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Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Dave Attell. (Bobby Bank/WIREIMAGE)
THU 29

Handi-Hour Inspired by Jenny Hart and Anna Von Mertens, artists featured in the “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” exhibit, this social craft-hour invites visitors to create hoop art ornaments to decorate the Renwick’s holiday tree. There will also be live music by the Michelle Raymond Band. 5:30-8 p.m. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. $20 cash only; includes two drink tickets.

Billy Joe Shaver The outlaw country songwriter responsible for almost all of the songs on Waylon Jennings’s breakthrough “Honky Tonk Heroes” album sings and plays guitar. 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. $27.

“A Commedia Christmas Carol” The Dickens classic gets a Commedia dell’Arte twist in the hands of Faction of Fools Theatre Company. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 202-651-5501. $20, seniors and students $15, age 12 and younger $10.

“You Can’t Get a Decent Margarita at the North Pole.” It’s crunch time at the North Pole, and Santa is overworked and stressed out in this comedy presented by Grain of Sand Theatre. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 23. The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 866-811-4111. $15, $10 with Fringe button.

Dave Attell The host of Showtime’s “Dave’s Old Porn” was named one of Entertainment Weekly Magazine’s 25 Funniest People in America. With Tim Miller. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. $35.

FRI 30

Downtown Holiday Market For the eighth year, dozens of vendors will fill the streets in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery with jewelry, paintings, clothing, housewares and crafts from around the world. Live music plays while you browse. Opens Friday, and open daily noon-8 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Downtown Holiday Market, F Street between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 202-215-6993. Free.

Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company Edwin Aparicio leads a troupe of dancers, singers and guitarists from Spain, New York and Los Angeles in the world premiere of “Flamenco/Flamenca.” Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. $18-$30.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington One of the chorus’s biggest shows ever, “Winter Nights” features more than 200 singers, a handbell choir and “Rockettes.” Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-293-1548. 202-994-6800. $25-$55.

So Percussion The Brooklyn-based experimental percussion ensemble performs. 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. $15-$25.

SAT 01

“All My Sons” Keegen Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s play about crime and punishment. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. $35, seniors and students $30.

“The Santaland Diaries” Joe Brack performs a stage version of David Sedaris’s essay. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Redrum at Fort Fringe, 612 L St. NW. 202-213-2474. $20.

“Wonderful Life”This Helen Hayes Award-nominated play, based on Frank Capra’s film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” was adapted as a one-man show by Hub Theatre Artistic Director Helen Pafumi and actor Jason Lott, who plays George Bailey, a man examining the worth of his own life. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Dec. 30. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 800-494-8497. $35.

“Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture” A collection of stone and gilt bronze Buddhist sculptures highlights two flourishing ages, the late Six Dynasties and the High Tang (6th to 8th centuries). The exhibition’s dramatic focus is the monumental Cosmological Buddha: a life-size stone sculpture covered in intricate representations of the earthly realms. It is the only one of its kind on the world. Opens Saturday. Through Dec. 12, 2014. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

SUN 02

The Films of Ang Lee The Freer celebrates the Oscar-winning Taiwan-born director’s movies with screenings of “Pushing Hands” (Sunday at 1 p.m.), “The Wedding Banquet” (Sunday at 3 p.m.) and “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman” (Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.). Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“You for Me for You” In Mia Chung’s comic fantasy, a North Korean flees to the United States, vowing to one day save the sister she had to leave behind. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. $20-$67.50.

“Woody Sez: The Words, Music & Spirit Of Woody Guthrie” David M. Lutken’s international stage show hailing the folk musician concludes with two special events on closing day. If you play an instrument, bring it Sunday for a post-show hootenanny with the cast in the lobby. Also Sunday, a pre-show talk ($15, students $10) with song and wine will be led by folk musicians Tom Paxon and Doug Mishkin. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. $45, seniors $40, youth $15.

MON 03

El Vez The self-styled Mexican Elvis’s tongue-in-cheek Merry Mex-mas show parodies popular songs, while his costumes and backup singers add a spectacular visual element. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. $20.

TUE 04

“Messiah” singalong The Georgetown University Orchestra and the Georgetown University Concert Choir perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio. Bring a score; some will be available to borrow. Donations will benefit the Lombardi Cancer Center. 4 p.m. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Free, reservations suggested. Email

Wizards The basketball team takes on the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. From $10.

X and Reverend Horton Heat The long-enduring L.A. punk band X co-headlines with the Texan psychobilly act Reverend Horton Heat. With Not in the Face. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. $35.

Benjie Porecki The D.C. blues man plays two Christmas CD release shows. 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). 202-337-4141. $20.

WED 05

DAR Christmas Open House Tour the 31 rooms depicting scenes of early American life while listening to Christmas music. 5:30-8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. Free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports


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