D.C. community calendar, Dec. 20 to Jan. 3, 2013

December 19, 2012
Thursday, DEC. 20

The Building Zone, for age 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays except Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

Woodridge Library chess club, for age 2 and older, a child-oriented way to learn the game. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take 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.

Computer workshop, a librarian answers questions about downloading e-books, setting up e-mail accounts, surfing the Internet and other queries. 11 a.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

“Treasure Island,” Byron Haskin’s 1950 film of the classic story, starring Bobby Driscoll and Robert Newton. 1:30 pm, West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.

“Love on the Range,” performance, Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, talks to visitors before he sets out on the trail with the herd, and talks about being a decent cowhand, reading brands, rounding up steers, fighting off rustlers and delivering longhorns on time and with few losses. 2:30 p.m. Thursdays except Dec. 27, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

Evening in the conservatory, Klezmer music by Lox & Vodka. 6 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Last Train Home, the D.C. roots-rock scene favorite performs holiday tunes. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Handel’s “Messiah,” Rolf Beck conducts the University of Maryland Concert Choir, the National Symphony Orchestra and soloists Katherine Whyte, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sunnyboy Vincent Dladla and Panajotis Iconomou. 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.

“Million Dollar Quartet,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the story of the famed recording session that brought together rock-and-roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, call theater for showtimes through Jan. 6. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $55-$160. 202-467-4600.

“My Fair Lady,” Molly Smith directs the Lerner and Loewe musical based on the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion”; stars Benedict Campbell, Nicholas Rodriguez and Manna Nichols. 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 Wednesday, Dec. 26. Through Jan. 6. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$94, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300.

Friday, DEC. 21

Black Masala, the D.C.-based group plays a mix of New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, ambient and experimental indie rock riffs and a hint of Appalachian twang. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Far Away, So Close: A Celebration of Mongolia,” a multimedia presentation by filmmaker Shebana Coelho, a Fulbright researcher who spent more than a year there, with excerpts from her radio documentary on Mongolian women and audiovisual clips. 6:30 p.m., Embassy of Mongolia, 2833 M St. NW. Free. 703-966-4437.

Monument tour by night, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of the famous memorials of American history; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

ZooLights, sparkling lights, zookeeper talks, live entertainment, viewing the small mammal and great ape houses and more. Proceeds from the ZooLights concessions and parking fees benefit animal care and conservation science at the National Zoo. 5-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 5-9 p.m. nightly Friday-Jan. 1 except Dec. 24, 25 and 31. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; parking, $16. 202-633-4470.

An Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour viewing the monuments of American history in an entirely new light; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Saturday, DEC. 22

Wee Keegans, a pilot program aimed at evaluating the interest in family-friendly theater in Dupont Circle, starting with a staged reading of “How To Catch a Leprechaun,” a new children’s musical by local playwrights Mario Baldessari and Ethan Slater, post-reading theater games and refreshments offered by Keegan company members and actors. 11 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $5. 703-892-0202, www.keegantheatre.com or boxoffice@keegantheatre.com.

Portrait story days: Jim Henson, listen to a story about the puppeteer and creator of the Muppets and create a special piece of art. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Children’s tea party, sip a cup of tea and enjoy some treats while listening to traditional Turkish folk tales, then try on Turkish clothes and imagine yourself as a member of the Ottoman court; take a camera. 2 and 3 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Frozen in time, a National Park Service ranger discusses the 50-year divide between North and South Korea. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, south of the Reflecting Pool. Free. Victor Pillow, 202-841-1774.

U.S. Army Chorus, a vocal program of holiday favorites. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, DEC. 23

Inaugural parades and protests, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk along the route that has seen many protest marches for women’s suffrage and other causes. 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Julia Clebsch, 202-606-8691.

Encore Chorale, an ensemble of seniors 55 and over performs crowd-pleasing holiday music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Untold stories of Stalin’s victims, a National Park Service ranger discusses the tyranny of Joseph Stalin that led to millions of deaths. 6 p.m., Victims of Communism Memorial, 707 New Jersey Ave. NW. Free. Andrew Clark, 202-426-6841.

Classical soprano recital, Jennifer Lane and fortepianist Kenneth Slowik perform music from the era of the fortepiano. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

“Messiah” sing-along, with guest conductor Barry Hemphill leading the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a 200-voice choir and professional soloists. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free; one ticket per person in line at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Hall of Nations. 202-467-4600.

“Pullman Porter Blues,” by playwright Cheryl L. West, who was inspired by her grandfather’s work on the postal trains, the story of three Pullman train porters. Songs include “Sweet Home Chicago” and “This Train.” 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays-Wednesdays, call theater for holiday schedule. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$94, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

Monday, DEC. 24

LEGO mania, use your LEGO skills to build, create and play with others using the library’s LEGOs. Noon, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE, 202-281-2583.

“An Enchanted Christmas,” Scott Tucker conducts the Choral Arts Society of Washington Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble in a performance of beloved carols, popular holiday standards and favorite sing-alongs. 1 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$70. 202-467-4600.

Beltway Brass Quintet, Zack Smith leads a performance of jazzy and cheerful holiday favorites. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday, DEC. 25

All-Star Christmas Day jazz jam, vibraphonist Chuck Redd hosts a program with 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.

“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown; the audience participates to help solve a mock murder. 5 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Dec. 27-28, 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 29, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 30, 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 31, Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $48-$50. 202-467-4600.

Annual Day of Service, individuals, families and groups sign up to participate in volunteer projects through the day. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Registration fee, $20. 202-518-4900 or www.washingtondcjcc.org.

