Shear Madness
Mar
1
to Nov 26

Shear Madness

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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Set today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon, this record-breaking comedy is Washington's hilarious whodunit. After more than 13,000 performances, the show has stayed in great shape. Performances are ongoing.

Performances are ongoing - please check schedule here for performance dates/times from March 1, 2017 - October 1, 2017. Click here for performance dates/times from Oct 3 - Nov. 26, 2017.

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The Pajama Game
Oct
27
to Dec 24

The Pajama Game

  • Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (map)
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Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Directed by Alan Paul
Choreographed by Parker Esse
Music Direction by James Cunningham

The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tiptop model of efficiency — so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers’ strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” the best way to ensure a good night’s rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!

Performances: October 27 - December 24, various hours

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Karen Mesinger: Twisted
Nov
5
to Nov 26

Karen Mesinger: Twisted

Exhibit: Nov 5-26, 2017.  Daily, 10am-5pm. 

Mesinger’s signature one of a kind freeform designs and her use of organic shapes are coupled with geometric and textured surfaces. In Twisted, she creates a series of increasingly intricate handmade fashion forward jewelry in gold and silver.

Public Reception: Sunday, November 5, 2-4 pm

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Chloe Irla: Year One
Nov
5
to Dec 31

Chloe Irla: Year One

Exhibit: Nov 5- Dec 31, 2017.  Daily, 10am-5pm. 

Chloe Irla maintains an interdisciplinary studio practice grounded in both traditional and alternative approaches to painting and drawing. However, her recent work investigates the data visualization of increments over specific time-periods. Year One is based on one year’s worth of data collected about her daughter’s first year of life.

Public Reception: Sunday, November 5, 2-4 pm

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Daniel Christie: Large Vessels
Nov
6
to Dec 30

Daniel Christie: Large Vessels

  • The Brentwood Arts Exchange @ Gateway Arts Center (map)
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Exhibit dates: November 6 - December 30. Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat: 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays. 

For this Mini Solo Exhibition, Daniel Christie's high-fired, wheel-thrown pottery demand a 360º examination. With their play of textures, details and volume these vessels showcase the artist’s deep passion for the clay medium. He produces pottery items in various scales with a sculptural focus that also seeks to be functional--specializing in stoneware bathed in bright, colorful, glazes. Daniel works out of his handmade home studio in King George, VA.

Artist Reception: Saturday, November 11, 5-8 pm

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Splash: Attitude and Process
Nov
6
to Dec 30

Splash: Attitude and Process

  • Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center (map)
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The 2017 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition

Attitudes are catalysts for new processes, and re-envisioned ways of making. To use any material, or even to make work that is ethereal, arises from widely varied practices, but always embodies the artist’s attitude about creating. Furthermore, to act with style and intention in creating articulates and shares the position of the artist. Pushing the boundaries of art informs not only making art but also seeing it.

HOURS:  Monday-Friday:10 am-7 pm;  Saturday:  10 am-4 pm;  Sunday:  Closed 

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Nina Simone: Four Women
Nov
10
to Dec 24

Nina Simone: Four Women

  • Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (map)
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Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls that were lost in this unimaginable tragedy came “Four Women” — along with Simone’s other activist anthems like “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true
voice — and how the “High Priestess of Soul” helped define the sound of the Civil Rights Movement.

Performances: November 10-December 24, various hours

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Disney Presents The Lion King (Touring)
Nov
16
to Dec 10

Disney Presents The Lion King (Touring)

  • Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (map)
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Performances:  Nov 16 - Dec 10, various hours

More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can too, when Baltimore’s best-loved musical returns to the Hippodrome. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

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Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac
Nov
18
to Jan 1

Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac

  • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (map)
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Experience Christmas On the Potomac, a magical wonderland with lavish décor, twinkling holiday lights and indoor snowfall. ICE! returns with a new theme, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, plus enjoy Gingerbread Decorating, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a new ice skating experience and an all new live entertainment show – JOY A Holiday Spectacular. 

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Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
Nov
18
to Dec 10

Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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In this brand new musical adaptation, join a young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. Age 6+

Performances: Nov. 18 - Dec. 10, various hours. Dec 2 at 11am - sensory-friendly performance.

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Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker
Nov
22
to Nov 26

Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes, and impressive choreography will take your breath away. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with Hip Hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. It all adds up to a delicious ballet feast impossible to resist!

