Check out the Library of Congress on this two-hour guided tour. You’ll start outside by getting an up-close look at the iconic fountain and the sculptures that adorn the building. Then head inside and up to the top floor of the Jefferson Building to view the Mezzanine Gallery, the Minerva Mosaic, the Great Reading Room and Thomas Jefferson’s Library. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the early history of the Library of Congress and how it’s maintained by Congress. On the second floor, you’ll get a rare glimpse of the Gutenbergand Mainz bibles in the Bible Gallery. Pass by the ornate Great Hall and see the classical architecture and paintings by over 50 famous American artists. Then head back to the ground floor to visit the Bob Hope Gallery, the Gershwin Room, the Graphic Arts Gallery and Library Shop. You’ll be able to view some of Bob Hope’s personal papers, his famous joke file, and other memorabilia donated by one of the most famous entertainers in American history. See the first room dedicated to musicians in the Gershwin Room, where you’ll George’s grand piano and Ira’s typewriter. Before you leave, stop in at the Library of Congress’ Gift Shop.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 9:30amSaturday, Jan 11, 2020 / 9:30amSaturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 9:30amSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 9:30am
Nationally recognized comedians travel the country tasting local wine and making new fans in this new comedy circuit that brings quality comedy to folks for a fraction of what antiquated comedy clubs demand. Come for the wine and laughs at Hidden Brook Winery in Leesburg.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 11, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 28, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar 13, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar 27, 2020 / 8:00pm
Thanksgiving is over; Christmas is forever away — what to do?? How about a hot dog/pizza lunch, followed by Pooh and all his friends? Head over to The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater for a tall “tail” of a tale.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 11:30am Lunch (Show Starts at 12:30pm)Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 11:30am Lunch (Show Starts at 12:30pm)
Who can resist the call to “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to a magic land of flying monkeys and wizards? Your trip to Oz comes with a holiday dinner buffet filled with warm, fresh and tasty food to feast on as you travel with Dorothy, Toto and the gang to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:45pm (Dinner Starts at 6:00pm)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:45pm (Dinner Starts at 6:00pm)Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 6:00pm (Dinner Starts at 6:00pm)Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:45pm (Dinner Starts at 6:00pm)Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:45pm (Dinner Starts at 6:00pm)
DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.‘s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt the nation’s capital … if you dare. You’ll hear a historian’s take on all of the curses, eerie coincidences and hauntings that make up the darker side of days gone by in this pre-Revolutionary town.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:00pm
Join Meghan Hanson, certified international tour director, for an insider private tour of the Impressionism Collection at Washington, D.C.‘s National Gallery of Art. She’ll walk you through over 30 paintings, hitting museum highlights, historical show stoppers, and fan favorites of Impressionist painting. Behind each piece you will get a back story that will bring you more insight into the why these pieces have been chosen to represent Impressionism.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jan 12, 2020 / 2:00pm Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 2:00pm
If you like the internet, you are going to like this show! The Free Wifi Comedy Show is bringing together some of the Washington, D.C. area’s best and brightest comics and blending them together for a great monthly showcase. Don’t miss this juicy lineup at the Colony Club in the District.
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm -- DLo Black Girl Giggles Festival)
Celebrate Our Spiritual Mystery at the National Gallery of Art, and witness what renowned artists throughout the ages thought about Madonna, the Saints, the Adoration of the Magi and the Crucifixion of Jesus. Professional guides will take you through the museum’s highlights, historical showstoppers and fan favorites over the course of two hours, with stops along the way to discuss each piece’s symbols, stories and background.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 29, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 2:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pm
Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts nationally touring comedians and showcases the hottest local comedians. Talent from HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central are known to drop in on any given night. Bask in the cool atmosphere, enjoy friendly and attentive staff, and listen to famous comedy in a range of styles. It’s the perfect idea for D.C. date night, meeting new people, or just a fun night on the town.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 9:00pm
A lighthearted antidote to the craziness of Washington, The Capitol Steps are a comedy institution (imagine a kinder, gentler Veep — with songs!). And since they perform in the heart of D.C., you can go for a post-show stroll through the Mall and take in the sights while you relive your favorite jokes.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pm
Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it’s also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern and American, on this Washington, D.C. food tour. A local guide will give you the inside scoop on the cuisines, the Corridor’s sites, the juicy gossip of H Street and beyond. The fun begins at Union Station’s Main Lobby.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 10:00amThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 10:00amFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Dec 16, 2019 / 10:00amTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 10:00amWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 10:00am
If there’s one thing you’ll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it’s that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol’s vibing craft cocktail scene, where you’ll sample sweet libations at hidden gems and even learn how to make your own drinks. Get a history lesson too on how prohibition shaped D.C., and discover the speakeasies that still thrive here today.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, Dec 16, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:30pm
Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation’s oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown in an 18th century red brick carriage house, Blues Alley offers a unique and intimate ambiance, reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920s and ’30s. Go for just the music and drinks, or make it an evening and choose from authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes.
Monday, Dec 16, 2019 / 10:00pm (Dave Detwiler & The White House Band)Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 10:00pm (Gunhild Carling )Monday, Dec 23, 2019 / 10:00pm (Transcendental Light Orchestra)
Stories of the world come alive at the Newseum, where you can go behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. See some of the final photographs of the only journalist who died covering the 9/11 attacks, witness the epic struggle of the civil rights movement in the ‘60s, marvel at a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs and hear never-before-told stories from the journalists and photographers who stood on the front lines of history. This high-tech museum features seven levels of galleries and exhibits, including the Berlin Wall Gallery, which features eight 12-foot-high sections of the actual wall and a three-story East German guard tower. There are also theaters, retail spaces and visitor services where you can explore electronic news, unique artifacts, photojournalism, news history and world news. And, since there’s so much to see, your ticket is good for two consecutive days. Take your time and see half the first day, then return the next day to catch what you missed.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Dec 16, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
A trip to an art museum can be overwhelming. What do you focus on? What are the must-see pieces? Professional museum tour guide Stephen Mead takes you through the National Gallery of Art’s highlights, historical showstoppers and fan favorites. He’ll stop to discuss each piece’s symbols, stories and background. Mead lived for a time in London, where he led exhibit tours of the Victoria and Albert Museum and gave talks for the U.K. National Arts Collection Fund. Since moving to D.C., he has combined his love of museums with his professional storytelling skills, making his tours both educational and enjoyable. Mead is a Washington, D.C. certified tour guide and part of the team at Adventures for Creative Tourists, which specializes in private tours of the arts, culture, and historically inspired sites.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jan 11, 2020 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 1:00pm
City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes, and beyond, City Winery has created a compelling mix for its sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons — bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Los Lobos)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:30pm (Slim Jim Phantom Trio with Jumpin Jupiter)Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:30pm (Mike Zito: Chuck Berry Tribute)Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Etienne Charles Creole Christmas)Thursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (L A Young: A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman)Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 7:30pm (PatriceLIVE)Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 8:00pm (We Are One X-Perience)Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 / 7:30pm (Lyfe Jennings - New Years Eve Early Show)
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) offers a fresh spin on Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Morella’s solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Dickens originally intended — in his own words — and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance. This critically acclaimed production at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:45pm Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:45pm Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 3:00pm Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:45pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 3:00pm Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 3:00pm Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:45pm Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:45pm
Those popular singles “swiping” apps come to life at this speed-dating party, where you’ll spend a few minutes chatting with each guy or gal to get an instant impression, before it’s on to the next. Plus, there’s nothing like face-to-face interaction to see if there’s really a spark. A relaxed mix-and-mingle with a cash bar follows the event in Old Town Alexandria, then, 48 hours later, the hosts will email you a link to the online system, where you can message your favorite people from the party, without anyone’s personal contact info being revealed. It’s a fun, safe way to meet tons of new people in the shortest time possible.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 11, 2020 / 7:00pm
Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) return to Arlington with a live guided tour through their latest VHS finds, including the 1988 Miss Junior America Wisconsin pageant, a mysterious tape labeled “bonion sergery,” home movies taken at a Canadian hose factory, and, just in time for the holidays, a collection of Christmas videos that will give you nightmares.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pm
Based on Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors is a retelling of the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young disabled boy named Amahl, who lives in poverty with his widowed mother near Bethlehem. He sees a bright star in the sky one night and tells his mother to go look, but she brushes him off, buried in concern over their bleak future and lack of means with which to support themselves. That night, three kings come across their meager hut seeking shelter, for they have traveled long and far following the star of which Amahl had spoken. They bring with them treasure and gifts to give to a child who has just been born and who will reign over all. Blinded by the lure of the gold and what it could do for her family, the Mother attempts to steal just a bit of the treasure, but is caught red-handed. What no one expects is a gift far greater than gold — blessed by the newborn child, Amahl finds himself suddenly cured of his disability. A vivid and accessible tale originally created for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors is a great first opera — or hundredth!
