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Winter Lights Festival

12-31-2017

Presented by City of Gaithersburg Arts and Events at Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Mon, Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm Tue, Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm Mon, Dec 25 @ 6:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 6:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

Check out our newest displays including an enchanted castle, a frog turned prince, King Neptune and a mermaid lagoon. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land,... [more+]
Check out our newest displays including an enchanted castle, a frog turned prince, King Neptune and a mermaid lagoon. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole, and much more. The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, just a few miles west of the intersection with I-270.

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December First Friday in the Galleries

12-21-2017

Presented by Artists & Makers Studios at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am + 1 more dates and times

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Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present one three gallery exhibit for the month of December along with artists’ open studios.... [more+]
Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present one three gallery exhibit for the month of December along with artists’ open studios. “trans•fer•ence - new prints by Adjoa Burrowes, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Sheila Crider, Cheryl Edwards, Pamela Lawton and Michelle Talibah” features the printmaking of six mid-career artists, creating a dynamic conversation among colleagues and friends. Each artist brings their own sensibility and perspective that alludes to the transfer of ideas that include cultural, environmental and identity issues, and is curated by Adjoa Burrowes. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine and Sally Wen Mao will be followed by an open mic. Resident artists’ open studios will round out the evening for visitors at Parklawn.Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location will present two exhibits in the main galleries for the month of November. “Flora” with renowned artist Teresa Oaxaca – will feature figurative oil paintings with a floral theme. Teresa’s work is about pleasing the eye. She paints light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this she has learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently her compositions are spontaneous. When a person comes to her, they occupy a space in her mind. Arrangements form from there until with excitement she sees and formulates the composition. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason she surrounds herself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which she finds fascinating - she wants subject matter to always be at hand. “Textiles and Lunatics: Constructing Dreams” with Sandra Pérez-Ramos fills the Merge Gallery. Utilizing rare plants, moonstruck characters, torn fabric and vinyl niches, artist Sandra Pérez-Ramos combines contemporary fiber artworks with whimsical illustrations in this exhibition about lost and found dreams. “A Cultural Tour of India” with Jim Auerbach of The Montgomery County Camera Club shows in their hallway gallery, along with a FireClay Pop-Up Gallery and Holiday Market Sale on the 3rd floor, and Gallery 209 on the second floor. Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music, and the band Paradise Bill performs their psychedelic sets in the 3rd floor artists’ lounge, while resident artists’ open studios throughout the buildings will round out the evening. [less-]
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Frosty the Snow Man

12-31-2017

Presented by Adventure Theatre MTC at Adventure Theatre MTC, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 4:30 pm + 23 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 4:30 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 26 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 11:00 am Wed, Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Directed by Jason Schlafstein

Recommended for all ages

Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures...

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Directed by Jason Schlafstein

Recommended for all ages

Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics.

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Holiday Art Show and Sale

01-07-2018

Presented by Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 17 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am + 11 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Thu, Jan 04 @ 10:00 am Fri, Jan 05 @ 10:00 am Sat, Jan 06 @ 11:00 am Sun, Jan 07 @ 11:00 am - less dates and times

Browse and buy fine artworks for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Glen Echo Park’s annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership... [more+]
Browse and buy fine artworks for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Glen Echo Park’s annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. The exhibition features works by resident artists, instructors, and invited artists. The show includes glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, crafts and more.Dates: November 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018Time: Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 6pm (Saturday, Dec. 9, 11am – 8pm) Thursdays & Fridays, 10am – 2pm (through Dec. 29) [less-]
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The Nutcracker

12-31-2017

Presented by the Puppet Co. at the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 11:30 am + 24 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Mon, Dec 18 @ 11:30 am Tue, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 19 @ 11:30 am Wed, Dec 20 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 21 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 22 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 11:30 am Tue, Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 11:30 am Wed, Dec 27 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 30 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 31 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

