ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Holiday 2014 Events in Metro Washington DC

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Holiday 2014 Events!

Plan your Holiday Celebrations in Metro DC with CultureCapital.com. With nearly 100 events ranging from the traditional Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and Vienna Boys Choir…to the offbeat Second City’s Nut-Cracking and Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol….and everything in between (including Santa’s Fly In), you’ll find plenty to keep you, your friends and your family entertained this Holiday Season with Holiday Cheer at CultureCapital.com.

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

A Christmas Carol
Ford’s Theatre
Thursday, November 20 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $32-$95 
The annual Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol has been a Washington tradition for more than 30 years. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Celebrated Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

Tudor Tots: Turkey and Thanks
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 10:30 am & 1:30 pm ∙ $0-$5
Celebrate turkey day at Tudor Place! Tiny tots enjoy an interactive story, songs, and movement activities in the enchanting historic buildings of Tudor Place. The program concludes with a special holiday craft to take home! Ages 2-4

p005bb54490p_dThe Gift of Nothing
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, November 22 through Sunday, December 28 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $20
In this Kennedy Center world premiere musical starring characters from the comic strip MUTTS, a charming cat searches for a special gift for his best friend, a lovable pup. Join Mooch and Earl for this heartwarming adventure! Age 4+

Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party: A Night at the Stork Club
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, November 27 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Dance off that turkey and stuffing at a 1940s-themed Swing Dance Party. Gotta Swing presents a festive program featuring dancing and music by Johnny Boyd. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 pm, followed by a dance party from 7–9 pm.

Seasons of Light
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian
Monday, December 1 Through Friday, December 19 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $6-$8
Joy, warmth, and community illuminate seasonal holiday celebrations the world over. Back for its 16th season, this signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of Ramadan, Devali, Sankta Lucia, Chanukah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice in an interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Ages 5-10.

Tudor Tots: Winter Wiggles
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 ∙ 10:00 am & 1:00 pm ∙ $0-$5
Celebrate the holidays at Tudor Place! Children enjoy holiday themed songs, stories, and movement activities. After stories, children make their own holiday craft to take home. Themes and crafts change weekly. Ages 2 – 4

National Christmas Tree
The Ellipse
Thursday, December 4 thru Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace—which includes nightly concerts—are open to the public daily from 10 am to 10 pm through New Year’s Day.
Note: Tickets required for the lighting ceremony.

The Nutcracker
Presented by: The Washington Ballet
Venue: Warner Theatre
Thursday, December 4 thru Sunday, December 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $32-$107
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his highly-acclaimed production, Septime Webre is planning some special surprises for his celebrated all-American Nutcracker. Set in 1882 Georgetown, this gorgeous production showcases the grandeur of The Washington Ballet’s international roster of dancers and majesty of Tchaikovsky’s music. Replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, TWB’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays.

Holiday Wreath Workshop
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Fridays, December 5, 12 & Saturdays, December 6, 13 ∙ 10:00 am & 1:00 pm ∙ $38-$48
Learn to make your own lush wreath using greenery from the Tudor Place Garden. We provide instruction along with all the cedar, magnolia, berry-laden holly, pinecones, and boxwood you’ll need, as well as generous supplies of ribbons and décor. You provide the imagination — no prior expertise required.

All Points West: A Few Our Favorite Things
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Friday, December 5 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $20-$25
It’s the time of year that transports us back to childhood. The smell of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven or the crackling sound of latkes frying in the pan. Present unwrapping and song singing; these are a few of our favorite things. Celebrate the season with music which evokes youth and innocence. We’ll need some audience assistance to play the cuckoo’s, ratchets and drums for the Toy Symphony, but, we’ll give you some liquid courage in the form of egg nog before you make your musical debut!

Culture Capital - Nutcracker StorytimeNutcracker Storytime
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, December 6 & Wednesday, December 10 ∙ 10:00 am∙ $8-$10
Children enjoy an interactive reading of this holiday classic. After the reading, children learn basic ballet steps and participate in a variety of movement activities based on this holiday favorite. Parent/caregiver must remain with the child during the program. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Ages 3-5

Moya Brennan: An Irish Christmas
National Geographic
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm ∙ $30
Celebrate an Emerald Isle holiday as Moya Brennan returns by popular demand with a new selection of musical gems for the season. After catapulting to fame as the voice of the renowned group Clannad, Moya Brennan has become one of the most recognizable voices in Irish music. Inspired and illustrated by photographs of Ireland taken by her husband, Tim Jarvis, at the time they first met, the show offers holiday tradition and a dash of romance. Become part of one of Nat Geo Live’s most enduring traditions and join us for a memorable evening of music and imagery.
Special performance by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. Enjoy seasonal fare before the show for sale at the NGS Café.

Holidays Through History Open House
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $5-$16
Celebrate the holidays at Tudor Place, Dumbarton House, Woodrow Wilson House, and Anderson House! Stroll through the four mansions and delight in their holiday ambience and festive decorations that interpret traditional holiday celebrations from the Federal period through the Gilded Age. At Tudor Place, children create their own holiday cards in an art workshop lead by Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell. Shuttle bus transportation provided between sites.

Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, December 7 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
An opportunity to explore NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions through free admission. Be sure to check out NMWA’s new exhibition, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, which delves into the concept of womanhood represented by the Virgin Mary as well as the social and sacred functions her image has served through time.

Baby Rex’s Holiday Surprise: with DinoRock Productions
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Wednesday, December 10 Through Friday, December 12 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5
It’s the perfect holiday color scheme: jolly dinosaur green with a little bit of red. But is Baby Rex ready for the holiday season? Pals Massimo Maxicalisaurus and Shao Shao the Microraptor lead Baby Rex on a globetrotting musical journey to show that midwinter celebrations are all about family, food, and sharing the fun. Ages 2-6.

Deck the Halls: Holidays at the White House
National Archives
Thursday, December 11 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE! 
Over the years, first families and White House staff have adorned the White House for the holiday season with decorations that evoke the holiday spirit and reflect the times. Panelists, including Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Johnson, Genevieve Gorder, Host of HGTV’s White House Christmas, former White House Chief Usher Gary Walters, and Coleen Christian Burke, author of Christmas with the First Ladies will present a visual feast of the themes, designs, and processes that go into decking the halls, rooms, and exterior of the White House. The official 2014 White House Christmas Ornament, featuring President Warren G. Harding, will be available for purchase.
A book signing will follow the program.

Culture Capital - Step AfrikaStep Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Thursday, December 11 thru Monday, December 22 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20-$38
Step Afrika! is back to delight audiences young and old with their magical musical holiday step show. Audiences are invited to make music with DC’s internationally-known stepping company and their furry friends from the Animal Kingdom in this annual holiday tradition! Come ready to bring in the festive season with a bang featuring the electrifying artists from Step Afrika! and special guest DJ Frosty the Snowman.

Ballet West: The Nutcracker
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, December 10 thru Sunday, December 14 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $56-$152
Ballet West returns to the Kennedy Center with Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

NSO Pops: Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor
Presented by: National Symphony Orchestra
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, December 11 thru Saturday, December 13 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20-$88
Back by popular demand for the holidays–with new acts and returning favorites! Aerialists, jugglers, illusionists, and more bring the circus to the Concert Hall. “Dazzling and elegant, if not death-defying!” says the San Francisco Examiner.

Gingerbread House Workshop!
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, December 13 ∙ 10:30 am, 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm ∙ $3-$10
Gingerbread is but one of many classic traditions children can learn about in this lively tour and craft workshop. In the 1816 mansion, children become History Detectives, touring its rooms for clues about how holidays were celebrated in the past. Next, they design and build their own edible gingerbread houses to take home (one per child). For ages 5+

Tea with Santa
Dumbarton House
Saturday, December 13 ∙ 10:00 am & 2:00 pm ∙ $25-$30
Sit back, relax and let Santa’s helpers serve you during this magical holiday experience. While visiting with Santa, families enjoy a delicious holiday tea complete with special holiday tea blends, hot apple cider, sandwiches and desserts. After taking tea, children decorate their own gingerbread cookies to take home.

Family Joy!
Presented by: Cathedral Choral Society
Venue: Washington National Cathedral
Saturday, December 13 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ $15-$25
Join us for a Family Christmas Concert at Washington National Cathedral. This 60-minute program includes the procession of the advent wreath, Christmas favorites and a kids only! sing-along.

Holiday Shopping and Book Signing
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Up With Paper Lead Paper Engineer Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, who won the 2011 Moonbeam Award for Best Pop-Up Book for her work on the company’s Snowflakes title, provided layouts and paper engineering for the book, will be signing in the Grand Foyer outside the Opera House.

Kwanzaa Celebration 2014
Dance Place
Saturday, December 13 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, December 14 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $15-$30
Welcome the holiday season with Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration! Gather family and friends to watch Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Holiday Shopping and Steinbach Nutcracker Signing
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, December 14 ∙ 12:00 pm 
The name Steinbach is recognized all over the world for the unique design of their wood carved Steinbach Nutcracker creations developed many years ago by the Steinbach Family. Karolin Steinbach will sign some of her family’s creations.

Girl Scouts’ High Tea for the Holidays
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sunday, December 14 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $20-$25
Join fellow scouts for an elegant Victorian tea and a tour of the mansion, decked for the holidays in Red, Green and Gold: Tudor Place Sparkles for Christmas, a blend of contemporary style and classic traditions. Begin in the 1873 Dower House with tea sandwiches, scones, delicious desserts and historic tea blends. Then “stroll into the past” on a guided docent tour through the festively decorated 1816 National Historic Landmark mansion.
For Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Culture Capital - National Chanukah Menorah LightingNational Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony
The Ellipse
Tuesday, December 16 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE, but tickets required
The gate will open at 3:15 pm. Tickets are free, but required.
Featuring the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and the “Three Cantors.” Fun for the whole family includes hot latkes and donuts, menorah kits and dreidels.

