Free & easy events for the week of Dec. 3


Hawaiian musician Jake Shimabukuro has stretched the boundaries of the ukelele, mixing jazz and rock. (Ethan Miller)
December 2, 2012

MONDAY

‘Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings’

With only four strings and a limited range, the ukulele may be a relatively limited instrument. But Hawaiian musician Jake Shimabukuro has stretched those boundaries by mixing jazz and rock. This hour-long documentary follows the uke virtuoso on tour from Los Angeles to New York and Japan.

6:30 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nmai.si.edu.

TUESDAY

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting

For those left unsatisfied after seeing last year’s misshapen National Christmas Tree (which was a replacement for the longtime tree that was felled in a storm), check out the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree instead. The 70-foot Engelmann spruce from Colorado’s White River National Forest is trimmed with thousands of ornaments made by schoolchildren near the tree’s home.

5 p.m. U.S. Capitol West Lawn, 100 Constitution Ave. NE. www.capitolchristmastree2012.com.

WEDNESDAY

MICA art market

Take a break from the mall and do some holiday shopping in Baltimore, where the Maryland Institute College of Art sells one-of-a-kind works by students and faculty. Items include handcrafted jewelry, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, T-shirts and even artsy wrapping paper.

Through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Maryland Institute College of Art, Brown Center, Falvey Hall lobby, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. www.mica.edu.

THURSDAY

Mexican Christmas showcase

In much of the English-speaking world, “The Nutcracker” is the quintessential holiday dance performance. For a change of pace, take in a performance of traditional dances by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, accompanied by local Latin band Ritmo y Sabor.

8 p.m. Georgetown University, Walsh Building, Black Box Theatre. 202-687-3838. events.georgetown.edu.

FRIDAY

Koto and gamelan

Hear music from yet another part of the world at this performance of traditional Japanese and Balinese music by the UMD Koto Ensemble and the UMD Gamelan Saraswati.

8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

SATURDAY

Capitol Hill holiday arts

To celebrate the holiday season, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop opens for a day of arts activities. Peruse exhibits, an art sale and a reception.

Noon. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org.

SUNDAY

Hanukkah celebration

Who doesn’t love a latke? The savory fried potato pancake will be served en masse, its smell wafting through the streets of downtown Bethesda, at this family-friendly event. Expect live music and other entertainment, as well as a giant balloon menorah.

5:30 p.m. Bethesda Row, downtown Bethesda. 240-370-8819. www.shalomchabad.com.

— Jess Righthand

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