Thanks to a recent $8 million renovation, the gorgeous art-deco Bethesda Theatre is now Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a hot spot for live music, dining and drinking. The club offers great entertainment from top national blues and jazz artists, plus the best talent from the mid-Atlantic region, in an intimate setting with excellent acoustics. Enjoy a great dinner served up with a heaping side of blues and jazz -- Executive Chef William Pack Jr. has created a Creole/Cajun-inspired menu with a bevy of mouthwatering choices, including delicious desserts.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 7:30pm (Classic Soul Christmas Tour Featuring The Intruders & Friends)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Frank McComb, Kenya & Deborah Bond Soul & Jazz Holiday Show)
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.
It's tough to break into comedy -- and even tougher when you're starting out as an ex-drug dealer fresh off a six-year stint in state prison. Against all odds, in a country where the deck is more often than not stacked against a black man trying to get ahead, Felonious Munk did just that, first earning a six-figure position in corporate America before turning his attentions to comedy and landing a recurring guest spot on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. In Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains), Munk takes to the stage at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre with a cast of Chicago's sharpest comics to tell the harrowing and hilarious story of his story of breaking away from the street and into comedy.
You can bet your bottom dollar that there'll be plenty of fun when Annie takes over Onley Theatre Center for the holidays. Now celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Broadway debut, the musical sensation that started out life as a comic strip and then grew into a huge hit on stage and on the big screen shows no sign of outgrowing its iconic red dress and curls. The beloved story of a plucky young orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family, Annie brings back all the great characters you know and love, including the adorable scamp herself, the lovable Daddy Warbucks, his faithful assistant Grace and the wicked Miss Hannigan. Featuring unforgettable numbers like "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," this production, directed by Jason King Jones (Mary Poppins), will leave you with a spring in your step and a song in your heart.
A legend returns home as NBA great and Georgetown alum Patrick Ewing takes over as head coach for the Hoyas men's team. After a disappointing finish last season, the Hoyas under coach Ewing are going to be coming out of the gates strong as they look to battle their way back to the top of the Big East and return to March Madness glory. With the pep band blasting and the students whooping it up, there's nothing more exciting than college basketball, and the Hoyas are one of the sport's most consistently fierce teams. So lock in your tickets now and cheer them on at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Craving a little splash of vodka in your Christmas cheer? Prefer watching Bad Santa over It's a Wonderful Life? Think naughty > nice? David Sedaris sympathizes. In 1992, the now-famous humorist wrote an autobiographical essay about being broke and working as an elf at the massive Macy's department store in New York. The essay was adapted into a one-man show, and it's now the funniest, most irreverent anti-holiday classic. If you need a break from a crazy family, mall madness or cloying carols, Cameron Folmar dons the candy-cane tights for a heaping dose of (anti)holiday hilarity in The Santaland Diaries at Drafthouse Comedy Theater in Washington, DC.
It's hard to imagine a world without Hamlet, Falstaff, Romeo, Juliet or any of the indelible characters and stories created by William Shakespeare -- but were it not for the diligent work of a few of The Bard's friends and contemporaries, we'd be living in that world today. Set just after Shakespeare's death in the early 17th century, The Book of Will is the story of two of his actors rushing to gather and publish all of his works before they're lost to time. But with the original scripts scattered all over London, collecting them all is going to be a caper that's Shakespearean in scope. This heartfelt and hilarious play, inspired by the true story behind Shakespeare's First Folio, comes to the Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
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. 18, 2017 / 10:00pm (Dave Detwiler & The White House Band - "Tis the Season")Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tim Reynolds - Solo Guitar)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tim Reynolds - Solo Guitar)Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 / 10:00pm (Dwayne Adell Trio - Piano/Bass/Drums)Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 / 10:00pm (Mystical Waters featuring Saleem Waters & Friends - Multi-instrumeltalist)Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 / 10:00pm (Jaguar Wright & Gerald Veasley "I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone" - Vocals/Bass)Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 / 10:00pm (Unit 3 Deep David Dyson - Bass, Patrick Cooper - Keys, & Duane Thomas - Drums)Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 / 10:00pm (Veronneau "National CD Relase Party" featuring DAVE KLINE - Violin Virtuoso)
Playwright Alfred Uhry brilliantly mined his Atlanta Jewish upbringing for his Pulitzer and Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, and he digs into it again for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, resulting in the same successful mix of thought-provoking drama and laughter, with a touch of romance. Now coming to the Edlavitch DCJCC's Theater J, the Tony-winning play takes you back to December 1939, as Atlanta hosts the Gone With the Wind premiere and Hitler invades Poland. But the biggest concern of the Freitag family is Ballyhoo, a lavish ball for the southern Jewish elite. When Uncle Adolph brings Joe -- his new, very eligible assistant -- home for dinner, sparks fly between his niece and the Brooklyn native, whose presence lights a fuse on a family dispute over long-held beliefs and prejudices.
