ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: HAPPENINGS IN METRO DC – Thanksgiving Weekend 2014

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Arts & Entertainment:

Happenings in Metro DC

Thanksgiving Weekend

November 26 – December 1, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Culture Capital - National Gallery of Art Ice RinkNational Gallery of Art Ice Rink
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Venue: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Through Monday, March 16 ∙ see schedule below ∙ $7-$8
The Gallery’s ice rink can accommodate more than two hundred skaters, with a music system that brings vibrant sound to visitors on and off the ice. At night, lighting creates a festive atmosphere for the richly landscaped ground and a distinctive backdrop for nineteen works of modern and contemporary sculpture.
The Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW. It is accessible to visitors with disabilities.

Ice Rink Hours:
Mo–Th, 10am.–9pm.
Fr & Sa 10:00am–11:00pm
Su 11:00am.–9:00pm
The ice-skating rink will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.

A Christmas Carol
Ford’s Theatre
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.”

p005bb54490p_dThe Gift of Nothing
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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+

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.

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.

Little Bread Hen: with Barefoot Puppets
Presented by: The Smithsonian Associates
Venue: Smithsonian Discovery Theater
Friday, November 28 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ $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 Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Friday, November 28 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
A Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and a former part-time member of the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown’s band, the saxophonist leads his band in an evening of straight-ahead jazz.

Culture Capital - The Suzanne Farrell BalletThe Suzanne Farrell Ballet
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $20-$85
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet returns to the Opera House with three Balanchine works (1951 version of Swan Lake, Allegro Brillante, Monumentum & Movements) and Robbins’s The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody).

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.

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***

Culture Capital - The Nutcracker Round House TheatreThe Nutcracker
Round House Theatre
Through Sunday, December 28 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $10-$45
This captivating new musical reinvents E.T.A. Hoffman’s original tale, turning it into a brand new seasonal classic. Weaving together spellbinding spectacle, riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, and a delightful original score, Clara’s crusade to save her family (with the assistance of a remarkable nutcracker) comes alive with dazzling theatricality. This contemporary retelling is a heartwarming, hilarious story of magic and hope that’s as poignant and touching as it is hilarious, tuneful, and fun.
Created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell
Book by Jake Minton and Phillip Klapperich
Music by Kevin O’Donnell, Lyrics by Jake Minton
Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman
Directed by Joe Calarco

Disney’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.

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.

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

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

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
Olney Theatre Center
Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 28 ∙ Schedule varies ∙ $35-$40
The Holiday Tradition Continues! Olney Theatre Center favorite Paul Morella returns to bring his unique and memorable adaptation of A Christmas Carol to life this holiday season. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended – in his own words – and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance.

Bella Gaia/Beautiful Earth
Strathmore
Friday, November 28 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $25-$42
This award-winning, immersive, live multimedia performance combines high-fidelity images of Earth and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing our planet from space, award-winning director, composer and violinist Kenji Williams created Bella Gaia in partnership with NASA.

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).

***Virginia***

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?

Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Saturday, November 29 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $30-$50
Begin celebrating the holiday season with the rapturous voices of this revered a cappella ensemble. This critically acclaimed group comes to the Center for the first time to present a dazzling holiday performance — a candlelight Christmas concert with a popular mix of Gregorian chant, carols, motets, and contemporary favorites. Based in Miami, and under the direction of its founder and artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire’s reputation as an important vocal ensemble has been enhanced by two Grammy nominations, a top-ten appearance on the Billboard classical chart, and a number-one debut on the iTunes classical music charts.

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.

 

Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping with the Arts – Metro DC

Find that perfect holiday gift with Holiday Shopping with the Arts from CultureCapital.com. Check here for museum and gallery holiday shopping events. See what gift shops from Metro DC museums, galleries and theatres have in store. Purchase a gift card for performances or arts classes. Giving the gift of art is easy with CultureCapital.com.

