Ugly Christmas sweaters are the required dresscode for the Carroll Arts Center’s upcoming holiday party. (Andrea Caumont/Carroll Arts Center)


Express Tour Showcase

See professional actors bring the work of young playwrights to life at this Young Playwrights’ Theater showcase. The plays include library books coming to life, sibling rivalry and a science experiment gone awry.


The Zimmermann Telegram

Today, it might be hard to believe that something as arcane as a telegram spurred U.S. entry into World War I. Historian Thomas Boghardt gives a talk about the 1917 Zimmermann Telegram from Germany, which he explores in a new book.


THEARC Open House

This is one open house not to miss. Students from the Corcoran, Washington Ballet and the Levine School of Music present pieces they created inspired by the work of artist/dancer Nick Cave. Following the presentations, stick around for a rare Q&A with the artist.


Alouette, the Lark

After work, stop by Artisphere and grab a drink at a Thursday evening jazz happy hour. Gypsy jazz vocalist Mary Alouette, a former Strathmore Artist in Residence, performs live with her band.


Ugly sweater party

No holiday season is complete without an opportunity to don your most festive (and, hopefully, outlandish) knitwear. At the Carroll Arts Center’s bash, prizes will be awarded in categories such as “Best Vest” and “Best Retro-Ugly Sweater.” The event’s working tag­line is, “It’s gonna get ugly!”


Frying Pan Farm Park’s Holiday Celebration

This day-long, “old-fashioned” holiday event includes equestrian demonstrations, wagon rides, live carolers spreading good cheer to all. Santa will even be arriving in his sleigh for photos.


‘Pushing Hands’

Coinciding with the release of Ang Lee’s new film “Life of Pi,” AFI Silver Theatre and the Freer Gallery team up for a retrospective of the director’s work. The films at the Freer are free, beginning with Lee’s 1992 feature film debut, “Pushing Hands,” in which a retired tai chi master moves in with his son and daughter-in-law in New York.