Heather Day, Joseph C. Parra and Theo Willis Three recent graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art display their abstract works. Heather Day adds layers of fabrics to her architecture-inspired paintings; Joseph C. Parra deconstructs portraits combining printing, drawing, painting and sanding; and Theo Willis plays with the construction of a painting by cutting and layering canvas. Opens Thursday. Through Jan. 27. Adah Rose Gallery, 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-922-0162. www.adahrosegallery.com. Free.
Ice! Gaylord’s annual Christmas on the Potomac features scenes from the animated film “Shrek” carved from 2 million pounds of ice. Closes Sunday. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. 301-965-4000. www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national. $23-$30, seniors $19-$26, ages 4 to 12 $16-$23, younger free.
Phillips After 5: Arctic Expedition An after-hours event at the museum, presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Denmark, complements the Per Kirkeby painting and sculpture exhibition, which closes Sunday. Take in a talk by an environmental scientist, participate in a Lego challenge, preview the Kennedy Center’s upcoming Nordic Cool festival, try samples of New Belgium Brewing beers and learn about the history of the Phillips Collection. 5-8:30 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $12, seniors and students $10.
Washington Jewish Film Festival Fifty-five films from 15 countries will be screened at 10 venues during the 23rd annual festival. Opening night kicks off with two screenings of Sophie Lellouche’s romantic comedy, “Paris Manhattan,” about a woman whose hopeless crush on Woody Allen threatens to put a damper on potential real-life love. In French with English subtitles. The screenings begin Thursday at 6:15 and 8:45 p.m. ($25-$30 each) at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, with a reception for ticket-holders (either showing) at 8 p.m. Festival continues through Jan. 13. Visit Web site for complete schedule. 800-494-8497. www.wjff.org. $11-$30; festival passes $75, age 30 and younger $30.
Ocean Orchestra & Washington Revels The full eight-member Ocean Orchestra and singers from the Washington Revels usher in the New Year with traditional Celtic tunes, a mummer’s play and audience participation. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $25.
Garden of Lights The half-mile walk-through display includes more than 1 million LED lights. Last entry is a half-hour before closing. Continues Friday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m., Sunday 5:30-9 p.m. Closes Sunday. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1457. www.montgomeryparks.org. Cars or vans $20-$25 (cash only).
“Old Time Music With Attitude” The Hot Seats, the Acoustic Burgoo and Jake & the Burtones, three bands with Loudoun County roots, kick off the new year with old-time string band and bluegrass music. 7:30 p.m. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
“Cut” The dark comedy follows three reality television writers who fight to save their jobs by rewriting the show’s finale. Recommended for age 13 and older. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. www.greenbelt
artscenter.org. $17, seniors and students $14.
Three Kings Day celebration Observe the Hispanic tradition with music, refreshments and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. 301-864-0756. www.pgparks.com. Free.
Ari Hest “The Fire Plays,” the latest album by this acoustic singer-songwriter, was released in November. 7:30 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org. $20.
The Crystals The 1960s all-female vocal group performs such hits as “He’s a Rebel,” “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” and “Then He Kissed Me.” 8 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. www.pgparks.com. $30, seniors $25.
“Mozart and the Voice of the Viola” The National Philharmonic features violist Victoria Chiang and violinist Nurit Bar-Josef in a program of works by Telemann, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Free pre-concert lectures will begin Saturday at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday at 1:45 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. www.strathmore.org. $37-$84, ages 7-17 free.
“The Sound of Love” Singer Darlene Love performs her own rock hits such as “He’s a Rebel” and other popular oldies, gospel and Broadway selections. Her sister Edna Wright of Honey Cone opens. 8 p.m. Montgomery College, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240-567-5301. www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac. $30, seniors and students $28.
“A Bad Day to Go Fishing” A screening of Alvaro Brechner’s drama, about former strongman and his manager traveling around small South American towns staging wrestling matches, is followed by a discussion, coffee and bagels. In Spanish with English subtitles. 10 a.m. Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-365-3679. www.cinemaartbethesda.org. $15.
Greenbelt painting party Artist-in-residence Kathy Karlson leads a kid-friendly painting workshop to experiment with a variety of tools and techniques. Stay for a meet- and-greet with members of the Greenbelt Arts Advisory Board, tours of the museum’s exhibit, a raffle drawing, an artist open studio and more. 1-4 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Most activities free.
The Gliders The band performs roots music on bass, harmonica, guitars and lap steel. 5-8 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe.com. Free.
Mark Russell Political satire that plays off current headlines has kept Mark Russell’s audiences laughing for more than 60 years. He performs stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $49.50.
“Glitz: Art That Sparkles” An exhibit featuring works of art that shine, sparkle, twinkle, shimmer, flicker, flash and glitter. Exhibit runs through Jan. 13. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $3, seniors and ages 5-11 $2; age 4 and younger free.
Wizards The basketball team takes on the Brooklyn Nets (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Oklahoma City Thunder (Monday at 7 p.m.) Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.nba.com/wizards. From $11.
Mid-Atlantic Band Battle preliminaries Bands of any genre from up and down the East Coast compete for prizes in the eighth annual band battle. Eight bands will play each night and the winners will move on to the finals Feb. 22. 7:30-10:15 p.m. Monday-Jan. 10. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $10.
“Forever in Bloom” This exhibit featuring oil paintings by Woodbridge artist Gail Darnell and pottery by Sherri Johnson of Fairfax opens Tuesday. Through Feb. 4. Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-494-0584. www.theartistsundertaking.com. Free.
“Xtreme Teens” Rock Village Youth ages 10-17 are invited to learn the drums, tambourines and congas, plus mike skills. 3-6 p.m. Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier. 301-927-2163. www.pgxtremeteens.com. Free.
“How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris” This exhibit examines the written works, political activism and artistic endeavors of William Morris, the 19th-century English textile designer, artist, writer and libertarian socialist. Through July 1. University of Maryland, Hornbake Library, Maryland Room Gallery, Campus Drive, College Park. 301-405-9213. www.lib.umd.edu/special/exhibits/home. Free.
“With a Tug and a Hold” Magnolia Laurie’s abstract paintings and sculptures focus on the acts of building and assembling. Closes Wednesday. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. www.visartscenter.org. Free.
“Uncover the Prison in Your Backyard” A series of lectures on the history of the Lorton Correctional Facility will begin with “Genesis of a Prison.” Robyn Muncy, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, will discuss the progressive movement’s approach to crime and punishment and its effect on the creation of the Workhouse. 7:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. Free.
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3Fifty-five films from 15 countries will be screened at 10 venues during the 23rd annual Washington Jewish Film Festival. Opening night kicks off with two screenings of Sophie Lellouche’s romantic comedy, “Paris Manhattan,” with Alice Taglioni and Patrick Bruel, above, about a woman whose hopeless crush on Woody Allen threatens to put a damper on potential real-life love. In French with English subtitles. The screenings begin Thursday at 6:15 and 8:45 p.m. ($25-$30 each) at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, with a reception for ticket-holders (either showing) at 8 p.m. Festival continues through Jan. 13. Visit Web site for complete schedule. 800-494-8497. www.wjff.org. $11-$30; festival passes $75, age 30 and younger $30.