Small & Large Works
Presented by: The Art League
Venue: The Art League Gallery
Through Monday, December 1
The Small and Large Works exhibits pack a lot of talent into one gallery while drawing attention to the importance of scale. Works are restricted in size but not in subject matter, skill, or wow factor. The Small Works exhibit is especially popular with holiday gift-givers and arts appreciators who know that the best gifts come in tiny packages. This year’s shows are juried by James Farrah.

Holiday Gift Giving from Studio Theatre
Studio Theatre
Through Wednesday, December 31
Studio Theatre offers three great options for holiday gift giving! The Three-Play Holiday Package offers three plays for $99. Easy to buy and easy to give. With a Three-, Four-, or Five-Play Choose Your Own Package, you can create your own subscription package by choosing the dates and seats that suit your schedule and style! Studio gift certificates are redeemable for everything at Studio, including tickets to productions, Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory classes, or Studio subscriptions and packages. They are available in any denomination or in convenient $50 increments.

Culture Capital - Kennedy Center Gift ShopKennedy Center Gift Shop
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ Open 10 AM-10:30 PM daily
No holiday is complete without a visit to the Kennedy Center Gift Shops. Visit the Land of the Sweets for some scrumptious looking but zero-calorie cupcake ornaments. Tall, short, and in-between Nutcrackers can be found in sequins, with sparkles, and in traditional colors too. For the budding ballerina there are hundreds of ballerina ornaments to choose from—or come stand in front of the ballerina tree for a special picture—a holiday tradition.

Shopping at the Washington Ballet
The Washington Ballet
Through Saturday, January 31, 2015
Looking for the perfect gift? The Washington Ballet offers exclusive specialty items every season that’s perfect for the little Clara or Fritz in your life! – George Washington Nutcracker – Nutty Nesting Dolls – Snow Globe.
If you would like your item(s) shipped to an address, there is a $15 shipping fee. Or you can pick up your item(s) at our studios or at the theatre the day or evening of the show you attend. Please select either pick up or delivery at CHECKOUT.

Black Friday Sale
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Friday, November 28 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE! 
This is what holiday shopping was meant to be: calm, friendly, full of beautiful things, and local. One day a year, fittingly the day after Thanksgiving, we reduce our commission on sales mark down everything in the Fine Craft Store 20% – but still pay the artists the same as with a regular sale. Support artists who are of course themselves also small businesses. Featuring hand made jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, handbags, cards, and more.

10th Annual Downtown Holiday Market
Presented by: Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID)
Venue: F St. Sidewalk
Friday, November 28 through Tuesday, December 23 ∙ Open Noon-8pm Daily ∙ FREE Admission!
More than 150 exhibitors and artisans offer a diverse array of quality items. Local fashion trendsetters, regional artisans, and small businesses provide fine art, crafts, glass, jewelry, pottery, photography and clothing to satisfy every gift-giving need. Shoppers will enjoy free live music, tasty treats, and seasonal décor at the festive market.

Year-End Group Show
Gallery plan b
Friday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 24 ∙ FREE Admission!
30+ artists both familiar gallery favorites plus a few new ones showing a variety of styles, sizes, and mediums. Great for holiday gift giving or treasures for yourself.

culture Capital - Artsy HolidayARTsy Holiday Boutique and Craft Show
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Sunday, November 30 through Tuesday, December 23 ∙ FREE Admission!
Find that original, one-of-a-kind ARTsy gift for those special friends and family of all ages or treat yourself! Israeli and beaded jewelry, fused glass and ceramics, Judaica, fiber art both wearable and decorative, painted clothes and furniture, wall art, and so much more!
Holiday Boutique and Craft Show Hours:
Mon-Thr: 9:30am – 7:00pm
Sun and Fri: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Sat: Closed

 

Creative Holiday Gifts from the National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Museum of Women in the Arts 
Monday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 31
Make the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) your one-stop shop for all of your holiday gift needs. From perfectly sized stocking stuffers to elegant jewelry and accessories, you can find something for everyone on your list at the Museum Shop. Browse the wide variety of items in the Museum Shop during regular museum hours, Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m., or visit the shop online.