With its Gershwin score and book by Tony-nominee Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), Crazy For You has been a crowd-pleaser since its acclaimed Broadway debut in 1992. It's the story of a wealthy 1930s playboy who's determined to become a professional dancer. And no one -- not even his mother -- is going to keep him from pursuing his dream. Along the way, there's plenty of comedy, romance, mistaken identities and plot twists in the mix. Featuring a score that includes such Ira and George Gershwin classics as "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and many more, Crazy For You earned three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, for its original New York run. Now you can enjoy Signature Theatre's production when it tap dances into Arlington.
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents 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 Charles 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.
If you ever find yourself in a sinking ship, just pray that you're as lucky as Viola, the heroine of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. When she washes ashore in a mysterious land called Illyria after a shipwreck, rather than scavenging for food and struggling to survive she finds herself dressing up as a man, falling in love and getting drawn into a gender-bending maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. While disguised as a man, Viola falls in love with Duke Orsinio, who himself is in love with Countess Olivia, who in turn falls in love with Viola, who she mistakes for a man. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay -- and now it's coming to Washington, D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
The Manassas Ballet Theatre is back with their unforgettable annual production of the holiday season's must-see show: The Nutcracker. In this performance, featuring an international cast of dancers and accompanied by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, 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 and exquisite dancing. Whether a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime event, this beloved classic at the Hylton Performing Arts Center is bound to create lasting memories for audiences young and old.
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.
The night before a funeral, family members gather in a single hotel room in New Mexico, shuffling sleeping arrangements, dealing with absent family members and preparing for their uncertain futures. Billed as a warm and funny family drama, Curve of Departure hones in on the moments when you decide how much you're willing to give of yourself. Straight from its world premiere production at South Coast Rep, Curve of Departure returns playwright Rachel Bonds and director Mike Donahue to D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
With jokes aimed at both ends of the political spectrum -- and pretty much all of the middle, too -- musical-comedy group The Capitol Steps has been eliciting laughs at democracy's expense since 1981. If you've ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Donald Trump sing a rock song and Vladimir Putin dance shirtless, this is the show for you. The Steps' stage show features numerous song parodies and skits, and the cast even includes some former Congressional staffers, whose firsthand experience helps make the jokes zing that much more. This legendary troupe's recorded more than 30 albums, and their radio specials are featured on NPR stations nationwide four times a year, but there's nothing like experiencing their cutting-edge comedy live at DC's Ronald Reagan Building.
A well-loved Washington, D.C. holiday tradition, this concert includes Christmas favorites and a festive carol sing-along. The program will feature a newly commissioned carol by popular British composer Paul Mealor, plus Christmas favorites including "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Lo, How a Rose," "Joy to the World," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "Silent Night" and more. Celebrate the warm spirit of the season in a majestic setting, at Washington National Cathedral.
Dubbed both "sweet and cheerfully profane" by The Washington Post, An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Written by Emerald Isle native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future. A modern fable told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this gritty twist on Dickens' classic is a D.C. tradition that has played to sold-out audiences for years.
Step Afrika!, the first professional company devoted to stepping, brings their annual holiday show back to D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center. Come make merry with the internationally-known percussive dance company, as well as DJ Frosty the Snowman and their furry friends from the animal kingdom in this special seasonal performance. Equally inspired by African and modern dance, stepping combines kicks, stomps, claps and chants into an overwhelming, high-energy experience of movement and sound. The company has achieved worldwide renown for its mastery of the art and its electrifying live shows, and this festive celebration promises to be no exception.
