The cast of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” (Michael J. Lutch)
THU 19

“Our Suburb” Two teens of different religions fall in love during the holidays in this world premiere by Darrah Cloud, a homage to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” set in 1977 Illinois. Previews Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Opening night Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 12. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. $25-$50, seniors $40-$45, military $10-$35, age 35 and younger $15-$25. Pay-what-you-can Thursday. Previews Friday-Sunday $30, military and age 35 and younger $15.

“Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman” A photographic exhibition curated and produced by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg features images reflecting the roles Mandela played throughout his life. Continues through April 25. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, 500 Howard Pl. NW. 202-806-7239. Free.

Folger Consort The ensemble performs 16th- and 17th-century Latin American and Spanish composers for the Christmas season. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $50.

FRI 20

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington The holiday revue “Sparkle, Jingle, Joy” features a Christmas cancan and more than 200 singers, including Matt Alber of the Grammy-winning a cappella group Chanticleer. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. $54-$59.

Fete des Lumieres Georgetown The Georgetown Business Improvement District partners with Alliance Francaise, Art Soiree Productions, Spain Arts and Culture, the JBG Cos., Wallonie-Bruxelles and Electricite de France to present holiday light installations by international artists Luisa Alvarez, Theoriz Crew and Chloe Yaiche. Be on the lookout for mannequins lighted by LEDs, a 10-by-32-inch interactive light wall of inner tubes, interactive video projections and a projection of NASA satellite imagery of constellations. Through Friday. Georgetown, Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW. Free.

“Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” A showcase of 35 18th- to-20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s decorative arts collection opens Friday. Through April 27. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. $10, age 65 and older and students $8, age 18 and younger free.

SAT 21

Nappy Riddem The touring reggae band performs. With Empresarios and Asheru. Doors at 8 p.m., concert at 9 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. $15.

“Against the Bias”Artists featured in this exhibit used sewing, crocheting, embroidering and other techniques to create their work. Closes Saturday. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600.

SUN 22

“A Commedia Christmas Carol” Faction of Fools puts its commedia dell’arte stamp on Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $30, seniors and students $18, age 12 and younger $12.

“Man in a Case” Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar unveil their new adaptation of two anti-love plays by Anton Chekhov. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. From $45.

Step Afrika! Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show Expect an appearance from DJ Frosty the Snowman, a stepping polar bear and penguin and other furry guests from the Arctic. Continues Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., closes Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. $15-$35.50.

MON 23

“High Society” In a continuation of her interest in animals that evoke fear or disgust, Elizabeth Holtry displays embroidered drawings of hyenas on brightly colored fabric and vinyl. Closes Monday. Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. 202-338-0680. Free.

“Then and Now: 40 Years” An exhibit featuring plein-air paintings and prints by D.C. artist Carlton Fletcher closes Monday. Jane Haslem, 2025 Hillyer Pl. NW. 202-232-4644. Free.

TUE 24

“My Best Holidays” French couple Claude and Isabelle take their two sons, Isabelle’s mother and some friends to vacation in her rural home town for the summer in Phillipe Lellouche’s 2012 film. The locals greet them with suspicion but gradually warm up. In French with English subtitles. Chinese food and drinks in the lobby at 6:30 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400. $11.

WED 25

All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam Vibraphonist Chuck Redd and pianist Robert Redd continue their 15-year tradition of playing jazzy renditions of holiday favorites. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” The 2012 Tony Award winner for best musical revival stops by on its national tour. Opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 29. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. From $48.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports