Arts and Crafts
ARTHELPS -- Wednesday, 5-10 p.m. The fifth-annual silent art auction and reception benefits Food & Friends and the DC Arts Center. JAM Communications Offices, Suite 400, 1638 R St. NW. Free. 202-986-4750
BOB SOMERBY -- Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. The Tonight Show comedy writer (and college roommate of Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore) is known locally for his comic reviews on WBAL-AM News Radio in Baltimore. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15-$17. 202-296-7008.
TOSCA DWELL SOUNDSYSTEM -- Today, doors at 8 p.m. Electro-jazz-improv from Richard Dorfmeister, Rupert Huber, MC Earl Zinger and Ras MC T-Weed. With visuals by Fritz Fitzke and a DJ performance by Dorfmeister. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.
THE ROUTINEERS -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The local indie-rockers play with Porch Mob and Bleeder Resistor. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $7. 202-783-3933.
THE HOWARD UNIVERSITY CHOIR -- Friday at 6 p.m. A program of classic choral works and American spirituals led by J. Weldon Norris. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
NPR'S A JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. Pianists Marcia Ball, Hank Jones, Hilton Ruiz and percussionists Dave Samuels and Pete Escovedo perform their favorite holiday songs. The concert will be recorded for broadcast later in the month. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
DIZZY GILLESPIE ALUMNI ALL-STAR BIG BAND -- Saturday at 8 p.m. A birthday celebration for saxophonist James Moody. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
FUEGO FLAMENCO -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Dec 11 at 4 p.m. Classic Spanish dance by Edwin Aparicio, Anna Menendez and Nelida Tirado. With music from Richard Marlow and Jesus Montoya. Gala Theater-Tivoli, 3333 13th St. NW. $27.50, students $20.50-$22.50, ages 12 and younger $17.50. 202-234-7174.
CURRENT -- Closes Saturday. The work of Linn Meyers uses archival ink pen dots and lines on Mylar surfaces to express random qualities among uniform patterns. G Fine Art, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. 202-462-1601.
ROZOME MASTERS -- Through Feb. 12. Works by 15 contemporary Japanese artists, include folding screens, scrolls, panels and kimonos, all created using rozome, a wax-resistant dyeing technique unique to Japan that has roots in the ancient Nara period. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
WEEKEND FAMILY MATINEE -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Three holiday family films, "Olive the Other Reindeer," "Chanuka at Bubbe's" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas," are shown together. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.
JINGLE IN THE JUNGLE -- Thursday, 6-9 p.m. The FONZ Young Professionals host an evening of holiday tunes, twinkling lights, hors d'oeuvres provided by La Tasca and festive drinks. With a photography display by the FONZ Photo Club and behind-the-scenes access to the Zoo's Amazonia exhibit. National Zoo, Amazonia, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $35. 202-673-4717.
A YOUNG MAN'S DREAM AND A WOMAN'S SECRET -- Today at 1 p.m. The film follows sculptor Efaimbelo as he enters the Madagascar countryside to carve and paint a commemorative funerary post. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.
THE DEVIL'S BROTHER -- Friday at 7 p.m. The 1933 Laurel and Hardy comedy follows the pair as they attempt to take up a life of crime in 18th-century Northern Italy. Part of the Films on the Hill series. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-249-8202.
FABYULEUS -- Today at 3 p.m. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, dressed up as elves and the Sugar Plum Fairy, returns to the stage with a tribute to several former first ladies and a version of "Home for the Holidays." With guest the DC Cowboys. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $19-$49. 202-994-6800 or 301-808-6900.
AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS -- Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Arthur Kopit's "Chamber Music," in which Joan of Arc, Gertrude Stein, Queen Isabella and others gather at an annual meeting; and Fernando Arrabal's absurdist "Picnic on the Battlefield," about a couple who visits their son on the front lines of battle for a weekly picnic. Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $12, seniors $8, students $5. 202-319-5188.
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