Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, Nov. 22-28

November 21, 2012
THU 22

Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos Gottaswing starts off the evening with a dance lesson at 5, followed by a big band concert by the D.C. area group. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.

FRI 23

ZooLights The zoo lights up with animal light sculptures made from thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights. There will be a trackless train tour, talks and demonstrations in the animal houses, model train displays in the Visitor Center, photo ops with ZooLights mascot Panda Claws, carousel rides and two giant slides. Animal houses remain open during the event. Wildlife train park in the Visitor Center auditorium. Opens Friday 5-9 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday 5-9 p.m. Through Jan. 1. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4888. www.nationalzoo.si.edu. Free, fees apply to parking and some activities.

NSO Pops: Megan Hilty The Broadway star from “Wicked!,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the NBC TV show “Smash” pays tribute to Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and others with the National Symphony Orchestra in a concert titled “Luck Be a Lady.” Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $20-$85.

“Pullman Porter Blues” Set in 1937 and with a soundtrack of new and traditional blues songs, this world premiere follows three generations of porters as they struggle to survive. Stars E. Faye Butler (above) as blues singer Sister Juba. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 6. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $84-$109.

SAT 24

Wizards The basketball team plays the Charlotte Bobcats (Saturday at 7 p.m.), the San Antonio Spurs (Monday at 7 p.m.) and the Portland Trail Blazers (Wednesday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.

B.B. King After 60 years in the business, King knows a thing or two about the blues. He’s won 14 Grammy Awards and recorded more than 50 albums. With Levi Stephens. Saturday-Sunday at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $150.

Joe Bonamassa This blues rocker released his 10th studio album, “Driving Towards the Daylight,” this year. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $59-$125.

R. Kelly One of the country’s top-selling entertainers comes to town. With Tamia. 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. www.dar.org/conthall. $75-$100.

Paul Reed Smith’s Hamilton Band The Maryland guitar maker performs with Gary and Greg Grainger, Michael Ault, Mia Simona Davis, Benji Porecki, Davy Knowles and Dennis Chambers. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $25.

Supersuckers Punk with a hint of country, this Tucson band’s songs playfully celebrate their dominance in an evil, beer-swilling world of rock-and-roll. 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $15.

SUN 25

“Jekyll & Hyde” Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox star in the pre-Broadway production. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., closes Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $25-$115.

“Atheist’s Paradise” Edge of the Universe Players 2 stages a play in which several people at a small college go through identity crises. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 7 p.m. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-355-6330. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. universeplayers2.tix.com. $15.35.

“The Conference of the Birds” Aaron Posner directs Jean-Claude Carriere and Peter Brook’s play based on the 12th-century Persian poem by Farid Uddi Attar, a fable about searching for divinity. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu. $30-$68.

“D’s Nails by Decoy” Artist Decoy transforms the Fridge into a nail salon and art gallery. Closes Sunday. The Fridge DC, 516 Eighth St. SE. 202-664-4151. www.thefridgedc.com. Free.

“Signals: Art From a New Washington School” An exhibit celebrating the alternative qualities of D.C. art features more than 40 artists. Closes Sunday. D.C. Arts Center Gallery, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. Free.

“The Drag Illusion” Michael Lang’s photo essay is the product of eight months spent photographing a group of drag queens. Closes Sunday. Touchstone, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-347-2787. www.touchstonegallery.com. Free.

“The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors” The exhibition features more than 300 old master and modern drawings and 13 paintings. Closes Sunday. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.

MON 26

“Love & Witchcraft” The In Series presents two pocket operas with themes that revolve around love and magic: Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas” and De Falla’s “El Amor Brujo.” Continues Sunday at 3 p.m., closes Monday at 7:30 p.m. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7760. 202-204-7800. www.sourcedc.org. www.inseries.org. $38-$40, seniors $35-$36, students $19-$20.

TUE 27

“Fire, Water, Earth and Wind: The Unforgettable Firepaintings of Peter Kephart” Kephart’s paintings (made with paint, pastel and gunpowder) are subjected to the elements. Presented by the Zenith Gallery. Closes Tuesday. Zenith Gallery at Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW. www.zenithgallery.com. 202-783-2963. Free.

WED 28

Maxi Priest The English reggae star performs. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $27 in advance, $30 at the door.

Public Enemy The rap group headlines the Hip Hop Gods Tour. With X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School, Wise Intelligent, Son of Bazerk and No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy DMX and DJ Johnny Juice. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $35.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports

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