Inspired by 100 days traveling in a van through small-town America, actor-journalist Dan Hoyle enacts a multi-character encounter with the people at ground zero of our country's growing economic inequality and polarized politics. Hoyle's quest to "break the liberal bubble" sends him on an unforgettable journey into the lives of the real Americans: union coal miners, rural drug dealers, anti-war Veterans and closeted gay creation theory experts, to name just a few. Find out why The Huffington Post hailed The Real Americans as "nothing short of brilliant: unsettling, poignant, and hilarious," when Mosaic Theater Company presents it at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.
It's Christmas Eve in Paris in this festive musical adapted from the beloved book by Ludwig Bemelmans. Orphaned Madeline is feeling fine, but all her classmates at boarding school are ill with the flu. While her pals are sick in their beds and saddened about being unable to go home for the holidays, Madeline answers a knock at the door, where she encounters a merchant selling magical rugs. Thanks to his promise that the rugs will restore the girls to health and fly them home to their families, Madeline's magical holiday adventure truly takes off.
From real-life spy gadgets to the stories behind the coolest secret agents in movies, the International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the world of espionage. Upon arrival, you'll be given a secret identity, which you'll use to test your spy skills throughout the experience. Then, you'll explore a series of themed rooms, where you'll hear historic tales, examine artifacts and participate in activities. Get ready for exhibits like Spies Among Us, which focuses on WWII-era German and Russian spy rings, and Exquisitely Evil, a tribute to the villains of cinema's most famous spy -- James Bond. Exquisitely Evil features more than 100 film artifacts from both old and new Bond movies, plus interactive exhibits that allow you to take over the controls of a villain's lair, brave the depths of a virtual shark tank, play spy vs. spy with other visitors, disarm a missile before time runs out and more.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 / 10:00am-3:00pm (Last Entry at 2:00pm)
Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush transports you to London, circa 1912, where you'll be treated to a holiday-themed variety show in the classic style of the famed British music hall. Mistress of Ceremonies Florrie Forde brings the mirth and mayhem via a sleighful of Christmas carols, comedy sketches, sing-alongs and more. A staple at the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage for years, this seasonal extravaganza now comes to MetroStage in Alexandria, where you can raise a pint and feast on traditional mince pies while enjoying the on-stage antics of Mr. Bertie Ramsbottom, Mr. Charles Archibald Potts and company.
Kick off your holiday by joining the Flock to cheer on the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium the weekend before Christmas. This late-season AFC match-up between Baltimore and the Indianapolis Colts is bound to have playoff implications for both teams, who closed out the 2016 season with identical 8-8 records, and who're itching to make another run at the postseason. The Colts' stars include exciting wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Frank Gore, while versatile veteran QB Joe Flacco continues to lead the home team for head coach John Harbaugh.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 4:30pm (vs. Indianapolis Colts)
At Washington Improv Theater's unscripted show, Seasonal Disorder, you never know what wacky gifts the talented performers will unwrap. It's a medley of shows that features a little bit of everything, from chilling mysteries to holiday hilarity and performances by improv duo GIRLish. In addition to performances by WIT's amazing company ensembles, WIT is proud to present Citizens' Watch -- an original, interactive production based on the TV series Broadchurch in which an audience member determines the murderer with a roll of the dice. Directed by Mike Hendrix, the show features members of King Bee and Nox!, as well as new faces to the WIT stage. Bring your family, friends or your whole office to Source to meet WIT's improvisors and enjoy what the Washington Post has called "some of the most exciting live entertainment in Washington."
Based on the familiar Irish legend, the family tale How To Catch a Leprechaun follows the comical adventures of a wistful minstrel who really wants to catch this trickiest of tricksters. Riley has everything he needs for his trap: a pair of sharp eyes, a good Irish folk song in his heart and, most importantly, an irresistible pitcher of green lemonade. And the wee leprechaun seems more than willing to give up his pot of gold -- but is his offer a leprechaun trick or a leprechaun treat? The Keegan Theatre presents the delightful children's musical for all ages.
