Weekend Happenings in the DMV – 12/21-12/23
Posted on December 21, 2012

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

Les Miserables

National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Time: 8pm Friday, 1:30pm and 8pm Saturday, 1pm and 6:30pm Sunday

Price: $40-$198

The musical about a reformed convict and set in 19th-century France celebrates its 25th anniversary.

No Scrubs: ’90s Dance Party

9:30 Club

815 V St. NW

Time: 9pm Friday

Price: $15

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 Children’s Christmas Pageant

Washington National Cathedral

Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW

Time: 2pm Saturday

Price:  Free

Children can dress as shepherds, angels or animals. Those who wish to participate in the pageant must arrive by 1:15 for rehearsal.

A Killing Game

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

545 Seventh St. SE
7:30pm Saturday

Price: $17

A plague threatens to wipe out the cast (and audience) in Dog and Pony DC’s show.

Empresarios, Nayas, Congo Sanchez

The Hamilton

600 14th St. NW

Time: 8:30pm Saturday

Price: $22.50

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.

Kennedy Center Singalong

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St. NW

Time: 8pm Sunday

Price: Free

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.

Virginia Events


Torpedo Factory

105 N. Union St.

Alexandria, VA

Time: 10am-6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Price: Free

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.

Christmas With the Rat Pack

The Carlyle Club

411 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, VA

Time: 8pm Friday

Price: $25

Holiday songs, comedy and sketches featuring the works of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

Christmas Cookies and Fireside Tales

Oatlands Plantation

20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Leesburg, VA

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.

Maryland Events

Fireworks at the Harbor

National Harbor

150 National Plaza
Fort Washington, MD

Time: 5pm-9pm Friday

Price: Free

Musical performance, shopping and food specials, crafts and grand finale includes a fireworks show over the Potomac River at 8.

Naughty and Nice holiday party at Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Verizon building
1 East Pratt St.

Baltimore, MD

Time:  6pm-11pm Friday

Price: Free

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.

Readings of David Sedaris’ Most Beloved Christmas Stories

Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD

Time: 8pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday

Price: $15

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.

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Show

Recher Theatre
512 York Road

Towson, MD

Time: 6:30pm Saturday

Price: $10-$15

Dead Center, Despite Charm, Plaid Anxiety and more perform. Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater.

Baltimore Museum of Art Free Family Sunday

Baltimore Museum of Arts

10 Art Museum Drive

Baltimore, Maryland

Time: 2-5pm Sunday

Price: Free

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