Mental Wellness Classes, learn signs of mental illness and the steps to getting help. Noon-4 p.m., On Our Own Prince George's County, Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Rd., University Park. Free, registration required. 301-699-8939 or www.onourownpg.org.
“Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird,” 4:45 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $11, $9 seniors, $7 age 12 and younger. 301-495-6720 or http://www.afi.com/silver/new/
Purple Line TOD Study, discuss development along the planned purple line transit corridor. 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Candlelight Room, 5700 Saint Bernard Dr., Riverdale.Free. Bill Washburn, planning coordinator, at 301-952-3166.
Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Septime Webre directs a D.C.-themed version of the classic. 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24, Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000.
Student Holiday Extravaganza, students from Prince George’s County public schools performs; bring new, unwrapped toy for needy children. 7-8:30 p.m., Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro. $5. 301-780-2100.
“Gil Scott Heron Experience,” 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.
Anthony Hamilton, 8 p.m., The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $40. 301-960-9999.
Jazz at the Atlas, master trombonist Grachan Moncure III performs with the Brad Linde Ensemble. 8 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $35. 202-399-7993.
Spygo Gyra, the jazz fusion group performs. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $37.50. 202-337-4141.Thursday, Dec. 8
“A Christmas Carol,” a performance by Theatre IV of Richmond. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $5. 301-277-1710.
“The Muppet Movie,” 4:45 p.m., AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $11, $9 seniors, $7 age 12 and younger. 301-495-6720.
Landover Community Meeting, for those who live near or use the Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center metro stations. Discuss neighborhood improvement plans including, creating employment opportunities, how to preserve residential areas, attract high-quality businesses and safety concerns. 6:45-9 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Free. Tonya Hedgepeth, project manager, at 301-780-8165 or Tanya.Hedgepeth@ppd.mncppc.org.
“e-Geaux (beta),” Does posting a status update or personal information on Facebook make you nervous? No? In that case, you’ll love “e-Geaux (beta),” an improv theater performance that makes your social network data the star of the show. Audience members will download a smartphone app at the start of the show that will access their Facebook information to generate a one-of-a-kind script. 7 and 9 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $15. Tickets, 888-841-2787; information, 703-875-1100.
“Arlen Blues and Berlin Ballads,” the In Series presents the songs of Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen, who aided in the definition of the 20th century music of America. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $34-$37, $31-$34 seniors, $17-$20 students. 202-399-7993.
Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, 7:30 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $45-$75. 410-783-8000. 800-442-1198.
Jazz and Gospel for the Holidays, William Jones, Gerry Gillespie and Allyn Johnson conduct the UDC Jazz Ensemble, UDC Chorale and The Voices. 7:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roosevelt’s Winter Concert, featuring the school’s symphony and concert orchestras, strings, women’s, chamber and gospel choirs. 7:30 p.m., Eleanor Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 7601 Hanover Pkwy, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-513-5400.
UDC Holiday Concert, William Jones, Gerry Gillespie and Allyn Johnson conduct the UDC Jazz Ensemble, UDC Chorale and The Voices. 7:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5803 or email@example.com.
“A Second Chance,” two recently-single people get a second chance at love after meeting at a dinner party. 8 p.m. Friday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40. 703-820-9771.
“Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Party,” 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $27.50. 202-337-4141.
Stand Up: Alonzo Bodden, 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $17-$20. 202-296-7008.
Les Nubians, Akua Allrich, 8 p.m., Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 202-667-7960.
Grieves & Budo, K.Flay, Cheyne, the rap duo performs. 9 p.m., Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. 202-388-7625.Friday, Dec. 9
Student Jazz Ensemble Concert, students perform music from Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and other artists. 2-3 p.m., Prince George’s Community College, Marlboro Gallery, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0899.
“Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie,” The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs as aerialists soar overhead, strong-men perform feats of strength and contortionists squeeze through tight spots. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. $17.50-$80. 410-783-8000. 800-442-1198.
Harambee Holiday Showcase and Bazaar, an evening of cultural dancing, singing, poetry and shopping. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights. Admission, free. 301-736-5355.
Capitals vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.
Friday Night Frights, watch two episodes of Tales from the Crypt and enjoy drink specials. 7-8:30 p.m., Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Admission, free. 202-667-7960 or http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html.
Youth and Teen Praise Celebration, with performances by the Friendly High School Gospel Choir, Ebenezer AME Step Team, singer Nikea Hooker, Souls of Silent MIME and video from the New Life Worship Center. 7 p.m., Shalom Ministries Christian Center, 515 Kerby Hill Rd., Fort Washington.Admission, free. 301-567-5505.
