Wednesday, Dec. 28

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

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.

“’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.; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.

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.

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

Military Bowl, Air Force vs. Toledo. 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

“A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” for age 10 and older. Paul Morella in a one-man show, using only the words from Charles Dickens’s novella. 7:30 p.m., Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $26. 301-924-3400 or

“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. Thursday-Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 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. Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$35, $20 students and seniors, $10 age 17 and younger. 202-241-2539 or

“Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies,” Woolly artists collaborate with Chicago’s the Second City to present an comedic anti-holiday show. 8 p.m. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$67.50. 202-393-3939.

Thursday, Dec. 29

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

Kwanzaa Celebration, Beginning with a drum call, the Farafina Kan Youth Ensemble presents a historical overview of Kwanzaa. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1600 Morris Rd. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-633-4844.

Holiday Vaudeville, Cajun cellist Sean Grissom hosts vaudeville acts including Mallory Lewis, daughter of puppeteer Shari Lewis, with the classic children’s puppet Lamp Chop, and the Alexandria Kleztet, a modern Klezmer quartet. 6 p.m. Friday-Friday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

The Roots, The best live act in hip-hop does a two-night stand. 8 p.m. Friday-Friday, The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $45. 301-960-9999.

Friday, Dec. 30

“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

“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.” 8 p.m., Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $35-$55, $50-$30 seniors, $10-$25 students. 800-494-8497.

John Williams Quartet, 9 p.m., HR-57, 816 H St. NE. $15. 202-667-3700.

The Great Larry Willis Quartet, 9 and 11 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $20. 202-234-0072.

Saturday, Dec. 31

MLK banquet registration deadline, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A.Wright Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the 31st annual banquet commemorating the 83rd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Prince George’s County Chapter. Banquet is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at Camelot by Martin, 13905 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro.$50; age 65 and older, $45. RSVP. 301-773-1274 or 301-336-6814 or,

Andy Warhol 16 mm Series, watch the film “Velvet Underground and Nico.” Noon, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Admission, free. 202-737-4215.

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

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the live stage show based on children’s stop-motion television classic of the same title. 7 p.m., Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $15; children younger than 1 are free. 301-634-2270.

University of the District of Columbia’s Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5000.

New Year’s Eve with Monte Alexander and the Michael Bowie Band, admission includes a three-course dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages, champagne toast, hats, noisemakers, tax and tip. Two shows: 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $100-$150, reservations required. 202-337-4141.

The Great Larry Willis Quartet, 9 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $85, reservations required. 202-234-0072.

“Bartending 4 Change” New Year’s Eve Charity Bash, ring in the New Year with a live deejay, buffet dinner, drinks and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dress code: semi-formal cocktail attire. Portion of the proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. WDCMA. 10 p.m., Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St. NW. $90, advance purchase required. 202-234-0123 or

Sunday, Jan. 1

Lights On the Bay, A two-mile drive-through holiday light show with more than 70 displays. Proceeds benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center. 5-10 p.m., Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy., Route 50, Exit 32, Annapolis. $14 per car, $50 per bus. 443-481-3161 or

Wale, the D.C.-born rapper performs. 8 p.m., The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $35. 301-960-9999.

Monday, Jan. 2

Haitian Art Exhibit, paintings by Haitian artists on display through Jan. 7. Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 800-637-9477.

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

"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, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Animals in Winter Toddler Program, for ages 2-4, discover which animals hibernate and why through songs, stories, games and art. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Admission, free. 301-686-0225.

Wednesday, Jan. 4

“The Religion Thing,” A perfect couple reexamines their relationship when the wife’s friend find Jesus in this comedy. Wednesdays, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $30-$60. 800-494-8497.

Lady Alma, jazz singer performs. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

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