A Renaissance Christmas
Presented by: Folger Consort
Venue: Folger Shakespeare Library
Tuesday, December 16 thru Tuesday, December 23 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $35-$50
Celebrate the holidays with music from the courts of Renaissance Flanders and Italy. The Consort explores expressive seasonal works by masters Obrecht, Compère, and Josquin – including Josquin’s “Ave Maria” and Compère’s “Adoramus te, Christe.” Featuring winds, viol, lute, & a quintet of voices. “Folger Consort gives the best Christmas concert in Washington.” – DCist

A Classical Holiday Performance
Kirov Academy of Ballet Washington, DC
Thursday, December 18 thru Saturday, December 20 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $30
A classical holiday performance featuring The Nutcracker Act II as well as famous selections from the Mariinsky Ballet repertoire.

Holiday Family Opera: The Little Prince
Presented by: Washington National Opera
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, December 19 thru Sunday, December 21 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $45-$69
For its annual family holiday production, WNO brings to life all the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s storybook in Oscar winner Rachel Portman’s “enchanting opera..satisfying to child and adult alike” (Financial Times).

Culture Shock, Washington, DC: Holiday Showcase
Dance Place
Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20-$25
Dynamic hip-hop performances by all of Washington, DC’s Culture Shock troupes: Afta Shock, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mini Shock and Mighty Shock. Committed to creating fresh, innovative choreography at the forefront of the hip-hop dance community, the world-renowned Culture Shock troupes have brought their groundbreaking hip-hop performances to stages all over the world.

Culture Capital - Family Chocolate House WorkshopFamily Chocolate House Workshop
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, December 20 ∙ 10:30 am & 1:30 pm ∙ $3-$15
Classic traditions come to life in this lively house tour and craft workshop. In the 1816 mansion, children become History Detectives, touring the rooms for clues about how holidays were celebrated in the past. Next, they design and build their own chocolate houses to take home, complete with chocolate walls and roofs and sweet décor. Enjoy hot apple cider and sweet treats after the program during house-making. For ages 5+

Chantons Noel – Holiday Concert
Presented by: Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW)
Venue: National City Christian Church
Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $10-$50
Get in the true spirit of the holiday season with the angelic sounds of the Children’s Chorus of Washington with a French flair, featuring CCW’s five award-winning chorus ensembles, and the Amadeus Brass Quintet.
The December 20th performance (Program I) features CCW’s Bel Canto Chorus, Concert Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, and Young Men’s Ensemble. The December 21st performance (Program II) features CCW’s Treble Chorus, Concert Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, and Young Men’s Ensemble.

A Jazz New Year’s Eve: Branford Marsalis
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, December 31 ∙ 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ∙ $85
Ring in 2015 with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a 2011 NEA Jazz Master and Tony Award nominee, and his quartet–one of the leading jazz groups working today.

New Year’s Eve at The Kennedy Center
Presented by: National Symphony Orchestra
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, December 31 ∙ 8:30 pm ∙ $55-$120
Usher in the New Year with Steven Reineke, members of the NSO, and a special guest artist to be announced at a later date! After the concert, enjoy dancing, a countdown to 2015, and a balloon drop, all included with your concert ticket.

Three Kings Day Celebration
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sunday, January 4, 2015 ∙ 11:30 am & 2:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Don’t miss GALA’s traditional Three Kings celebration, featuring the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood, and gifts for every child. Free for the entire family!

***Maryland***

Culture Capital - Tiny TimTiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
Adventure Theatre MTC
Through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount]
Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won’t give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge’s mind – perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Can this clever boy and his best friend Charlotte save Christmas and change the heart of the meanest man in town? This exciting world premiere story of a father and son is adapted by Broadway’s Tony-winning Ken Ludwig (Twas the Night Before Christmas) and his very own son, Jack. Get ready for the wildest ride you’ve ever had at Christmas!
Based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Starring Chris Dinolfo
Recommended for Ages 4 and up

2nd Annual Thanksgiving Glitter Fest
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
A one-day workshop for young artists and families to decorate sparkling centerpieces with glitter for their Thanksgiving table. Nothing says “Thanks!” like glitter – and all the mess can stay in our classroom. Families are encouraged to bring their own items to decorate, but can also choose from a limited selection of free centerpiece items at the workshop.

Tiny Tots – Nutcracker Fantasy
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, November 28 through Tuesday, December 30 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5
Some non-traditional arrangements from the Nutcracker Suite transport you to the Kingdoms of Snow, Sweets, Flowers, and Faraway Places! Designed just for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4 years old), “Tiny Tots @ 10:00″ offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers: *Shorter shows (about 30 minutes) *No dark room *No loud noises *The theater doors stay open. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

The Nutcracker
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Friday, November 28 through Tuesday, December 30 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10 [Discount]
The Nutcracker is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production.
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Ages: K – Adult

Culture Capital - Lightwire TheaterLightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas
Strathmore
Saturday, November 29 ∙ 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm ∙ $28-$42 [Discount]
Discovered by audiences numbering in the millions in their breakout performances on “America’s Got Talent,” Lightwire Theater creates worlds of endless possibilities with costumes made of light. Journey to a strange and fascinating place where birds grow 16 feet tall, cats battle with light sabers, and an unlikely hero emerges from the darkness. Gather kids and cousins, family and friends for a show that gives “the ancient art of full-body puppetry a magical, luminous update” (New York Post).

Mrs. Claus Tea
Strathmore
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 10:30 am & 1:00 pm ∙ $28
This event takes place in the Mansion.
A holiday favorite! Christmas music, a child-friendly menu and story time with our special guest, Mrs. Claus. Shhh!!! A surprise appearance from Santa too!

Santa Fly-In
College Park Aviation Museum
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ $0-$4
Watch Santa fly into the historic College Park Airport and then have your picture taken with him. Holiday arts and crafts will also be offered throughout the museum. Santa will arrive at 12:30.

Holiday Book Fair
The Writer’s Center
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Meet workshop leaders and editors from area literary journals and small presses at our Holiday Book Fair.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theater
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $15-$32 
Inspired by the classic American film of the same name, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. A wonderful holiday tradition for all ages, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim.

Annual Holiday Open House
Montpelier Arts Center
Sunday, December 7 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Montpelier Arts Center invites families to a fun holiday celebration! Resident artists open their studios for tours and offer works priced specially for holiday giving in the Gallery Shop. Attend the opening reception for the annual exhibitions featuring the Patuxent Art League and Montpelier resident artists, and stop by for a pottery sale, holiday music, art demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and refreshments.

Cricket on the Hearth
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, December 9 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
This classic story was Charles Dickens’ most popular holiday tale in 19th century London. Theatre IV’s new musical shows how lucky it is to have a cricket on the hearth watching over things, especially if you’re a poor and kindly toymaker with a beautiful blind daughter, a curmudgeonly boss, and a mysterious stranger as a house guest.
Curriculum Connections: language arts, literary classic, music, reading, character development, history, and family
Recommended for grades K-5.

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour
Strathmore
Tuesday, December 9 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $38-$85
Grammy-winning saxophonist Dave Koz returns with his high-energy holiday tour, which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year. The 2014 lineup includes R&B and gospel star Jonathan Butler, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, known for such Top 10 hits as “Sailing” and “Ride Like the Wind,” and Soul Train award winner, Maysa. Enjoy fresh takes on holiday classics in this “must-see show” and believe: “There really is a Santa Koz” (Examiner.com)!

Culture Capital - Kids Day Out - Christmas With SantaKid’s Day Out-Christmas With Santa
Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center
Wednesday, December 10 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ $5
Carols, Santa and Christmas galore! The spirit of the holidays is celebrated in this hysterical Christmas-wrapped musical comedy. Two hilarious elves have misplaced some of Santa’s presents and they go through many rollicking adventures trying to find them. When Santa arrives, he teaches the well-meaning elves that the family and friends we share the holidays with are the greatest gift of all.

Brentwood Arts Exchange Holiday Craft Fair
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, December 13 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Don’t get stuck at crowded malls this season buying generic gift sets for your loved ones…Come to the Brentwood Arts Exchange Holiday Craft Fair! Thirteen Fine Craft artisans from the community will be displaying their items for sale inside our warm and cozy gallery and classroom. A wide selection of fine craft items will be available such as pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, ornaments, and much more.

An A Capella Holiday with the Capital Hearings
Montpelier Arts Center
Sunday, December 14 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $15
Since 2010, the lush a cappella harmonies of The Capital Hearings have delighted Washington audiences, large and small. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to modern hits, this dynamic ensemble is praised for its versatility. The Capital Hearings will be making spirits bright with a festive, family-friendly program of seasonal favorites, vocal jazz, and contemporary arrangements. The perfect holiday concert! “Once again, The Capital Hearings had stolen the show.” —Roll Call

Holiday Tales
Publick Playhouse
Tuesday, December 16 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
A sparkling multi-cultural collection full of holiday legends, the program includes Gift of the Magi, The Nutcracker, Kwanzaa Kite, and Soul of a Menorah. Performed by the Emmy-nominated Pushcart Players, at the heart of each story are gifts of love, kindness, compassion and generosity. This program will warm your heart with the genuine spirit of the season.
Curriculum Connections: literature classics, language arts, music, dance, and theatre arts.
Recommended for grades K-8

Strathmore Children’s Chorus Winter Concert
Strathmore
Tuesday, December 16 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $16
Enjoy a beautiful collection of winter and holiday music with the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, featuring the North Bethesda Middle School Choir.
Under the direction of founding conductor and artistic director Christopher G. Guerra, three performing ensembles (Treble Chorus, Concert Chorus, and Young Men’s Chorus) plus a Training Chorus for new singers, promote self-expression in singers, celebrate the diverse musical traditions of our residents, and engage talented youth in joy-filled and uplifting music-making.

Peabo Bryson: The Colors of Christmas
Strathmore
Friday, December 19 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $35-$100
The stars shine in this soulful celebration! Silken-voiced, Grammy Award-winning R&B legend Peabo Bryson is joined by Tony Award winning singer Jennifer Holliday, pop diva Taylor Dayne, and “American Idol”-winner Ruben Studdard for an unforgettable evening of pop hits and Christmas favorites.

Kwanza, Kwanza!
Publick Playhouse
Sunday, December 28 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $15-$20
Sankofa Dance Theatre of Baltimore presents a joyous program celebrating heritage, family and community. The symbols of Kwanzaa are enhanced with African music, traditional tales, dance and drumming. “Sankofa” means learning from the past to build for the future. Join us for a heartwarming, interactive performance for the whole family that reaches into the rich legacy of African culture and history to embrace the proud shared culture of African Americans.

***Virginia***

Quote-Along ”A Christmas Story”
The Alden
Friday, November 21 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ FREE! 
Put your bunny pajamas on, get your secret decoder ring out, and experience this holiday movie in a totally different way. Go ahead, yell your favorite lines. We triple-dog-dare you!
Rated PG, 94 minutes.


Black Friday Holiday Celebration at the Workhouse

Workhouse Arts Center
Friday, November 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE! 
Begin your holiday season with family and friends at the Workhouse’s Holiday Celebration! Explore the artwork of nearly 100 artists, join in interactive demonstrations and find that perfect gift for everyone on your list–while supporting local artists in your community. Festivities will also include Doughnuts with Santa, fine-art projects for children, holiday music and theatrical performances throughout the day. Parking and admission is free. Get into the holiday spirit at the Workhouse!

Culture Capital - Doughnuts with SantaDoughnuts with Santa
Workhouse Arts Center
Friday, November 28 and Saturdays, November 29 & December 6, 13, 20 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ $20
Join Santa and his helpers for a special experience at Donuts With Santa. Each ticketholder will enjoy two donuts and a choice of juice or coffee while Santa and his Elves read a classic Christmas story and lead a fun-filled family sing-a-long. There will be plenty of time to meet Santa and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for those special photos!

Children’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturdays, November 29 & December 6, 13, 20, 27 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $9-$13
LIVE onstage! When Scrooge, the owner of a hotel, decides that his employees can’t have the day off to enjoy Christmas with their families, Santa (in disguise), decides it is time for a change. Santa sends The Spirit of Christmas to visit Scrooge and show him his past, present and future. Will Scrooge’s heart change?

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Sunday, November 30 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $30-$50 
Listening to the lush, flawless harmonies of these twelve male voices as they sing Christmas songs from across the ages is a perfect way to begin celebrating the holiday season. The rich sounds of Chanticleer go hand in hand with Christmas, and their annual concert on Thanksgiving weekend is now a cherished tradition at the Hylton Center. This Grammy Award-winning a cappella group displays their mastery of more than a thousand years of vocal literature by performing ancient hymns and venerated sacred songs, contemporary works, as well as a selection of festive American and European carols and spirituals.

Arts on the Horizon Presents: Snow Day
Workhouse Arts Center
Wednesday, December 3 thru Sunday, December 14 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $8
Written and Directed by Rex Daugherty. Recommended for children ages 2-6.
One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of snow. A playful (if not a little mischievous) winter elf takes her on an adventure- showing her just how magical snow can be! Join Skip as she experiences all the excitement, joy and wonder of her very first snow day. This nonverbal world premiere production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holidays.

The Nutcracker
Presented by: BalletNova Center for Dance
Venue: Thomas Jefferson Theatre
Thursday, December 4 thru Sunday, December 7 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $15-$45
See the classic holiday tale of Clara and The Nutcracker Prince brought to life on stage by BalletNova Conservatory and Pre-Professional Dancers, as well as dancers from the Metro DC Arts Community.

Artfête Open House & Holiday Party
Presented by: The Art League
Venue: The Art League Madison Annex
Friday, December 5 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Art League’s annual open house and holiday party kicks off the season with artwork exhibits, the opening of our holiday ceramics sale and jewelry sale, live music, food and drinks, artist demonstrations and more. Our students will also present a fashion show of wearable art created in Art League classes! Admission free of charge. View pieces during the Annual Holiday Jewelry Sale and Annual Holiday Ceramics Sale, all tastes and budgets.

Culture Capital - Gingerbread HousesGingerbread Houses!
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $40 
Come and join our Chef to create a special memory for your household. Learn how to build a gingerbread house together to bring home and enjoy with the whole family. (Meets in W-3, 302)
All Skill Levels, Ages 4 and Up, FAMILY CLASS, Instructor: Chef Kathleen Linton. Meets Sat Dec 6, 10am-12pm. Price is per student- at least one youth AND at least one adult must register the same time for these special classes. Materials cost of $5 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor at first class.

Holiday Open House
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE! 
During the holidays, there is nothing like a one-of-a-kind handmade gift for that one-of-a-kind person. For the Holiday Open House, artists keep their studios open late for visitors to find special gifts while shoppers snack on treats from Bread & Chocolate as they browse. Adding to the festive atmosphere, the Alexandria Choral Society will perform seasonal favorites throughout the evening.

Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE! 
Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s 2014 Holiday Sing-A-Long! This annual musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area.

Cabaret Series: Holiday Magic
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, December 6 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, December 7 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $25-$30 
Hop into the sleigh and enjoy the ride as we present some of the most memorable songs from the holiday season! Featuring music from our favorite holiday films and those December television perennials, with our own jazz-inspired twist, our cabaret cast will start the holiday season on the right note!

Nutcracker Petite Performances
BalletNova Center for Dance
Friday, December 12 thru Saturday, December 13 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $15-$20
A Petite Performance for a Petite Audience! BalletNova performs Act II of The Nutcracker in the Fredgren Studio Theatre. Designed for kids under the age of 6, this performance is short and sweet and offers kids the opportunity to meet the dancers after the performance. Tickets sell out fast!

Christmas Cookie Exchange
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, December 13 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $40 
Learn to create some of the classic Christmas cookies from around the world and treat your neighbors and friends to a truly traditional gift this year. Some of the cookies could include Gingerbread men, Mexican wedding cookies, snowflakes, and thumbprints! A great workshop to take with the family. (Meets in W-3, 302)
All Skill Levels, Ages 4 and Up, FAMILY CLASS, Instructor: Chef Kathleen Linton. Sat Dec 13 (10am-12pm). Price is per student-at least one youth AND at least one adult must register the same time for these special classes. Materials cost of $5 per student covers fresh foods used in class, payable to instructor at first class.

Nutcracker Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy
Presented by: BalletNova Center for Dance
Venue: Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
Sunday, December 14 ∙ 10:30 am & 2:00 pm ∙ $48-$68
Come Dressed in Your Holiday Best for Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy! Join BalletNova, The Sugar Plum Fairy and her character friends for a very special Holiday Tea! Guests will get their picture taken with Sugar Plum, enjoy excerpts from BalletNova’s Nutcracker, and enjoy an elegant high tea at The Ritz-Carlton. Private tables of 4 and VIP tables of 10 are available.

Annual Holiday Concert
Presented by: National Chamber Ensemble
Venue: Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre
Sunday, December 14 ∙ 4:30 pm ∙ $15-$30
The National Chamber Ensemble invites young emerging musicians to join in the fun filled performance. An Annual tradition, the concert concludes with a Carols Sing-Along to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

In Concert: O, Holy Night
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, December 20 ∙ 7:00 pm & Sunday, December 21 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ $8-$15 
LIVE onstage! Our cadre of carolers perform some of the world’s most beautiful music to celebrate the Christmas season. Workhouse cabaret vocalists perform the most loved music of the season on the Workhouse stage. Join us for a musical sleigh ride on a journey of music, love, laughter and memories that is sure to delight all. Running time approximately 90 minutes, appropriate for all ages.

Culture Capital - Vienna Boys ChoirVienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Saturday, December 20 ∙ 8:00 pm & Sunday, December 21 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $30-$50
This spirited performance by these remarkable Austrian youngsters features everything from ancient hymns and traditional Christmas carols to popular holiday favorites and songs from across the globe. Audiences and critics worldwide have praised these talented singers for their celestial voices, rapturous harmonies, pure tone, appealing demeanor, and, above all, a wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries and genres. Dating back over half a millennium, the history of this choir has been associated with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart and Bruckner; Franz Schubert himself was even a chorister.

 

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37th Annual National Press Club Book Fair & Authors’ Night

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National Press Club

Book Fair & Authors’ Night,

in partnership with Politics & Prose

TONIGHT – Tuesday, November 18, 2014

5:30 PM ∙ $5-10*

The Capitol region’s premiere holiday book event is back for the 37th year! The National Press Club Journalism Institute is once again partnering with landmark local book seller Politics & Prose for a night of pols, pundits and prose.

Authors will be on hand to talk to their fans and sign books at this most exciting literary event. Patrons can browse for books at the Club’s headquarters at 529 14th Street NW from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Save time and pre-order your tickets here. [*Note: processing fee] Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Book Fair is a fundraiser for The National Press Club Journalism Institute, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, which advances journalistic practice by equipping professionals with the skills and competence to innovate, leveraging emerging trends, recognizing leaders and innovators, and mentoring the next generation of journalism and communications professionals. The Book Fair also supports the Club’s beautifully renovated Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, which provides research and resources for news professionals.

The Book Fair is partnering with The SEED Foundation, which helps under-served students prepare for college. The young scholars attend one of two public boarding schools in the District and Maryland. The students select books they believe would enrich their education and patrons can buy them at the fair to help develop the Baltimore SEED School library. A group of students from the SEED school attend the event each year, giving them a chance to meet with authors and attendees.

List of Authors and Books:

Author Title Genre
Arthur Allen The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis History
Mary Amato Get Happy
Children’s/Young Adult
Cathal Armstrong My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve
Food
Erin Arvedlund Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors Out of Billions
Politics & Current Affairs
Pam Baker* Data Divination: Big Data Strategies
Business
Marcus Baram Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man
Memoir/Bio
Ben Barber* GROUNDTRUTH: At Work, Play and War In the Third World
Politics & Current Affairs
Paul Barrett Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win
Politics & Current Affairs
Frances Beinecke The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril
Politics & Current Affairs
Joan Biskupic Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice
Politics & Current Affairs
David Boies & Ted Olson Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality
Politics & Current Affairs
Fred Bowen Double Reverse (Fred Bowen Sports Stories)
Children’s/Young Adult
Patrick Buchanan The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority
History
Malcolm Byrne Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power
History
Ron Capps Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years
Memoir/Bio
Ruben Castaneda S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.
Memoir/Bio
Roy Peter Clark How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times
Writing
Charlie Clark* Arlington County Chronicles (American Chronicles) (American Chronicles (History Press))
History
Congressman James Clyburn Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black
Memoir/Bio
Susan Coll The Stager: A Novel
Literature
Misty Copeland Firebird
Children’s/Young Adult
Maureen Corrigan So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures
Literature
Jack Devine Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story
Memoir/Bio
Paul Dickson* Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers
Writing
Keith Donohue The Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel
Mystery/Thriller
Kirstin Downey Isabella: The Warrior Queen
History
Melanie Forde Hillwilla: A Novel
Literature
Rebecca Frankel War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love
Politics & Current Affairs
Samuel Fromartz In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey
Food
Rhonda Garelick Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History
Memoir/Bio
Laura Gehl One Big Pair of Underwear
Children’s/Young Adult
Stephen Grant Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger
History
Mark Greenblatt Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front
Politics & Current Affairs
Heather Greene Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life
Food
Jason Grumet City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy
Politics & Current Affairs
Gareth Hinds Romeo and Juliet
Children’s/Young Adult
Ken Hughes Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate
History
Allan Karl Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.
Food
Rob Kasper & Boog Powell Baltimore Baseball and Barbecue with Boog Powell: Stories from the Orioles’ Smokey Slugger (American Palate)
Food
Marc Kaufman Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission
Science
Anne Kazel-Wilcox & PJ Wilcox West Point ’41: The Class That Went to War and Shaped America
History
Sam Kean The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
Science
Mary Louise Kelly Anonymous Sources
Mystery/Thriller
C. Brian Kelly* & Ingrid Smyer Best Little Stories from World War I: Nearly 100 True Stories
History
Rashin Kheiriyeh There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
Children’s/Young Adult
Cole C. Kingseed Conversations with Major Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers
History
Lawrence Knutson Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations
History
Gary Krist Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
History
Teeny Lamothe Teeny’s Tour of Pie: A Cookbook
Food
Mark Leibovich Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion
Politics & Current Affairs
William LeoGrande & Peter Kornbluh Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana
History
Eric Lichtblau The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men
History
Kristen Lippert-Martin Tabula Rasa
Children’s/Young Adult
Thomas Maier When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys
History
Jay Margolis The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed
History
Chuck McCutcheon & David Mark Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech
Politics & Current Affairs
James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
Humor
Betty Monkman The White House: Its Furnishings & First Families
History
Marissa Moss Mira’s Diary: Bombs Over London
Children’s/Young Adult
Todd Moss The Golden Hour (A Judd Ryker Novel)
Mystery/Thriller
Ralph Nader Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State
Politics & Current Affairs
Azar Nafisi The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books
Literature
Howard Norman Next Life Might Be Kinder
Mystery/Thriller
Bill Nye Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
Science
Libby O’Connell The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites
Food
Clarence Page Culture Worrier: Selected Columns 1984–2014: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change
Memoir/Bio
Garrett Peck Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.c. (American Palate)
Food
Erica Perl Goatilocks and the Three Bears
Children’s/Young Adult
William Powers New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City
Lifestyle
Ted Rall After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan
Politics & Current Affairs
James Risen Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War
Politics & Current Affairs
Cokie Roberts Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
Children’s/Young Adult
Marion Rodgers H. L. Mencken: The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition: (Library of America #257)
History
Howard Ross Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives
Business
John Ross Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed
History
Neil Sagebiel Draw in the Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World
Sports
Elizabeth Samet No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America
Politics & Current Affairs
Paula Shoyer The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts
Food
Tom Shroder Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
Politics & Current Affairs
Madhulika Sikka* A Breast Cancer Alphabet
Lifestyle
Lindsay Smith Sekret (Sekret Series)
Children’s/Young Adult
Mark Stein American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why
Politics & Current Affairs
Jennifer Steinhauer Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today)
Food
Louis Sullivan Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine (Sarah Mills Hodge Fund Publication)
Memoir/Bio
Matt Taibbi The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Politics & Current Affairs
Tim Townsend Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis
History
Neely Tucker The Ways of the Dead: A Novel
Mystery/Thriller
Judith Viorst Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever
Children’s/Young Adult
Kenneth Vogel Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp – on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics
Politics & Current Affairs
Gene Weingarten Me & Dog
Children’s/Young Adult
Tim Wendel Down to the Last Pitch: How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time
Sports
Mark Whitaker Cosby: His Life and Times
Memoir/Bio
Dianne Wiebe George Alfred Townsend and Gathland: A Journalist and His Western Maryland Estate
History
Jules Witcover The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power
Politics & Current Affairs
Tom Young* Sand and Fire (A Parson and Gold Novel)
Mystery/Thriller
Howard Youth, Mark Klingler, and Robert Mumford, Jr. Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.
Science

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DPR 2014 Winter Programs Registration is OPEN!

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DC Residents, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) registration is OPEN for the 2014 Winter Programs offered at DPR. Some FREE Programs are Amateur Telescope Making, Art for Kidz, Arts & CraftsCertified Food Shopper, Chess Club, Crochet, Digital Photography for Kids, Fitness Boot-camp, Sew & Know, Zumba and many more affordable Winter courses.

Programs will take place between December 1 through March 7, 2015. Please note, the start and end date for programs may vary. DPR offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages!!!

To see a full listing of programs, visit DPR’s Register for a Program website page or go directly to the A to Z ASAP Program Index page for the entire list of winter programs, activities and classes offered.  Feel free to browse the many programs that DPR offers without creating an account.  However, in order to register for a program, an ASAP account must be created first for each program participant enrolled.  Once an account has been created, please feel free to log in immediately.   Frequent users are encouraged to log in first, before reviewing the A to Z Program Index, for faster service. 

For more information, visit http://dpr.dc.gov/release/dpr-announces-2014-winter-programs-registration

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THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA: NOV. 15 & 16

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FREE & CHEAP Things To Do 

 THIS WEEKEND 

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

November 15 & 16, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Visit our Calendar area Tree Lighting and more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

Saturday Morning at the National - Michael Shwedick: Reptile World
The National Theatre
Saturday, November 15 ∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!

Exotic creatures star in this amazing show! Michael Shwedick and his extraordinary animal friends teach kids invaluable lessons about the ecology and provide thrilling close-up reptile encounters. Adults will be awed by Michael’s ability to present alligators, snakes, and other sometimes scary creatures without frightening even the youngest children.

50th AnniversaryPalisades Library Celebrates 50 Years at the V St NW Location!
Palisades Library
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
Join us for Barefoot Puppets [presents ‘Little Red and the Gingerbread Man’ at 10:30am], Mark Greek from the Washingtoniana Room, the Sherier Mountain Boys [1:00 pm], Palisades Community Band [3:00 pm] and more to commemorate our 50th anniversary on V Street NW!
Library Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan along with Councilmember Mary Cheh, Friends of Palisades Library, and former Palisades librarians will share remarks beginning at 1:30 p.m.
See a 3-D printer in action and learn about other new technologies at the library. Giveaways, light refreshments, crafts, and fun until 4 p.m.
Generously supported by the Friends of Palisades Library.

Tiny Tots – Baby Bear’s Birthday
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
You are invited to a BIG birthday bash! Please join Baby Bear as all of his special Teddy Bear friends perform their very best circus tricks as a great, big birthday surprise. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4 years old), “Tiny Tots @ 10:00″ offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers: *Shorter shows (about 30 minutes) *No dark room *No loud noises *The theater doors stay open. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

Family Day: World War I: A War of Innovation
Air and Space Museum
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
The First World War was among the deadliest conflicts in history. In the race to gain tactical advantage, each side of the conflict worked on major advances in manufacturing, chemistry, medicine, communications, and weaponry–including the introduction of aircraft into the war. This family day will explore the social and technological history through presentations and hands-on activities.
This family day is the first in a series of National Air and Space Museum programs planned to observe the centennial of World War I over the next four years.

