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 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
Join the StageCoach Bandits monthly for Improv at StageCoach Theatre Company in Ashburn! Just like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the Bandits perform short-form improv using suggestions from the audience. Shows are completely interactive. No show or game is ever the same twice!
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 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.
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.
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Dec 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 29, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Jan 1, 2020 / 7:00pmThursday, Jan 2, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 7:00pm
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)
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.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Jan 2, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Jan 3, 2020 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 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.
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.
Monday, Dec 16, 2019 / 10:00amTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 10:00amWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 10:00amThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 10:00amFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 10:00amMonday, Dec 23, 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.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, Dec 16, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, 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
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.
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)Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Dec 23, 2019 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Dec 24, 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 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.
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.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 3:00pm Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 3:00pm Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:45pm Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:45pm Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:45pmMonday, Dec 23, 2019 / 7:45pmTuesday, Dec 24, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 3:00pm
(BWMEG) presents Laugh Til It Hurts Holiday Comedy Show featuring Khai Morgan, Tom Myers, La Keisha Poole, Rob Gordon and Henry Jonez! & DJ Steve Fairfax at The Island Pride Oasis Restaurant. Kitchen open late + Free parking + Jamaican food, good drinks + free raffle ticket + 50/50 raffle!
When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself and performing with raw joy. Airness is “unmitigated pleasure… filled with dignity and delight” (Chicago Reader).
Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 8:00pm
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!
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:00pm
Best known for creating, producing, and acting in the sitcom One on One, earning him an NAACP Image Award as well as two BET Comedy Awards. Many know Flex Alexander as the star of OWN’s reality TV show Flex & Shanice or the host of Urban Movie Channel’s original series Lawd Have Mercy. Early in his career, while dancing in New York City clubs, he earned the nickname “Flex” due to his acrobatic ability. He was soon discovered by DJ Spindarella and eventually hit the road to tour with rap trio Salt-n-Pepa’s dance troupe, however, his dance resume didn’t stop there. He would go on to choreograph for Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah. The multi-talented entertainer would then turn to acting, where he made his film debut in the 1992 movie Juice. From film he would crossover to television where the ABC sitcom Where I Live would be his first television role that would open doors for him to star on other TV favorites such as Sister, Sister, The Cosby Mysteries, Homeboys in Outer Space, Total Security, Brooklyn South, The Parker’s & UPN’s sitcom Girlfriends. In addition, he starred on CBS’s Blue Bloods with Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck, CSI Miami, HBO’s Masters of Sex, FOX’s Lucifer and BET’s Single Ladies. He also earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for the VH1biopic Man In the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story starring as Michael Jackson. Later, Alexander would go back to the big screen and star in films such as The Hills Have Eyes 2, the teen romantic comedy film She’s All That, Snakes On a Plane and Backroom Bodega Boyz.
Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 10:30pm Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:30pm
Michael Blackson is an American actor and stand-up comedian who is known as “The African King of Comedy.” Michael was born in Ghana. He moved to the US in 1987 as a teenager, to live the big American dream. In 1992, he had his first stint with comedy gigs when he began performing at local Philadelphia clubs. With time, he participated in well-known competitions, such as the 1993 Schlitz Malt Liquor Comedy Tour in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and the 1996 Urban Comedy Festival in New York City. During the 2000s, he participated in famous comedy competitions such as the Laffapolooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta and the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition in Oakland. He considers comedians Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Bernie Mac to be the biggest influences on his choice of career. As an actor, Michael is best known for his praiseworthy performance in the 2011 comedy film Next Friday, produced by Ice Cube’s production house. He has also appeared on a number of TV shows, such as 30 Rock.
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
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!
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 6:30pm Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 6:30pm
Get up close and personal with the best talent in DC for this special comedy after-party. The jokes will be like no other. We promise you a special night of laughter and an extra groovy time — great for meeting new people or just a fun time on the town! Join us for this special show in Adams Morgan, DC. Limited tickets available.
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.
Thursday, 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 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 2:00pm
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 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 29, 2019 / 3:00pm
Leading the DMV humanitarian movement, R&B singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn made history in the District of Columbia on his birthday, May 5, 2011, when Mayor Vincent Gray awarded him the key to the city for his work with HIV/AIDS, proclaiming it “Raheem DeVaughn Day.” Since then, Raheem has taken a philanthropic stance by creating the LoveLife Foundation in 2014, with the mission to improve lives through social development, education, and health and wellness by collaborating with community organizations and foundations to raise awareness and tackle issues that affect our communities.
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Josh Sharp has been performing at UCB since 2009. At the UCB, Josh premiered the long-running musical, F*cking Identical Twins, alongside frequent collaborator, Aaron Jackson. F*cking Identical Twins was optioned as a musical feature by Twentieth Century Fox with Chernin Entertainment aboard to produce. Jackson and Sharp also co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in Jared & Ivanka, a Funny-Or-Die web series. Sharp hosts UCB’s monthly experimental comedy show Cool Shit/Weird Shit and was included in Vulture’s 2015 List of “Comics You Should Know” and was named a “Comic to Watch” by Time Out New York in 2014. Sharp is represented by UTA and Kirsten Ames Management. Share with your friends: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Preview Video
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:00pm
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.
