Thursday, Dec. 27

“Young Robin Hood,” The archer’s origins are told. 2 p.m., show ends Dec. 30, Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

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. 301-248-4404. Free.

“Pullman Porter Blues,” Set in 1937 and with a soundtrack of new and traditional blues songs, this world premiere follows three generations of porters as they struggle to survive. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Jan. 6, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.

“Seasonal Disorder,” Washington Improv Theater stages sketches with a holiday theme. 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. $10 online, $15 at the door.

“The Night Before Christmas,” Comedy ensues when a burglar is caught on Christmas Eve and claims to be an elf. Presented by Theater Alliance. 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 202-544-0703. $15-$25.

Friday, Dec. 28

Kwanzaa Celebration, Melvin Deal and the African American Heritage Drummers and Dancers celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa with music, dance and ceremony. 10 a.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1600 Morris Rd. SE. 202-633-4844. Free, reservations required.

“Slay Ride,” Do or Die Mystery presents a dinner show in which someone is out to get Santa. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Harp & Fiddle, 4844 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda. 443-422-3810. $47.50.

Elebga Folklore Society, The Richmond-based dance and drum troupe celebrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa and the African Diaspora. 8 p.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. $10, seniors and students $8.

Keith Sweat, 8 p.m. Dec. 28, The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $45.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Laugh Riot at the Hyatt Regency, In the basement of a nondescript Bethesda hotel, things get cracking early on Saturday nights with this showcase specializing in a mix of budding comics and more established vets. There is a small cover charge, but with no table service and no minimum, there is no pressure to spend a penny more. 8 p.m. Dec. 29, Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $10.

Sunday, Dec. 30

“The Butler’s Been Murdered!,” The comedy murder mystery unfolds during a four-course dinner. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington. 888-471-4802. $53.

Tank, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. $55.

Monday, Dec. 31

Good Vibes New Year’s Eve Party, The Philadelphia-based, reggae-infused band, Three Legged Fox headlines the evening’s performances. With Feed God Cabbage, FeelFree, Irresponsible, Dub City Renegades and DJ Castro. 7 p.m. Dec. 31, Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. $20.

DC Blues Society New Year’s Eve Celebration, Food, champagne, live music by the Linwood Taylor Band and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the annual DC Blues Festival. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, American Legion Post 268, 11225 Fern St., Wheaton. 301-322-4808. $40.

Black Cat New Year’s Eve Ball, The annual event features swing music by Peaches O’Dell and her orchestra. DJs spin modern music on the back stage. 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. $25.

Bowie New Year’s Eve party, Ring in the new year with DJ Flexx of WPGC 95.5 FM, buffet, champagne toast, favors and more. 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Half Note Restaurant and Lounge, 4882 Glenn Dale Rd., Bowie. 301-809-6683. $50, tickets required. Bottle service available for additional fee.

New Year’s Eve with Monte Alexander, There are two shows on New Year’s Eve. The first show is at 8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) and costs $100 per person. Price includes a three-course dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages, plus tax and tip. The second show is at 10 p.m. (doors open at 9:30) and costs $150 per person. Price includes a three-course dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and champagne by the glass, plus hats, noisemakers, tax and tip. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). 202-337-4141. $100-$150.

Big Night DC, Fifteen themed party areas, five dance floors. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-965-2800. $129-$219.

The Roots, 9 p.m. Dec. 31, The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $75.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Model Train Garden,The garden’s annual winter exhibit features eight model trains and buildings created with plants, one of Washington’s largest indoor holiday trees, blooming poinsettias and a collection of D.C. landmarks crafted from natural materials. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 1, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Ernie Fields, Known as the “Total Entertainer,” the Motown-style performer puts on a special New Years show for age 50 and older. Noon-2 p.m. Jan. 2, Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. 301-408-4343. $5, registration required.

“1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization,” Surgical instruments, an elephant clock and the first camera obscura are among the artifacts collected in this traveling exhibition. Closes Jan. 2, National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7588.

“Prohibition,” In honor of the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, the exhibit looks at the creation of the law. Closes Jan. 2, National Museum of Crime & Punishment, 575 Seventh St. NW. 202-393-1099. $21.95, seniors, law enforcement, military $19.95, age 5 to 11 $14.95.

Civil Rights exhibit, Stories from the lives of African Americans in Maryland from Colonial days through the civil rights movement. Closes Jan. 2, Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis. 410-216-6180.

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