Washington area arts and entertainment best bets for Jan. 8-14

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Monday-Jan. 17 Washington Restaurant Week -- Sunday Harajuku fashion show -- Friday-Sunday Washington Antiques Show


Through Jan. 30

Imagination Stage's latest show, "Wake Up, Brother Bear!," requires preschooler power to bring the show to life. Each 2- to 5-year-old receives a bag of props at the beginning of the play, and as two bears explore the seasons, the audience is asked to help set the scene -- such as waving small flashlights to act like lightning bugs. "Wake Up, Brother Bear!" runs through Jan. 30. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660. http://www.imaginationstage.org. $7.



Looking for that perfect rare manuscript to finish your collection? How about a circa 1815 card table? Whatever your wish, there is a good chance that the Washington Antiques Show will have something to pique your interest. More than 40 high-end dealers from the United States and Europe will be selling their wares Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. American University, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-388-9560. http://www.washingtonantiques.org. $15, free for age 12 and younger.


Friday and Sunday FREE

Wake up. Commute to work. Sit at a desk. Commute home. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Break out of your routine this week, and try something unpredictable. The Washington Improv Theater is offering improv lessons for comedic newbies Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Registration required. Children's Studio School, 1301 V St. NW (Metro: U Street). 202-204-7770. http://www.washingtonimprovtheater.com.


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