Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Cathedral Creche Exhibition: What Child is This, an annual display of nativity scenes from around the world. 10 a.m. daily through Jan. 12, Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
“Seasons of Light,” ages 5-10, a multicultural program about winter holidays celebrated around the world. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, third sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
“Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon,” a staff member reads Oliver Corwin’s book to young museum visitors. 11 a.m. Thursday-Friday, National Air and Space Museum, Flights of Fancy, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Lincoln the poet, a National Park Service ranger recites some of the president’s poems written by and about him. 1 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Matt Hornberger, 202-359-7080.
Computer skills class, for beginners, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet, use library online services and more. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Petworth Pacers keep it moving! for walkers age 50 and over; bring a water bottle and small face towel, dress in comfortable, weather-appropriateclothing for a low-impact 60-minute walk around the neighborhood. 1:30 p.m., meets on the first Sunday and third Thursday monthly, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.
Holiday coffee cozies, ages 12-19, decorate coffee cozies with holiday themes, all materials provided. 3:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
Kwanzaa holiday crafts, make a card or a snowflake and learn about the different ways people celebrate the holiday season. Snacks will be served. 4 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.
HIV testing, ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Meeting Room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
Take 5! with the Wayne Wilentz Quartet, and Pop-up Handi hour, the quartet performs a musical 80th birthday salute to Wayne Shorter, playing music that highlights his collaboration with the great Brazilian singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento. Try your hand at craft-making during the pop-up Handi-hour in the Kogod Courtyard. 5-7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Holiday nine showcase, celebrating the holiday season with an evening of songs from nine different local musicians. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Handel’s “Messiah,” Rossen Milanov conducts a performance of the Eugene Goossens edition of the masterpiece, with vastly expanded orchestration and a percussion section that includes the snare drum, triangle, cymbals, suspended cymbal and bass drum. The National Symphony Orchestra is joined by soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo soprano Elizabeth Deshong, tenor Russell Thomas, bass-baritone Iain Paterson and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.
Encore Chorale concert, Jeanne Kelly conducts a performance of holiday standards and seasonal favorites with some surprises to get you in the holiday spirit, guest French hornist Edwin Thayer provides accompaniment. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Elf the Musical,” the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who leaves the North Pole to find his true identity, a modern Christmas classic will make everyone embrace their inner elf. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 and 5, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$150. 202-467-4600.
“A Christmas Carol,” Michael Baron directs the Michael Wilson adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale about the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as they lead Ebenezer Scrooge through transformation and redemption, starring Edward Gero. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 23 and 30. ; 2 p.m. matinees: Monday, next Thursday, Dec. 26 and 31 and Jan. 1. No performance Dec. 24 or 25, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $20-$91. 202-347-4833 or www.fords.org.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” David Esbjornson directs Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the new play by Todd Kreidler, based on the 1967 film , about a young white woman in the 1960s introducing her family to her charming, accomplished, African American fiancé. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, noon Dec. 18, continues through Jan. 5. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$90, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.
“A Commedia Christmas Carol,” age 9 and older, Faction of Fools Theatre Company performs the Matthew R. Wilson adaptation of the classic tale with a blend of masks, acrobatics and historical Commedia archetypes in a foolish festive fable. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Gallaudet University, Elstad Auditorium, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $30; students, military, seniors and groups, $18; age 12 and younger, $12. 202-503-9760 or www.factionoffools.org.
“Edgar & Annabel,” Holly Twyford directs Sam Holcroft’s mischievous and provocative political comedy about undercover agents, surveillance algorithms and explosive karaoke. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Jan. 1, no performances Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, Studio Theatre, 1401 14th St. NW. $30-$35, discounts for military, seniors and children. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org.
“An Irish Carol,” age 16 and older, written by Dublin native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan as an homage to the Dickens classic, the story of a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success until one Christmas Eve. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31, Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $35; students and seniors, $30. 703-892-0202, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.keegantheatre.com.