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DOLLAR (OR LESS) DAYS ∙ Downtown Baltimore 2014

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Baltimore - Dollar Days 2014

Dollar or Less Days

December 6 & 7, 2014

in Baltimore, Maryland

(Information from www.godowntownbaltimore.com)

Participating Downtown museums and attractions offer admission for just $1 or less.

Babe Ruth Museum
216 Emory Street
Saturday & Sunday – $1
Baberuthmuseum.org

Carroll Mansion
800 E. Lombard Street
Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm – $1
Tours begin on the hour at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
No reservation required
Carrollmuseum.org

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
301 W Camden Street
Saturday & Sunday – $1
Geppismuseum.com

Historic Ships in Baltimore
301 E. Pratt Street – Pier 1
Saturday $ Sunday – $1
$1 admission to each boat
Historicships.org

Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd Street
Sunday Only, $1
A family Hanukkah Celebration with Joanie Leeds, 2:30pm
Jewishmuseummd.org

Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Saturday & Sunday – $1
IMAX not included, additional $8
Marylandsciencecenter.org

National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt Street
Saturday & Sunday – $1
No advance sales. 4-D Immersion Theater experience sold separately.
Aqua.org

Port Discovery Children’s Museum
35 Market Place
Sunday Only – $1
Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets must be purchased at the box office.
Portdiscovery.org

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 East Pratt Street
Saturday & Sunday, $1
RFLewisMuseum.org

Christmas Village in Baltimore, Inner Harbor
West Shore Park
Saturday & Sunday – FREE!
Baltimore-christmas.com

Top of The World Observation Level
World Trade Center, 27th Floor
401 E. Pratt Street
Saturday, 10am-2pm – $1
Sunday, 11am-3pm – $1
Viewbaltimore.org

Sports Legends Museum
301 W. Camden Street
Saturday & Sunday – $1
Baberuthmuseum.org

Lexington Market
400 W. Lexington Street
Saturday & Sunday – FREE!
Lexingtonmarket.com

Walters Art Museum
600 N.  Charles Street
Saturday & Sunday – FREE!
Thewalters.org

MD Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street
Saturday & Sunday – FREE!
Begins Friday, December 5 at 5pm
Free admission to museum only
Mdhs.org

Flag House & Star Spangled Banner Museum
844 E. Pratt Street
Saturday – FREE!
Flaghouse.org

Useful Tips:

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Use Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, for Downtown Dollar or Less Days at lots and garages near participating attractions. To view real-time parking availability and purchase parking, simply visit Parking Panda to purchase Downtown Baltimore parking passes. Upon purchasing, your electronic parking pass can either be printed at home or presented from any smartphone at your selected parking location. Parking spaces will be set aside at each location for each pre-reserved customer on event days, so parking passes are 100% guaranteed reserved on the day of your event, even if the lot otherwise fills up! Thrifty Friends, earn credits for sharing Parking Panda with your friends. Every time one of your friends makes their first reservation with your invitation code, you will receive $5 in credits!

For a list of all the fun events taking place in Downtown Baltimore during the Holidays, visit KidsLoveDowntownBaltimore.com

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“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” ∙ Family Day at the Newseum

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Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus

“YES, VIRGINIA” FAMILY DAY

Saturday, November 29, 2014

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

NEWSEUM

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 [Directions]

On Saturday, November 29, join the Newseum for their 16th annual “Yes, Virginia” celebration, a day of special events inspired by Francis P. Church’s 1897 New York Sun editorial assuring 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon that there was, indeed, a Santa Claus.

Kids 18 and younger will receive FREE ADMISSION to the Newseum on Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Nov. 30 if they bring a letter to put in Macy’s Santa Mail letterbox.  For every letter collected Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®. Note: General Admission is $22.95 plus tax for adults, 19 to 64. There is a 10% discount for AAA members with applicable ID.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with complimentary hot chocolate, holiday crafts and activities.  Throughout the day, enjoy screenings of the animated film “Yes, Virginia,” a special “Be a TV Reporter” experience from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and more!

At 2 p.m. join the One-and-Only Macy’s Santa Claus and Virginia O’Hanlon’s great-great granddaughter, Mehren, for a reading of the famous “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” editorial. After the program, don’t miss photos with Santa!

Yes Virginia - Believe

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pennsylvania Avenue Entrance
Write a Letter to Santa
Write a letter to Santa! Youth 18 and younger get free admission to the Newseum if they bring a letter for Santa to put in the Macy’s Santa Mail letterbox.  Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation for every letter received.


9 a.m. to 5 p.m., NBC News Interactive Newsroom, Level 2
Reporting Live from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®! 
Report “live” from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at our “Be a TV Reporter” experience!


Every 30 minutes, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., Documentary Theater, Concourse Level
“Yes, Virginia” Film Screening 
Kick back and relax in the Documentary Theater for a screening of the animated film “Yes, Virginia.”


11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (while supplies last), Pennsylvania Avenue Entrance
Hot Chocolate and Cookies 
Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies on America’s Main Street.


11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater Lobby, Level 1
Holiday-themed Crafts 
Make snowflakes out of newspaper front pages, snow globes using symbols of the season, or picture frames to capture the spirit of the holidays.


11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater Lobby, Level 1
“I Believe” Photo Op 
What do you believe in? Let the Newseum know! Create your own “I Believe” button and post it to Instagram or Twitter using #macysbelieve – and don’t forget to tag @NewseumEd. Your photo might be featured on the giant screen in the Newseum atrium!


 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (while supplies last), Private Dining Room, Level 2
Holiday Bake Shop 
Decorate your own holiday cookies!


Noon to 1:30 p.m., various locations
Figgy Puddings Holiday Carolers
Keep an ear out for these singers from the Washington National Opera spreading holiday cheer throughout the Newseum as they perform songs from a variety of traditions.


1 to 1:30 p.m., Documentary Theater, Concourse Level
Inside Media: Meet the O’Hanlon Family
Explore the backstory of American journalism’s most beloved editorial with journalism professor and author W. Joseph Campbell and descendents of Virginia O’Hanlon, James Temple and Nick Hromalik. (Recommended for ages 13 and up.)


2 to 4 p.m., Knight TV Studio, Level 3
“Yes, Virginia” Reading with Special Guest Mehren O’Hanlon and a Visit From the One-and-Only Macy’s Santa Claus
Join us as 8-year-old Mehren O’Hanlon reads her great-great grandmother Virginia O’Hanlon’s famous 1897 letter to the New York Sun that inspired history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial. Afterwards, Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance to read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and pose for photos with good boys and girls.

  • Program: 2 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Photos with Santa: 2:30 to 4 p.m.

 Macy’s is the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 “Yes, Virginia” Family Day.

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Black Friday Sale Ads 2014 ∙ Are you shopping?

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Black Friday Deals
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Although I don’t believe we should limit our thankfulness to one day, I am grateful for any holiday that offers an opportunity for quality family time.  Particularly, a holiday without the worries of giving a perfect gift. In my opinion, the Thanksgiving holiday is being shortened every year. Perhaps it’s because the Christmas decorations are up before Halloween and the festivities are beginning in mid-November. I will be celebrating Thanksgiving…  as my Mom’s sous-chef, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, sending my husband out to Medium Rare (Capitol Hill) for the FREE Turkey-Frying, watching my daughters set the table hoping nothing breaks, laughing with my family and friends, rock-paper-scissors with my husband on who’s washing all the pots & pans AND maybe afterwards some Black Friday bargain shopping.

