messiah" starting Thursday at the Kennedy Center. Emil de Cou conducts. The vocal soloists are soprano Amel Brahim-Djelloul, treble Charles Lyon Stewart, counter-tenor Xavier Sabata, tenor Andrew Tortise and bass Curtis Streetman. Tickets cost $20 to $79. Donations of canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank are welcomed.

"THE MESSIAH" Thursday at 7, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at 8, and Dec. 18 at 1 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524) or

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Super Grover lands at Patriot Center Thursday.Darin Atwater conducts the Soulful Symphony Saturday.A beaded owl decoy by Betsy Youngquist will watch over the Washington Craft Show through Sunday.