Performances: Nov 22-26, 2017 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

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Thugs And The Women Who Love 'Em
Nov
22
to Nov 24

Thugs And The Women Who Love 'Em

When the hood is all you know, can you pull yourself out and find a better future, or are you stuck? Lisa wants out of the neighborhood and away from the men who offer short-term pleasure and long-term pain. Shawn accepts the hood and plays its games, hustling the hustlers and playing the players. Kelly and Candace want out, but they can't let go of the "thug love" that their men offer. With four different perspectives from four extraordinary women, Thugs and the Women Who Love 'Em asks whether they're strong, independent black women who can write their own story, or are they destined to be extras in someone else's script? Find out what their futures hold

Performances: Nov 22-24, 2017

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Gobsmacked!
Nov
24
to Nov 26

Gobsmacked!

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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Direct from sell-out engagements all around the world comes this amazing a cappella show--an all-singing, all-beatboxing, all-awesome theatrical experience!

Performances: Nov. 24-26, various hours.

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Winter Festival of Lights
Nov
24
to Dec 31

Winter Festival of Lights

Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at the Annual Winter Festival of Lights. This spectacular holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays, and one of the tallest tree displays in the state. Don’t forget to make a difference this season! Please bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks.

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NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert
Nov
24
to Nov 26

NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams’s unforgettable score live to picture. Age 5+

Performances: Nov 24 and Nov 25 at 7pm; Nov 26 at 2 pm is sensory-friendly performance

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The Wizard of Oz
Nov
24
to Dec 17

The Wizard of Oz

Directed by Jon Gardner. Music directed by Daniel Flores. Choreographed by Rikki Howie Lacewell and Elizabeth Gardner. 
Dorothy and Toto travel to Oz and join a Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in search of the Wonderful Wizard. The beloved musical movie version of The Wizard of Oz is brought to life on the GAC stage with Wicked Witches, Flying Monkeys, Ruby Slippers, Munchkins and more. Songs include "Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had a Brain," "Yellow Brick Road" and "We're Off to See the Wizard." This high-energy show will delight your whole family.

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Black Friday Sale
Nov
24
10:00 PM22:00

Black Friday Sale

  • Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center (map)
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This is what holiday shopping was meant to be: calm, friendly, local, and full of beautiful items. One day a year, fittingly the day after Thanksgiving, we reduce our commission on sales and mark down everything in the Brentwood Arts Exchange Fine Craft Store 20% - but still pay the artists the same as with a regular sale. 

Support artists who are of course themselves also small businesses. Our Craft Store features unique, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, handbags, cards, and more.
 

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The Black Owned Small Business Expo
Nov
25
9:30 AM09:30

The Black Owned Small Business Expo

Join us for this AMAZING event. Each year we bring together more than 60 small businesses from around the Washington D.C., Baltimore and surrounding metro areas for a day of shopping, networking, and supporting small businesses in our community. With new and exciting businesses added every year this in an event you won’t want to miss. As ALWAYS, it’s FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For information about how your businesses can participate email us at: info@daniebjones.com or danie@daniebjones.com

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UMD Korean Percussion Ensemble
Nov
27
7:30 PM19:30

UMD Korean Percussion Ensemble

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
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Experience the dynamic energy of Korean percussion — Samulnori! The UMD Korean Percussion Ensemble features the hourglass and barrel drums, and the small and large gongs. Professional musicians will join the ensemble, under director Sebastian Wang, to perform some of the great Samulnori repertoire.

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New Music at Maryland Concert
Nov
28
8:00 PM20:00

New Music at Maryland Concert

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
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New works inspire young instrumentalists and singers to learn from living composers and breathe new life into music, collaborating with them to gain insight into the compositional process. This concert features original works by UMD student composers, including solo, chamber and electroacoustic performances.

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Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster
Nov
29
10:15 AM10:15

Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer, and Prankster

Performances by Patrick Garner: November 29, 10:15 am & 12 noon 

Meet the greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person! Help Thomas Edison recreate some of his most famous experiments and learn some secrets that will help you every day when you try to solve problems or become frustrated by mistakes. 
Recommended for grades 3-5
Curriculum Connections: Mathematics, Science, U.S. History
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

This performance is supported by a grant from the GEICO philanthropic foundation; free tickets are available for qualifying Title 1 schools.

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Septime Webre's The Nutcracker
Nov
30
to Dec 24

Septime Webre's The Nutcracker

DC’s perennial favorite! This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones.

  • Performances: Nov 30 - December 24, various hours
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National Symphony Orchestra: Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances
Nov
30
to Dec 2

National Symphony Orchestra: Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

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Gianandrea Noseda examines three composers through the lens of their lives away from home. Britten's Matinées musicales and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances highlight pieces written in America, while soloist Yuja Wang conquers Prokofiev's Paris-penned Piano Concerto No. 5.Noseda examines three composers through the lens of their lives away from home. Britten's Matinées musicales and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances highlight pieces written in America, while soloist Yuja Wang conquers Prokofiev's Paris-penned Piano Concerto No. 5.