Mvskoke Etvlwv: Muscogee Creek Festival
American Indian Museum
Saturday, November 15  & Sunday, November 16 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE Admission!
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will celebrate its tribal history, heritage and culture with three days of performances, an art market and demonstrations.
Highlights include the screening of “The Dawes Commission,” set in 1904, the story focuses on a Muscogee family who is visited by an agent from the Dawes Commission. The agent’s orders are to persuade the Creeks to accept allotment. The play is in Muscogee with English subtitles.
Activities and demonstrations include stomp dancing, singers, hands-on activities for kids and families along with booths showcasing jewelry, traditional recipes and more. LINK to program schedule here.

D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program – Private School Fair
Margo Hall – 3400 12th Street NE
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE but Registration Requested
The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) is happy to announce it’s hosting its 1st Fall Private School Fair! Speak directly with representatives from K-12 independent and parochial DC private schools and attend the Private School Admissions Panel, beginning promptly at 11am. (click HERE to view a list of participating private schools)
The Opportunity Scholarships team will also be on site assisting families interested in applying/renewing a K-12 private school scholarship. Awards are up to $12,572 for high schools and up to $8,381 for elementary and middle schools.

Culture Capital - Tiny TimTiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
Adventure Theatre MTC
Through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount Available]
Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won’t give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge’s mind – perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Can this clever boy and his best friend Charlotte save Christmas and change the heart of the meanest man in town? This exciting world premiere story of a father and son is adapted by Broadway’s Tony-winning Ken Ludwig (Twas the Night Before Christmas) and his very own son, Jack. Get ready for the wildest ride you’ve ever had at Christmas!
Based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Starring Chris Dinolfo
Recommended for Ages 4 and up

Jackson Art Center Fall Open Studios
Jackson Art Center
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:00 am & Sunday, November 16 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Jackson Art Center Fall Open Studios will feature free art workshops for adults, teenagers, and children, in watercolor, botanical drawing, and more. Meet the artists in their studios, explore the historic Jackson School and enjoy refreshments and live music. 30+ studios open during the main event on Sunday
School and enjoy refreshments and live music. 30+ studios open during the main event on Sunday

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Presented by: Encore Stage & Studio
Venue: Thomas Jefferson Community Center
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:00 am & 3:00 pm and Sunday, November 16 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $10-$12
By Vera Morris. Sleepy Hollow is a little town with more than its fair share of spooky ghost stories. The citizens of Sleepy Hollow know the legend of the Headless Horseman is just make-believe…until the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, arrives. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen and he comes face to face with the famous ghost. Will Ichabod triumph over the mysterious Horseman? Join us as the legend unfolds, and see for yourself. Some sequences may be frightening for young children. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Thanksgiving Family Festival
American Art Museum – Kogod Courtyard
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:30 am ∙ FREE!
Every Turkey Day celebration needs a well-dressed table! Start at the museum and make your very own Thanksgiving Day decorations to display. Learn to contra dance with caller Anna Rain and live music with Callithump featuring Glyn Collinson, David Knight, and Andrew Marcus. Then create your centerpiece, or take a scavenger hunt in the galleries and find inspiration from America’s artists.

Culture Capital - Flamenco en FamiliaFlamenco en Familia
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:30 am & 2:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Free interactive demonstrations with castanets, fans, and zapateo for children and the entire family led by members of the Spanish Dance Society and other local flamenco artists.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, November 15 & Sunday, November 16 ∙ 11:30 am & 1:00 pm ∙ $10
“The 3 Billy Goats Gruff” is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Continues through Friday, November 21.

National Harbor tree-lightingHoliday Celebrations and Tree Lighting ceremony
National Harbor
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Join us on our new date for a full day of holiday fun, topped off by our annual tree lighting! We’ll have tons of holiday activities – from the opening weekend of the Harbor Holiday Market to choir performances and holiday movie screenings – there’s holiday enjoyment for everyone at National Harbor.
12pm – 2pm Photos with Santa at The Capital Wheel
12pm – 5pm Harbor Holiday Market, on American Way
1pm – 2pm Tony Craddock, Jr., saxophonist
2pm – 4pm Holiday Movie: The Santa Clause
2pm – 4pm Dog Photos with Santa at the Black Dog Tavern
2pm – 5pm Card making for overseas armed forces
4pm – 5pm Victorian Carolers
5pm – 6pm Holiday Band performance on the Plaza
6:00pm Tree Lighting Show
6:30pm Fireworks over the Potomac
6:45pm Holiday Music

International Games Day
Tenley Library
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join us at Tenley Library on Saturday, Nov. 15 as we celebrate International Games Day with libraries across the country.
Our event for the day will be a Mario Kart video game racing tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top racers. Preliminary races will be from 12-1, with the final grand prix starting at 1:10 p.m.
While you are waiting to race, you can also learn how to play the Magic The Gathering trading card game, and build your own deck for this card game using free cards provided by the library.

Beyond Bollywood Film FestivalBeyond Bollywood Film Festival
Natural History Museum
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ FREE but registration requested!
Complementing the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center present the Beyond Bollywood Film Festival. Ranging from laugh-out-loud comedies to heartfelt dramas, the showcased short and feature films explore the daily lives of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans and the cultural connections to the United States and India.
SCHEDULE OF FILMS:
1:00 pm: MEET THE PATELS (2014)
2:30 pm: DAADI (2014) followed by Q&A with the director, David Stoler, and starring actress Purva Redi
3:15 pm: BRAHMIN BULL (2013) followed by a conversation with the director, Mahesh Pailoor, and starring actor Sendhil Ramamurthy
6:30 pm: BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN (2012) & THE NAMESAKE (2006) followed by a conversation with starring actor Kal Penn

Ornament Decorating at Friendship Firehouse
Friendship Firehouse in Alexandria, VA
Saturday, November 15 ∙  1:00 pm  $2 includes ornament

The Friendship Firehouse Museum is offering ornament decorating on Saturday November 15 and 22, from 1-4 p.m.
Participants can decorate and take home dough ornaments made in shapes inspired by firefighting. Come and put your own unique embellishment on forms such as fire helmets, fire trucks, and fire hydrants. They are great decorations for the home or office, during the holidays, or any time of year – and make excellent gifts!

Holiday Craft Day at Marietta House
Marietta House Museum
Saturday, November 15 ∙  1:00 pm  $2

Bring your own materials and learn to make holiday gift boxes and cards like a pro! Be prepared to enjoy the spirit of the season with pumpkin cookies and warm cider.

ImaginAsia: Hunt! Guess! Explore!
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – ImaginAsia classroom, Sackler sublevel 2
Saturday, November 15 & Sunday, November 16 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Children and adults use a guide to explore our collections of the arts of the Islamic world and ancient Near East. Piecing together observations made in the galleries, participants then return to the classroom to complete a studio project. For children ages 8 to 14 and adult companions.

Charlie Parker with StringsRhythm Cafe: Charlie Parker with Strings
Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This month’s popular live jazz music program focuses on the influential saxophonist who was a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and improvisation.

Meet the Artist: Carlee Fernandez
Portrait Gallery – First floor, south
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Carlee Fernandez discusses her works on view in the special exhibition “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self.”

DC Reads: Ethiopian Cultural Celebration
Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Join Shepherd Park Library for an afternoon celebrating Ethiopian culture and community, inspired by 2014′s DC Reads book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu. The event will feature performances by local musicians and information provided by community organizations. Experience music that is new or cherished and get to know the organizations that serve our community.
This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Culture Capital - Disney The Little MermaidBehind the Scenes of Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Olney Theatre Center
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $0-$10
This event takes place in the Mainstage Lobby.
How do you make a mermaid swim onstage? What are Ursula’s tentacles made of? Find out with the costume and set designer of THE LITTLE MERMAID at this special look at the onstage magic with the people who make it! Discount Show Tickets here.

Target Family Night: D.C. Public Schools Honor Band
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This program features the city’s finest young musicians as chosen by middle and high school band directors.

Tiny Tots – Old McDonald’s Farm
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Sunday, November 16 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
The animals on Old McDonald’s Farm come out to entertain us. Al E. Cat introduces us to his barnyard buddies who will delight and amaze with their antics! Designed just for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4 years old), “Tiny Tots @ 10:00″ offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers: *Shorter shows (about 30 minutes) *No dark room *No loud noises *The theater doors stay open. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

Owl Moon Raptor Center Festival
Black Hill Regional Park Visitor Center
Sunday, November 16 ∙  12:00 pm  FREE Admission!

Everyone is invited and ADMISSION is FREE, for the first fundraising festival! Adventures With Raptors and Meadowside Nature Center will be there with many live raptors, both native and exotic, including several that were rescued and rehabilitated at Owl Moon Raptor Center but were not releasable. There will be raptor flight demonstrations, photographic opportunities, plenty of food, and raptor-themed games & crafts for the kids. Donations will be gratefully accepted to provide for the treatment and rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned birds of prey at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, MD.

DC Library - Imagination ClubImagination Club
Capitol View Library
Sunday, November 16 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Make something special. We provide the material, you provide the imagination!
An open program for children ages 3 – 8.
Registration is not required.
Drop in and be creative.

Cocek! Brass Band
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, November 16 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The band performs original music based on the sounds of Eastern European brass bands that blend dance music with impeccable improvisation and melody.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Thanksgiving Family Festival

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Family Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Family Festival

When: Saturday, November 15, 11:30 AM – 3 PM

Where: American Art Museum ∙ Kogod Courtyard

                    8th and G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004 [Directions]

Cost: FREE!

