Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, Dec. 8-14


What’s Christmas without the Washington Ballet's “Nutcracker”? (Theo Kossenas/THEO KOSSENAS)
December 7, 2011
THU 08

Beady Eye If Beady Eye sounds a bit like the British rock band Oasis, it’s because all its members are from that band. Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock re-formed under a new name after Noel Gallagher split with Oasis. “Different Gear, Still Speeding,” released earlier this year, is the band’s first album. With Black Box Revelation. Doors open at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $40.

“Cannibal! The Musical!” The Landless Theatre Company performs Trey Parker’s comedic musical about Alfred Packer, whose traveling companions died and were eaten on a trek from Utah to Colorado. Thursday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 23. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. www.landlesstheatrecompany.org. $25.

“The Nutcracker” The Washington Ballet performs Septime Webre’s D.C.-themed version of the Christmas classic (as it has done for 50 years) with George Washington as the Nutcracker and King George III as the Rat King. Leif Bjaland conducts the orchestra. Thursday-Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 24. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.washingtonballet.org. $31-$90.

“Equivocation” In this Oregon Shakespeare Festival production, William Shakespeare and his troupe attempt to find a balance between art and politics in 1605 London. Continues Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 1. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $55-$100.

FRI 09

Brightest Young Things holiday party Those Funny Little People, the troupe of human puppets from “America’s Got Talent,” performs with three bands (the Dance Party, Niche and Wrath of Borgnine), dancers Keigwin + Company, and DJ Soul Call Paul at a tacky-on-purpose party for age 18 and older. Wear your worst Christmas costume. Kennedy Center, Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar, South Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. 202-416-8555. www.kennedy-center.org. $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Heurich House Museum Candlelight Tours One of the country’s most well-preserved Victorian houses hosts visitors with cookies and cider, an appearance by Father Christmas and German choral groups. Friday-Saturday 6-9 p.m. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894. www.heurichhouse.org. $15, children $5.

Folger Consort “O Magnum Mysterium,” a recital of Christmas music from 16th-century Spain, is preceded by a discussion Friday at 7 p.m. Concerts Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 18. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. www.folger.edu. $45.

Washington Revels present the Christmas Revels In this year’s production, “Andalusian Treasures,” a cast of 75 begins its story more than 1,000 years ago when music, dance and drama began to flourish in al-Andalus. The program features Arab Andalusian, Spanish and North African sounds and dances, with guest ensembles Trio Sefardi and Layali El Andalus. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Closes Sunday. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 800-595-4849. www.lisner.org. www.revelsdc.org. $18-$45, children $12-$27. A 25 percent discount applies to youth tickets on Friday.

Eureka Dance Festival Local and international choreographers collaborated for eight months, culminating in the works staged this weekend. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22; seniors, teachers, artists and students $17; college students $15; age 17 and younger $8.

SAT 10

Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson British super-lightweight champion Amir Khan defends his title for the first time against challenger Lamont Peterson of Washington. The winner of this HBO-televised match will walk away with both the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association’s Super World titles. 7 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-249-3400. www.dcconvention.com. www.ticketmaster.com. $25-$300.

Imperfect Dancers Company of Italy The troupe, presented by Company E, performs its signature work, “Sacre,” set to Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” as well as a piece called “Thinking Outside the Box.” Partial nudity. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $18, seniors and students $12.

“Beertown” Dog & Pony DC involves the audience in a fictional Midwestern town’s meeting to decide what items should be included in its time capsule. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Closes Saturday. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org. $15-$25, seniors and students $10.

SUN 11

Jingle All the Way 8K Celebrate the season with a run through the streets of the nation’s capital. Many run in costume. 9 a.m. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 301-871-0400. www.jingle8k.com. $30-$40.

The Golden Dragon Five actors portray 15 characters (including cooks and customers) in this play set in a cramped kitchen of a pan-Asian restaurant. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $35-$69.

Washington Jewish Film Festival The 22nd annual festival, held in multiple venues, closes with “Remembrance,” Anna Justice’s drama inspired by the true story of love forged in a Polish concentration camp. In English, German and Polish with English subtitles. A dessert reception is included. Screening at 7:30 p.m. at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Visit the Web site for a complete schedule. 800-494-8497. www.wjff.org. $6-$25.

“Arlen Blues and Berlin Ballads” The In Series performs songs of Irving Berlin and Harold Arlen, including “They Say It’s Wonderful,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Stormy Weather” and “White Christmas.” Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $37, seniors $34, students $20. Cabaret table seating $3 extra.

MON 12

“United Trash” The fifth of seven films in the series “Homage to Christoph Schlingensief,” this strange 1995 musical comedy stars Udo Kier as a gay United Nations general whose wife gives birth to a black baby that becomes an idol to the Zimbabwean natives. In German with English subtitles; for mature audiences. 6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/enindex.htm. $7, seniors and students $4.

Street Dogs The Boston punk band led by Mike McColgan from the Dropkick Murphys drops in on its Wreck the Halls Tour. With Off With Their Heads and Murder the Stout. Doors open at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $15.

TUE 13

“Billy Elliot the Musical” Elton John wrote the score to this Tony Award-winning musical about a boy who shifts his dreams from boxing to dancing. Suggested for age 12 and older. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 15. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. $25-$150.

WED 14

Holiday concert The Smithsonian Encore Chorale, made up of singers 65 and older, performs seasonal favorites. 1 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. 301-261-5747. www.nmai.si.edu. www.encorecreativity.org. Free.

“Men in Rut” In this 2009 film, a tiny Moravian village hosts a deer-calling competition and invites the prime minister in hopes of extending its road. In Czech with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. www.theavalon.org. $11, seniors $8.25, students $9, age 12 and younger $8.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports

‘The Nutcracker’

3The Washington Ballet performs Septime Webre’s D.C.-themed version of the Christmas classic (as it has done for 50 years) with George Washington as the Nutcracker and King George III as the Rat King. Leif Bjaland conducts the orchestra. Thursday-Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 24. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.washingtonballet.org. $31-$90.

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