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Jonathan Borofsky, the New York multimedia artist who ransacks dreams for his content and style, has a fascinating show at the Corcoran Gallery (through Feb. 2), where for $1.50 one can also view Richard Avedon's photographs of random westerners.

For something completely different: at the National Geographic Society, Tennessean Howard Tibbals displays his 6,000-square-foot miniature Howard Brothers Circus; it's a Lilliputian circus world that took 30 years to assemble, and is on display in the Society's Explorers Hall until June. CLASSICAL MUSIC

The Washington Opera returns, after a few weeks' hiatus, with Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment" to open its two-production season in the Terrace Theatre. Tickets for this production and for Offenbach's "Christopher Columbus," which will run alternately with it after the New Year, are almost completely sold out.

The rest of the week's music is all Christmas-oriented, including The Oratorio Society's "A Renaissance Christmas" this afternoon and tonight at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and a Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Thomas More Cathedral in Arlington. DANCE

The Washington Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker" continues to wend its merry way across the Lisner Auditorium stage today through Saturday (days and times vary; consult Openings), with company principals alternating in major roles throughout the week. FILM

Wednesday, the Biograph kicks off its Down Under Festival with "Utu," a classic western with a New Zealand twist. Directed by Geoff Murphy.

Also Wednesday, at the Key, Percy Adlon's "Sugarbaby," a tender, quirky love story about an obese female morgue attendant and a subway conductor.

Tuesday and Wednesday at the Circle, Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove." You've seen it. See it again.

Among current releases, "Shoah," Claude Lanzmann's documentary on the Holocaust, at the Key. The film event of the year. POP MUSIC

Duke Ellington's three Sacred Concerts were among his favorite works: Tonight the D.C. Jazz Workshop Orchestra under the direction of Carl Grubbs draws from all three in a free concert at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Bull Moose Jackson, one of the legendary figures in early rhythm and blues music, teams up with blues guitarist Bobby Radcliffe (not heard in for several years) and the Uptown Rhythm Kings at the Bayou on Monday.

Marshall Crenshaw, one of the best pop songwriters of the '80s, brings his vibrant Holly-esque tunes to the Warner on Saturday. THEATER

"Regard of Flight" (at Arena's Kreeger Theater) is the holiday show we've all been waiting for -- a delicious spoof of the search for "a new theater" that is also 75 minutes of pure fooling around. It features Bill Irwin -- clown, mime, acrobat and sweet victim of the fates; M.C. O'Connor as his persistent nemesis; and pianist/ventriloquist Doug Skinner. These three are not merely resurrecting vaudeville, they're giving it a shining new look for the 1980s.