Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, Dec. 13-19
By Carrie Donovan,
“Les Miserables” The musical about a reformed convict in 19th-century France returns to Washington for its 25th anniversary with new scenery based on paintings by author Victor Hugo. Opens Thursday at 1:30 and 7 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 30. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.nationaltheatre.org. $40-$198.
TubaChristmas Are your holidays just not complete until you hear more than 100 tubas, sousaphones and euphoniums in one place playing holiday tunes? (Ours aren’t, either.) Col. Bryan Shelburne, former commander of the U.S. Army Band, will conduct the assembled players in a tradition that started 39 years ago and has gained popularity worldwide. Play one yourself? Registration begins at 3 p.m., rehearsal at 4 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. www.tubachristmas.com. Free.
“A Commedia Christmas Carol” The Dickens classic gets a commedia dell’arte twist in the hands of Faction of Fools Theatre Company. Continues Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Monday at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 202-651-5501. www.factionoffools.org. $25, seniors and students $15, age 12 and younger $10.
Woody Pines The young singer-songwriter from Eugune, Ore., with a penchant for old Americana styles, leads his band in blues, hot jazz, rockabilly, folk and more. 8:30 p.m. Hill Country, 410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com. Free.
“Nam June Paik: Global Visionary” Three major works by the Korean-born artist — “Zen for TV” (1963/1976), “Megatron/Matrix” (1995) and “Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii” (1995) — are joined by artworks and objects from the Nam June Paik Archive, a collection of correspondence and Paik ephemera, and pieces borrowed from public and private collections. Opens Thursday. Through Aug. 11, 2013. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.
ZooLights The zoo lights up with animal sculptures made from thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights. There will be a trackless train tour, talks and demonstrations in the animal houses, model train displays in the Visitor Center, photo ops with ZooLights mascot Panda Claws, carousel rides and two giant slides. Continues Friday-Wednesday 5-9 p.m. Through Jan. 1. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4888. www.nationalzoo.
si.edu. Free, fees for parking and some activities.
Wizards The basketball team plays the L.A. Lakers (Friday at 7 p.m.) and the Atlanta Hawks (Tuesday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.
Washington Revels present the Christmas Revels The 30th annual celebration of the Winter Solstice features singalongs, a madcap “Twelve Days of Christmas,” new music of the season, lively country and Morris dancing, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, a Mummer’s play and a special evocation of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 301-587-3835. www.revelsdc.org. $18-$45, age 18 and younger $12-$27.
“You, Me, Them, Everybody!” Live Twice a month, Huffington Post assistant editor Brandon Wetherbee hosts this live tete-a-tete in the model of Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” with co-host Jenn Tisdale, mixing performances from comics and musicians with banter with local movers and shakers. 7:30 p.m. Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. 202-232-5263. www.thewonderlandballroom.
com. www.youmethemeverybody.com. $5 suggested donation.
“An Irish Carol” Keegan Theatre sets Dickens’s classic in a pub. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com. $35, seniors and students $30.
Coyaba Academy and Coyaba Dance Theater The annual Kwanzaa celebration features special guests and highlights the seven principles of the holiday. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, seniors $17, college students $10, ages 2-17 $8.
“Drumming With Dishes: The Holiday Edition” Arts on the Horizon, a Northern Virginia company specializing in theater for children 6 and younger, presents a non-verbal play in which a child makes music in the kitchen with an imaginary friend. Continues Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Friday-Saturday at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., closes Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. www.artsonthehorizon.org. $8.
“Apples From the Desert” Israeli author Savyon Liebrecht’s play follows a teenager from a religious family who falls in love and runs away with a secular teen. Previews Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday-Monday at 7:30 p.m. Regular run is Dec. 20 through Jan. 6. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. www.theaterj.org. Saturday $30, Sunday-Monday pay-what-you-can. Regular tickets $25-$60, seniors $25-$55, age 35 and younger $15.
Scythian A self-labeled “immigrant roadshow,” this local group blends Celtic, Eastern European and other lively genres. Washington City Paper dubbed it the Best Band in D.C. in 2008. With Cutthroat Shamrock and Second String Band. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $18.
The Axelrod String Quartet The Sunday concert series continues with a program of Haydn, Barber and Mendelssohn. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanhistory.si.edu. $31.
American University museum shows Seven exhibitions close Sunday at the Katzen Arts Center: a 10-year painting retrospective by David Humphrey, “Pets, a President and the Others”; photographer Ivan Pinkava’s “Remains 1997-2010” featuring images of Central Asia; multimedia works by Matthew Kenyon in “Flash Crash”; “Revelation,” a collection of 30 paintings by Jules Olitski from 1959-2007; a sculpture show, “Platforms,” by eight members of the Washington Sculpture Group; a series of beetle sculptures by Joan Danziger, “Inside the Underworld: Beetle Magic”; and a video installation, “The Color of Time,” by painter-sculptor Carol Brown Goldberg and filmmaker Anthony Szulc. American University, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. www.american.edu/cas/katzen. Free.
Memphis Gold The blues guitarist gives holiday concerts at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $18.
A Redd Christmas Jazz musician brothers Chuck and Robert Redd present a vibes and piano concert. 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $18.
“The Screwtape Letters” Max McLean stars in the nationally touring play based on C.S. Lewis’s popular novel about the Devil’s chief psychiatrist who gently persuades patients to damn themselves. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. www.screwtapeonstage.com. $39-$89.
— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports