Wednesday, Dec. 14

Lyle Lovett, , Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $89.50. 703-549-7500.

National Christmas Tree Music Program, the holliest, jolliest place in Christmastime Washington is the Ellipse, where it’s not only the national tree that draws visitors, but the sounds of jingling bells and Christmas carols from musical groups from across the country. Daily through Dec. 23, The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-208-1631.

FotoWeek DC, the citywide photographic exhibit wraps up. Noon-6 p.m. through Dec. 17. Noon-6 p.m., FotoWeek Central, 1800 L St. NW. $5. 202-639-1700 or

Mental Wellness Classes, learn signs of mental illness and the steps to getting help. Noon-4 p.m., On Our Own Prince George's County, Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Rd., University Park.Free, registration required. 301-699-8939 or

Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Septime Webre directs a D.C.-themed version of the classic. 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24, Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000.

“Bust,” comedic actress Lauren Weedman stars in a show she wrote about her career and her volunteer work at a women’s jail. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 23, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $35-$60. 202-332-3300.

“Pride and Prejudice,” the parents of five daughters attempt to find them husbands. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31, Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. $25-$60. 240-644-1100.

“Romeo and Juliet,” the Shakespearean tale of star-crossed lovers is told without words, using props, mime and dance. Part of “Speak No More: The Silent Shakespeare Festival.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $35-$55, $50-$30 seniors, $10-$25 students. 800-494-8497.

Toys for Tots Comedy Show, 7:30 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $15. 202-697-4900.

Jazz Jam Session, 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesdays and Thursdays, HR57, 816 H St. NE, DC.$8. 202-253-0044.

SwagFunk, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Thursday, Dec. 15

One By 1, Inc. , a non-profit youth advocacy organization based in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia will be presenting “Out for Good, a documentary screening about the U.S. prison system and community building session, which is open to the public, on Thursday, December 15th at 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the MLK Library, 901 G St., NW. Auditorium A5. Email to learn more about volunteering.

Winterfest 2011, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts program. Students perform in musical and dance concerts, as well as performing and visual art exhibitions. Call for event details and times. 7 p.m., Suitland High School, 5200 Silver Hill Rd, Suitland. Admission, free. 301-817-0500 or

Dwele, Frank Sirius, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45. 703-573-7328; information, 703-549-7500 or

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, set to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s score, the lavish production features 40 dancers, nine hand-painted backdrops with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, Russian-designed puppets. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

“Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies,” Chicago’s The Second City comedy troupe, with local actors Jessica Frances Dukes, Aaron Bliden and others, performs one of its edgiest works, answering the question of whether our civilization has an expiration date. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, continues through Jan. 8, 10 p.m. Dec. 31, no performances Dec. 24 or 25, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $30-$75, subject to availability. 202-393-3939 or

Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra, Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and other holiday favorites. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

Indigo Love, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Theater: A (Comic) Christmas Carol, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. $17; students and seniors, $14. 301-441-8770.

Friday, Dec. 16

Tank, R&B crooner. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45. 703-549-7500 or

“Christmas on the Potomac,” the annual celebration features live performances, exhibits, events and a hand-carved ICE! Extravaganza featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar. Open daily; hours vary, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Tickets: $17-35; age 3 and under, free. 301-965-2800 or

Jazz and blues café, with pianist John Guernsey. 6:30-8 p.m., New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. Admission, free. 301-474-5642.

Ice skating trip, for ages 10-17, travel to Wells-Linson complex to skate with friends. 7-10 p.m., Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. $3, registration required. 301-408-4343.

Central Crossing High School Choir, National Christmas Tree Music Program. 8-8:30 p.m., The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-208-1631.

Eddie Griffin Live!, the comic and acting star performs. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $35. 202-697-4900.

Thad Wilson, performs smooth jazz on the trumpet. 9 and 11 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Flower Avenue Holiday Market, shop a variety of vendor wares including antiques, art, furniture, jewelry, vintage toys and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24, Parking lot on the corner of Flower Ave. and Arliss St., Silver Spring.Admission, free. or

Air-dried Clay Workshop, for ages 3-8. 10 a.m.-noon, Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. Free, donations welcome. 301-927-3013.

Holiday Planes and Trains, featuring miniature trains, villages, tunnel and depots decked out in the yuletide spirit. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Wednesdays, through Dec. 23, College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $4, seniors $3, children $2. 301-864-6029 or

Poetry Writing Workshop, with poet Laini Mataka. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-234-4755.

Estate Jewelry Sale, shop clothing, jewelry and accessories. Free gift with purchase of $25 or more. Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 31, The 3610 Boutique, 3610 12th St. NE. Bonita or Ted Curtis, 202-529-8046.

Holiday Market on the Harbor, shop handmade ornaments/decorations, pastries, roasted chestnuts and more. Noon-6 pm Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Admission, free. 877-628-5427 or

Simmons Family Singers, National Christmas Tree Music Program. 3-3:30 p.m., The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-208-1631.

Lopez Studios Singers/Youth Choir, National Christmas Tree Music Program. 5-5:30 p.m., The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-208-1631.

“Home for the Holidays,” Members of the U.S. Navy Concert Band, Sea Chanters chorus, Country Current and select members of the Commodores and Cruisers ensembles perform. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free, tickets required. Tickets, 202-397-7328; information, 202-628-4780.

Jeff Bradshaw, the jazz trombonist performs. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Fifth annual “Kicks for Kids” Charity Shoe Drive; Celebrity Meet and Greet and Free Family-Friendly Concert,The Mall at Prince George’s-Shoe City, 3500 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD, 20782, 2 pm, Celebrity Meet & Greet / Charity Shoe Drive (The Mall at Prince George’s - Shoe City) 5 pm– 10 pm, Free Concert (9:30 Club – Open to all ages). A $10 donation equals a new pair of sneakers for the children's charities, and entry into the concert along with some other sponsored gifts for the giver. For more information, please go to:

Washington Redskins Watch Party to Benefit Two Charities, Hudson Restaurant and Lounge, 2030 M St. NW, Washington DC, (202) 872-8700; $20 Minimum donation gets you in the door + complimentary appetizers; cash bar w/$5 Amstel Light, $6 Rail Drinks, $7 House Red & White Wine, $10 Sangria/Margaritas
20 percent of food and drink proceeds benefit Girls Inc. & MenzFit
RSVP:  By December 16th to

Nutcracker Tea, high tea followed by a mini-performance of “The Nutcracker.” Get a picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $58, ages 4 to 12 $38, younger $18. 703-778-3008 or

Arachne Aerial Arts, aerial acrobatics show. 4 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. $10; students and seniors, $7. 301-699-1819.

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra: A Bohemian Christmas, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $18-$20. 301-581-5100.

Monday, Dec. 19

Go Go: Lissen Band, 8 p.m. Mondays, Takoma Station, 6914 Fourth St. NW. 202-829-1999.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Kevin Robinson Ensemble,Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. 202-234-0072.

Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa!, African dancers, drummers and storytellers interpret the seven principles of the holiday. 10:15 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $5. 301-277-1710.

Downtown Holiday Market, A rotating cast of 50 artisans and exhibitors, holiday lights and live music make this open-air holiday market a favorite stop for those in search of a personal gift. Noon-8 p.m. through Dec. 23., Downtown Holiday Market, F Street between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Free. or

Platinum Live: Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa!, for age 60 and older. African dancers, drummers and storytellers on the seven principles of the holiday. Noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $5. 301-277-1710.

Brandywine Free Food Distribution, must bring your own bags. 4-6 p.m., Gwynn Park Middle School, yson Road parking lot, 8000 Dyson Rd., Brandywine. Free. Brother Moe Gregory at 301-336-3808 or

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Radio One presents Know Your Status Holiday Jam, Wale hosts a free go-go concert by D.C.’s own Chuck Brown. As an incentive to get people to get tested for HIV, the D.C. Department of Health and Radio One came up with a plan: people have to get tested to get a ticket. Get tested at a participating site Dec. 2-20 for your ticket, while supplies last. 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Free. 202-265-0930 or

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