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Sunday, December 5, 2010; 12:36 AM

BB&T Classic

3The 16th annual college basketball triple-header features games between American University and Florida University, the Naval Academy and George Washington University, and the University of Maryland and Temple University. Proceeds benefit Children's Charities Foundation. 2:45 p.m Sunday. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. $20-$45.

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The McIntosh County Shouters The 10-piece ensemble from Georgia performs the Gullah-Geechee ring shout, a call-and-response song with dancing, clapping and floor-pounding. Noon. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5510. 202-707-5502. Free.

"The Nutcracker" The Washington Ballet presents a D.C.-themed version of the classic. Opens Thursday at 7 p.m., continues Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 26. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. $31-$89.

"Julius Caesar" The Capital City Players of Washington, D.C., present William Shakespeare's play. Opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m., continues Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 11. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. $18, seniors and students $15.

"Wifeswappers" Justin Tanner's play is about a God-fearing Republican couple planning a Christmas orgy. For age 18 and older. 7:30 p.m. Opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m., continues Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Dec. 18. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. $25.

The Blue Line The alt-rock band is from the District. With the Resistance, Redline Addiction and Rites of Ash. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. $10.

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ZooLights Animal-shaped light sculptures made from thousands of LEDs are on display at night. Animal houses remain open during the event. Opens Friday 6 to 8:30 p.m., continues Saturday and Sunday 6 to 8:30 p.m. Through Jan. 1. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-397-7328. Free.

"Linda Linda Linda"In Nobuhiro Yamashita's 2005 comedic film, four girls form a band to play their school's rock festival. In Japanese with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

PEN/Malamud Award and Reading Short-story authors Edward P. Jones and Nam Le read from their works. 7:30 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $15.

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"A Christmas Carol" Storyteller Chris Davis leads an interactive program based on the Charles Dickens story. 9:30 and 11 a.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Free tickets, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show.

U.S. Air Force Band The concert band and Singing Sergeants perform. With an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-767-5658. Free.

Conductor Jack and the Zinghoppers Band This Nashville-based pop band plays children's songs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. Free.

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