Revealing an alternate gender identity to your loved ones is tough enough, but when your family is conservative Muslim, the level of difficulty shoots sky high. In this solo show based on his own experiences, award-winning performer-playwright Mashuq Mushtaq Deen tells his story of going from female-to-male from the point of view of his friends and family, resulting in a heartfelt and humorous production at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC. Draw the Circle comes to the stage as part of the series Transformational Journeys: Inspired Singular Explorations.
When you think of violin music, do you think laced-up classical and tuxedos? Then you're in for a big surprise when the lights go up and Damien Escobar, known to fans as Dame Esco, strolls out and starts playing. Clad in athletic shoes, fashionable casual wear that always just happens to show off his toned and tatted biceps, and a hat, Escobar starts with a classical base and then blends in R&B, jazz, pop and hip-hop. It's passionate, it's high-energy and it's intimate, with Escobar chatting amiably between numbers. Raised on the streets of Queens, Escobar began playing at the age of 8 and graduated from the Juilliard School of Music at just 13. He's come a long way from playing for change in the NYC subways. Check him out on YouTube and then get yourself a ticket to see this fast-rising star in concert at Lisner Auditorium when he swings through D.C. on his Heart & Soul Tour.
It's holiday pageant time at W.T. Dickens High School! Chaos reigns supreme throughout the school halls as teachers, administrators and students try to get it together in time for their annual holiday production. As the circus atmosphere comes to life, incredible aerial performances dazzle and bring our characters together to rise above (literally!) the holiday madness. Don't miss A Circus Carol at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
Jesus, Mary and Joeseph -- you know the story that spawned a million ugly Christmas sweaters, but imagine if in the middle of drinking your latte an angel popped up and informed you and your partner that NBD, you are going to be parents of the savior of the world. Phew -- that isn't happening to you, but it is hilariously taking the naive couple in this play by surprise. This modern take on the nativity story is a wild comedy of errors between BFF angels, a politician's evil minions, a stalking child drummer, the innkeeper's union, farm animals and the daunting hopes of the world. In between laughs, Peekaboo! A Nativity Play brings you a woman trying to do right by her child, her dreams and the love of her life at The Hub Theatre at The New School of Northern Virginia in Fairfax.
Don't miss a second of the action as the Maryland Terrapins take the court for another action-packed season of NCAA hoops at the Xfinity Center in College Park. The Terps are looking to make another trip to the NCAA tournament, and they'll face off against tough nonconference foes and bitter Big Ten rivals on their way to a postseason berth. Coach Mark Turgeon returns with a trio of talented sophomores in guards Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter, and forward Justin Jackson. Xfinity Center is one of the loudest venues in the Big Ten, so join the fun and cheer the Terps on to victory.
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 over the course of two hours. He'll stop to discuss each piece's symbols, stories and background. Mead lived in London until about six years ago, 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.
This hilarious and heartwarming comedy, based on the popular young-adult series, follows the adventures of the six "worst kids in the world," aka the delinquent Herdman children, who attend church for the first time because they're told there will be snacks. Over the rest of the town's objections, the ne'er-do-wells are cast in the Christmas play -- a sure-fire recipe for disaster. A celebration of the holiday season's transformative power, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever offers a fun, festive time at the Silver Spring Stage for all ages.
Cruise from historic old town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums, to Georgetown and back on this relaxing midday 2 1/2-hour sail on the Potomac. Soak up the sights on this narrated tour, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Along the way, enjoy a three-course lunch with salad, entree and dessert served at your table. Or, set out for a champagne brunch cruise on Sunday, and you'll find a buffet filled with a variety of breakfast and lunch treats.
Holiday memories are treasured, but not always reliably reported. That's the theme of A Child's Christmas in Wales & Other Stories, an evening of works adapted from Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, AA Milne, Louisa May Alcott and others, now receiving its world premiere in a warm and nostalgic production courtesy of the Washington Stage Guild at the Undercroft Theatre in DC.
