Here are some of your best bets for the weekend to help all of those entertaining family and friends in town for the holidays!
Washington, DC Events
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Time: 8pm Friday, 1:30pm and 8pm Saturday, 1pm and 6:30pm Sunday
The musical about a reformed convict and set in 19th-century France celebrates its 25th anniversary.
815 V St. NW
Time: 9pm Friday
NO SCRUBS: 90’s Dance Party began in 2003 as a one-off concept party by friends and DJ partners Will Eastman and Brian Billion. The idea was simple: play both guilty pleasures and underground classics you listened to growing up in the 90’s: Salt N Pepa and Nirvana. Ace of Base and Happy Mondays. The Prodigy and Biggie.
Washington National Cathedral
Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW
Time: 2pm Saturday
Children can dress as shepherds, angels or animals. Those who wish to participate in the pageant must arrive by 1:15 for rehearsal.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 Seventh St. SE
Time: 7:30pm Saturday
A plague threatens to wipe out the cast (and audience) in Dog and Pony DC’s show.
600 14th St. NW
Time: 8:30pm Saturday
Six people appear in the band portrait on “El Sonido Magico,” the second Empresarios album. But the local ensemble can also perform its mix of Latin, reggae, jazz and funk as a quartet: two singers, a conga player and electronics, a format that plays up the group’s techno and hip-hop elements. And sometimes the group’s sound system — Sonny Cheeba and Sammy Khosh, who aren’t in the album photo — perform DJ sets under the Empresarios banner.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Time: 8pm Sunday
Barry Hemphill leads the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a 200-voice choir, soloists and the audience in Handel’s “Messiah.” Tickets distributed at 6 on the day of the performance in the Hall of Nations. One ticket per person in line.
105 N. Union St.
Time: 10am-6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Just because an exhibition is a big deal, doesn’t mean it’s big. In fact, the Torpedo Factory Target Gallery’s 5×5(x5) is all about the small. No piece measures more than 5 inches in any direction! Back by popular demand, this juried show features 112 tiny works by 68 artists from across the nation. It’s also Target Gallery’s last show of the year, so don’t miss it.
The Carlyle Club
411 John Carlyle St
Time: 8pm Friday
Holiday songs, comedy and sketches featuring the works of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Time: 5:30pm-7pm Friday-Sunday
Price: $10, $8 age 2 to 12
Gather around the fireplace to hear Christmas stories told by StageCoach Theatre Company’s Laura J. Bobrow.
150 National Plaza
Fort Washington, MD
Time: 5pm-9pm Friday
Musical performance, shopping and food specials, crafts and grand finale includes a fireworks show over the Potomac River at 8.
1 East Pratt St.
Time: 6pm-11pm Friday
Sullivan’s is throwing Naughty and Nice Party. The Jon Birkholz Band will play festive holiday music in the “Naughty Lounge,” and two custom cocktails – the Naughty “Other Mrs. Claus and the Nice “Santa’s Little Helper” – have been created just for the party. Drinks and appetizers will be available for $6 each, and guests can contribute an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item to a charitable donation drive. Prizes like Sullivan’s gift cards and bottles of cheer will be raffled off throughout the evening.
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Time: 8pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday
Rep Stage’s artistic director, Michael Stebbins, will read holiday stories by David Sedaris, one of the country’s most renowned humorists, in Howard Community College’s Horowitz Center’s Monteabaro Hall.
512 York Road
Time: 6:30pm Saturday
Dead Center, Despite Charm, Plaid Anxiety and more perform. Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater.
Baltimore Museum of Arts
10 Art Museum Drive
Time: 2-5pm Sunday
You’ll enjoy an afternoon of art-making with an interactive gallery tour to boot. This month’s theme “Looking Forward: Make a Right-Side, Wrong-Side Composition”, encourage budding contemporary artists to get adventurous.
Sports at a Glance
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability
Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants, Sunday at 4:25pm, M&T Bank Stadium
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday at 1:00pm, FOX
Wizards at Detroit Pistons, Friday at 7:30pm, CSN
Hoyas Men’s Basketball vs. American University Eagles, Saturday at 12:00pm, Verizon Center
Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons, Saturday at 7:00pm, Verizon Center