Performances: Nov 30 at 7pm; Dec 1 at 11:30am; Dec 2 at 8pm

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SonReal
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

SonReal

With Juice Bruns

Flanked by a squad of quirky characters unafraid to rock bowl cuts and mustaches, spitting bars like nobody’s business, and melting hearts left and right, SonReal would be just as at home in a Wes Anderson or Farrelly Brothers movie as he is behind a mic. Hip-hop has never seen a maestro quite like the Canadian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter. That’s why he’s already earned multiple Canadian Juno Award nominations including “Rap Recording of the Year” for Everywhere We Go in 2014, racked up millions of Spotify streams and YouTube views, and packed shows all over the continent. 

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It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
Dec
1
to Dec 17

It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

By Joe Landry. Directed by John D'Amato. Produced by Maureen Rogers.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

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The Man Who Came to Dinner
Dec
1
to Dec 16

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The play revolves around Sheridan Whiteside, based on Kaufman’s and Hart’s close friend Alexander Woollcott. Woollcott was famous both as the theater critic who helped re-launch the career of the Marx Brothers and as the star of a national radio show. In these days of television networks, streaming channels, websites, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and 1,000,000 apps it is hard to appreciate just how much sway over the American consciousness radio exercised.  Presented by the Prince George’s Little Theatre. Performances are weekends through December 16. 

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An Evening with David Crosby and Friends
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with David Crosby and Friends

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour! Joining him will be five musical friends, James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is. On this tour, he will be performing music from his soon to be released new album Sky Trails alongside some of his best loved songs and greatest hits.

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Festival of Lights Juried Art and Craft Fair
Dec
2
to Dec 3

Festival of Lights Juried Art and Craft Fair

  • Greenbelt Community Center (map)
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The Festival of Lights Art and Craft Fair supports artists and artisans in the sale of their own, original, hand‑made creations. Open to fine artists, fine crafts persons, writers, musicians, filmmakers, youth artists and non-profit groups.

Professional exhibitors are selected through a jury review process. No kit‑crafts or imported crafts allowed.

Hours: Dec 2 - 10am -5pm; Dec 3 - 10am - 4pm

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Sushama Parikh
Dec
2
to Dec 31

Sushama Parikh

Exhibit: Dec 2- Dec 31, 2017.  Daily, 10am-5pm. 

Inspired by classical Indian mythology, Parikh uses clay, terra cotta, ceramics, and batik to depict various elements of the animal kingdom. She focuses on horses, beetles, bulls, and rams, as well as the human form

Public Reception: Sunday, December 3, 2-4 pm

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Medicine is Praise & Laughter
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

Medicine is Praise & Laughter

Join “Griff” from the Erica Campbell Morning Show and PRAISE 104.1 for a night of “Medicine – Laughter and Praise just in time for the Holidays… This fun faith filled evening will feature a variety of talent including local, regional, and surprise national acts. Plan your night out now, tickets won’t last…

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Parade of Lighted Boats
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Parade of Lighted Boats

The annual Holiday Boat Parade is a weekend of parades that begins in Alexandria, Virginia and ends at the Washington Channel in Washington DC. See the following photos of decorated boats and get in the spirit of the holidays. Note, the boats are decorated differently each year and this is a collection from various years.  At sundown, following the full day of events of the Scottish Christmas Walk parade, Alexandria's harbor lights up as more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River. This is a seasonal favorite event and one to be sure not to miss. 

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Paula Poundstone
Dec
2
6:30 PM18:30

Paula Poundstone

Fresh on the heels of the release of her hilarious new book, THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS (available now wherever books, ebooks and audio books are sold), comedian Paula Poundstone is entertaining audiences around the country and leaving them complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and wondering if the random people she talks to are plants. Of course, they never are.

Performances: 6:30pm and 9:30pm

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A Holiday Celebration with Regina Belle
Dec
2
8:00 PM20:00

A Holiday Celebration with Regina Belle

Grammy-award winner Regina Belle moves gracefully between R&B, jazz, soul and gospel with hits such as “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme),” “Make It Like it Was,” and “Baby Come to Me.” Performing seasonal favorites along with her hit songs, Regina Belle will get you in the holiday spirit, so bring your friends, family and loved ones for a special night of musical celebration. 

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Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival

An afternoon of chocolate decadance. Prepare your sweet tooth with over 20 local and regional chocolatier to shop from, plus make smores at the bonfire in the street, and enjoy hot cocoa from the popo.

