Thursday, Jan. 5

Black History Month art contest, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela announces its 2012 Black History Month art contest, an initiative aimed at promoting awareness about African Americans and Afro-Venezuelans. Participants can submit one original piece of artwork in any size using any materials desired as JPEG or PDF files to with the subject line: Black History Month Art Contest. They must be received before January 29th by 5 p.m.

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.

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. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or

“The Religion Thing,” A perfect couple reexamines their relationship when the wife’s friend find Jesus in this comedy. 7:30 p.m. , Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. $30-$60. 800-494-8497.

“Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies,” Woolly artists collaborate with Chicago’s the Second City to present an comedic anti-holiday show. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$67.50. 202-393-3939.

Comedian Tony Woods, one of the District’s most well-known comedians headlines. Funnyman Rob Maher opens with Ayanna Dookie as MC. 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. Thursday show, $17; all other shows, $20. 202-697-4900.

Friday, Jan. 6

“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

Wizards, vs. the New York Knicks. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.

“Darius the Dragon and Rap-Punzel,” for age 4 and older, performance by Encore Stage & Studio about what happens when the tale of a dragon is paired with the story of an imprisoned princess. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 15, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12; seniors, students and children, $10. 703-548-1154 or

Saturday, Jan. 7

“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 5 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

Locomotion,” based on the award-winning book of the same name, “Locomotion” follows an 11-year-old boy who is orphaned after a fire. While in foster care, he is introduced to poetry and finds a way to express his emotions using words. 11 a.m., Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. $7; seniors, students and children, $6. 240-567-5301.

“Plunkett & Tremolo,” for ages 4 and older, a comedy performance by Happenstance Theatre, about two mute fools who try to prove who is who. 7:30 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $8. 703-548-1154 or

Sunday, Jan. 8

Wizards, vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. 1 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.

Three Kings Day Celebration, the fun will include a live animal procession, music and dance presentations including Alama Boliviana and the National Symphony Orchestra and treats especially for the kids. Tickets will be distributed at the box office at 12:30 p.m. limit four per family. The performance will be presented in English and Spanish. Performance begins at 2 p.m., GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. Free. 202-234-7174.

Hip-Hop and Classical: A Collaboration, musical worlds collide at BloomBars as a National Symphony Orchestra string quartet teams up with hip-hop vocalist Asheru and jazz singer Tamika Love Jones in honor of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an 18th-century violinist commonly known as “the Black Mozart." The concert is part of the National Symphony's "NSO in Your Neighborhood Program." BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW. Free. 202-567-7713

Monday, Jan. 9

"Sex on the Brain," local artists perform a series of 10-minute plays about communication between genders. Part of the Female Voices Festivall. 7:30 p.m. Round House Theatre - Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $15-$25. 240-644-1100.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Film Screeining and Community Dialouge: “The Interupters”. A documentary that tells the moving story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed”. After the movie, organizers will host a panel discussion and community dialogue about innovative ways that local citizens are organizing to address the issue of street violence in some of Washington, DC's most hardest-hit neighborhoods. 6:00 p.m. MLK Library, 901 G Street, NW, Washington DC (202) 727-1111

Wizards, vs. Toronto Raptors. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.

Tanya Blount, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Capitals, vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $92-$205.

Antone “Chooky” Caldwell, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

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