A family holiday tradition for 29 years, “The Nutcracker” is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum... [more+]
A family holiday tradition for 29 years, “The Nutcracker” is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. [less-]
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Set Construction Worksession

12-20-2017

Presented by The Highwood Theatre at The Highwood Theatre, Silver Spring
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm
Students in this class focus on set construction and building the sets for Highwood Theatre’s student and professional productions throughout the year. Students who sign... [more+]
Students in this class focus on set construction and building the sets for Highwood Theatre’s student and professional productions throughout the year. Students who sign up for the entire semester are assigned lead roles (Master Carpenter, Master Painter, etc.) for each production as it comes up. Any student can also “drop-in” to the class to help out. Students consistently learn how to interpret building diagrams, dimensions, use power tools and other woodworking techniques, as well as painting and finishing. [less-]
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Rachel Schmidt: Shadow Builders

01-07-2018

Presented by VisArts at VisArts, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jan 03 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Jan 04 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jan 05 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jan 06 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Jan 07 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, December 1, 7 – 9 PMShadow Builders is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and... [more+]
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, December 1, 7 – 9 PMShadow Builders is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  About the artist: http://www.rachel-schmidt.com/ [less-]
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Holiday Shopping at Glen Echo Pottery Gallery

12-24-2017

Presented by Glen Echo Pottery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

Sat, Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

The Gallery shows the work of 29 advanced potters and instructors at Glen Echo Pottery. All pieces are for sale and represent a variety of forms, glaze treatments, and... [more+]
The Gallery shows the work of 29 advanced potters and instructors at Glen Echo Pottery. All pieces are for sale and represent a variety of forms, glaze treatments, and firing effects. Most pieces are functional, such as mugs, bowls, vases, etc. Decorative works include raku, jewelry, and holiday ornaments.Glen Echo Pottery Gallery is extending its holiday shopping hours, opening on Black Friday, November 24 and Friday, December 22 from noon to 5 p.m., in addition to Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.  The Gallery will also be open until 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 during Glen Echo Park's Winter's Eve.The Gallery will close for the season at 3 p.m. on December 24. The Gallery will also be closed December 1-3 for the annual Glen Echo Potters Holiday Sale at GW University's Mt. Vernon campus. Holiday Sale hours are December 1 from 5-8 p.m., December 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale features the work of 50 local potters and will present more than 4,000 unique pots of all kinds. Information on location/free parking available on our website.See the full list of times below. [less-]
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Annual Friends of the Yellow Barn Art Show

12-17-2017

Presented by Friends of the Yellow Barn at Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm
Each December, emerging and professional artists who are members of the Friends of the Yellow Barn are invited to submit works to a juried show. This highly competitive... [more+]
Each December, emerging and professional artists who are members of the Friends of the Yellow Barn are invited to submit works to a juried show. This highly competitive and popular show features the best drawing and painting work of the Yellow Barn members. All works are for sale. The works selected by this year’s juror, Paul Spreiregen, an internationally known architect and author, will be shown in the Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park on Saturdays and Sundays, December 2 through 17, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit will close with a reception on Sunday, December 17, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., with an awards presentation beginning at 5:00 p.m. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, Maryland. [less-]
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Holly TrolleyFest

12-23-2017

Presented by National Capital Trolley Museum at National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm
Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa’s Garden.  Before Christmas, Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children... [more+]
Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa’s Garden.  Before Christmas, Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park.  Throughout December, visitors may enjoy Santa’s Garden in the Museum’s auditorium, tour Street Car Hall with a docent, learn about the role of street cars in developing communities, and see the antics of Harold Lloyd in silent film comedies featuring street cars. [less-]
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"between silences" by Loriann Signori

12-30-2017

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Gallery B, Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm + 6 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

“between silences” will be on display from December 6-30, 2017 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD. Gallery hours for the show will... [more+]
“between silences” will be on display from December 6-30, 2017 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD. Gallery hours for the show will be Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm. A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, December 8 from 6-8pm and an artist demonstration will take place on Saturday, December 16 from 3-5 pm.This series of paintings on display demonstrate Signori’s deep understanding of the landscape through the use of color vibration. Her style is more interpretive than representational and allows the viewer to focus on the profound beauty of the landscape seen each day. Signori’s painted surfaces are covered with rich reds, burnt siennas, oranges, jewel-like blues and beautiful neutrals. Multiple glazes of pigment of varying opacity can make the picture’s surface feel flat, yet in the next moment it quivers. Her work, often times on copper, gold leaf or marble dust, show luminescent skies, water and deep probing fogs. [less-]
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The Nutcracker

12-26-2017

Presented by Maryland Youth Ballet at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm + 6 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 5:00 pm - less dates and times

Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s award winning production of... [more+]
Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s award winning production of The Nutcracker. Join us for our 28th season of the full-length classic choreographed by Principal, Michelle Lees. Voted both Outstanding Production in Classical Dance and Outstanding Youth Performance by Dance Metro DC Awards, Lees’ version of the holiday classic is a metropolitan area family favorite.VIP Nutcracker Experience The VIP Nutcracker Experience is the perfect holiday gift for the most devoted Nutcracker fans! It offers an extra special experience to the award-winning production of Maryland Youth Ballet’s full length Nutcracker.VIP tickets include: A pre-performance reception and behind-the-scenes tour from 11:30-12:30 and premium reserved seats for the 1pm show. Available for the 1pm shows on December 17, 23, and 26. Children will have an exclusive meeting and picture with the Sugar Plum Fairy and a special Nutcracker gift. [less-]
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Emerging Writer Reading: Lindsey Royce and Jim Mattson

12-16-2017

Presented by The Writer's Center at The Writer's Center, Chevy Chase
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm
Our program features authors with first books. Lindsey Royce reads from Bare Hands, a collection of poems praised by Molly Peacock as a “virtuoso debut.” Novelist... [more+]
Our program features authors with first books. Lindsey Royce reads from Bare Hands, a collection of poems praised by Molly Peacock as a “virtuoso debut.” Novelist James Mattson reads from The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves. Both writers explore trauma and the struggle for redemption. Join us most Saturdays, 2 p.m., at The Writer’s Center for readings with emerging and established writers. Hear from major voices and come out to support rising talent! [less-]
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Girl Scouts at The Nutcracker

12-16-2017

Presented by Maryland Youth Ballet at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm
Join MYB for our award-winning production of The Nutcracker and stay after the performance to participate in a special question & answer session. Following the 1:00... [more+]
Join MYB for our award-winning production of The Nutcracker and stay after the performance to participate in a special question & answer session. Following the 1:00 pm performance on December 16, Girl Scouts are invited to remain in the theater to talk with the dancers and work towards earning their Nutcracker Fun Patch. Nutcracker patches will be available to purchase at the theater.Girls Scouts are welcome to join MYB for any of our performances of The Nutcracker but the Q & A will only be provided on December 16 following the 1pm show.  [less-]
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The Nutcracker Suite

12-17-2017

Presented by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Studio Theater, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm - less dates and times

Please join us for a short-length version of the classic Nutcracker Ballet. This performance will be held in the intimate MBT Black Box Studio Theater, where children in... [more+]
Please join us for a short-length version of the classic Nutcracker Ballet. This performance will be held in the intimate MBT Black Box Studio Theater, where children in the audience can sit closer to the dancers than possible at the full-length Nutcracker MBT produces at Montgomery College. You’ll see Clara and her magical Nutcracker doll, enchanted dancing snowflakes, many characters from the Kingdom of Sweets, and the Sugar Plum Fairy! Stay after to meet the cast for photos!Sat., December 16 - 1pm & 4pm Sun., December 17 - 1pm & 4pmPlease call or click for tickets. Only 60 seats are available in this theater for each performance. These will sell out quickly!Each performance of The Nutcracker Suite will last under 45 minutes with no intermission. Patrons are invited to meet cast members for photos after the performance.For more information about MBT’s inaugural season of The Nutcracker Suite and MBT’s 29th annual season of The Nutcracker, please clickhttp://mbtdance.org/performances/nutcrackersuite/.NOTE: This production is held at the MBT Black Box Studio Theater. Online sales will close 1 hour prior to each performance time or as tickets sell out.About MBTs Black Box Studio Theater:-The lobby opens 30 minutes prior to performance time. -The theater doors open 15 minutes prior to performance time. -No food or drink is permitted into the theater, but refreshments are permitted in the lobby. -Every person (including infants) must have a ticket, per fire marshal regulations. -There is plenty of room in the lobby if your child needs a little break from the performance. -Seating is available for people with disabilities; please speak with an usher. -Our production of The Nutcracker Suite lasts under 45 minutes with no intermission. [less-]
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Charlotte's Web

01-07-2018

Presented by Imagination Stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm + 21 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 26 @ 1:30 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 11:00 am Wed, Dec 27 @ 1:30 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 1:30 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Jan 06 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Jan 06 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Jan 07 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Jan 07 @ 4:00 pm - less dates and times

Based on the Book by E. B. White Adapted by Joseph Robinette Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer Best for Ages 5+In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!),... [more+]
Based on the Book by E. B. White Adapted by Joseph Robinette Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer Best for Ages 5+In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. At the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur meets a silly goose, a moody sheep, a selfish rat, and Charlotte, a clever spider. In an effort to save her friend, Charlotte weaves flattering messages about him into her web that cause a sensation in the small town. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this “radiant” tale from page to stage this holiday season! [less-]
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Annie

12-31-2017

Presented by Olney Theatre Center at Olney Theatre Center, Olney
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm + 15 more dates and times

Wed, Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

From the director of last year's hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to...

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From the director of last year's hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to develop a love of live theatre, with this 40th Anniversary production, a new generation gets its shot. It’s the middle of the Great Depression in New York City, and hard-knocks abound, especially for Annie and her friends at the orphanage run by the sinister Miss Hannigan. But when billionaire-celebrity Oliver Warbucks requires the presence of an orphan to soften his image, Annie unexpectedly finds a way into his heart. Along the way, Warbucks attempts to help Annie find her lost parents, prompting Miss Hannigan to concoct a scheme intended to get her hands on Annie and Warbucks’ cash. Featuring Patricia Hurley (Mary Poppins).

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The 35th Annual Christmas Revels

12-17-2017

Presented by Washington Revels at GW Lisner Auditorium
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm - less dates and times

Take an enchanting journey to a charming Québec village and revel in the winter holidays. In the late December chill, the glow of hearth fires warms the spirits of the... [more+]
Take an enchanting journey to a charming Québec village and revel in the winter holidays. In the late December chill, the glow of hearth fires warms the spirits of the villagers as they prepare for the time of celebration—le temps des Fêtes!Amidst this holiday cheer, a group of young men prepares to set out after profit and adventure—to be voyageurs.  They paddle a huge canoe across rivers and lakes, deep into the wild Canadian woods—but not even rugged terrain can stop them from rejoining their loved ones in time for New Year’s Eve!This energetic Québécois winter celebration features joyous carols, toe-tapping dances, and foot-stomping instrumentals, blending old French traditions with New World ingenuity.  Be prepared for a mysterious bargain, a ride in a flying canoe, thrilling tales, and more. Join our cast of over 100, ages 8–80, to sing along and dance in the aisles. Welcome Yule! [less-]
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Holiday Book Fair