Finish your holiday shopping from the 20 plus chocolatiers and the 30 plus local artisans in attendance.

Plus fun for the family with the Ginerbread Moonbounce, the Snowball Run, live music and other surprises.

Meet Santa he will also be collecting new gifts for local kids in need. Santa is working with We Care and Friends to distrubute the gifts you donate to Santa.

Be sure to have your camera ready at the end of the festival for the countdown and lighting of the BGE Holiday Light Canopy over West Street/Annapolis Arts District. #chocolatebingefestival

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Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration
Dec
3
7:30 PM19:30

Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration

MOTOWN. Just the name evokes sounds and images of a past musical era full of great artists, classic songs, smooth choreography and exciting stage shows. Well, it's not all gone.

MOTOWN & MORE brings it all back with an ensemble of today's most talented artists. Vocalists Gene McBride, Vic Frierson, Karen Linette, Deborah Poole-Williams and Micah Smith--each phenomenal in their own right--come together with exquisite harmonies to recreate classics and develop new musical arrangements. For the holidays, MOTOWN & MORE: A Holiday Celebration also offers those special tunes that bring the season in with style--The Temptations’ “Silent Night” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” —just to name a few. MOTOWN & MORE, A Holiday Celebration is a seasonal favorite and has sold out Rams Head On Stage in past years. 

Led by Musical Director multi-instrumentalist Gerry Gillespie (keyboards), the six piece musical ensemble of Motown & More also features saxophonists Art Sherrod, Jr. and Eddie Baccus, Jr., while producing a nostalgic evening of fun and excitement. Additional band members include: Marvin Miller, Jr., (Drums), Craig Alston (bass) and Stanley Cooper (Guitar).

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Seether: Poison The Parish World Tour
Dec
3
8:00 PM20:00

Seether: Poison The Parish World Tour

Hailing from South Africa and comprising members Shaun Morgan (vocals, guitar), Dale Stewart (bass), and John Humphrey (drums), Seether embrace a brand of heavy metal mostly associated with the post-grunge era of alternative music, complete with crunchy distortion and brooding textures. The band emerged in 1999 as Saron Gas (a name taken from the back of a sound effects CD) and released its debut album, Fragile, the following year on Musketeer Records. In a country whose musical tastes center around pop and indigenous music, Fragile found impressive chart success. Across the Atlantic, the U.S.-based Wind Up Records caught wind of the band's growing popularity and signed the South African bandmates, who changed their name to Seether in light of Saron Gas' similarity to the lethal nerve agent sarin gas.

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Rapsody "Wisdom Is Power" Tour
Dec
4
8:00 PM20:00

Rapsody "Wisdom Is Power" Tour

With GQ, Don Flamingo, Deante Hitchcock.

Rapsody is known for her intricate rhyme patterns, metaphors, and wordplay. She cites Jay-Z, 9th Wonder, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, and MC Lyte as the biggest influences on her music.

Rapsody's philosophy is "Culture Over Everything," referring to the culture of hip-hop music. She describes this phrase in an interview with Vibe Magazine where she says, "To me, it’s about culture more so then money or anything. I make music for the people of the culture we’re in; that comes first. If you touch the people first, the rest just falls into place. That’s what it means to me, just preserving and respecting the culture."

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Christmas with Santa
Dec
5
10:15 AM10:15

Christmas with Santa

Performances: 10:15am and 12pm

The spirit of the most wonderful time of year is overflowing in this hysterical Christmas-wrapped comedy packed with sing-along holiday songs. Two zany and lovable elves, Scrunchie and Bangles, have accidentally misplaced some of Santa’s presents. When Santa finds out, he teaches the well-meaning elves that the real gift of the season are the people and friends we celebrate it with. 
Recommended for grades Pre-K-3
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts (Foundational Skills, Informational Text, Literature, Reading, Speaking & Listening, Writing) 
Tickets: $8/person; $6/person in groups of 20 or more

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Hot Tuna
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Tuna

The name Hot Tuna invokes as many different moods and reactions as there are Hot Tuna fans — millions of them. To some, Hot Tuna is a reminder of some wild and happy times. To others, that name will forever be linked to their own discovery of the power and depth of American blues and roots music. To newer fans, Hot Tuna is a tight, masterful duo that is on the cutting edge of great music.

All of those things are correct, and more. For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. And Hot Tuna is still going strong — some would say stronger than ever.