Lette is... unspeakably ugly. Which is probably why no one has told him before now. When the truth finally comes out, he books it to the plastic surgeon. With the help of some electric knives and bone millers, Lette is suddenly the most beautiful man in the room. What comes next was more than anyone could have imagined. Marius von Mayenburg's lightning fast satire comes to Washington, DC's Caos on F in the Small Batch Audience Series.
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption in A Christmas Carol. Annapolis Shakespeare Company captures the magic and joy of Charles Dickens' Yuletide classic with its signature flair, presenting this must-see holiday tradition on their Main Stage.
Celebrate the holidays in style with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. The 17-piece big band will pack into D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center, where they'll perform jazz classics by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Stan Kenton and Glenn Miller, with new arrangements by band members. You'll also hear a string of beloved carols, as well as a recitation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
The family holiday classic Frosty the Snowman comes to life on the stage at the Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown. Frosty the Snowman makes a triumphant return and gets everyone in the holiday spirit! The hourlong musical is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven baked cheese pizza or an all beef hot dog.
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.
Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote's A Coffin in Egypt recounts the dramatic life of an elderly Texas widow, played by acclaimed local actress Jane Squier Bruns. Jack Sbarbori directs this one-woman play at Writer's Center in Bethesda.
Just try and stump the talented singer-piano duo on stage each night at Bobby McKey's. Whether it's Beyoncé or Beethoven, Jay Z or ZZ Top, Meatloaf or Mozart, these guys are sure to have it covered. DC's only dueling piano bar hosts these entertaining and interactive shows, where the wait staff has been known to jump on stage to perform choreographed dance routines and where you and your friends are encouraged to get in on the action as well. Plus, Bobby McKey's boasts a full bar with specialty drinks, beer on tap and plenty of snacks and sandwiches to order.
Now coming to the stage at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, this critically acclaimed one-man show asks the audience to question whether a Dublin theater critic really did run into vampires while chasing a young actress in London. St. Nicholas springs from the brilliant mind of Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Night Alive) and stars master McPherson interpreter Steve Beall.
Pile on the scrunchies, zip up those Bugle Boys and get jiggy with the hit songs that were "all that" in the '90s. New York City's own Saved by the Bell-inspired party band The Bayside Tigers hits up The State Theatre to revive your favorite tracks, whether you danced to C+C Music Factory, or Raged Against the Machine. There will be glow sticks, makeup and games for all, and a DJ will be on hand after the concert to keep the beats spinning late into the night. Whether playing the best of the boy bands, head-banging to some grunge gems or raising the roof with the flyest hip-hop tracks, this time machine ride will transport you right back to the Clinton era -- flannel shirts, Boy Meets World and all.
Experience the lives of six women, their real thoughts and experiences while living in public housing in Washington, DC. Playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings developed On My Mind/In My Heart from the true stories of the performers, featuring themes of housing justice, disability, loss and what it means to be a leader in your community. A musical soundtrack spun by DJ RBI accompanies the piece at Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC, followed by a talk-back and discussion with the audience. Tickets support EmpowerDC and their efforts to increase affordable housing in DC.
With stunning costumes, stirring choreography and live music from the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's annual production of The Nutcracker always brings the magic. This holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives an enchanted nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. With sets that take advantage of its vast proscenium, the Lyric is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved ballet that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy. See it just two days before Christmas.
The musicians of Folger Consort celebrate the season -- as well as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation -- with evocative Advent and holiday music from Germany, ranging from the medieval majesty of the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch to the flower of the 17th-century German Baroque. Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming at Folger's festively decorated Elizabethan theater in DC features the music of Praetorius, Schütz, Schein and Scheidt, along with festive dances and canzonas, as performed by viol consort Arcadia Viols and vocal ensemble Cathedra.
What's the Prince William Little Theatre to do when the Royal Shakespeare Company doesn't show up to perform their stirring rendition of A Christmas Carol? Well, they pull up their boot straps and attempt to put on a show for you folks with their fearless band of hapless actors and technicians as they pull together their own production in less than seven hours! Have you ever heard rumors of backstage mayhem? Well, you'll have yourself a delightful, comedy-filled taste! Chaos comes crashing down as two actors fight over who will play Tiny Tim, a confused actor thinks they are in another show, and another actor attempts to play both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit at the same time. With an out-of-control director, this extremely fast-paced, physical comedy proves that sometimes everything that CAN go wrong WILL go wrong! See this fun twist on the Dicken's classic at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
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!