Tuesday, 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 / 8:00pmMonday, Dec 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
$5 Online and $10 at the DOOR!!Bring a new toy in for a chance to win comedy show tickets and gift cards!!!!Comedians Andie Basto & Gigi Modrich present Jokes That Give Back!: a monthly stand-up comedy show dedicated to supporting charities in the DMV and beyond. This month’s charity is Toys4Tots The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children. For more info please click here!!!!
This holiday season, accompany The Thirteen’s song-filled journey through the cosmos and the Christmas story. Featuring your favorite holiday carols, The Thirteen’s own arrangement of “Silent Night,” and contemporary composer Kile Smith’s driving and touching “The Consolation of Apollo,” this concert can’t be missed! Hailed as “ecstatically beautiful,” The Consolation of Apollo pairs the words of the Apollo 8 astronauts on Christmas Eve 1968 with the writings of the Roman philosopher Boethius for a fantastical take on the Christmas story. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, this performance will be accompanied by projected images from NASA’s Hubble telescope.
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
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.
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 3:00pm
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!
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 5:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:30pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 5:30pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:30pm
MYB’s “Mini-Nut” is a delightful abbreviated version of our classic The Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. This beloved holiday tradition with soaring music by Tchaikovsky promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer. Come see the Nutcracker turn into a handsome Prince, see the battle between the Nutcracker and the Seven Headed Mouse King. Watch the sparkling Snow Queen float through her kingdom. See the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and the magical residents of The Kingdom of Sweets! Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and performed by cast members from MYB’s full-length production. A perfect holiday mini-treat!
Monday, Dec 23, 2019 / 5:00pmTuesday, Dec 24, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 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!
Sunday, 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
Join us for an enchanted stroll and witness the magic as the Ice Fairy transforms Symphony Woods into an illuminated Winter Wonderland. Stroll through the Light Forest, get lost in the Light Maze, and be enthralled by the Ice Fairy and her friends. Wander towards the Chrysalis where you will find a lighted dragon, fire pits, and a make your own s’mores station (additional purchase required). Visit Santa on the Chrysalis stage. Meet a variety of visitors from the fairy (and other) realms. Marvel at the 30 foot Tree of Light. This event is part of the new Ice and Fire Festival, a community fundraiser for Howard County not-for-profits.
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 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
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
Whether you’re looking to learn some Revolutionary history, try the freshest seafood, or explore D.C.’s haunted buildings, DC By Foot will make sure you get the most out of the amazing city around you on their fun and informative tours.
Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 7:30pm
“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 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 20, 2019 / 10:45pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 10:45pm
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.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, Dec 23, 2019 / 1:30pmMonday, Dec 23, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
Monday, December 16, 2019 @ Various TimesTuesday, December 17, 2019 @ Various TimesWednesday, December 18, 2019 @ Various TimesThursday, December 19, 2019 @ Various TimesFriday, December 20, 2019 @ Various TimesSunday, December 22, 2019 @ Various TimesMonday, December 23, 2019 @ Various TimesTuesday, December 24, 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 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!
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Dec 23, 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.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 3:00pmMonday, Dec 23, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
As an entertainer and businessman with many layers, CeeLo Green cannot be summed up in just one title. He is a five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur, pop culture & fashion icon. In 2011, CeeLo received five Grammy nominations for his worldwide hit “Forget You”, winning the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Singing all of his classic hits and holiday tunes, CeeLo Green brings his Holiday Hits Tour to the Howard Theatre.
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.
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. 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 at Grace in The Plains.
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
Join Sly as he performs a dynamic stand-up show as well as close-up magic that will have you mesmerized with his tricks. Sly has the experience and talent to keep you asking, “How did he do that?!” Keith Pass and Greg Clements will open the show with more magic and illusions to whet your appetite. Sly is a 30-year professional magician who has performed everything from children’s birthday parties to family gatherings to Fortune 500 company’s corporate events. Based in Ashburn, Virginia, Sly services the greater Washington D.C. area. He is competing for DC Magician of the Year. Employing the use of tricky boxes or props is not something he does. Everything Sly performs uses everyday objects such as cards, money, rings, string, rope, mind reading, etc. Not only will you be totally blown away, but you will laugh and talk about this show for a long time to come. Sly has earned the Order of Merlin award and shared the stage with The Amazing James Randi.
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.
Experience this timeless holiday classic with the Fairfax Symphony and the Fairfax Ballet — a holiday tradition your family will always cherish. Enjoy a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice. It’s the perfect holiday treat for the entire family!
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 4:00pm
Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills Alexandria’s Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall with holiday classics just for them. They’ll take you on a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph at this one-hour concert that’s perfect for children ages 5 and older.
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.
Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 1:00pmTuesday, Dec 24, 2019 / 2:00pm
Make your way to Bethesda’s Barking Dog when Jordan Raybould presents a night of stand-up comedy from some of his best and funniest friends from the New York City comedy scene. This monthly showcase features professional, hysterical touring comedians and promises to be a night to remember.
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.
Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 5:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Dec 24, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 26, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 7:00pm
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
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
Handel’s Messiah is as Christmas-y as a shopping mall Santa, and no wonder—this piece of music truly is a miracle. Written in only 24 days, but containing a quarter-million notes, the Messiah is a divine inspiration. NSO’s performance is different every year, so there’s always a new way to appreciate this masterpiece!
Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pm