 

Every Turkey Day celebration needs a well-dressed table! Start at the museum and make your very own Thanksgiving Day decorations to display. Learn to contra dance with caller Anna Rain and live music with Callithump featuring Glyn CollinsonDavid Knight, and Andrew Marcus. Then create your centerpiece, or take a scavenger hunt in the galleries and find inspiration from America’s artists. Event details here.

 

 

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience from the colonial period to today, featuring works by Homer & Sargent to Christo & Rauschenburg.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: HAPPENINGS IN METRO WASHINGTON DC – NOV. 13 -19, 2014

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Culture Capital

Arts & Entertainment:

Happenings in Metro DC

November 13 – 19, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Culture Capital - Coyote Mischief TalesCoyote Mischief Tales: Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Through Thursday, November 20 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5-$8
Trickster Coyote is a crafty, funny, and fearless fellow and a little too smart for his own good. In this play by Philip Blue Owl Hooser, audiences laugh along with his adventures with his wife Mole, and his spirit guide Hashtali as they learn about making choices, sharing, and giving gifts from the heart.
Ages 5-10.

The Oud Hobbyists Association
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Thursday, November 13 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The ensemble returns to perform a concert featuring the oud (the Arabic lute).

Facilitated Interactive Table for Teens
National Archives
Friday, November 14 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Teens are invited to participate in the first ever facilitated interactive table program at the National Archives. Participants will collaborate to discover and ask questions about how rights have changed for people in the United States. They will engage with records in the National Archives using the interactive touch table in the Records of Rights exhibition.

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance: La bohème
Presented by: Washington National Opera
Venue: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, November 14 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $25-$145
For one performance only, WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists are cast in Puccini’s timeless tale of young bohemians struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love in Paris. Timothy Myers conducts.

Jackson Art Center Fall Open Studios
Jackson Art Center
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:00 am & Sunday, November 16 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Jackson Art Center Fall Open Studios will feature free art workshops for adults, teenagers, and children, in watercolor, botanical drawing, and more. Meet the artists in their studios, explore the historic Jackson School and enjoy refreshments and live music. 30+ studios open during the main event on Sunday
School and enjoy refreshments and live music. 30+ studios open during the main event on Sunday

Culture Capital - Flamenco en FamiliaFlamenco en Familia
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 11:30 am & 2:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Free interactive demonstrations with castanets, fans, and zapateo for children and the entire family led by members of the Spanish Dance Society and other local flamenco artists.

Okee Dokee Brothers: A Musical Adventure
National Geographic
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $15
Enjoy a musical celebration of the natural world with the Okee Dokee Brothers! Childhood friends who grew up exploring the Rocky Mountain landscapes of their Denver backyard, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing put their passion for the outdoors into the heart of their Americana folk-inspired music. Touring with their new CD Through the Woods—on the heels of their Grammy-winning children’s album Can You Canoe?—they’ll captivate you with their witty lyrics, rootsy instrumentals, sing-along harmonies, and catchy vibe.

Target Family Night: D.C. Public Schools Honor Band
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
This program features the city’s finest young musicians as chosen by middle and high school band directors.

YDE at American Folksongs and Spirituals
Presented by: Joy of Motion Dance Center – Atlas
Venue: Church of the Epiphany
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ $30
The Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus will partner with Joy of Motion Dance Center for their upcoming concert: American Folksongs and Spirituals: A Collaboration of Music, Poetry, Paintings, and Dance.

Cocek! Brass Band
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Sunday, November 16 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The band performs original music based on the sounds of Eastern European brass bands that blend dance music with impeccable improvisation and melody.

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, November  18 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child. Ages 2-4

Culture Capital - Seniors in MotionSeniors in Motion
Joy of Motion Dance Center – Atlas
Tuesday, November 18 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
This concert, part of Joy of Motion Dance Center’s community outreach initiative, is free to the public and will feature performances by professional and student dance companies. The performers, mostly seniors citizens, are participants of JOMDC’s Seniors in Motion program which serves seven area senior centers (and counting) by providing free dance classes. RSVP for your ticket today and bring the grandparents!

Swing Time – The Musical!
Burke Theater: US Navy Memorial
Through Sunday, November 30 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19-$49
Set in a World War II era radio studio, this lively musical revue features three men and three women who are working together to put on their live big-band war bond drive radio broadcast. Lots of delightful surprises ensue, as well as wartime romance and plenty of comedy.

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
National Geographic
Through Sunday, April 12, 2015 ∙ $0-$11
Meet Spinosaurus. At over 50 feet long, 20 feet high and weighing in at 6 tons, Spinosaurus is the largest predatory dinosaur to ever roam the Earth — even bigger than T. rex. This bus-sized dino’s extraordinary features include a crocodile-shaped skull and 7-foot spines forming a sail along its back. Spinosaurus is unlike any other dinosaur you’ve seen or heard of before. Encounter this bizarre predator for the first time at the world premiere of “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”
In this exhibition, you can explore a full-sized skeletal model as well as genuine dinosaur fossils and learn about the latest technologies modern paleontologists use. Travel with National Geographic explorers and scientists to the remote edges of the Sahara to discover the origins of this rare African dinosaur and the mysterious journey that led to its rediscovery.

***Maryland***

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Through Friday, November 21 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $10
“The 3 Billy Goats Gruff” is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry.

Culture Capital - Tiny TimTiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
Adventure Theatre MTC
Friday, November 14 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [Discount]
Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won’t give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge’s mind – perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Can this clever boy and his best friend Charlotte save Christmas and change the heart of the meanest man in town? This exciting world premiere story of a father and son is adapted by Broadway’s Tony-winning Ken Ludwig (Twas the Night Before Christmas) and his very own son, Jack. Get ready for the wildest ride you’ve ever had at Christmas!
Based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Starring Chris Dinolfo
Recommended for Ages 4 and up

Matuto (Brazilian Dance Party)
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Friday, November 14 ∙  8:00 pm ∙ $15-$26
It’s Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains! Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams, Matuto(a Northeastern Brazilian slang term for bumpkin) uses unexpected Pan-American sounds to craft appealing, fun and rootsy music. The result? Rolling drums, quicksilver accordion licks, and earthy vibes mingle to create a one-of-a kind Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound.
Come early and enjoy a Caipirinha (Brazil’s national drink) and a free forró dance lesson.

Tiny Tots – Baby Bear’s Birthday
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
You are invited to a BIG birthday bash! Please join Baby Bear as all of his special Teddy Bear friends perform their very best circus tricks as a great, big birthday surprise. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4 years old), “Tiny Tots @ 10:00″ offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers: *Shorter shows (about 30 minutes) *No dark room *No loud noises *The theater doors stay open. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

Parallel Exit
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 15 ∙  3:00 pm & 7:30 pm ∙ $15-$22
Physical comedy: the newest oldest art form! Physical comedy troupe and two-time Drama Desk nominee Parallel Exit offers a very special presentation of Exit Stage Left – a rollicking speed-of-light comedy. Harkening back to the days of vaudeville, Exit Stage Left packs more entertainment in a single show than a three-ring circus. An ensemble of five presents a wide range of old-fashioned family entertainment, from tap dance to live music to slapstick comedy.

Culture Capital - Disney The Little MermaidDisney’s The Little Mermaid
Olney Theatre Center
Through Sunday, December 28 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $32-$65
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home, and her fins, behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. On Saturday, November 15th at 4:00 pm is the Behind the Scenes of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
This event takes place in the Mainstage Lobby.
How do you make a mermaid swim onstage? What are Ursula’s tentacles made of? Find out with the costume and set designer of THE LITTLE MERMAID at this special look at the onstage magic with the people who make it! $0-$10

Voca People 
Strathmore
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $28-$72 [Discount]
This quirky off-Broadway hit originated in Israel, took off on Youtube—13 million hits and counting—and has since charmed audiences around the world. With its zany story of intergalactic beings who power their space ship with music, the show mixes flawlessly sung a cappella harmonies with amazing beat-box simulations of every kind of instrument, transforming music from Bach to Britney Spears, Mozart to Michael Jackson, Scott Joplin to The Spice Girls.

Tiny Tots – Old McDonald’s Farm
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Sunday, November 16 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
The animals on Old McDonald’s Farm come out to entertain us. Al E. Cat introduces us to his barnyard buddies who will delight and amaze with their antics! Designed just for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4 years old), “Tiny Tots @ 10:00″ offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers: *Shorter shows (about 30 minutes) *No dark room *No loud noises *The theater doors stay open. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

Tiny Tots – Mother Goose Caboose
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Wednesday, November 19 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
Mother Goose introduces us to her friends, including Leonardo the Lion, Kelly, a near-sighted duckling, Doofus, the dog, and many more! Designed just for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4 years old), “Tiny Tots @ 10:00″ offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers: *Shorter shows (about 30 minutes) *No dark room *No loud noises *The theater doors stay open. Reminder: Everyone needs a ticket, including infants.

Culture Capital - A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol
Publick Playhouse
Wednesday, November 19 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Ushering in the holiday season, Charles Dickens’ classic story is presented in a beautiful musical version by TheatreWorks USA. Cheer along as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future turn Scrooge’s “Humbug” into generosity.
Curriculum Connections: communications, language arts, literary classic, music,
relationships and family.
Recommended for all ages.

***Virginia***

Second Thursday Art Night
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Thursday, November 13 ∙  6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Second Thursday Art Night series brings the fun and spontaneity of the creative process to the streets of Old Town. Visitors can browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments and music for free on the second Thursday of each month. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!
This year’s events focus on specific artistic disciplines represented in our building. Look for special themed exhibits, sales and activities designed to highlight a particular visual form.

Second Thursday
Presented by: Jane Franklin Dance
Venue: Torpedo Factory Art Center
Thursday, November 13 ∙  7:00 pm ∙ $0-$15
Second Thursday – A Niche in the Hall a performance traveling all three floors, cubbyholes and alcoves in dialogue with the art and architecture of the building

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Presented by: Encore Stage & Studio
Venue: Thomas Jefferson Community Center
Friday, November 14 thru Sunday, November 16 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $10-$12
By Vera Morris. Sleepy Hollow is a little town with more than its fair share of spooky ghost stories. The citizens of Sleepy Hollow know the legend of the Headless Horseman is just make-believe…until the new schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, arrives. Suddenly, strange things begin to happen and he comes face to face with the famous ghost. Will Ichabod triumph over the mysterious Horseman? Join us as the legend unfolds, and see for yourself. Some sequences may be frightening for young children. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Raul Midón
Presented by: Artisphere
Venue: Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre
Friday, November 14 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $20-$25 [Discount]
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices – “a one-man band… who is spiritually connected,” according to The New York Times, and “an eclectic adventurist,” in the words of People magazine.

Teatro de la Luna

Teatro de la Luna

17th International Festival of Hispanic Theater: Sanos y Contentos / Happy and Healthy (USA)
Presented by: Teatro de la Luna
Venue: Gunston Theatre Two
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $10 -$15
Sweet Miss Lettuce and her uncle Mr. Cucumber teach us that we can fight the evil Mrs. Laziness, discovering a world of good nutrition that, along with exercise, allows us to live happily and healthfully.

 

DakhaBrakha
Presented by: Reston Community Center
Venue: CenterStage
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $20-$40
Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian ethnic chaos band DakhaBrakha, creates a world of unexpected new music. The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means give/take in the old Ukrainian language. DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art DAKH by the avant-garde theatre director Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band’s performances. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Lights, Camera, Action!
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 15 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $29-$48
This outstanding orchestra is known and appreciated throughout the greater D.C. area for its superb musicianship and its delightful performances. This concert features music from film, television and Broadway that is a cherished part of American pop culture. Under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this gifted group of musicians performs some of your favorites in what is certain to be a delightful evening of popular music. Special guest artist, Norma Douglas Zimdahl, has performed on radio, television and on Broadway, and joins the AFPO as piano soloist for a performance of her composition, Norma’s Jazz Classic.

Upcoming Events - CultureCapital

 

A Christmas Carol
Ford’s Theatre
Thursday, November 20 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $32-$95 
The annual Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol has been a Washington tradition for more than 30 years. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Celebrated Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

Pinocchio!
Presented by: Educational Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue: McKinley Elementary School
Thursday, November 20 & Friday, November 21 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
In ETC’s Main Stage Residency, students in second through fifth grade immerse themselves in the process of creating an original play or musical. Over 10-12 weeks, a director, production manager, choreographer, and music director coach students. At the end of the residency, students have created their own script and lyrics that they then perform multiple times. This Fall’s McKinley Residency is Pinocchio! Performances are free to the public.

Culture Capital - Alastair MoockAlastair Moock: Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Friday, November 21 ∙ 10:15 am & 11:30 am ∙ $5-$8
One of Boston’s premier folk artists and 2014 Grammy nominee for best children’s album makes his Discovery Theater debut. Ages 2-6.

We the People
Publick Playhouse
Friday, November 21 ∙ 10:15 am & 12:00 pm ∙ $6-$8
Just as the national election season heats up, TheatreWorks USA puts an energizing spin on the workings of democracy with a new, upbeat musical that presents the three branches of government, the First Amendment, the judicial process, presidential elections and more with a sizzling rock, R&B and hip-hop beat.
Curriculum Connections: American history, music, civics and law.
Recommended for grades 4-8.

M3e
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, November 21 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Students in George Mason University’s contemporary music ensemble perform varied repertoire, including arrangements of concert music by Frank Zappa and Beck, as well as original compositions.

Quote-Along ”A Christmas Story”
The Alden
Friday, November 21 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ FREE! 
Put your bunny pajamas on, get your secret decoder ring out, and experience this holiday movie in a totally different way. Go ahead, yell your favorite lines. We triple-dog-dare you!
Rated PG, 94 minutes.

Culture Capital - Tudor Tots Turkey and ThanksTudor Tots: Turkey and Thanks
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 10:30 am & 1:30 pm ∙ $0-$5
Celebrate turkey day at Tudor Place! Tiny tots enjoy an interactive story, songs, and movement activities in the enchanting historic buildings of Tudor Place. The program concludes with a special holiday craft to take home! Ages 2-4

Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters: The Musical
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ∙ $5-$15 
Come on down to Bear Country for this enchanting adaptation of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s beloved children’s series. Fresh from its sold-out off-Broadway run this heartwarming musical based on three of the Berenstain Bears most popular books. Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food – but thankfully, they – and we – can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to set things right. Filled with original songs, fun dancing, and important life lessons, this humorous and heartfelt theatrical experience gives parents the opportunity to share these treasured tales they enjoyed as children with their own young cubs! “Like honey for little kids!” (Mommy Poppins)

2nd Annual Thanksgiving Glitter Fest
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
A one-day workshop for young artists and families to decorate sparkling centerpieces with glitter for their Thanksgiving table. Nothing says “Thanks!” like glitter – and all the mess can stay in our classroom. Families are encouraged to bring their own items to decorate, but can also choose from a limited selection of free centerpiece items at the workshop.

p005bb54490p_dThe Gift of Nothing
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, November 22 through Sunday, December 28 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $20
In this Kennedy Center world premiere musical starring characters from the comic strip MUTTS, a charming cat searches for a special gift for his best friend, a lovable pup. Join Mooch and Earl for this heartwarming adventure! Age 4+

Cashore Marionettes presents: Simple Gifts
Presented by: Reston Community Center
Venue: CenterStage
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 3:00 pm ∙ $5-$10
Simple Gifts is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight, the original vignettes provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what it is to be human. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Andes Manta
The Alden
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $15-$20 
Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments. From the lyrical sound of the quena, or Andean flute, to the haunting tones of the six-foot-long pan-pipes, the music of Andes Manta is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

Northern Virginia j.talks – Character Breakfast
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
Sunday, November 23 ∙ 9:30 am ∙ $7-$9
Join us for a wiggly morning as you feast on delicious breakfast treats with the life-sized colorful caterpillar from the beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Explore Jewish values through exciting crafts and stories. There will be plenty of photo op’s with our caterpillar to remember your special day at the J (remember to bring your camera).

Culture Capital - MythbustersMYTHBUSTERS – Behind The Myths
Warner Theatre
Sunday, November 23 ∙ 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm ∙ $62.50-$84.25
The all-new, live stage show “MythBusters Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters,” promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.

Concert: Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art – West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court
Sunday, November 23 ∙ 3:30 pm ∙ FREE!
An encounter with a 19th-century ballet rehearsal.

Little Bread Hen: with Barefoot Puppets
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $5-$8
Inspired by the classic tale of the Little Red Hen, Barefoot Puppets’ holiday hit uncovers what really happened that fateful day when Millie the chicken decided to bake a loaf of bread. Why wouldn’t the other animals help? Was there something else stewing in the barnyard? We serve up the answers to these questions and more in this hilariously tasty retelling! Ages 4-8.

The Voice of Anne Frank
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Monday, November 24 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Dancer Mirenka Cechová and cellist Nancy Jo Snider utilize dance, music, spoken word, sound effects, and lighting to convey the words of Anne Frank’s diary.

Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tuesday, November  25 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $0-$5
Tudor Place has enchanted young children for almost two centuries. Experience it yourself on Tuesday mornings as we meet to read, sing, and play in the picturesque gardens. This family-friendly program offers a new theme each week, from “adventurous animals” to “growing gardens” and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week’s topic, and will enjoy sharing this tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. Parent/caregiver must remain with child. Ages 2-4

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Holiday Cheer 2014

DC Holiday Events:

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Washington Wizards Discount Tickets for the 2014-15 Season

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2014-15 Single Game Discount Tickets

The Washington Wizards are “Red Hot” and offering single game discounts to attend a home game. Wizards Fans, click link here and use promo code AARONWIZ to access your special offer!

Military (active, retired, reserve, veteran) and First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) are invited to specially priced tickets to Washington Wizards home games throughout the 2014-15 NBA Season. Save 20% off your Wizards ticket purchase here!

Washington Wizards 2014-15 Schedule

Fingers crossed that we will be adding 2014-15 National Basketball Association (NBA) season title to their life events below:

Wizards Life Events*

    2012
    Bradley Beal Named Rookie of the Month in December – 2012

    2001
    Michael Jordan Returns as a Wizard

    Mitch Richmond Reaches 20,000 Points
    Wizards Hosts 2001 NBA All-Star Game

    2000
    Michael Jordan Becomes President of Basketball Operations

    1997
    Wizards Call MCI Center Home

    1996
    New Name, Logo, Colors, and Uniforms

    1988
    Wes Unseld into Hall of Fame

    1980
    Wes Unseld Reaches 10,000 Points
    1st All-Star Game Held in D.C.

    1979
    Elvin Hayes Reaches 20,000 Points

    1978
    Bullets win it all

    1977
    Wes Unseld Snags 10,000 Rebounds

    1976
    Elvin Hayes Snags 10,000 Rebounds

    1974
    Renamed the Washington Bullets

    1973
    Capital Centre Debuts to Sellout Crowd
    Goodbye Maryland, Hello Washington

    1972
    Bullets Get Elvin Hayes in Trade

    1969
    Wes Unseld Wins ROY and MVP Award

    1968
    Earl Monroe named Rookie of the Year

    1963
    Team Renamed the Baltimore Bullets

    1962
    Team Renamed Chicago Zephyrs

    1961
    Founded on January 1, 1961

    *As reflected on facebook

     

    GO WIZARDS!!!!!

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    Follow the Washington Wizards on: Web | Facebook |Twitter 

    Discount Single Game Tickets

    Promo code: AARONWIZ

    For More Information on Season Tickets & Group Sales:
    Aaron Freeman
    Account Executive, Inside Sales
    Monumental Sports & Entertainment
    601 F St NW | 3rd Floor | Washington, DC 20004
    T: 202.292.1932 | F: 202.527.7539
    E: [email protected]   

    D.C. Private School Fair

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    DC Private School Fair

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

    Private School Fair

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    11:00 am- 1:00 pm

    Margo Hall

    3400 12th Street NE [Directions]

    FREE but Registration Requested!

    The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) is happy to announce it’s hosting its 1st Fall Private School Fair! Speak directly with representatives from K-12 independent and parochial DC private schools and attend the Private School Admissions Panel, beginning promptly at 11am. (click HERE to view a list of participating private schools)

    The Opportunity Scholarships team will also be on site assisting families interested in applying/renewing a K-12 private school scholarship. Awards are up to $12,572 for high schools and up to $8,381 for elementary and middle schools.

    RSVP here

     

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    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

    The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) – first federally-funded program of its kind – provides low-income D.C. families with expanded educational options since 2004. It  is administered by the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (Trust).

    The Trust is the primary resource for developing partnerships that expand and improve services and opportunities for children and youth in the District of Columbia, especially during their time out of school. The partnerships include public schools, city agencies, and employers, including non-profit providers. Since its inception in 1999, the Trust has provided grants, technical assistance, youth worker training, capacity building, learning opportunities, convenings, and policy support in the District.

    1400 16th Street, NW, Ste. 500
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (Intersection of 16th & P Streets, NW)
    Metro: Dupont Circle (Red)

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: 1-888-DC-YOUTH (329-6884)
      1-877-NIÑOS-DC (646-6732)
    Family Fax:  202-478-0991
    School Fax: 202-330-5002

    Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9am – 4pm
    Walk-In Days: Monday thru Wednesday 9am – 4pm

    Web | Facebook |Twitter 

     

     

    MOM’s Organic Market ∙ First Washington DC Store & DEAL!

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    MOM’s Organic Market

    1501 New York Avenue NE

    First Washington DC Store! 

    MOM's Organic DC_GrandOpening_
    MOM’s New York Ave NE Grand Opening  [Directions]
    Friday – Sunday, Nov 14 – Nov 16, 2014
    9:00 am-8:00 pm

    Celebrate the Grand Opening of MOM’s first Washington, DC store at New NoMa Location!  5% of Grand Opening sales will be donated to Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY), a youth shelter and services provider doing wonderful work in the city.  Stop by for local samples, kid’s activities, and a reusable MOM’s bag full of goodies (while supplies last), all while supporting SBY!
    DEAL (Rainbow Color)

    MOM’s Organic Market

    LivingSocial Deal

    $15 for $30 to spend on organic and unique groceries, nutritional supplements, and more!

    MOM’s Organic Market kicks off the Grand Opening of their first DC store this Friday, November 14, through Sunday at the Hecht Warehouse District. The new store features free car charging stations, Naked Lunch (an all organic vegetarian eatery), craft beer, organic wine, daily deliveries of Bethesda-based Spring Mill bread, sustainable local farm-raised trout (only Friday and Saturday), and the highest quality 100% certified organic produce.

    Celebrate Good Times
    The Grand Opening will have direct-trade oysters from MOM’s Oyster Farm, local vendor samples, environmental advocacy groups, and Naked Lunch tastings. MOM’s Purpose is to protect and restore the environment.

    the fine print

    • Limit 1 per customer, up to 1 additional as a gift
    • Limit 1 per customer per visit
    • Valid only at the Washington, DC location opening Friday, November 14, 2014
    • All services must be redeemed during a single visit by same customer
    • Other conditions apply

    PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON November 9, 2019

    PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON February 14, 2015

    *****DON’T FORGET TO SAVE 15% with LivingSocial’s Veterans Day weekend code VETERANS15. This offer is valid through 11/10 in the US and Canada.

    Redemption instruction: 
    Take 15% off your next purchase for almost any deal on LivingSocial.com when you use promo code “VETERANS15″.
    Add Deal by clicking “Buy Now” button on the Deal information page.
    Click on “Redeem promo code” during purchase process.
    Enter code “VETERANS15″ and hit apply. You may only use this code once.
    The amount of the savings will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page.

    Remember, promo codes can only be used once per account.
    This promotion is subject to the Terms and Conditions listed below.

    Terms and Conditions:
    *Maximum discount of $20.
    Promo code must be used between November 7, 2014 12:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and November 10, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)
    Promo codes may only be used on new purchases and cannot be applied to previous purchases.
    Promotion requires a LivingSocial account, and is subject to terms and conditions found at here.
    Entire amount must be used in one transaction; no partial redemptions; may not be combined with any other offer.
    Promo codes not valid for ticket or Deal purchases required to be completed on a third party site.
    Promo codes may not be used on government provided services.
    LivingSocial reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any time.
    This offer is single-use and non-transferrable.
    If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid.
    Offer good while supplies last.
    Void where prohibited.
    Valid in the US and Canada only.

    Purchase Deal here!

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    Family Owned & Operated Since 1987
    MOM’s Purpose: To protect and restore the environment.
    They don’t sell products that use licensed cartoon characters to advertise to children
    They support the 2016 minimum wage increase in DC and pay $12.50
    MOM’s Organic Market’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Blog

     

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    DISCOUNT – ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman [Extra 15% too!]

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    ICE! Frosty the Snowman

    ***DISCOUNT***

    ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman

    See your favorite characters from one of the most beloved holiday films like you’ve never seen them before at ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman. Carved from more than two million pounds of ice, walk through this Christmas classic recreated from colorful ice sculptures. Step into The Frostbite Factory to be wowed by artisans as they carve amazing ice sculptures right before your eyes. This must-see attraction is a part of Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

    Choose from the following offers:
    • $17 ($31 value) for one weekday admission
    • $20 ($38 value) for one Saturday, Sunday, or select date admission

    *****DON’T FORGET TO SAVE 15% with LivingSocial’s Veterans Day weekend code VETERANS15. This offer is valid through 11/10 in the US and Canada.

    Redemption instruction: 
    Take 15% off your next purchase for almost any deal on LivingSocial.com when you use promo code “VETERANS15″.
    Add Deal by clicking “Buy Now” button on the Deal information page.
    Click on “Redeem promo code” during purchase process.
    Enter code “VETERANS15″ and hit apply. You may only use this code once.
    The amount of the savings will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page.

    Remember, promo codes can only be used once per account.
    This promotion is subject to the Terms and Conditions listed below.

    Terms and Conditions:
    *Maximum discount of $20.
    Promo code must be used between November 7, 2014 12:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and November 10, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)
    Promo codes may only be used on new purchases and cannot be applied to previous purchases.
    Promotion requires a LivingSocial account, and is subject to terms and conditions found at here.
    Entire amount must be used in one transaction; no partial redemptions; may not be combined with any other offer.
    Promo codes not valid for ticket or Deal purchases required to be completed on a third party site.
    Promo codes may not be used on government provided services.
    LivingSocial reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any time.
    This offer is single-use and non-transferrable.
    If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid.
    Offer good while supplies last.
    Void where prohibited.
    Valid in the US and Canada only.

    Christmas on the Potomac

    The magic of the Christmas season starts on November 14 – 16, 2014 and November 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 only at Gaylord National Resort!

    Christmas on the Potomac

    You’ll Be Mesmerized

    Nightly Indoor Snowfall
    It’s always 72 degrees in our atrium, but you won’t believe your eyes as it snows inside! A “must-see” during our Christmas celebration – a delightful indoor flurry occurs nightly as part of the Atrium fountain shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. (free).

    Spectacular Décor
    Get in the spirit of the season as you discover the unique and festive décor around every bend of the entire resort! You’ll be mesmerized by our Christmas decorations, including more than two million lights that illuminate our soaring, glass atrium and outdoor garden areas.

    Brightest Star Fountain Show
    Hear a heartwarming narration of the classic Christmas story and watch as choreographed water and light “dances” to the music. Nightly at 7 and 9 p.m. (Free).

    Sounds & Songs of Christmas
    Enjoy both modern and classical Christmas carols synchronized to our fountain show. Be amazed as it snows inside our 72 degree atrium. Nightly at 6 and 8 p.m. (Free)

    Tree of Light
    Suspended from the center of our atrium, the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree is made entirely of synthetic “candy” glass. By day, it looks like a spectacular stained-glass window. At night, it glows brilliantly and casts a festive mood throughout our atrium.

    Holiday Dining ∙ Photos with Santa ∙ Old Hickory’s Brunch with Santa ∙ Peeps® and Company Potomac Express Miniature Train Ride ∙  Seasonal Spa Treatments

    201 Waterfront Street
    National Harbor, Maryland  20745 [Directions]
    301-965-4000

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