NSO Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, will present Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert in the Concert Hall, November 24-26. Patrons can “relive the magic of the film in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams’s unforgettable score.” The film is said to be Most enjoyed by age 5 and up.
The Kennedy Center is presenting the world premiere of a musical adaptation titled Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall, directed by Aaron Posner, in the Family Theater, thru December 10. The Kennedy Center commission, with music & lyrics by Andy Mitton, is about “young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubileeas they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species.” The cast features Eymard Cabling, Sam Ludwig, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Awa Sal Secka, and Erin Weaver as Young Jane. The show is most enjoyed by age 6 and up.
Image below: The logo for the show.
Casa Mañana Theatre from Ft. Worth, Texas will present the musical Mr. Popper’s Penguinsin the Kennedy Center Family Theater, December 22-31. Some feathery friends will be “out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book.” Set in the small town of Stillwater, it’s about a painter and decorator - Mr. Popper – whose home is overrun by a bunch of boisterous black-and-white penguins! The show features catchy songs and penguin puppets aplenty, as well as songs that “will leave you chirping with cheer!”
The show is most enjoyed by age 3 and up.
Image below: A scene from Mr. Popper’s Penguins
The Kennedy Center will present Digging Up Dessa, which is a world premiere written by Laura Schellhardt& directed by Rives Collins, in the Family Theater, February 3-18. The theme of the show is that “from dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Dessa, a girl in the 21st-century century, sets out to dig up some super-sized discoveries with help from a remarkable friend—the pioneering 19th-century English paleontologist Mary Anning.” After a field trip to a museum reveals that Mary Anning’s legacy has been buried by history because of her gender and lack of formal education, Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn her friend the credit she deserves.”
The show is recommended for Age 10+
Image below: The logo for Digging Up Dessa
The National Zoo
The National Zoo will display ZooLights, powered by Pepco, November 24-January 1 (except December 24, 25, & 31). The free event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights will transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! This year, there will be a BrewLights event, which will be a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event,on November 30.
GRUMP, an alternative art and crafts holiday show, will join ZooLights at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, December 15-17.The European-style outdoor market will take place at the Zoo’s main Connecticut Avenue entrance. Local artisans will be selling everything from handmade soaps, sweets, jewelry, prints and letterpress cards to glass art, hand-bound books, clothing, upcycled animal pillows and do-it-yourself craft kits.It’s an opportunity to shop local and get to know some of D.C.’s own artists and makers.
The 12th annual MetroCooking DC Showwill take place at the Washington Convention Center, December 9-10.The two-day “culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts.” There will be cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs – including Guy Fieri & José Andrés -plus samples from over 50 local restaurants in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. Local brew will be available in the Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden, and visitors can learn new techniques and tips in the Taste Talk Workshops. The pop-up cooking school will enable visitors to sharpen their skills. A James Beard award-winning chef will “whip up delicious dishes live on the James Beard Stage.” Visitors can also shop at hundreds of specialty food vendors in the exhibitor marketplace.
St. Albans School Christmas House Tour & Boutiques
St. Albans School at Washington National Cathedral will present their annual Christmas House Tour & Boutiqueson December 1 & 2. St. Albans is a private, all-boys day and boarding school. The House Tour has been an annual tradition since 1983 & is the primary fundraiser of the Parents’ Association and a great community undertaking. The funds raised help the Parents’ Association support the school through faculty grants and bonuses, contributions to the STRIVE Campaign, and other important programs.
Tudor Place in Georgetown will offer Candlelight Tours of the Mansionon December 5, 6, 12 & 14.Visitors can see the grounds lit for the holidays and can enjoy a guided tour of the elegant historic mansion. The experience is for adults and history buffs ages 16+ and is “great for history lovers and Christmas enthusiasts alike!”
Washington Revels will present The Christmas Revels - A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice- December 9-17 at Lisner Auditorium.The setting will be Trois-Rivières, a charming town in southern Québec, where villagers prepare for the time of celebration–le temps des Fêtes! The Québécois winter celebration features “carols, wild dancing, and foot-stomping instrumentals, blending old French traditions with New World ingenuity.”The Revels’ annual event is a festive celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day.” Through music, dance and drama, the event draws on traditions and rituals from many lands, peoples, and eras.
Dance Place will present their annual Kwanzaa Celebration on December 16 & 17. The event will feature Coyaba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater and special guest Melvin Deal, who is Founding Executive Artistic Director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. This year’s celebration will be a tribute to the memory and spirit of Baba Chuck Davis. The concert will feature a wide variety of dances depicting celebration, harvest and community.
Image below: Coyaba Dance Theater at DanceAfrica DC 2012. Photo by Enoch Chan
The Winter Show The Washington Antiques Show
The Annual Washington Winter Show - The Washington Antiques Show - will take place at American University's Katzen Arts Center January 12-14.The show will feature more than forty dealers from across the U.S. & Europe, and will offer a broad range of exquisite antiques and fine arts. There will be guided walks & dealer talks, plus celebrity guests & special events.The theme this year will be The Charm of Chinoiserie. The show, which was founded in 1955, will benefit bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC, and the Founders Board of St. John's Community Services. Visit www.washingtonwintershow.org/
Light Up the Season at The Four Seasons Hotel
The Children’s Health Board (CHB) and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC will present Light Up The Season– a family-friendly community fundraising event to benefit Children’s National Health System – on December 3 at Four Seasons in Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Designer-decorated holiday trees, mantelpieces, wreaths and a menorah “will set a spirited landscape for the occasion. Each original piece is a unique collaboration between patients of Children’s National and notable area designers and businesses. The fun-filled afternoon will include activities for all ages, such as holiday cookie decorating, ornament making, a visit from Santa and Children’s National Dr. Bear mascot, musical performances and youth entertainers, silent auction, and light fare and libations. In addition, guests will be encouraged to write holiday cards for Children’s National patients.” The holiday decor will be on display November 28 thru December 20 and available to purchase - as well as at the December 3 event.
Image below: Christy Maguire of Annie Elliott Interiors, Leilah, Ava and Annie Elliott of Annie Elliott Interiors will collaborate on a holiday tree for Light Up The Season 2017 - Photo by Ryan Media Lab
The National Gallery of Art offers a wide range of innovative films for families, including classics, recently-produced shorts, and foreign features. The selections appeal to both young and adult audiences; noted age recommendations can assist parents in selecting the most emotionally and intellectually-stimulating films for their children. Feature films are screened in English, unless otherwise noted.