Can't Miss

Sunday, December 3, 2006

1. Logan Circle Holiday House Tour

[miscellaneous] The 28th-annual holiday tradition features a mix of classic Victorian homes and contemporary lofts, all selected to showcase the mix of traditional and modern styling that makes the neighborhood unique. This year's highlight is the United House of Prayer Museum at 11 Logan Circle, a landmark Romanesque revival building that has been recently renovated. As an additional treat for tour participants, the Studio Theatre hosts a wassail reception.

Today, 1-5 p.m. 1324 Vermont Ave. NW. $20.

Wassail reception, 3-5:30 p.m. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. 202-232-7267.

2. TempOdyssey

[on stage] Christopher Gallu directs Dan Dietz's new play, a screwball comedy that follows a temp worker named Genny through her first and only day in a new office (a bomb manufacturer's, natch). A straightforward story this isn't: The work jumps from past to present and from East Coast to West; along the way, Genny encounters a troupe of bizarre characters similarly caught up in the drudgery of temp work, and gains insight into fundamental questions relating to identity and destiny. "TempOdyssey" has already premiered in other cities, where the play's tricky timing and demanding scene changes have led to innovative and entertaining productions.

Opens Wednesday. Through Dec. 31. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $25-$29, students $19-$24, seniors and military $24. 202-332-3300.

3. Kaki King

[concert] After a short career busking in the New York subway system, Kaki King was given a chance to show off her solo acoustic guitar skills on the stage of the Knitting Factory's Tap Bar. That gig led to a record deal with Velour, and three albums later, King's star continues to rise. With each release and performance, King's uniquely percussive finger-picking style expands to include more nuanced orchestration and developed songwriting. We haven't seen the best of what she has to offer yet. With Bora Yoon.

Saturday at 7 p.m. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $15. 703-255-1566.

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