Coming up is your chance to jump into the holiday spirit with a ‘Messiah’ singalong and brush up on your 19th-century dances moves. Get the details on these and other arts events in the next few weeks.
Handel’s “Messiah” will need everyone’s voice Friday as the Kennedy Center plays host to a singalong with soloists, the Metropolitan Chorus, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the audience to perform special selections from the holiday showcase. The free event begins at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. One free ticket per person will be distributed at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Nations. For more information, visit kennedy-center.org .
Before board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble became popular, “gamers” used to indulge themselves in activities such as marbles and skittles. Dumbarton House hosts a morning dedicated to learning and playing these games of yore from 10 a.m.-noon on Dec. 28. Independent scholars and historic dance experts Jackie Geschicketer and Pat Sowers lead the games. Refreshments are included. The cost is $5 for adults and $10 for children. To reserve a spot and find out more, visit wintergamingday.eventbrite.com or call 202-337-2288.
Celebrate Three Kings Day with GALA Hispanic Theatre as it plays host Jan. 8 to a free theater performance and celebration. The fun includes a live animal procession at 1:30 p.m. followed at 2 p.m. by music and dance performers, including Alma Boliviana and the National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets will be distributed at the box office at 12:30 p.m. and there is a limit of four per family. The performance will be presented in English and Spanish. To learn more, visit galatheatre.org.
Artist Steven M. Cummings leads a tour and discussion of his installation “Artuare” at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 at the Anacostia Community Museum. The free tour convenes in the main gallery. Reserve a spot by calling 202-633-4844. For more information, visit anacostia.si.edu .
Joy of Motion Dance Center seeks children ages 10-18 to perform in its annual Youth Dance Project show, held this year on Jan. 21. Each performer will present one work, no longer than six minutes, in any form of dance. Both the dance piece and costumes should be age- and family-appropriate. Registration forms can be downloaded online and must be completed by Jan 2. Auditions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the center’s Friendship Heights location. For more information, e-mail
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You may have to look far to find someone performing the waltz, polka or Virginia Reel in 2011, but at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, you can learn those 19th-century moves through the Civil War dance class series in January. Participate in the three-class series and then show off your skills at the museum’s Civil War ball on Jan. 28. The lessons are $12 per class or $30 for the series, and will be held Jan. 12, 19 and 26. For more information, call 703-746-4242 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become part of the art at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts as nonprofit Albus Cavus turns the gallery into a working studio. Beginning Jan. 14, three on-site mural workshops give participants the opportunity to collaborate and paint, leading to a completed mural to be displayed in the city. The mural will be about the reality of unemployment for D.C. residents. The workshops cover line drawing, stenciling and painting, and they will be held at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 28 and Feb. 4, and visitors can view the work in progress. There will be an opening reception Jan. 13 at the gallery. The unveiling of the mural will be Feb. 17. People of all ages and art backgrounds are encouraged to participate. The cost is $10, and patrons can register and find out more information by calling 202-483-6800 or visiting smithcenter.org/arts-creativity/joan-hisaoka-art-gallery.html .