Wednesday, Dec. 21

“Billy Elliot the Musical,” after a failed attempt at boxing, a boy follows his dream of becoming a dancer. Various times and dates through Jan. 15, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$150. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324.

“IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas,” an exhibit that looks at the lives of people with African American and Native American heritages. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas Day, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

“The Black List,” photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders explore the careers and lives of preeminent African Americans. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

“Nutcracker Fantasy,” 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Mondays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 31, Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $5. 301-634-5380.

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

“’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” A mouse whose house was skipped by Santa last Christmas goes on an adventure with an elf and a girl. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7 p.m. Fridays, noon Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.

Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Septime Webre directs a D.C.-themed version of the classic. 7 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $35-$110. 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.

“Black Nativity,” Langston Hughes’s retelling of the Christmas story from an African American perspective with gospel music, griot-style storytelling and dance. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 31, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$35, $20 students and seniors, $10 age 17 and younger. 202-241-2539 or

“Rubber Tramps,” filmmaker Max Koetter follows the lives of artists, poets, activists,d ead-heads, society drop-outs and other non-conformists that make their converted school buses, vans and cars their home. 8 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $4-$6. 703-875-1100.

Thursday, Dec. 22

Bob Brown Puppets’ Holiday, for grades pre-kindergarten to second. Snowmen, ice skaters, skiers and elves in a new holiday marionette extravaganza. 9:30 and 11 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $3. 301-277-1710.

“The Nutcracker,” for ages 5 and older, The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents the classic holiday tale. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-634-5380.

Jesse Kanda: Waking from a Coma, the Japanese-born designer and filmmaker triggers the senses with sights and sounds, depicting images never quite seen before. Shown in rotation on the video wall and around the building. 11 a.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or

“Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical,” for age 4 and older, Mo Willems’s story about family, best friends, baby steps and gigantic dancing laundry. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday-Friday and Monday-Dec. 30, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Jan. 2, 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Jan. 7, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Jan. 8, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

Voices in Praise, National Christmas Tree Music Program. 7-7:30 p.m., The Ellipse, 1600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-208-1631.

Blues Dance Lesson, 9 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Ballroom Annex, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $8. 301-634-2222.

Friday, Dec. 23

National Harbor Tree Lighting, with firework display, live music. 5-9 p.m., National Harbor, 150 National Plaza. Free. 877-628-5427 or

Yahzarah, a “Tribute to Prince.” 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

“On & On” Funk/Hip Hop Party, with DJ’s Autorock and Danny Harris. 9:30 p.m., Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960 or

Saturday, Dec. 24

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., Parking lot on the corner of Flower Ave. and Arliss St., Silver Spring.Admission, free. or

Water-Skiing Santa, stunt water-skiing on the Potomac is impressive enough, but this team dons character costumes and braves December temperatures to boot. For the 26th anniversary show, Santa is joined by kneeboarding reindeer, flying elves, a jet-skiing Grinch, and dinghy-riding Frosty the Snowman. The show goes on even in case of rain or snow. 1 p.m., National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Free. 877-628-5427 or

“The Kinsey Sicks In Oy Vey In A Manger,” the San Francisco-based drag quartet performs its irreverent show. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $60-$65. 800-494-8497.

Sunday, Dec. 25

Festival of Lights, the 25th annual drive-through light display uses more than a million lights. Canned goods will be collected for a food drive. 5-9:30 p.m., Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free Christmas Day. 301-699-2456; TTY 301-218-6768; Spanish 301-445-4509 or

“All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam,” vibraphonist Chuck Redd hosts a concert with pianist Robert Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bass player James King and vocalist Delores Williams. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

James Brown Death-Mas Holiday Bash, with Soul Call Paul. 9 p.m., Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960 or

Monday, Dec. 26

Dick Morgan, 8 and 10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $22. 202-337-4141.

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

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Lake Arbor basketball camp, for ages 6-14. Before and after care available. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. $120, registration required. 301-333-6561.

Laurel Kwanzaa program, explore African American cultural heritage through storytelling, music, dance and arts and crafts. 1:30-2:45 p.m., Laurel Museum, 817 Main St. $7; siblings, $5. Reservations required. 301-725-7975 or

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Matisyahu, known as the “Jewish Rapper.” 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. 202-265-0930.

Camp Kwanzaa, a family-friendly event that explores the seven days of Kwanzaa through performances, hands-on activities and crafts. 10:30 a.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1600 Morris Rd. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-633-4844.

Military Bowl, The Naval Academy takes on an ACC school as college football makes its annual return to RFK Stadium. 4:30 p.m., RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $25-$90. Ticketmaster: 800-551-7328 or

Kwanzaa Festival, A family event featuring African dance, poetry and other Kwanzaa-related festivities. 6-9 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-248-4404 or

New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31

Bartending 4 Change presents its 2011 Annual New Year’s Eve Charity Bash, Fundraiser for Girls Inc, 10:00 p.m. at Ulah Lounge, 1214 U Street, NW, $90.00 (of which $25.00 will go to charity). All inclusive ticket gets you beer, wine, call drinks, a buffet, DJ spinning all night long and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Semi-formal cocktail attire required. For tickets, contact Cami Mazard ( or

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