For your  holiday shopping convenience, I provided a listing, by age group, of the most popular toys and books. If it’s missing your child’s holiday must-have, please comment below. I’m certain someone else’s child (or mine) will appreciate the share! Thrifty Friends to ensure you’re getting the best deal, find the Black Friday 2014 Ads & Sales below:

 

Black Friday Sale Ads 2014:

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View the latest Black Friday 2014 Ads & Sales here: http://www.blackfriday.fm/ad

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THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA: NOV. 22 & 23

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FREE and Cheap

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE & CHEAP Things To Do 

 THIS WEEKEND 

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

November 22 & 23, 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 
- Mary Ann Jung: Feasting with the Queen
The National Theatre
Saturday, November 22 ∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, children see if their table manners are up to snuff to dine with England’s Good Queen Bess! Come dressed as your favorite princess or knight in shining armor and learn how to curtsy, bow and dance.

Thanksgiving Parade16th Annual Thanksgiving Parade
Silver Spring – steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue
Saturday, November 22 ∙  10:00 am   FREE!

The reverberating drums of the marching bands herald the coming of the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade even before you catch site of the first giant inflatable turkey. The line-up of over 100 parade units features a new Baby Smurf inflatable, a massive dinosaur, a portable skating rink, and more colorful dancing groups than you have ever seen.
Emcee ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will introduce glittering floats, a wide variety of high school, college, and professional marching bands; beauty queens; clowns; fire engines; and performing dog and rescue animal groups. As always, the Parade will end with Santa’s float playing holiday music and showing the smiling, rosy cheeked man in a red suit who loves to hang out with elves and give out candy canes.

56th Holiday Shops
Presented by: The Junior League of Washington
Venue: Sphinx Club in downtown Washington
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 10:00 am & Sunday, November 23 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ $5
This year’s event features four days of shopping and special events throughout the weekend. The 56th Holiday Shops will put you in the holiday spirit with proceeds and a portion of merchant sales providing direct support to the JLW’s literacy programs.

5th Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair
TC Williams HS
Saturday, November 22 ∙  10:00 am   FREE!

The annual handmade holiday craft fair raises money for Joining Hearts and Hands, an organization that builds schools and promotes economic improvements in Kenya and Tanzania. Over the past three years, the students at TC Williams HS have raised close to $4,000 which has helped build a form four (fourth grade) classroom in Tanzania. Each year, the craft fair hosts over 45 local, handmade crafters, student art work, and more! This is a perfect place to get your holiday shopping done while support TC students and a great cause!

SACRED and PROFANE: Free Concert for Children!
Hosted by: Ibis: A Chamber Music Society
Venue: Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE but donations appreciated
Midway between Halloween and Christmas IBIS Chamber Music presents a program for kids with music both spooky and reverential. Kids will get to see the harp and members of the string family up close, while IBIS performs Andre Caplet’s Conte Fantastique, based on Edgar ALlen Poe’s Masque of the Red Death, with narration and music. Soprano Elizabeth Kluegel will delight with beautiful singing and IBIS’s original arrangement of Saint Saens Danse Macabre will have kids dancing in the aisles. This concert is free–your goodwill donations are welcome–and will be fun for kids of all ages.

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

My School DC Ed Fest 2014EdFEST
DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St SE)
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ Admission and parking (Lot #3) is FREE!
Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s many public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from more than 180 DC public schools (DCPS) and DC public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC application on December 15, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections for the 2015-16 school year common lottery.
EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family, including:
*Flu shots for adults, immunizations and dental services for kids and teens, free health screenings and lots more family fun, games and entertainment brought to you by the DC Department of Health
*Sports activities for all, such as soccer, basketball, and tennis brought to you by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, including information about DPR Fun Days, Winter and Spring Break Camps, Cooperative Play, and more
*Story time with DC Public Library

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.