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Marshall Tucker Band
Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Marshall Tucker Band

with Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones

From their first LP in 1973, to their powerful stage presence today, the Marshall Tucker Band has played countless concert venues around the world. With the success of the Volunteer Jam Tour, and 1999 release of Gospel, the good ol' boys from Spartanburg, South Carolina remain as a powerful force in the world of music. The Marshall Tucker Band has wowed critics and influenced major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding scope of today's music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long- that good music knows no boundaries.

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Winternational - 6th Annual Embassy Showcase
Dec
6
11:00 AM11:00

Winternational - 6th Annual Embassy Showcase

  • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (map)
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Winternational is an exciting celebration showcasing the cultural and culinary traditions of Washington’s diplomatic community. This festival has the atmosphere of a bustling global marketplace with each embassy promoting their country through vibrant displays of visual art, food, handcrafts as well as travel and tourism exhibits. Free and open to the public, guests have the opportunity to travel the world and do some holiday shopping --- all during the lunch hour!

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Afternoon Tea: Barry Gurley Duo
Dec
6
2:00 PM14:00

Afternoon Tea: Barry Gurley Duo

Washingtonian magazine named Barry Gurley “Best Pianist-Vocalist” in Washington DC. His career has taken him to countless venues including Blues Alley, New York City’s The Blue Note. His eclectic style and repertoire transitions from American standards to songs that have withstood the test of time.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Dec
6
to Dec 9

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

  • The Theater at MGM National Harbor (map)
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the holiday season. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one! All shows are at 8 pm except for the Dec 9th performance, which is at 3 pm.

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A Very Green Christmas with Chelsey Green
Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

A Very Green Christmas with Chelsey Green

Billboard charting recording artists Chelsey Green and The Green Project perform the Christmas Classics in a special narrated audience-involved show as she trounces stereotypes of the violin. The Green Project melds classical technique and themes with modern idioms. R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, alternative, hip-hop, and gospel are all part of this afternoon of fun! 

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Artist Reception: Michael Moses
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Reception: Michael Moses

Meet artist Michael Moses, whose background in the plastic arts has given him a fascination with materials that compels a closer look. Alluring patterns, colors and textures are center stage in his photography, seeking to lure and tantalize the eye. In addition, the Publick Playhouse 40th Anniversary Celebration continues with a look back at the history of the Playhouse and remarks by some of our community leaders.
Free

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Steep Canyon Rangers
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Steep Canyon Rangers

GRAMMY® Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony.
 

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Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic

  • Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Performances: December 8-9, 2017

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.

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Carbon Leaf
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Carbon Leaf

Performances: Dec 8 at 8:30pm, Dec 9 at 3pm and 8:30pm

Through 24 years, 16 albums and 2300 live shows, Carbon Leaf’s independent spirit and vibrant music continues to resonate with their fans.

Blending folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and rock traditions into what the group calls Ether-Electrified Porch Music, the Virginia quintet’s songs of life, love, heartbreak and landscape are independently written, recorded and produced from their own studio in Richmond.

The band will be performing in 2017 behind a U.S. tour and a collection of new songs inspired by acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and rich vocal harmonies.

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Australia's Thunder From Down Under
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Australia's Thunder From Down Under

Australia's Hottest Export! Thunder From Down Under - The worlds most sought after male revue! 

The PERFECT Girls' Night Outback! The sexy blokes of Australia's Thunder From Down Under know how to get the audience excited from the minute they walk out on stage! Each performer helps make a different fantasy come true for the thrilled women in the audience whose screams of appreciation fill the Thunder showroom.

For 15 years Thunder From Down Under has been "eye candy" for women of all ages with the dancers making women happy in the blink of an eye and the unbuttoning of a shirt! This show is the ultimate bachelorette party experience.

Recommended for adult audiences; No full frontal nudity. Gentlemen are welcome.

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EdFEST
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

EdFEST

Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from DCPS and public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 11, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections. EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family! More at:

Free admission

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Montpelier Holiday Tea
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

Montpelier Holiday Tea

See Montpelier all decked out for the holidays, then enjoy a fixed price menu of fine finger sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and pastries, buttery scones, and your choice of two quality loose leaf teas, all served on china and tiered-stands in Montpelier’s elegant and festively decorated East Wing. While here, you can shop at the Artists’ Boutique, which features original ornaments, fiber art creations, and other artistic crafts. Don’t forget about the Montpelier Gift Shop with themed books, a variety of music CDs, old-fashioned toys, tea and tea equipment, and Montpelier memorabilia. Reservations and advance payment required by Wednesday, December 6. 