Eco-fashion designer Irena Levkovich sends her WoolWonders collection down the runway at D.C.'s newly-renovated St. Gregory Hotel. This haute couture winter fashion show also features a cocktail reception, live performances and an art show.
The halls will be decked and the signature candles will be glowing at Historic Dumbarton Church for this sure-to-be jolly holiday concert by the Washington Symphonic Brass. These talented pros will no doubt blow you away with their selection of yuletide favorites, set to include "I Wonder as I Wander," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," Come O Come Emmanuel," "Go Tell It on the Mountain," "This Little Babe," "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Trepak" from The Nutcracker
Cruise from historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums of DC, to Georgetown and back to Alexandria on Nina's Dandy Dinner Cruise. Soak in the sights, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials while enjoying a three-course meal by candlelight, served tableside, followed by dancing on the ship's elegant marble dance floor or under the stars on the upper deck. Live music welcomes you aboard and accompanies the dining experience.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
What better way to spend the holidays than with the Faction of Fools, as they put their trademark spin on everyone's favorite classics? In Foolish Fairytales, four actors bring an entire fairy tale world to life in a physical flurry of bears, pigs, witches, slippers and more. Join Dottore as he guides you through a 60-minute whirlwind ride. Will you recognize these fairytales when he's done with them? Only time will tell. Faction returns to Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for another holiday season full of warmth, good cheer and fun for the entire family. Led by the same creative team behind Faction's Helen Hayes-nominated production of Pinocchio, Foolish Fairytales is one show your family won't want to miss!
Looks like it's going to be a gloomy Christmas for the Big Bad Wolf. He's been locked up for huffing and puffing and blowing a house down. But the old rogue's spirits rise when he learns he'll be joined for the holidays by some fellow desperadoes -- the Wicked Witch, Troll, Genie and Golem. Come spend an afternoon learning how villains celebrate Christmas in Holiday Hooligans at StageCoach Theatre Company in Ashburn. Can they overcome their mistrust, wickedness and holiday humbug to find a way into Santa's heart?
By offering masterworks by famous names like Brahms, Britten, Copland, Sibelius and even Duke Ellington, as well as exciting new pieces by contemporary composers, The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic has earned a stellar reputation for producing powerful and adventurous concerts. Under the leadership of award-winning music director and conductor Ulysses S. James, the symphonic orchestra of around 65 musicians also collaborates with acclaimed soloists and vocal ensembles each season for a series of performances at DC's Church of the Epiphany.
Did you know that behind the history, architecture and genteel ambiance of one of D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past? DC By Foot's Haunted Georgetown Walking Tour takes you on an evening stroll through the historic streets of Georgetown, where you'll learn true tales of crime, tragedy, romance and lore. Throughout your 90-minute tour, you'll hear a historian's take on all the curses, eerie coincidences and creepy occurrences that make up the darker side of days gone by. The houses, churches and cemeteries of this now-tony neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why.
Enjoy a cruise on the luxurious vessel Odyssey, with unparalleled views of the nation's greatest landmarks from the Potomac River, as you delight in a delicious brunch, lunch or four-course dinner (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) in the spacious glass atrium dining room. Later, dance to a wide array of music provided by a live band in the decorated interior room with its enticing dance floors. This sophisticated getaway excursion offers something for everyone, whether you're looking forward to fresh and creative food prepared by a master chef, listening to music and dancing or simply relaxing with a special someone while watching the beautiful view.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
The Men in Motion bring their Magic Mike-style moves to the Brambly Inn in Bushwood. Designed to fuel your fantasies and feed your desires, this talented troupe of hard-bodied dancers is ready to heat things up with thumping music, swiveling hips and seductive theatrics. Whatever your special occasion -- birthday, bachelorette, divorce party -- or no occasion at all, this show is specially designed to provide you with the perfect girls' night out. VIP tickets guarantee you a seat closer to the action.