Express Tour Showcase

Professional actors bring the work of young playwrights to life at this Young Playwrights’ Theater showcase. The plays’ subjects include library books coming to life, sibling rivalry and a science experiment gone awry.

7:30 p.m. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW.


The Zimmermann Telegram

Today it might be hard to believe that something as mundane as a telegram spurred U.S. entry into World War I. Historian Thomas Boghardt gives a talk about Germany’s 1917 Zimmermann Telegram, which he explores in a new book.

Noon. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.


THEARC Open House

This is one open house not to miss. Students from the Corcoran, Washington Ballet and Levine School of Music present pieces inspired by the work of the sculptor, performance artist and dancer Nick Cave. Following the presentations, stick around for a rare Q&A with the artist.

5:30-7:30 p.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901.


Alouette, the Lark

After work, stop by Artisphere and grab a drink at an evening jazz happy hour. Gypsy jazz vocalist Mary Alouette, a former Strathmore artist in residence, performs live with her band.

5:30-8 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100.


Ugly-sweater party

No holiday season is complete without an opportunity to don your most festive — and, hopefully, outlandish — knitwear. At the Carroll Arts Center’s bash, prizes will be awarded in categories such as best vest and best retro-ugly sweater. The event’s working tag­line is, “It’s gonna get ugly!”

5-7 p.m. Carroll Arts Center, 91 Main St., Westminster.


Frying Pan Farm Park’s Holiday Celebration

This day-long, “old-fashioned” holiday event includes equestrian demonstrations, wagon rides, and live carolers spreading good cheer to all. Santa will arrive in his sleigh for photos.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon. 703-437-9101.


‘Pushing Hands’

Coinciding with the release of Ang Lee’s new film, “Life of Pi,” AFI Silver Theatre and the Freer Gallery team up for a retrospective of the director’s work. The films at the Freer are free, beginning with Lee’s 1992 feature film debut, “Pushing Hands,” in which a retired tai chi master moves in with his son and daughter-in-law in New York.

1 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000.

— Jess Righthand