This time of year is always busy with running around to parties, getting shopping done and getting your house ready for the holidays! Hopefully you will have time to enjoy some of the great events going on in Maryland, DC and Virginia this weekend!
Washington, DC Events
Shakespeare Theatre Company – Lansburgh Theatre
450 Seventh St. NW
Time: 8pm Friday, 2pm and 8pm Saturday, 2pm and 7:30pm Sunday
John Malkovich directs Paris’s Theatre de l’Atelier in a play about scandals in the French aristocracy, based on the 1782 Choderlos de Laclos novel.
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Time: 9:30am and 11am Saturday
The company and its students perform pieces of the holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker”. Best for age 4 and older.
The House of Secrets
507 T St. NW
Time: 9pm Saturday
Price: $15-$18 in advance, more at the door
If you’ve been around D.C. long enough, you may have heard references to the mysterious (and slightly sketchy) after-hours venue called the House of Secrets. Though it has been officially closed for years, this LeDroit-Park-house-turned-club is back and legal, at least for one night. The reason for this is an appearance by Berlin’s Till Van Sein, who specializes in the kind of warm, deep house beats that keep people on the dance floor for hours. (Locals Chris Burns and Sarah Myers, who travel the same path, open the night.) Look for separate rooms featuring DJs from D.C.’s Future Times label and, for early arrivals, Kid Congo Powers of the Cramps and the Gun Club rocking the decks during an open bar. (9 to 10:30 p.m.)
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Time: 11am, 1:30pm and 5pm Saturday, 1:30pm and 4pm Sunday
In this new play, an orphan journeys into Civil War battles to save his brother.
George Washington University- Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St. NW
Time: 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday
Price: $18-$45, $12-$27 age 18 and younger
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.”
2427 18th St. NW
Time: 12pm-3am Friday and Saturday
The Black Squirrel’s 12 Beers of Christmas festival stretches over two days, featuring such holiday favorites as Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Bell’s Christmas Ale, Blue Mountain Barrel House Blitzen and Delirium Noel. Doors open at noon both days, and there will be free Christmas cookies for snacking.
Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
600 I St. NW
Time: 8pm Saturday
Price: $30, $25 in advance
The “30 Rock” actor brings his world champion act to Washington.
2001 11th St. NW
Time: 7:30pm Sunday
There are only a handful of artists who perform like Mark de Clive-Lowe. Combining jazz, soul, electronic music and DJing, MdCL, as he is known, improvises a whole show with keyboards, a sequencer, effects units and a drum machine, weaving in special guest vocalists to walk the improv tightrope with him. The first set is usually more traditional, then the second set goes off into experimental territory. Dubbed “Church,” this show makes its first D.C. appearance at Liv.
Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Rd. Lorton, VA
Time: 10:30am Friday, 9:45am and 11:15am Saturday, 11am Sunday
Price: $8, 12 months and younger free
In this Arts on the Horizon production, a child introduces her imaginary friend to the holiday season.
227 Maple Avenue East Vienna, VA
Time: 10:30am Saturday
The kid-friendly bilingual rock star will perform holiday songs and music from “Chocolalala,” his new CD.
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA
Time: 2pm Saturday
In Theatreworks USA’s musical, a small kitten lives out his big dreams by posing as a fearless dog who sword fights. Best for age 4 and older.
Historic Downtown Leesburg
West Market and King Streets Leesburg, VA
Time: Friday 6pm through the weekend
Picturesque Historic Leesburg be illuminated for a menorah and Christmas tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 7th at 6pm on the town green. On Saturday at 10am the annual holiday parade will march down King Street, and is followed by a series of holiday singalongs at 11:30am, 2:30pm and 8pm.
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr. Germantown, MD
Time: 1pm Saturday
The Eric Byrd Trio performs the soundtrack as the 1965 holiday classic screens.
Eastport Yacht Club
317 First St. Annapolis, MD
Time: 6pm-8pm Saturday
There’s no shortage of majestic light displays to choose from this holiday season, but why settle for a land-locked show when you have the chance to catch the reflection of twinkling lights on the water? This annual parade illuminates Annapolis Harbor as a procession of yachts and sailboats, decked out in twinkling holiday lights and baubles, float past jolly, cheering onlookers.
Rock Bottom Brewery
7900 Norfolk Ave. Bethesda, MD
Time: 12pm Sunday
Rock Bottom Brewery is celebrating its 16th anniversary in Bethesda by tapping its 16th Anniversary Ale. Brewer Geoff Lively will do the honors at noon, and then samples of the Belgian strong golden ale are free as long as the keg lasts.
300 S. High St. Baltimore, MD
Time: 7pm Sunday
Holiday music will be performed by Kevin James Logan, Todd Harrison Twining and other guest stars.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
501 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD
Price: $4 in addition to admission
A 3-D screening of The Polar Express, the popular children’s story about a young boy who rides a train to the North Pole and rediscovers his belief in Christmas. The theater offers multi-sensory treats that kick things up a dimension.
Sports at a Glance
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!
Baltimore Ravens vs. Redskins, Sunday at 1:00pm, FedEx Field
Terrapins vs. South Carolina State, Saturday at 2:00pm, Comcast Center
Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors, Saturday at 7:00pm, Verizon Center
Hot Upcoming Shows
Tickets Available Friday 10am
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2 Chainz: Sat, Jan 19 at The Fillmore Silver Spring
The Fab Four: Sat, Feb 9 at Warner Theatre
Allstar Weekend with Tiffany Alvord & more: Thu, Feb 14 at The Fillmore Silver Spring
Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry: Sat, Feb 16 at John Paul Jones Arena
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth: Apr 26 – 27 at Warner Theatre