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Brentwood Arts Exchange Craft Fair and Beer Tasting Lounge
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Brentwood Arts Exchange Craft Fair and Beer Tasting Lounge

Don’t get stuck at crowded malls this season buying generic gift sets for your loved ones… Come to the Brentwood Arts Exchange Holiday Craft Fair and Beer Tasting Lounge! Craft artisans from our community will display their items for sale inside our warm and cozy gallery environs. A wide selection of unique craft items will be available, including pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, ornaments, and much more. While you finish your holiday shopping, stop by the beer tasting lounge.

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Holiday Wine Tasting By Candlelight
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Wine Tasting By Candlelight

Please join us for a Holiday Wine Tasting by Candlelight. Take time out of the busy holiday schedule to sample various flavors of wine along with light refreshments, as you listen to the musical sounds of the season.  Please stroll through the beautifully decorated and candlelit historic home. This is an open house, so please come before dinner, after dinner, or just to enjoy the evening. 

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Rock For Honor featuring Sister Hazel with White Ford Bronco
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

Rock For Honor featuring Sister Hazel with White Ford Bronco

Come join us in a benefit for the troops! USO Metro's Young Professional's Committee hosts a night of music as we celebrate our local military community! All proceeds go to the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore to support thousands living in our area, including assistance for wounded service members and children with deployed parents.

7:30pm Doors Open/Light Food Served

8:30pm White Ford Bronco

9:45pm Sister Hazel

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Montpelier Holiday Tea
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

Montpelier Holiday Tea

See Montpelier all decked out for the holidays, then enjoy a fixed price menu of fine finger sandwiches, scrumptious cakes and pastries, buttery scones, and your choice of two quality loose leaf teas, all served on china and tiered-stands in Montpelier’s elegant and festively decorated East Wing. While here, you can shop at the Artists’ Boutique, which features original ornaments, fiber art creations, and other artistic crafts. Don’t forget about the Montpelier Gift Shop with themed books, a variety of music CDs, old-fashioned toys, tea and tea equipment, and Montpelier memorabilia. 

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LUTHER RE-LIVES 7th Annual Holiday Concert featuring William “Smooth” Wardlaw
Dec
10
7:30 PM19:30

LUTHER RE-LIVES 7th Annual Holiday Concert featuring William “Smooth” Wardlaw

They called him “The Velvet Voice.” With iconic hits like “Power of Love/Love Power,” “Never Too Much,” “Here and Now,” and “Any Love,” the late R&B legend Luther Vandross captivated a generation. Now, you’ll be transported on a romantic journey through Vandross’ iconic catalog. The Re-Lives, featuring “Smooth,” pay tribute to the original with love, respect, and faithful accuracy. “Smooth” is an exceptional entertainer whose resemblance, mannerism, laugh, and voice is the spitting image of Vandross. This is a must see performance for any Vandross fan.

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Rick Springfield - Stripped Down
Dec
10
7:30 PM19:30

Rick Springfield - Stripped Down

With Jennifer Lynn Simpson

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, he’s a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.”

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An Annapolis Christmas
Dec
11
to Dec 12

An Annapolis Christmas

Join us along with the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians at this annual favorite! We’ve got a great lineup of talented local artists that will be performing a mix of original and classic holiday songs. This show was inspired by the release of the popular holiday album, "An Annapolis Christmas" 19 years ago, and is now an annual tradition for many local music lovers. All proceeds from this show support the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc. (AMFM)

LINEUP:

Monday Dec. 11
Doug Segree, Meg Murray and Bryan Ewald, Angie Miller, Dave Glaser and Kevin Martin, Naptown Brass Band, The Tim Metz Band, Van Meter, The Basement Band and East is East.

Tuesday Dec. 12
Michael K and PJ Thomas, Unified Jazz Ensemble, Peterbuilt, Swampcandy, Danny Burns and Aine O’Doherty, The Hypnotic Panties, Sweet Leda, Higher Hands, The Derechos, Dan Haas, Weird Science, The Annapolis Vocal Corp.

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National Menorah on The Ellipse 2017
Dec
12
3:30 PM15:30

National Menorah on The Ellipse 2017

Perhaps the most prominent public Chanukah program in the world is the annual lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah on the Ellipse, just across from the White House in Washington, DC.

The lighting of this menorah – the world’s largest – is attended by thousands every year and seen via TV newscasts, internet feeds and other media by tens of millions across the nation and around the world, many of them hundreds of miles from any Jewish community.

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Night Ranger
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Night Ranger

Performances: 6pm and 9pm

With 30+ years in the business, and more that 17 million albums sold worldwide, NIGHT RANGER has proven they can still “Rock in America”!

It all started when five hard-rockin' kids from the San Francisco Bay Area joined forces in the early 80's to form Night Ranger. Like no other rock band, Night Ranger both epitomized and transcended the sound and style of that decade.