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:00pm
Join us for our Holiday Open House and Ninja Party! Parents and kids alike can join in on the fun with a high energy family self defense class. We will learn practical self defense through games and agility drills. Kids will get to practice their new ninja skills by first learning to break a foam and plastic practice breaking board and then they get to break a REAL wooden board of the same level (beginner, intermediate, etc.). This is an exciting and empowering experience. Parents will have a chance to tour our facility, find out more about our Transported Before and After School care program, our Family karate programs, and our summer and winter break camps, with special discounts and a free gift for all participants! We will wrap up with pizza, healthy holiday snacks, and beverages for all. This event is open to the community. All of our programs and activities are designed for ages 4 and up, but the whole family is welcome to attend.
Chris Laker is a New York City-based stand-up who just made his television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Named a New Face at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2011, Chris’s sharp and edgy comedy has earned him a loyal following in New York’s alternative scene, where he’s hosted a variety of shows (The Show at The Creek and the Cave, The Laker Awards) and podcasts: This Week in Jackin’, Heteronormative, and Overslept. This past year, Chris has been opening for Mike Birbiglia on his Working It Out and The New One tours. Chris’s debut stand-up album, Moments of Greatness (Comedy Dynamics) is available everywhere that sells music. Chris writes and acts too.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pm
You are cordially invited to join us for our fabulous year-end Gala fundraiser! On December 13, 2019, come enjoy festive food and drinks along with a special preview of our production Black Nativity and a reception with the cast. Hear about our vision for the coming years and opportunities for you to join us in continuing to make the Anacostia Playhouse a vital part of the performing arts community. This intimate evening promises to be a wonderful way to kick off the holidays while you show your support for the arts, especially East of the River. Here’s the order of the Evening: 6:30 – 8:15pm Cocktail hour with food, drinks and celebration of our past work; 8:30 – 10:00pm Performance of Black Nativity; Post Performance Mix and mingle with the cast of Black Nativity.
In collaboration with Foundry UMC, Berlioz’s choral masterpiece is uniquely staged as an immersive musical meditation on the search for home. Performed in the stunning Foundry sanctuary, with the combined forces of its choir under the direction of Stanley Thurston, soloists, instrumentalists, and the historic organ, this holiday-time performance celebrates faith, art and justice to ask the most essential human question of how we offer kindness to each other.
Global warming has got Santa all turned around this year, sipping mai tais on the beach instead of eggnog by the fire. Our talented cast of elves will be singing classic Christmas songs with a mash-up of upbeat holiday fun. Get funky with us and prepared to be lei’d!
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 6:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 6:30pm Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 6:30pm
This month we have an incredible show for you guys. We are bringing down some of our favorites from our Brooklyn show. The lineup includes Mia Jackson (recently had a 30-minute special on Comedy Central), Khalid Rahmaan (performed on Conan), Ashton Womack (writer for The Daily Show, Just For Laughs festival), Jaffer Khan (Sirius, writer for CBS), Gabriel Pacheco (Sirius, Ashville Comedy Festival) and Shelley Kim (Kennedy Center). You won’t find a better lineup in DC. Don’t miss out! There is seating, but it goes quickly. Arrive on time to assure yourself of a seat!
The holiday season officially gets underway with A Celtic Christmas, the joyous Dumbarton tradition that “goes down as smoothly as a mug of hot cider” (The Washington Post). This 2019 show brings together the delicious sounds of the Celtic harp, lute, pipes, bodhran, flutes, and recorders with the poetry of Dylan Thomas, and the lively narration of Robert Aubry Davis as the Celtic Consort brings to life a broad range of traditional Christmas songs and dances to get everyone in the happiest holiday spirit!
Queen Aishah hosted and headlined numerous shows to entertain U.S. troops stationed in Japan, South Korea and Europe. For more than 20 years, she has been spreading her talent and joy to audiences both large and small. Most notably, she has performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show and worked alongside Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Heather Headley, Howard Hewitt and Tyrese to name a few. In addition to public speaking and comedy, her talent translates onto the stage and screen as she has starred in several commercials and productions — including starring in Verizon Communications television, radio and print ads and serving as lead actress in The Vagina Monologues and Pocketbook Monologues, working alongside extraordinary entertainers such as Sherri Sheppard, LisaRaye McCoy, Star Jones, Ella Royce, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Vanessa L. Williams and a host of other remarkable personalities.
Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Shoelaces tells the gently comic story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs adult son. Reuven’s (Doval’e Glickman,Shtisel_) kidneys are failing and his son Gadi (_Nevo Kimchi,Footnote,Restoration_) wants to donate one of his own to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects, claiming that Reuven, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian after the recent passing of his mom, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Afraid of losing his father as well, Gadi feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful and stand on his own, and he sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Co-starring Yafit Asulin (The Women’s Balcony_) and Evelin Hagoel (A Matter of Size,The Women’s Balcony), Shoelaces is a heartwarming story full of love, life and human connection.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:05pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:05pm
From the brilliant, hilarious mind of Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor,Moon Over Buffalo) and his son Jack, a clever, joyous retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge as an elaborate prank by Tiny Tim (who is now almost a teenager). Silver Spring Stage celebrates the holiday season giving lots of fun with this familiar story nicely condensed and filled with enough Christmas magic to delight audiences of all ages.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 2:00pm
Nothing says holidays like The Nutcracker—it’s the first (and best) party of the season! In this colorful version, Clara journeys through a kingdom of Snow and Sweets to rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen’s clutches. By the end, kids and adults alike will believe in Christmas magic and the power of dreams.
Don’t miss the musical version of a profound story by the greatest writer of the 20th Century, James Joyce. The Dead wrestles with themes of lost love and life’s meaning. At an annual Christmas party, Gretta swoons when a renowned tenor sings. Her husband Gabriel feels lustful watching her. But he’s devastated to learn she was actually moved by the memory of her first love, who died hopelessly obsessed with her. Realizing his marriage lacks such passion, Gabriel feels alone. Mortal. Lifeless. Gabriel feels like a shadow of a person — flickering in a world where the living and “the dead” converge. Don’t miss this poignant tale based on the greatest story in Joyce’s acclaimed collection, Dubliners.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 3:00pm
Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City, where he currently lives and works as a writer and producer for Desus & Mero on Showtime. Previously, he spent five years at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, first as a web producer and then as a staff writer. He’s also the author of the essay collection Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results published September 2019 by Harper Perennial. In 2016, he made his late night standup debut on Conan (TBS), and he has also performed on Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC) and The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS). Onstage, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. He takes topics from surprise parties to his experience teaching preschool and makes them all equally hilarious. Josh’s most recent album, Dancing On a Weeknight, came out April 19th on Blonde Medicine Records. (His prior album, Physical Whisper debuted in March of 2016 at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts (as well as #4 on the Billboard comedy chart) and stayed there for…well…longer than he expected, honestly.) Offstage, Josh has earned two Peabody Awards, four Emmy awards, and three WGA Awards for his work on Last Week Tonight. He is also the co-author (along with Joe Berkowitz) of the book You Blew It, published October 2015 by Plume. In the past, Josh has written for Fuse TV’s Billy On The Street. His writing has also appeared in prestigious publications such as McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, New York Magazine, and The New Yorker. Gondelman is the co-creator and co-author of the Shorty Award-winning Modern Seinfeld Twitter account, and his own Twitter feed was named the year’s best by Paste Magazine in 2015. The Ellen DeGeneres Show took notice of Josh’s joke writing skill and featured him as part of their “Tweetly Roundup.” Additionally, Josh has performed at the Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen, CO, and headlined at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in Asheville, NC. More recently he has appeared in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest. His debut standup comedy CD, Everything’s The Best was released in November of 2011 by Rooftop Comedy Productions.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:00pm
Unexpected Stage invites you to ring in the holidays with dance legend Baakari Wilder (Broadway’s Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk; Unexpected Stage’s The Few) tapping to the holiday songs you know and love. Porsche Vanderhorst provides sultry jazz vocals and Hope Udobi tickles the keys to updated Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas classics. Bring in ’da Holly, Bring in ’da Ivy, for this special one-night-only event, with winter brews to boot! That’s right, in order to complete the pun, we will offer delicious seasonal local beers for a small suggested donation. And what’s a celebration without treats? We’ll also offer complimentary light refreshments.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Join Alice and all your favorite Wonderland characters, plus a few entertaining additions, in a trip down the rabbit hole. Put on in true pantomime fashion, this is surely a show you don’t want to miss! Oh no you don’t!
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jan 3, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 7:00pm
An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this modern fable has played to sold-out audiences annually for nearly a decade, becoming a DC tradition.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 3:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 8:00pm
Bring a new toy in for a chance to win comedy show tickets and gift cards!!!!$5 online and $10 at the DoorSpeechless: The Ultimate Improvisational Gauntlet Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out shows at comedy clubs and conferences all over the country and the world. Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters ranging from stand up comedians to software engineers and Tony Award winners to TED presenters have put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet—giving a presentation that they’ve never seen before. Fusing technology with comedy, Speechless is the entertainment experience for the Web 2.0 world.Speechless has entertained and trained companies all over the world including Google, Adobe, Microsoft, Uber, Twitter, Salesforce, Zynga, IDEO, eBay, Paypal, Walmart, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many more. Speechless has been showcased at the Hollywood Improv, SF Sketchfest, Joe’s Pub in New York, as well as many other comedy clubs and festivals. Speechless has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Inc.com, and the New York Times. “This show is created by Speechless, Inc., find out more at www.speechlesslive.com.” Emails submitted online through Drafthouse Comedy will be shared with Speechless International for promotional reasons only. Please email us if you do not consent to the sharing of your email.
