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Sunday, December 14, 2008

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[ON STAGE] It seems to be a tradition that the holidays herald the coming of some truly funny stage shows by Jewish performers. This year is no different. The Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad bring their seasonal blend of comedy, music, spoken word and burlesque to the Birchmere, where a week later Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin will present their musical comedy act, Good for the Jews. And on the 24th, Jammin' Java will open its doors for the bawdy musical stylings of Sean Altman's "Jewmongous."

Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad: Today at 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328. $20.

Good for the Jews: Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Birchmere. $27.50.

"Jewmongous": Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. $17-$20.


[ON STAGE] The musical adaptation of the 2001 film recently ended a successful 18-month run on Broadway. If you're unfamiliar with the story: Ditzy UCLA sorority girl Elle Woods is dumped by her obnoxiously ambitious boyfriend. After the requisite sulk, she tries to win him back by following him to Harvard Law School. Culture shocks (and laughs) ensue, as her effervescence and pink-heavy wardrobe don't exactly match the Harvard stereotype. Still, we're sure she'll fit in just fine at the Kennedy Center.

Opens Tuesday. Through Jan. 11. Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324. $25-$95.


[CONCERT] The D.C. and Brooklyn indie-rock ensemble is a performance staple in the area, but this show might be special. The semi-locals are headlining on the Backstage to celebrate the release of their first proper album, "Birdseed Shirt." Exit Clov, another local fave and frequent Mainstage headliner, will open. This is not a show to sleep on. With La Strada.

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