12-16-2017

Presented by The Writer's Center at The Writer's Center, Chevy Chase
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm
Our holiday book fair will feature local editors of literary journals and presses, as well as local organizations including Delmarva Review, Casa Mariposa Press, Baltimore... [more+]
Our holiday book fair will feature local editors of literary journals and presses, as well as local organizations including Delmarva Review, Casa Mariposa Press, Baltimore Review, Plamen Press, Iceland Writers Retreat, Chapters Literary Bookstore, Split this Rock, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, WWPH, and Poet Lore, published by The Writer's Center.At 4:00 p.m., we'll host our second annual Members-Only Editor Speed Dating. Members of The Writer's Center are invited to bring a poem or up to five pages of prose to be read by an editor and be given quick feedback and advice on where to submit. Members will spend ten minutes with the editor. Space is limited. Please RSVP to laura.spencer@writer.org. [less-]
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Garden of Lights

01-01-2018

Presented by Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm + 12 more dates and times

Tue, Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Jan 01 @ 5:30 pm - less dates and times

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and... [more+]
Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more.The night wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances.  Isn’t it time you made the Garden of Lights your family’s holiday tradition?
Please note: Pedestrian admission is strictly prohibited for the safety of our visitors. All visitors drive to the Gardens and pay the admission fee per vehicle at the entrance gate. After driving into the parking lot, visitors park and walk through the Gardens to view the light show. It is suggested that visitors without vehicles arrive by taxi cab. Admission is paid per cab upon arrival. There is no charge for the return cab to pick up visitors who have already paid admission.
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Winter Lights Festival

12-31-2017

Presented by City of Gaithersburg Arts and Events at Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Mon, Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm Tue, Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm Mon, Dec 25 @ 6:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 6:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 6:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

Check out our newest displays including an enchanted castle, a frog turned prince, King Neptune and a mermaid lagoon. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land,... [more+]
Check out our newest displays including an enchanted castle, a frog turned prince, King Neptune and a mermaid lagoon. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole, and much more. The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, just a few miles west of the intersection with I-270.

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December First Friday in the Galleries

12-21-2017

Presented by Artists & Makers Studios at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Wed, Dec 20 @ 10:00 am + 1 more dates and times

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Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present one three gallery exhibit for the month of December along with artists’ open studios.... [more+]
Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn in Rockville is proud to present one three gallery exhibit for the month of December along with artists’ open studios. “trans•fer•ence - new prints by Adjoa Burrowes, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Sheila Crider, Cheryl Edwards, Pamela Lawton and Michelle Talibah” features the printmaking of six mid-career artists, creating a dynamic conversation among colleagues and friends. Each artist brings their own sensibility and perspective that alludes to the transfer of ideas that include cultural, environmental and identity issues, and is curated by Adjoa Burrowes. Words out Loud in the Compass Atelier, from 7-8pm with Philip Wexler, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine and Sally Wen Mao will be followed by an open mic. Resident artists’ open studios will round out the evening for visitors at Parklawn.Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location will present two exhibits in the main galleries for the month of November. “Flora” with renowned artist Teresa Oaxaca – will feature figurative oil paintings with a floral theme. Teresa’s work is about pleasing the eye. She paints light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this she has learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently her compositions are spontaneous. When a person comes to her, they occupy a space in her mind. Arrangements form from there until with excitement she sees and formulates the composition. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason she surrounds herself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which she finds fascinating - she wants subject matter to always be at hand. “Textiles and Lunatics: Constructing Dreams” with Sandra Pérez-Ramos fills the Merge Gallery. Utilizing rare plants, moonstruck characters, torn fabric and vinyl niches, artist Sandra Pérez-Ramos combines contemporary fiber artworks with whimsical illustrations in this exhibition about lost and found dreams. “A Cultural Tour of India” with Jim Auerbach of The Montgomery County Camera Club shows in their hallway gallery, along with a FireClay Pop-Up Gallery and Holiday Market Sale on the 3rd floor, and Gallery 209 on the second floor. Arthur Harrison adds acoustic ambience with theremin music, and the band Paradise Bill performs their psychedelic sets in the 3rd floor artists’ lounge, while resident artists’ open studios throughout the buildings will round out the evening. [less-]
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Frosty the Snow Man

12-31-2017

Presented by Adventure Theatre MTC at Adventure Theatre MTC, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 4:30 pm + 23 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 4:30 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 26 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 11:00 am Wed, Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Sat, Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

Directed by Jason Schlafstein

Recommended for all ages

Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures...