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)

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
Adventure Theatre MTC
Through Thursday, January 1, 2015 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $19 [50% 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

Ornament Decorating at Friendship Firehouse
Friendship Firehouse in Alexandria, VA
Saturday, November 22 ∙  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!

macysExperience the Magic: Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling!
Macy’s Downtown-Metro Center
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission 
The celebration begins outside on G Street as our co-hosts, FOX 5 Reporter Allison Seymour and American Ballet Theatre Soloist Misty Copeland kick off the festivities! Our star-studded lineup includes performances by Bystorm/RCA recording artist, Mali Music and Season 6 contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” Ddendyl.Enjoy performances by the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir, and excerpts of The Nutcracker by the Washington Ballet. Plus, the man of the hour, Santa, and the Ballou High School Marching Band will count down to reveal this year’s spectacular holiday windows!The Fun Continues Inside2:00pm, Main Floor- Come in and warm up with treats and goodies! Enjoy a special toasty beverage courtesy of Spilled Milk Catering!*3:15pm, 2nd Floor Men’s Dept.- Stop by the Men’s Department for an exclusive meet and greet with Mali Music and Ddendyl and get an autographed picture!**3:15pm, 3rd Floor Women’s Dept.- The excitement continues with an exclusive meet & greet with Misty Copeland!** Enjoy a one of a kind ballet experience. Learn moves from The Washington Ballet dancers and bring your camera to take a special photo. With any $100 or more Macy’s purchase made that day, take home a voucher to redeem a pair of tickets*** to The Washington Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker and a copy of Misty’s book*, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.”3:15pm, 4th Floor Kids’ Dept.- Its a kids’ holiday play land! Join us for kids’ activities* with the Newseum and Disney’s Frozen layers.3:15pm, 4th Floor Kids’ Dept.- Meet the man of the hour, Santa!** Walk the red carpet to the man who will grant all of your holiday wishes! Take a photo or just meet Santa!Event subject to change or cancellation. *While supplies last. **While time permits. ***One voucher per customer, while vouchers last. See voucher for redemption details.

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.

Rholde Island Row - Tree LightingRhode Island Row Neighborhood Tree Lighting and Open House
Rhode Island Row
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Join us for the inaugural Neighborhood Tree Lighting and Open House holiday event.
Enjoy live performances, photos with Santa, festive entertainment and more.
Donate a coat or winter accessory they will receive one free ticket for photos with Santa to be redeemed during the Rhode Island Row holiday open house.
Event Schedule:
*10:00am to 7:00pm – WPGC Coat Drive, benefitting the Salvation Army
*6:30pm to 9:00pm – Photos with Santa, free face painting, free balloon twisting, roaming festive entertainment, live entertainment and merchant specials
*7:00pm – Tree lighting with a live special performance from the all-male choir from Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, located in front of Carolina Kitchen
In addition to its holiday open house, Rhode Island Row is the new flagship location for the WPGC Coat Drive, in partnership with Salvation Army, a DC tradition more than 20 years in the making. WPGC will broadcast live from Rhode Island Row, collecting coats and winter accessories donations for the Salvation Army.

Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Presented by: Capital City Symphony
Venue: Atlas Performing Arts Center
Saturday, November 22 ∙ 7:30 pm & Sunday, November 23 ∙ 4:00 pm ∙ $25 [50% Discount Available]
Saturday’s concert is a full version, semi-staged concert opera for adults and older children. Sunday’s concert is a 1 hour version for younger audiences. Come early on Sunday for our Instrument Petting Zoo at 3:30pm! (Age 16 and under are free.)

Sunday Fun Day – From Head to Toe
Imagination Stage
Sunday, November 23 ∙  10:00 am  $10

We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books. Best for ages 1-3.*
*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Culture Capital - Holiday Cheer

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.

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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.

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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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Registration is Open!

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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Have Lots of FUNDC Thrifty Mom’s

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.

 

 

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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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