A “she-quel” to last year’s popular (and timely) comedy She the People, this new show holds up a mirror to pretty much every female-centric hot topic of 2019. It all comes from the clever minds of The Second City, the legendary comedy troupe that brought us Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Steve Carell.
Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg. Blah, humbug! Seasonal Disorder is the improv antidote to too much tinsel and sugarplum fairy overdose. Come out to celebrate the holidays the WIT way — with improvised holiday mayhem. We have The Heist, an improvised bank robbery gone wrong; the musical improv stylings of iMusical; holiday horror with Die! Die! Die!; and some holiday-skewering madness from our house ensembles. Every show leaves something special under the tree that you’ve never seen before and can never be seen again!
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 5:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 9:30pm
You may not know the name Lauren Gunderson, but you probably know her work — The New Yorker and The Guardian have both profiled her as America’s most popular playwright in the past two years. For her take on Peter Pan, Wendy — now a scientist – takes a more central role, and we follow her literal leap of faith to Never Never Land.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pm (Bookends)Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pm
’Tis the season to think outside the Bachs with a family-friendly musical tour spanning the entire globe. We’ll start out in Brazil with Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasilerias,” which combines Brazilian folk and pop music with Bach. Soprano Laura Choi Stuart then leads us to Germany with Bach’s Cantata BWV 51. France is next with Bizet’s “Jeux d’Enfants,” a collection of whimsical songs inspired by children’s games. And our grand finale brings us to Russia and one of the most beloved of holiday traditions, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” You’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time! Hector Villa-Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 51 Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) Tchaikovsky/Farrington: The Nutcracker Suite.
There’s a reason The Woman in Black is the West End’s second longest-running play (after The Mousetrap, of course) — it’s filled with everything we love about a good ghost story: an eerie setting, mysterious characters lurking in the shadows, secret revelations. Based on Susan Hill’s horror novel, it’s been adapted as a film starring Daniel Radcliffe, but there’s nothing quite as chilling as experiencing it live.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pm (Open Caption performance)Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pm (Young Prose Night)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pm (Audio Description performance)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:00pm
Critics love this modern adaptation of the holiday classic! In this twist on the classic tale, award-winning playwright and director William Leary has taken the challenges of today and woven them seamlessly into the classic tale. Leary’s version of A Christmas Carol has won multiple awards and now features new music by composer and lyricist Jennifer Quilty along with several classic favorites. A family friendly favorite, this production is sure to have you tapping your toes and feeling the spirit of the holiday season!
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 2:00pm
Santa Claus is missing! During the last rehearsal for the annual Christmas Show, the action comes to a screeching halt when the cast discovers that the Santa Claus statue has been stolen! Mrs. Dickens calls in the Clue Club — a group of ambitious and eccentric students who take mystery and detection into the realm of science. Full of more surprises than a fruitcake, the Clue Club finds they have successfully fulfilled their duty as “Christmas Scene Investigators” when they discover the true meaning of Christmas. We recommend this production for ages 4 and older.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 3:00pm
Female & male impersonation at its best, Salute to the Divas & Devos is a lip-synched revue featuring the world’s top legends. With an all you can eat buffet. Enter the magical world of illusion as your favorite divas dazzle right before your eyes. Tina Turner, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Cardi B., Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston and Own Jill Scott replicated by DC’s top illusionist so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel, and marks a milestone in history of female impersonation show at the venue, and a dream come true for its creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee. The glitz, glamour, and spectacular carefully duplicated performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away.
The Trial of Mrs. Claus … Everything She Says Can Be Used Against Her is a Christmas thriller written, directed and starring by the incomparable Juana Estrella. Unexpected Christmas Eve events force Mrs. Claus to hilariously defend herself while the rest of the world opens presents and enjoys a Christmas turkey. Ho, ho, ho! Presented in Spanish.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 4:00pm
This colorful adventure for the whole family journeys from Mexico to a mysterious jungle filled with a cast of incredible characters. Ordinary things take on incredible power and meaning with a pinch of magic in The Magical Piñata. Keegan Theatre is a hidden gem in Dupont Circle, producing modern and classic stories to take audiences to the heart of theatre.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Dec 23, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Dec 30, 2019 / 11:00am
Join Sopranessence for their annual holiday concert, ’Twas the Night…Holiday Sentiment. This concert will be filled with all the beloved holiday stories from characters you’ve known like Rudolph, Scrooge, Frosty, the Nutcracker and Santa! Bring your whole family to share in the holiday fun!
