Free and Easy: Fete des Lumieres, TubaChristmas and storytelling with Bill Grimmette

December 15, 2013

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.


Tyler Clegg of Manassas was among the more than 300 tuba players who participated in last year's TubaChristmas at the Kennedy Center. This year's event is Wednesday. (Michel du Cille/The Washington Post)

MONDAY
Fete des Lumieres Georgetown

Watch Georgetown light up this holiday season. The Georgetown Business Improvement District has partnered with Alliance Francaise and Electricite de France, among others, to present holiday light installations nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 20. For a map of locations, visit www.georgetowndc.com/content/fete-des-lumieres.

TUESDAY
DC Jazz Bops

Looking to expose your young children to something new? This storytelling program sponsored by the DC Jazz Festival is designed to introduce jazz to kids ages 3 to 5. Children will hear stories about the genre, participate in artistic activities and learn about such jazz legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

9:30 and 10:30 a.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. www.dcjazzfest.org/content/education-programs/dc-jazz-bops.

WEDNESDAY
Merry TubaChristmas

In one of the more unusual holiday events, the Kennedy Center invites tuba players for a special performance on the Millennium Stage. TubaChristmas, which was founded by Harvey Phillips and pays tribute to late tuba player and teacher William J. Bell, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. About 300 musicians are expected for the performance of traditional Christmas music.

Rehearsal at 3 p.m., show at 6. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.

THURSDAY
Storytelling with Bill Grimmette

Bill Grimmette, the former president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, leads a storytelling workshop related to the Anacostia Community Museum's new exhibit, "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence," and based on the theme "Beauty, Vision, and the Power of Attraction: With a Compelling Vision the People Will Flourish." The program takes place again Jan. 9.

10:30 to noon. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. www.anacostia.si.edu.

FRIDAY
'Scrooged'

Catch a screening of this 1988 holiday comedy and laugh out loud at Bill Murray, who plays a television executive in this version of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." The film also stars Karen Allen and John Forsythe.

7:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-5840. www.loc.gov.

SATURDAY
Holiday arts and crafts market

Christmas is fast approaching. For those last-minute gifts, check out the Del Ray Artisans' arts and crafts market, which features handmade items by local artists. The market closes Sunday.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827. www.thedelrayartisans.org.

SUNDAY
Holiday concerts

On Sunday afternoon, the National Gallery of Art presents two concerts featuring the Metropolitan Church Chancel and Dayspring choirs and the Metropolitan Ringers. And that evening, the Ensemble Galilei performs music by medieval and Renaissance composers.

Sunday at 1:30, 2:30 and 6 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov.

Correction: An earlier version of this column incorrectly said the movie "Christmas in the Clouds" would be screened at the National Museum of the American Indian. The screening will be in New York.

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.
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