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Eighteen Visions
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Eighteen Visions

With Knocked Loose, Old Wounds, Tourniquet

Eighteen Visions (sometimes shortened to 18V or 18 Visions) is an American band, founded in October 1995 in Orange County, California, USA. The band broke up in April 2007, less than a year after their major label debut came out. Reformed in 2017.

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Emerging in the '70's from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen, Southside's first three albums, I Don't Want To Go Home, This Time It's for Real, and Hearts of Stone, were produced by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt, and largely featured songs penned by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen. The Van Zandt-written “I Don’t Want To Go Home” became Southside’s signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and sentimental lyrics. In 1982 Rolling Stone Magazine voted Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 1970s and 1980s. 

With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans.

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Ballad Of
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Ballad Of

Ballad Of is a DC-based quartet that offers a wide range of musical styles that are strategically intertwined to make engaging and unique musical compositions. Their style slams together vocal harmonies, guitars, banjos, cello/fiddles, and both traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments for a truly engaging performance.

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Holiday Ornament Workshop
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Holiday Ornament Workshop

This family-friendly, workshop provides the opportunity to create paper ornaments for the Holiday season. All materials are provided. If you have special paper you would like to use, feel free to bring it the day of the event. No registration required. We look forward to sharing the Holidays with you. FREE

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Hansel and Gretel Tea Party
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Hansel and Gretel Tea Party

  • Darnall’s Chance House Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you ever eaten a piece of a real gingerbread house? Well, visit the gingerbread-decorated Darnall’s Chance house and you might just get that chance!(Psst! I’m kidding!) You can, however, listen to the story of Hansel and Gretel, enjoy tea and dessert, and participate in a holiday craft activity! 

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Aaron Neville Quintet
Dec
16
8:30 PM20:30

Aaron Neville Quintet

Having one of the most evocative and recognizable voices in American music, Aaron Neville is an international ambassador of New Orleans R&B, though his soaring falsetto sounds at home in many styles. Coming of age in the incredibly creative 1950s Crescent City R&B scene, Neville gained national attention with the Wild Tchoupitoulas, a touring Mardi Gras celebration that led to the creation of the Neville Brothers band — an institution that would confirm Neville's iconic status. Over his multiple Grammy-winning solo career, Neville has scored a string of hits including 1966's #1 hit "Tell It Like It Is," memorable duets with Linda Ronstadt including "Don't Know Much" and a hugely popular cover of Main Ingredient's "Everybody Plays the Fool." In 2010 Neville returned to gospel music with I Know I've Been Changed, celebrating his 50th year in recorded music. In January, 2013, paying tribute to the songs of his youth, Blue Note Records released Neville's My True Story, a collection of 12 doo-wop tunes, produced by Don Was and Keith Richards, with backing by musicians such as Benmont Tench and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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Bob Sima
Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

Bob Sima

You are invited to dress according to the flower-child design of the album cover if so inspired. Bring out the hippies ready to Move, Shake, and Peacemake! 

Bob Sima continues his musical mission of opening hearts and inspiring a national audience with his 8th studio album, The Movers, The Shakers & The Peacemakers. The album is a collection of songs, intentions, mantras, and reveries all supporting the central theme of ‘Healed People’ that Sima sees happening across the world. Our current state of affairs appears so divisive among politics and corporations, as greed and the concepts of “power” and “control” drive both a silent disbelief and a highly emotional response at the same time. But if you look beyond the media and lawmakers, and into the hearts and minds of your local community, there are good news stories in overflowing abundance. When you seek out accounts of unity and humans supporting humans, you will find them. Not only will you notice them, you will want to be part of your own good news story. We simply have to be motivated to want to believe there is love and compassion all around us and we will soon see it - and be it - everywhere. The healing begins.
 

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An Intimate Evening with Bettye LaVette featuring Ed Alstrom on Keyboards
Dec
17
8:00 PM20:00

An Intimate Evening with Bettye LaVette featuring Ed Alstrom on Keyboards

Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. 

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The Wailin' Jennys
Dec
18
to Dec 19

The Wailin' Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

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Bryce & Bethany Merritt: "Christmas With The Mrs."
Dec
18
8:00 PM20:00

Bryce & Bethany Merritt: "Christmas With The Mrs."

Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Bryce & Bethany Merritt present their 3rd Annual Christmas With The Mrs. concert. While Bryce (brycemerritt.com) is a soul/pop artist and Bethany (bethanymerritt.com) is a jazz vocalist and educator, the two childhood sweethearts combine their sounds to create an intimate musical experience that every audience member will enjoy. Performing all across the country throughout the month of December and combined with the release of their yearly album "Christmas With The Mrs. Vol. III", be sure not to miss this festive show!

