Sounds of the Season

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hearing voices again? It's not just your imagination. Today, the sounds of the holiday are ringing out across town as three seasonal choral events get underway:

Through tomorrow, the Cathedral Choral Society performs its holiday standard, "The Joy of Christmas," at the Washington National Cathedral. The program includes a performance by the United Voices Scandinavian Youth Choir, carols meant for the audience to sing along ("O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing") and a new carol, "My Beloved Son," by Gwyneth Walker. Tickets, $20-$80, are limited. Today and tomorrow at 4 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-5527.

If you're in the mood to sing, the Universalist National Memorial Church (the big one at 16th and S streets NW) today hosts a nondenominational evening of Christmas caroling, which begins at the church and travels on 17th Street toward Dupont Circle. Free. 6 p.m. Meet at the church. 202-387-3411. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, it's time for the annual Community Carol Sing, led by the Congressional Chorus. Of two shows tomorrow, free tickets remain for the 7 p.m. show. Reservations are required, so call ahead. 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

And on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage today, the Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir performs holiday classics. Perhaps it's just practice for when the kids get to perform on the "Today" show on Christmas Day? Cheer them on today at 6 p.m. Free. 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Save the Date

ON STAGE "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant" More silliness from the people who brought you "Bat Boy: The Musical." Landless Theatre Company is taking on "Pageant," a newish play (it debuted in New York in 2003, the creation of Kyle Jarrow and Alex Timbers) that's performed just like a children's Christmas pageant, complete with an all-child cast. But these tykes won't be acting out the story of Mary and a manger. No, they'll recount the tale of L. Ron Hubbard and a spaceship -- and Tom Cruise and John Travolta. The quirky play has won accolades for its cheeky handling of the subject matter; no one's really sure if it's a damning sendup of Scientology or, in fact, in awe of its success. $18; DCAC members $15 at the door. Dec. 20 through Jan. 13. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Visit http://www.landlesstheatrecompany.org.

CONCERT B.B. King, With Lucille, of Course The 82-year-old bluesman is still going strong, and after a summer stop in Baltimore with Al Green and Little Richard during his B.B. King Blues Festival, King returns for two dates at Strathmore with Henry Butler. (Lucille, of course, is his guitar.) $57-$87. March 3-4. 7:30 p.m. both nights. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

CONCERT Ace Frehley The rocker most famous for being Kiss's lead guitarist left that band for good several years ago. But he's still Ace to us. He's about to play two nights of shows late this month at Springfield metal outpost Jaxx. Dec. 27, it's an all-ages show (so parents can bring the kids); Dec. 28, it's 21 and older. $40; $35 in advance through Ticketmaster. 6355 Rolling Rd., West Springfield. 202-397-7328.

The District

Today

FOR FAMILIES "Jungle Books" CityDance Ensemble hosts a weekend of dance performances based on Rudyard Kipling's tales from the Indian jungle. Eight dancers will base their movements on those of animals, accompanied by live music. $30; children $18. Today and tomorrow at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122.

Tomorrow

THE SCENE The Word From the Avant-Garde Buck Downs and Doug Rothschild are the featured readers at tomorrow's "In Your Ear" poetry event at the District of Columbia Arts Center. The series offers a forum for alternative and experimental poetry. $3. 3 p.m. DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.


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