Christmas in New Spain: Early Music of Mexico and Peru, Folger Consort musicians perform on guitar, harp, violin, viol and bassoon; the vocal ensemble Cathedra, performs music by 16th- and 17th-century Latin American and Spanish composers, featured alongside the lively rhythms of early Baroque dances; come at 7 p.m. Friday for a pre-concert discussion. 7:30 p.m Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $50; discounts for students, seniors, military, teachers, families and groups. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu.
Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Podcasting 101, learn the basics from recording content to editing in Audacity, to putting your finished work online including how to index your podcast in the iTunes store. 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Digital Commons, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
WordPress 101, learn how to use the open-source blogging tool to build a simple blog and engage in a discussion on the process of turning it into an official Web site. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Kokayi in concert, the Grammy-nominated local singer/songwriter, emcee and producer performs as a preview of the Kennedy Center’s upcoming One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide festival in March and April. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Working From the Figure, drop-in figure drawing, work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Bring drawing materials; easels available. 6:30-9:30 p.m., first and third Fridays of each month. , Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Sparkle, Jingle, Joy, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., and special guest Grammy Award-winner Matt Alber perform holiday-inspired music. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $29-$59. 202-293-1548. www.gmcw.org.
Yoga for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
Open mic, D.C. Poetry Project hosts age 16 and older. 11 a.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs songs for advent in his weekly concert. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
The Washington Chorus in concert, with brass, organ, percussion, harp and a 200-voice chorus led by music director Julian Wachner in its annual popular concert with Christmas classics, sing-alongs, theatrical lighting and glorious candlelight processional. 1 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$70. 202-467-4600.
Technology training, for those who use Adaptive Technologies to get together and share information, learn about technologies such as the JAWS ScreenReader and MAGic ScreenMagnifier that make the computer accessible to people who are blind or have low vision; also, demonstrations of new Adaptive Technologies and Services. 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Tea talk with Teaism, have a spot of tea from the local restaurant and teahouse, then view contemporary craft teapots; a variety of teas available for tasting. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me,” author Jeanette Winterson’s award-winning children’s book comes to life in a world premiere production by the Washington National Opera. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $44-$64. 202-467-4600.
The Battle of the Bulge, a National Park Service ranger discusses how we honor this event. 2 and 4 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
Watercolor painting, for seniors who need a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, paint sets available for painting in an atmosphere of soothing music. 3 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
“An Enchanted Christmas,” the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Italian Embassy’s collaboration of Yuletide classics, Italian carols and the ever-popular sing-along with Scott Tucker conducting. 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$75. 202-467-4600.
The Sweet Heaven Kings in concert, the 16-member gospel brass and percussion band from Anacostia’s United House of Prayer performs a holiday concert. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Seniors Asanas yoga, for those 50 and older with limited mobility (and a doctor’s consent), tone and stretch while practicing yoga using chairs. A signed liability waiver is required on the first day. 3 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.
Last Train Home in concert, a favorite of the D.C. roots-rock scene delivers original holiday tunes and interpretations of yuletide classics. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Ensemble Galilei, a performance of works by medieval and Renaissance composers for Christmas and the Winter Solstice. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Computer basics, age 18 and older, learn the basics of operating a computer and using the Internet, with an emphasis on employment readiness, the perfect class for job seekers and seniors or anyone who needs to brush up on their computer skills. First Mondays: Microsoft Word basics. Second Mondays: E-mail and Internet basics. Third Mondays: Excel and PowerPoint. Fourth Mondays: résumés, cover letters and job searching. All classes at 10 a.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. email@example.com. 202-576-7252.
Penguin day, watch penguin-themed films, learn about the birds and create a fun craft project based on them. Noon, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
“Antonia and Jane,” the 1991 British film about two women living vicariously through one another to escape their respective routines. 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
Computer and technology classes, for adults to revisit the basics or get help with a tablet, e-reader, smartphone or computer; you may need to bring your own device. Call for an appointment at 1:30 or 3:15 p.m. on a Monday or Thursday, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. Mondays. Sponsored by MetroHealth. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.