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Street Corner Symphony & Gabe Dixon: Christmas Show
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Street Corner Symphony & Gabe Dixon: Christmas Show

treet Corner Symphony are an A Capella vocal band that became a Top 2 contender on NBC’s hit show The Sing Off. The guys headlined The Sing Off Tour in 2015 which consisted of shows almost every night for 2 months. They played large theatres including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Best Buy Theatre in New York.

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Street Corner Symphony & Gabe Dixon Christmas Show
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Street Corner Symphony & Gabe Dixon Christmas Show

Street Corner Symphony, the Nashville-based a cappella group that shot to stardom on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” joins hit singer/songwriter and keyboardist Gabe Dixon and friends for an evening of holiday music, Christmas cheer and special collaborations.

The two groups are coming together for a family-friendly show of original and popular Christmas music, sing-a-longs and special guest surprises that celebrate the holidays as only Music City can.

Street Corner Symphony will perform a variety of holiday classics, original Christmas music, classic rock, R&B/Soul, with some improv elements, including a special collaboration with Dixon and his band. Dixon will perform a spirited set of Christmas tunes and originals inspired by the season, including songs from his Christmas EP on Spotify, including “Don’t Want to Let Christmas Go,” “Drivin’ Around Town,” and “Christmas Time is Here.” 

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Robert Glasper Experiment
Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

Robert Glasper Experiment

Robert Glasper (born April 6, 1978, in Houston, Texas) is an American pianist and record producer. He has been nominated for 6 Grammys, has won 3 Grammy Awards and is currently nominated for an Emmy Award. His 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards. His 2014 album "Black Radio 2" won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 56th Grammy Awards. The song "These Walls" from Kendrick Lamar's album "To Pimp A Butterfly" won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 57th Grammy Awards, on which Glasper plays keys. The soundtrack for the film "Miles Ahead" won Best Soundtrack Compilation at the 58th Grammy Awards, for which Glasper was a producer. The song "Letter To The Free", written with Common, is nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Original Song in the Ava Duvernay documentary film "13th" (Netflix) at the 2017 Emmys.

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Nghtmre Before Xmas
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Nghtmre Before Xmas

Featuring NGHTMRE and Valentino Khan, Justin Caruso

NGHTMRE’s rise to the top has been a dream to say the least. Some say he arrived the day Skrillex played his single “Street” on the main stage at Ultra Music Festival in 2015 — dance music's premiere event. The record would go on to be one of the biggest trap song that summer, and lead Tyler Marenyi to become the darling of Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint, an international festival superstar, and a resident DJ at Las Vegas’ famed Hakkasan. 

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HR - Human Rights (of Bad Brains): The New Gospel
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

HR - Human Rights (of Bad Brains): The New Gospel

Paul “HR” Hudson is best known as the front man of the iconic punk band Bad Brains, formed in 1979. With unprecedented speed and precision, Bad Brains took the Washington, DC music scene by storm and quickly became the most influential band in American punk history, breaking down cultural barriers and creating emotionally charged music centered on the message of maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA). This concept of PMA continues to inspire HR’s fans.

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Todd & Cindy Bauchspies Christmas Concert
Dec
23
1:00 PM13:00

Todd & Cindy Bauchspies Christmas Concert

Cindy and Todd Bauchspies return to Rams Head for a new Christmas show. Todd, a PRS finger-style guitarist and Rammie winner for best show, and Cindy, a singer-songwriter pianist and conductor of the USNA Women’s Glee Club, combine their talents with their unique arrangements of beloved Christmas songs and carols. This year, there will be new songs from a forthcoming recording project. Come celebrate Christmas early with your friends and family! An audience singalong will cap off this must see concert that will surely put you and your family in the holiday spirit. Makes a great Christmas gift!

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Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
Dec
23
1:00 PM13:00

Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

  • Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Performances: 1pm and 5pm.

Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate. 

Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.

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Stephen Kellogg
Dec
27
8:00 PM20:00

Stephen Kellogg

With Chris Koza

Over the last decade, Stephen Kellogg has performed more than 1500 concerts in more than a dozen countries, both solo and with a band. In 2013 Kellogg gave a TEDx Talk about job satisfaction. Recently on a tour of Europe, SK (as fans often refer to him) made a detour to play the Middle East, Africa and an aircraft carrier for the Armed Forces. Upon returning to the USA, he started his annual lyric writing campaign to raise money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer. At first glance none of this has anything to do with his music, but Stephen Kellogg would argue, “it is the whole story. The music I make is a reflection of how I spend my time and what I care deeply about.”

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