Wednesday, DEC. 26

Winter break children’s art programs, learn about famous Americans, work on creative projects and more. Dec. 26, painting; Dec. 27, charcoal drawing; Dec. 28, pen and ink drawing. 1-4 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Museum preservation techniques, conservators discuss and demonstrate how they use science, art, history and skilled hands to preserve objects from the museum collection in the Lunder Conservation Center. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center Information Desk, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Peace Ringers, a program of sacred and popular holiday music played on traditional hand bells. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Thursday, DEC. 27

Computer classes, learn the basics of the D.C. Public Library Web site. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

The Building Zone, for age 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays except Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

“The Willard: Witness and Shaper of Presidential History,” a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour to see the hotel that has hosted many presidents and discusses its rise, decline and resurrection that reflect many changes along Pennsylvania Avenue and in the city. 10:30 a.m., Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 13th and 14th streets. Free. Titus Early, 202-606-8691.

“A Brown Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar,” treasured stories by Eric Carle, a Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia production for age 4 and older, includes “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.” 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 27-31, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.

Wii dance groove, for ages 8-13, use your dance talents for a contest with prizes. Snacks served. 3 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE, 202-281-2583.

Evening in the conservatory, choral concert by Capital Accord Chorus. 6 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

The Sweet Heaven Kings, the 16-member gospel brass and percussion band from Anacostia’s United House of Prayer sing a joyful holiday program. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Friday, Dec. 28

Holiday hand dance program, instructors from the National Hand Dance Association Dance teach the steps at 5 p.m. Performance, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Portrait story days: Andy Warhol, listen to a story about the American artist and create a special piece of art. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Knit and Lit, informal group of knitters and readers, take knitting or needlework project to work on as you share patterns and stories. 3 p.m. Saturdays, Georgetown Library, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-724-8783.

Holiday vaudeville, Cajun cellist Sean Grissom performs with the Alexandria Kleztet; theater and clowning company TwoTooFar performs. 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Arboretum full moon hike, for age 16 and older, a staff member leads a mildly strenuous four-mile walk through gardens, meadows and woods. 7-9 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $22, registration required. 202-245-2726. www.usna.usda.gov/Education/events.html#fmh.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Emancipation Proclamation display, visit the Archives for a look at the original document and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. (extended viewing hours) New Year’s Eve, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. New Year’s Day, National Archives, Rotunda, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Inaugural parades and protests, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk along the route and discusses the many events along “America’s Main Street.” 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Shunda Yates, 202-606-8691.

Inaugural Ball tour, a 45-minute docent-led tour with a discussion of the history, glamour and spectacle of inaugural balls at the museum and the building’s architectural and historic connection to these momentous events, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11:45 a.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

New Year concert, the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble performs works by Lehar, Strauss and others. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday, Dec. 31

“Underground Railroad: The William Still Story,” a screening of the 2012 documentary. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

The Emancipation Proclamation: The Vigil, a National Park Service ranger discusses the Sept. 22, 1862, issuing of one of the most important documents in American history by Abraham Lincoln, and the anticipation that accompanied it. 3 and 5 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.

Jazz by Chaise Lounge, performance of standards and original tunes. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600

New Year’s Eve concert, soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, organist and conductor J. Reilly Lewis, musicians John Hurd, Diane Heath, Midge Carlton and Ann Colgrove Smith perform works for organ, piano, flute, harpsichord and voice, including those from “The American Songbook,” and a world premiere organ suite by Justus Parrotta. 6 p.m., St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. Suggested donation, $20; students, $5. 202-363-4119 or astone@columba.org.

Jazz New Year’s Eve, Freddy Cole and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band perform swing jazz to ring in the new year. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $75. 202-467-4600.

Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the “Mad Men” Era, the star of Broadway, film and television performs the cool sounds of the ’50s and ’60s with the National Symphony Orchestra. 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $55-$105. Free. 202-467-4600.

New Year’s Eve Grand Foyer party, ring in 2013 with live music, dancing and a balloon drop countdown at midnight. 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.

Ceremonial bell ringing, a historical re-enactor portraying Harriet Tubman and a performance by the Washington Revels Heritage Voices. Midnight, National Archives, Rotunda, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, Bernice Johnson Reagon reads the document and the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices perform for the first 100 people to enter the building. 9 a.m., National Archives, Exhibits Entrance, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Mitten and sock drive, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of service, the library is hosting a drive to help those served by SOME (So Others Might Eat); take new or gently used mittens and/or new socks to hang on a tree. Library hours, Jan. 1-19, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

National Archives programs, hands-on family activities in the Boeing Learning Center; storyteller Bill Grimette portrays Frederick Douglass in “Tales of My Friend Mr. Lincoln” in the Jefferson Room; historical re-enactors portray Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks and others; and a screening of the 2003 documentary “Unchained Memories.” 11 a.m.-2 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

A Celtic New Year, performances by guitarist Zan McLeod and the Irish-arts company New Century Dancers. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

PAL pajama party, wear your pajamas and come ready for stories, arts and crafts and an opportunity to read to a PAL (People Animals Love) dog. 7 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Thursday, Jan. 3

Computer classes, get started learning e-mail basics on Jan. 3, Microsoft Word on Jan. 10, Microsoft Excel on Jan. 17 and Microsoft Powerpoint on Feb. 7. All classes 10 a.m.-noon., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu.

The Civil War and Civil Rights, Georgetown University associate professor of history Chandra Manning discusses “Civil War Contraband Camps, Emancipation and the Reinvention of the American People.” 7 p.m., St. Albans School, Trapier Theater, Massachusetts Avenue and Garfield Street NW. Free. 202-537-6435.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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