- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2002

Swedish yuletide

The local Swedish community invites Swedes and non-Swedes alike to its annual yuletide bazaar, which will feature goodies such as gingersnaps, glogg (a form of mulled wine) and Christmas ornaments with a Nordic twist. Also on display and for sale will be Swedish crystal, textiles, pottery and books in Swedish. Catch this Christmas extravaganza 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Free. 703/624-6619.

Holiday flowers

The National Arboretum hosts a flower show including holiday floral designs, horticultural specimens and educational displays. The show, organized by the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs, also features decorated Frasier firs, wreaths, kissing balls and gift boxes. Check it out from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202/245-5898.

Chamber tunes

The Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, which is in its 11th season, performs four pieces of classical music under the direction of conductor Sylvia Alimena. The performance features John Corigliano's "Voyage," Leos Janacek's Suite for String Orchestra, Alessandro Scarlatti's Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Leopold Mozart's Sinfonia in A. Hear this seldom-heard repertoire at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Tickets: $5 to $20. 703/255-3091.

250,000 lights

Symphony Woods in Columbia, Md., is the place to go for a holiday lights tour. It features a 20-minute drive-through display of more than 70 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. The tour last year welcomed more than 90,000 visitors to see a quarter-million multicolored and twinkling lights on display. The tour begins Monday and runs through Jan. 5. 10475 Broken Land Parkway, Symphony Woods, Columbia. Entrance is at the Merriwether Post Pavilion. $12 per car, van or recreational vehicle with up to 11 passengers. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. 410/740-7666.

All that jazz

His musical roots are in his childhood Baptist church, and after years of polishing himself as a jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut is here to serenade us with his talented trio, including Neal Smith on drums and Michael Hawkins on bass. Mr. Chestnut uses his gospel roots to transmit a joyful affinity to early jazz forms. He plays a variety of styles, and his upbeat music will keep your fingers snapping and feet tapping. Catch his tunes at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets are $27. 202/467-4600.

A Christmas classic

Christmas presents come early this year for theatergoers as Ford's Theatre serves up "A Christmas Carol," a classic story of good and evil. David H. Bell's adaptation of this old faithful gives families an opportunity to jump-start Christmas spirit at Ford's, 511 10th St. NW, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and other times throughout the week, through Dec. 31. Tickets $29 to $45. 202/347-4833.

Antiques galore

Organizers of the Historic Alexandria Antiques Show say it has something for everyone, and with more than 45 dealers from 14 states (plus England), they may be right. Among featured items are English and American formal and country furniture, Oriental rugs and antique linens, lace, and textiles. The show offers a chance to get started on holiday shopping (or just window-shopping). There is a cocktail party from 6:30 to 9:30 tonight. The show runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Old Town Alexandria. Tickets are $10. 703/549-5811.

Don't be miserable

The second-longest running musical in Broadway history, "Les Miserables," returns to the city where it made its national debut. "Les Miz," which has been seen by more than 47 million people worldwide, is one of the most successful musicals in theater history. It premieres Wednesday at National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $20 to $77. Call 202/628-6161 for information and 800/447-7400 for tickets.

Gabriella Boston

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