The Week of Dec. 16

Banjo star Alison Brown hosts "A Winter's Eve" concert Dec. 16 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $18 to $36, half-price for ages 12 and younger. Call 888-945-2468 or 703-993-8888. . . . The Folger Consort early music ensemble and guest artists stage "Corelli & Charpentier" Dec. 16-23 at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Tickets cost $40. Call 202-544-7077. . . . The Choral Arts Society of Washington sings its "Christmas Music" concerts Dec. 17 and Dec. 23 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (202-467-4600) and Dec. 18 at the Music Center at Strathmore (301-581-5100). Tickets cost $17 to $59. . . . The Master Chorale of Washington sings its "Christmas Candlelight Concerts" Dec. 18-21 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets cost $21 to $57. Call 202-467-4600. . . . The Trans-Siberian Orchestra stages a 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. . . . Scottish fiddle champion Bonnie Rideout and guest dancers and musicians perform a holiday concert Dec. 22 at the Music Center at Strathmore. Tickets cost $25 to $55. Call 301-581-5100.

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. . . . 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 Week of Dec. 30

Family-friendly, alcohol-free "First Night" New Year's Eve celebrations are planned in Alexandria (703-838-5005), Annapolis (410-268-8553), Easton (410-820-8822), Fredericksburg (800-260-3646), Leesburg (703-777-6306) and Warrenton (703-777-6306). . . . The city of Baltimore welcomes the New Year Dec. 31 with music and fireworks in the Inner Harbor. Call 877-225-8466.

Hot Tickets

Tickets for these concerts go on sale this week from Ticketmaster: starting Friday at 10, Third Day and the David Crowder Band Feb. 16 at George Mason University's Patriot Center ($17.50 and $27.50); starting Saturday at 10, Ricky Martin Feb. 9 at DAR Constitution Hall ($50.50 and $76). Call 202-397-7328. . . . Tickets go on sale Friday at noon from Ticketmaster for these Birchmere shows: the "Hidden Beach Revue" Jan. 25, with Mike Phillips and the Unwrapped Allstars ($29.50); Doc Watson Feb. 22 ($35); Duncan Sheik Feb. 24 ($19.50); and Colin Hay April 24 ($19.50). . . . . The five concerts in the sixth annual Flamenco Festival, DC Feb. 4-17 at Lisner Auditorium, featuring leading Spanish dancers and musicians who have never performed in Washington, go on sale Tuesday at 11 from Ticketmaster. They cost $25 to $60. Call 202-397-7328. . . . Tickets are on sale now from for a show by the Pogues March 10 at the 9:30 club. They cost $50. Call 703-218-6500.

On Stage

On stage soon, on sale now: "Wicked," the smash Broadway musical that tells the story of life in Oz long before Dorothy dropped in, lands in the Kennedy Center Opera House from Dec. 21 through Jan. 15. Most tickets cost $42 to $94; on New Year's Eve, you can spend as much as $150. Call 202-467-4600. . . . "Betty Rules," the Washington-born girl group's musical saga of its struggle and success in New York City, returns to Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center from Dec. 20 through Jan. 29. Tickets cost $15 to $40. Call 800-494-8497.

On Screen

Opening Wednesday: Peter Jackson's "King Kong." Opening Dec. 16: Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are cowboys in love in "Brokeback Mountain." . . . Sarah Jessica Parker plays a gal who meets her beau's family in "The Family Stone." . . . "Memoirs of a Geisha" is an adaptation of the best-selling 1997 novel by Arthur Golden. . . . "Go for Zucker" is a German-Jewish comedy. . . . In "The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam," a young boy discovers his link to an 11th-century Persian poet. . . . "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" arrives at Imax theaters. Opening dates may change.

On Exhibit

"The Way We Worked," opening Dec. 16 at the National Archives, documents the history of work in the United States with an exhibition of photographs drawn from its collection. Call 202-501-5000.

Last Chance

Closing on stage this weekend: "Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom'," at the Studio Theatre (202-332-3300); "Hapgood," by Washington Shakespeare Co. at the Clark Street Playhouse (800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808); "Kingdom" and "Draft Day," by

African Continuum Theatre Company in repertory at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (800-494-8497 or

202-529-5763); and "The Beard of Avon," by

Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church

(800-494-8497 or 202-452-5538).

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Jean Schnelle pulls weeds out of a planter with son Dwight in this 1975 photo, part of the National Archives' "The Way We Worked."