This holiday mash-up is back by popular demand! Join Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they set off for a magical adventure…in modern day New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s classic score punched up by all-star contemporary and hip-hop dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and Kurtis Blow, one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Innovative visual effects transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of modern urban life. Through this remixed and reimagined version of the holiday classic, The Hip Hop Nutcracker takes us on a journey that celebrates love and community.
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
This “entirely fresh, funny and gorgeous new production” (New York Magazine) of Fiddler on the Roof arrives at the National Theatre hot off its latest acclaimed Broadway run. This re-imagined American classic tells the heartwarming story of Tevye, a humble Jewish dairyman who’s tested daily by his five tradition-defying daughters. But when dangerous forces threaten the Russian village’s way of life, Tevye’s faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. The Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick score boasts all-time faves like “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” not to mention the rousing “Bottle Dance” number.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:30pm
Matilda is a little girl with mesmerizing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. But she faces real challenges from her unloving parents and her school’s horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is the story of a courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to — and change your destiny.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:00pm
Join WMP for delightful musical treats during the holiday season. Each concert will begin with vocal selections from the Great American Songbook performed by the orchestra and Soprano Elizabeth Kluegel. Enjoy Vaughan Williams’ delightful version of Greensleeves. WMP’s principal violinist, Tim Kidder, solos in Lukas Foss’ melodious and virtuosic Three American Pieces, orchestrated by Foss for Itzhak Perlman. WMP’s principal tubist, Karl Hovey, explores Richard Strauss’ romantic Horn Concerto, playing it on the tuba. Discover how Stravinsky evokes the world of commedia dell’arte clowns in Pulcinella.
“With 2010’s subgenre-spawning Marcberg, Roc Marciano stumbled on a formula for making New York street rap fresh for the 21st century: Raw beat loops, cleverly embellished crime tales, chin-stroking rumination and chest-out bravado delivered with serene cool and dry wit,” writes Rolling Stone. Busta Rhymes stated, “Marci is in my top five emcees ever. The precision, his ability to be an incredible architect with words. The man is a craftsman with the pen!” HipHopDX writes, “In an increasingly-predictable rap universe top-heavy with trolling mumble-rappers and formulaic pop-trap beats, Rosebudd’s Revenge’s quiet-storm menace makes for a surreptitiously potent punch of heavyweight Hip Hop.”
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
FREE SHOW! Every Saturday Night from 10:45PM- 12:15AM Come check out local comics on the rise as they test new material. A fun evening for everyone! Hosted by Three Guys On Randolph Terrance: Originally from San Antonio, Texas and now making his home in the Washington DC area, Randolph is a consummate professional comedian with the ability to make any group of people laugh. As Randolph says, “I once read a quote from Woody Allen that sums up my feelings on stand-up: ‘If people come away relating to me as a person rather than just enjoying my jokes, if they come away wanting to hear me again no matter what I might talk about then I’m succeeding’”. His universal appeal brings insight and poise to every show he performs. Randolph’s style has been said to be “strictly for the grown and sexy” pairing a smooth delivery with sharp, funny material. Randolph has worked with some of the biggest names in stand up and continues to showcase his comedic talent across the country. His latest media appearances have been featured on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Comcast Comedy On Demand. Andy Kline: A Leesburg VA native, Andy has always had an interest in Comedy. After getting his comedy start in Washington DC in 1998, Andy has been able to branch out to clubs across the country. In addition to regular appearances on 98 Rock and XM Radio, Andy has performed at The DC Improv, Magooby’s Joke House, Miami Improv, Comedy Cellar in NYC, The Seattle Comedy Underground, and The Baltimore Comedy Factory. With a mixture of strong opinions, creative insight, and common sense, Andy manages to be more than just funny, he manages to be memorable. Andy’s talents have enabled him to work with some of the biggest names in the business, including Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, and Emo Philips.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 10:45pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 10:45pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 10:45pm
Drafthouse Comedy Presents Attack of the Comics: DC’s longest running Stand-up Open Mic. We showcase the real. Seasoned Comics need to work things out. Young Comics need to work things out. Sometimes these Comics collide on the same stage. Come to our new show, on Friday Night’s, and get this work! Attack or The Comics, Join the Rebellion, and do something different.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 10:45pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 10:45pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 10:45pm
Join Host Reid Clark as he takes you through a night of comedy the likes of which the galaxy hath never before seen. Every second Monday of the month at Galaxyhut in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 16, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar 15, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Apr 19, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, May 17, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 21, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jul 19, 2020 / 8:00pm
Starring talented young pre-professional ballerinas, along with professional guest dancers, the Olney Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in the Washington area for decades. You’ll be transported to a magical place filled with Christmas spirits, dancing children, toy soldiers that come alive, a glowing Christmas tree, magical creatures, the Land of Sweets and exquisite dancing. Whether a longstanding family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime event, this beloved classic is bound to create lasting memories for audiences young and old.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pm
When you’re watching Taylor Mac belt out some original lyrics to “Tidings of Comfort and Joy,” backed by a live band and dressed as a glittering, towering Christmas tree (among other costume changes), you might think, “This person is a genius.” And you’d be right — because the singer-songwriter inside that bedazzled tree is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant for a lifetime of subversive and absurd performance art.