“A Holiday Festival,” a performance by the U.S. Army Orchestra and Chorus. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free, tickets required. Tickets, 202-397-7328; information, 202-628-4780.
Weekend of Indian Dance, the highly-choreographed steps that accompany Indian dance routines aren’t easy to improvise on the fly. Take some inspiration from the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, who perform Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Then, try out what you’ve seen on the dance floor, as the U.S. Department of Bhangra’s DJ Beta-G spins at a bhangra dance party immediately following the performances. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25 performance and dance party, $15 dance party only, $12 matinee and party adult, $8 matinee and party child. Tickets, 888-841-2787; information, 703-875-1100.
Funk, Disco and House Dance Party, with Juan Zapata and Mr. Bonkerz. 9:30 p.m., Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960 or http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html.Saturday, Dec. 10
New Carrollton Black Literature Talk, a librarian leads a discussion about Heidi W. Durrow’s novel “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky,” about a mixed-race girl who is forced into her grandmother’s mostly African American community after a family tragedy. 10 a.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd. Free. 301-459-6900.
Kwanzaa Celebration, explore the history and significance of Kwanzaa and learn about the seven principles. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. $5. 703-746-4356.
Laurel Improv Workshop, learn basic improvisation techniques. Noon-2 p.m., Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Free, reservations requested. 301-452-2557 or www.improvnow.com.
Past, Present, Future former residents of Laurel’s Forest Haven present a show about what happened after the asylum was shuttered in 1991. Presented by Players Unlimited. 2 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $10. 202-399-7993.
“The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration,” Screening of the documentary by M.K. Asante. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film illuminates why the seven principles of Kwanzaa are important to African Americans. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4356.
Buffet Dinner Bus Trip, for ages 10-17, take a bus to Old Country Buffet. Must have signed permission slip. 6-10 p.m., Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. $10, reservations required. 301-567-6033.
Holiday Comedy Jam, with Mike Brooks, Tony Woods and Teddy Carpenter, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $25-$30. 202-328-6000.
FAFSA Workshop, for ages 12-17, learn how to file the free application for federal student aid. 7-10 p.m., Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. Free. 301-736-3518.Sunday, Dec. 11
R&B: Avery Sunshine, Trina Broussard, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. 703-549-7500.
“Soul for Christmas,” a fundraiser featuring music and dance to benefit the Expanding Horizons and Young Researchers Community Project Clubs. 3-7 p.m., Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf. $15; advance purchase, $12. Evelyn Farmer-Brown at 301-843-7243 or http://www.blce.org/arts/.
Frosty and Friends, Meet Frosty, Rudolph and Santa, and peruse current exhibits. Includes holiday music and refreshments. 3 p.m., Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring. Free. 301-774-0022.
Anita King, performs jazz holiday music. 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.Monday, Dec. 12
Children’s Public Speaking Class, for ages 8-12, build confidence and practice speaking in front of others. 3 p.m., Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro. Free, registration required. 301-627-9330.
African and Korean Drumming, performances by the African Drum Ensemble and the Korean Percussion Ensemble. 7:30 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Free. 301-405-2787.
Go Go: Lissen Band, 8 p.m. Mondays, Takoma Station, 6914 Fourth St. NW. 202-829-1999.Tuesday, Dec. 13
Downtown Holiday Market, A rotating cast of 50 artisans and exhibitors, holiday lights and live music make this open-air holiday market a favorite stop for those in search of a personal gift. Noon-8 p.m. through Dec. 23., Downtown Holiday Market, F Street between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Admission free. http://www.downtownholidaymarket.com/.
Capitals, vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.
“Pride and Prejudice,” the parents of five daughters attempt to find them husbands. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Dec. 31, Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. $25-$60. 240-644-1100.Wednesday, Dec. 14
FotoWeek DC, the citywide photographic exhibit wraps up. Noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 17., FotoWeek Central, 1800 L St. NW.$5. 202-639-1700 or http://www.fotoweekdc.org/.
“Bust,” comedic actress Lauren Weedman stars in a show she wrote about her career and her volunteer work at a women’s jail. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 18, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $35-$60. 202-332-3300.
“Romeo and Juliet,” the Shakespearean tale of star-crossed lovers is told without words, using props, mime and dance. Part of “Speak No More: The Silent Shakespeare Festival.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 23, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $35-$55, $50-$30 seniors, $10-$25 students. 800-494-8497.
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