Chess Club, instruction open to children and teens. 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Encore Chorale, Jeane Kelly leads the dynamic ensemble of “over 55” first-time or returning musicians performing holiday music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Knitting and crocheting, all levels of experience welcome. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Game night, classic board, card and video games. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. Free. 202-671-3121.
Yoga, geared toward beginners, led by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
Aerobics for adults, get in shape, rid yourself of stress or just lose a few pounds. 7:15 p.m., Capitol View Library, second floor, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Handel’s “Messiah,” Guest conductor Barry Hemphill leads the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a 200-voice choir, professional soloists and an enthusiastic audience in a glorious sing-along of the masterpiece. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets, two per person, distributed at 6 p.m. in front of the Concert Hall. 202-467-4600.
Meditation and mindfulness, Ashley Nunn leads a session of practicing meditation techniques. New participants welcome. 2 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Beltway Brass Quintet, Zack Smith leads this group in a performance of jazzy and cheerful arrangements of holiday favorites. Noon, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a sketchbook, work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Christmas pipe organ recital, organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley and soprano Rosa Lamereaux perform Christmas music for listening and singing along. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
“Flashdance – the Musical,” celebrating the 30th anniversary of the pop culture sensation, the story of Alex Owens, a welder by day and a club dancer by night, who dreams of studying at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, call box office for other performances through Jan. 19, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$115. 202-467-4600.
All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam, celebrate this festive Millennium Stage tradition, now in its 15th year, with host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King and vocalist Delores Williams. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Kwanzaa: a celebration of community, for all ages, learn the history of this week-long winter festival, its seven principles and how it is observed through stories, crafts, adornment and more. 2 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
A Celtic holiday, Zan McLeod and Friends play traditional Irish music with step-dancing by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Holiday Vaudeville, a show that blends holiday music and nonstop laughter with Cajun cellist Sean Grissom and the Alexandria Kleztet. 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Yoga for adults, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
Alexandria Kleztet, a show that blends holiday music and non-stop laughter with Cajun cellist Sean Grissom and modern-Klezmer quartet the Alexandria Kleztet. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the all-female mariachi band plays Mexican music and adds its own edgy sound. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble, a New Year concert with music by Lehar, Strauss and others. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Mental health and HIV, confidential group for people with HIV and mental health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Sponsored by MetroHealth. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.
Roosevelt Dime, this five-piece band blends elements of acoustic jug-band blues, classic New Orleans soul and neo-folk to create their original sound: “Kings County Steamboat Soul.” 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
The Last Stand Quartet in concert, with actors Andre Braugher and Reiko Aylesworth and director Rob Clare, a special evening of sonnets, scenes and musical works by Byrd, Purcell, Beethoven, Walton, Britten, Mendelssohn and Rorem. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.
Homework help, and help with special projects for ages 13-19. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Holiday hand dance program, instructors from the National Hand Dance Association teach the steps at 5 p.m. Performance, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Nat King Cole jazz tribute, a “straighten up and fly right” remembrance with jazz master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitar genius John Pizzarelli. Festive dancing, a countdown to 2014 and a balloon drop in the Grand Foyer follow. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $75. 202-467-4600.
A Capital year walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk by lantern light through this year’s memorable events, ending at the Lincoln Memorial. 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Washington Monument Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.
New Year’s Eve Grand Foyer party, ring in 2014 with live music and dancing. 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free with any Dec. 31 evening performance ticket or Roof Terrace Restaurant receipt. 202-467-4600.
“Shear Madness,” performance of a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. Non-holiday performances: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
Laugh café, take your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales to provoke others to laughter. Memorization not required; bring your lunch. Moderated by Tom Reynolds. Thursday, Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Register: 202-364-7602.
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