We’re hosting the first Comedy Show of its kind at DC Brau and would love for you to come and laugh with us. We’re featuring the best comedians in the DMV. Jacques Kindle, Dwain Watts, Anthony Oakes are performing alongside your host Lawrence Owens. Come ready to laugh and enjoy DC’s Best Brewery. Jokesonjacq is the producer of this comedy event.
Explore the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and help Santa find eight gifts hidden by the mischievous Eddie the Elf in time for the Christmas delivery! Held at Nationals Park, Enchant Christmas will also feature an ice skating trail, live entertainment, food and drink, a Christmas market and Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ Various TimesFriday, December 13, 2019 @ Various TimesSunday, December 15, 2019 @ Various TimesMonday, December 16, 2019 @ Various TimesTuesday, December 17, 2019 @ Various TimesWednesday, December 18, 2019 @ Various TimesThursday, December 19, 2019 @ Various TimesFriday, December 20, 2019 @ Various Times
Eliances provides a unique outlet for some of the most influential and intellectual individuals throughout the DMV to foster business relationships. We are not a group, village, networking, mastermind, peer group, peer advisory group, chamber, association, hub or club. Eliances is a destination “Where Entrepreneurs Align™.” The community hosts weekly ROUNDtable meetings enabling entrepreneurs and inventors alike to collaborate and help each other with ventures. The ROUNDtable is one of the puzzle pieces of Eliances where action takes place. A CEO explained that “Eliances moves networking from a passive exercise to active engagement. At its core, Eliances is as much about what can one contribute as what can one receive, and fundamentally it’s that balance between give and get that creates true value.” It brings together a “high-level community of hybrid entrepreneurs with resources, influence, skills, contacts and imagination.” There is no other community structured by the implications and operations that comprise Eliances. Eliances operates on what they refer to as the 3G methodology™: Got, Give and Get. Every week, each attendee is given a 60 second window of time in which to pitch their respective G’s. This high pressure scenario allows Eliances members to analyze and optimize the caliber of attendance each week; because regardless of an individual’s status, there is no guarantee an invite to the next event.
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 8:30amTuesday, Jan 7, 2020 / 8:30amTuesday, Jan 14, 2020 / 8:30amTuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 8:30amTuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 8:30amTuesday, Feb 4, 2020 / 8:30amTuesday, Feb 11, 2020 / 8:30amTuesday, Feb 18, 2020 / 8:30am
The ugliness of the beauty industry in on full display in White Pearl, a hard-hitting comedy from rising playwright Anchuli Felicia King that was called “bracingly funny” by The Guardian during its London run. See this sharp satire at Milton Theatre in Washington.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pm
The 1952 MGM song-and-dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds (and umbrellas and lampposts) makes a splash at Olney Theatre Center! Singin’ in the Rain is the toe-tapping classic musical about the complicated transition from silent film to the talkies. It took the cast of the 1952 film 40 takes to get the last shot of the “Good Morning” sequence right, and that’s part of what makes live theater done right so spectacular!
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
Vaccinations shouldn’t be a laughing matter, but in Eureka Day, this very first-world problem takes center stage in a play that the San Francisco Chronicle calls “uproarious.” Come to the Atlas Performing Arts Center to witness this wickedly smart school satire.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 3:00pm
The return of a long-absent daughter to spend a holiday with her wealthy family disrupts the comfortable country club existence. In the intervening years, absence and adversity have drawn them closer, but in so doing have increased their power to both nurture and wound each other. The New York Times: “… a razors edge of affection and aggression.”
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pm
Jazz saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell has been described as both idiosyncratic and iconoclastic, reflecting his revered status in the avant-garde musical community. And now he’s coming to the Kennedy Center to celebrate two major milestones — receiving the title of NEA Jazz Master for 2020, and the golden anniversary of his boundary-breaking, colorfully-costumed Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:00pm
Comedy-Ish Productions presents Chocolate City Comedy Show. Comedy-Ish is bringing some of the most talented comedians from all over the U.S. and Canada to Washington, D.C. (Chocolate City Comedy Series). We have a loaded lineup of comedians who give out some amazing jokes so definitely don’t miss it. The show will be hosted by a local D.C. comedian and featuring a four deadly funny comedians. You may have seen some of these comedians on Comedy Central, ComicView, B.E.T., MTV, VH1, Conan and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2010, maintaining residence at the historic Bohemian Caverns each Monday night until its closing in March 2016. During that time, the band featured the District’s finest musicians in presenting a wide repertoire of music and guest artists including Oliver Lake, Warren Wolf, Miho Hazama, Elliott Hughes, Nathan Parker Smith and others. The BCJO received numerous awards including annual recognition from the Washington City Paper and the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award. Currently, the band plays at Milkboy Arthouse in College Park and Levine Music in Silver Spring. In 2018, BCJO released two volumes of pianist Dan Roberts’ music, titled Bohemiana. The band is directed by Brad Linde and Joe Herrera.
From Lincoln Center Theater comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (The New York Times). Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, Dec 23, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 7:30pm
Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor’s dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone. A self-described “mathematician with some behavioral problems,” our narrator sees things differently than those around him and, like fractals in a kaleidoscope, each revelation exposes another puzzle for him to solve. As the audience follows Christopher’s brilliant yet dizzying mind, the full story unravels in a visually dazzling sequence of events onstage. Simon Stephen’s beloved Tony- and Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel challenges us to seek out the silver linings in ourselves — and others — as we make our way through the world.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pm Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:30pm
Enjoy the holidays with gorgeous music drawn from centuries of celebration. Folger Consort hand-picks and performs some of the best classical works written for the holidays in Italy, using a rich variety of instruments. Make memories and start a new tradition with this joyous concert.
Monday, Dec 16, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:30pm
It’s tough performing in the town of Scriptless Gulch. These lawless folks have to come up with everything on the spot, while the town’s Sheriff keeps them in line. Don’t miss this bunch of sharp shootin’ buckaroos who take audience suggestions and turn them into comedy gold. Load up your chuck wagon! This is one TALL TALE of a show and you don’t want to miss it. FOR AGES 14 and UP Featuring: “Silver Spurs” Sarah Akers, “Sundance” Star Bobatoon, “Bootsie” Brittani Hall, "Judi “The Outlaw” Lagnga, Scott “Doc” Pafumi, Natasha “The Sheriff” Parnian, and “Dead Eye” David Sturdevant
The Yuletide is about to get some much-needed “yeehaw!” as Kip and Dale Young add their own country twist to your favorite holiday classics. There’ll even be a festive buffet dinner before the show to keep things extra merry and bright.
She’s back! After sold out runs in 2014 and 2017, Creative Cauldron couldn’t resist one more visit from everyone’s favorite precocious little Parisian. “In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” And with that familiar phrase, author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline! In this musical adaptation, Madeline’s schoolmates and tutor are all sick in bed on Christmas Eve, unable to go home for Christmas to be with their families. So it’s Madeline to the rescue! With the help of a magical rug merchant, she takes her friends on a Christmas journey they will never forget.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pm Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pm
The Choral Arts Society of Washington’s Chorus and Youth Choir bring you glad tidings with Songs of the Season — a selection of favorite holiday carols and seasonal classics. This show will find them combining traditional favorites and choral jewels of the season with masterpieces performed by mezzo-soprano soloist Kristina Lewis. Bring your entire family out to The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall for this presentation of festive treats that will fill your heart with the joy of the season.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Dec 16, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 1:00pmTuesday, Dec 24, 2019 / 2:00pm
The Washington Ballet’s ingenious take on The Nutcracker is back for another year of local holiday fun at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webre’s version of the timeless ballet is set in the wintry, historic DC of old, where snowflakes swirl through the air, King George III is cast as the menacing Rat King and none other than George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old. This celebrated classic comes to life with over 100 dancers, including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. It has become a signature Nutcracker of the nation’s capital.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 5:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Dec 24, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 2:00pm
Travel through time and explore U.S. history with a musical twist at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Learn about the origins and controversies of America’s national anthem, discover the evolution of spiritual music into blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, hip-hop and R&B, and live out your dream of becoming a hip-hop DJ by learning a funky beat — all with your local guide by your side!
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 1:00pmMonday, Dec 30, 2019 / 1:00pm
Northern Virginia’s favorite Nutcracker returns to the Hylton in a festive celebration for the holidays. Sweet Clara, naughty Fritz, the partygoers and dancing dolls, and of course Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker Prince lead the way through a dreamy journey of fantasy and sweets. The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday show for all ages, featuring the international company dancers of MBT and the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:30pm
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:30pm