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Directed by Jason Schlafstein

Recommended for all ages

Do you want to build a snow man? How about watching him spring to life in front of you for one day of adventures before he melts away? In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics.

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Holiday Art Show and Sale

01-07-2018

Presented by Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 17 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am + 11 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 24 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 10:00 am Sat, Dec 30 @ 11:00 am Sun, Dec 31 @ 11:00 am Thu, Jan 04 @ 10:00 am Fri, Jan 05 @ 10:00 am Sat, Jan 06 @ 11:00 am Sun, Jan 07 @ 11:00 am - less dates and times

Browse and buy fine artworks for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Glen Echo Park’s annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership... [more+]
Browse and buy fine artworks for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Glen Echo Park’s annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. The exhibition features works by resident artists, instructors, and invited artists. The show includes glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, crafts and more.Dates: November 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018Time: Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 6pm (Saturday, Dec. 9, 11am – 8pm) Thursdays & Fridays, 10am – 2pm (through Dec. 29) [less-]
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The Nutcracker

12-31-2017

Presented by the Puppet Co. at the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 11:30 am + 24 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm Mon, Dec 18 @ 10:00 am Mon, Dec 18 @ 11:30 am Tue, Dec 19 @ 10:00 am Tue, Dec 19 @ 11:30 am Wed, Dec 20 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 21 @ 10:00 am Thu, Dec 21 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 22 @ 10:00 am Fri, Dec 22 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 11:30 am Tue, Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 11:30 am Wed, Dec 27 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 11:30 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 11:30 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 11:30 am Sat, Dec 30 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 11:30 am Sun, Dec 31 @ 1:00 pm - less dates and times

A family holiday tradition for 29 years, “The Nutcracker” is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum... [more+]
A family holiday tradition for 29 years, “The Nutcracker” is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. [less-]
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Set Construction Worksession

12-20-2017

Presented by The Highwood Theatre at The Highwood Theatre, Silver Spring
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm
Students in this class focus on set construction and building the sets for Highwood Theatre’s student and professional productions throughout the year. Students who sign... [more+]
Students in this class focus on set construction and building the sets for Highwood Theatre’s student and professional productions throughout the year. Students who sign up for the entire semester are assigned lead roles (Master Carpenter, Master Painter, etc.) for each production as it comes up. Any student can also “drop-in” to the class to help out. Students consistently learn how to interpret building diagrams, dimensions, use power tools and other woodworking techniques, as well as painting and finishing. [less-]
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Rachel Schmidt: Shadow Builders

01-07-2018

Presented by VisArts at VisArts, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Thu, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Jan 03 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Jan 04 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Jan 05 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Jan 06 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Jan 07 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, December 1, 7 – 9 PMShadow Builders is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and... [more+]
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, December 1, 7 – 9 PMShadow Builders is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  About the artist: http://www.rachel-schmidt.com/ [less-]
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Holiday Shopping at Glen Echo Pottery Gallery

12-24-2017

Presented by Glen Echo Pottery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm + 2 more dates and times

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The Gallery shows the work of 29 advanced potters and instructors at Glen Echo Pottery. All pieces are for sale and represent a variety of forms, glaze treatments, and... [more+]
The Gallery shows the work of 29 advanced potters and instructors at Glen Echo Pottery. All pieces are for sale and represent a variety of forms, glaze treatments, and firing effects. Most pieces are functional, such as mugs, bowls, vases, etc. Decorative works include raku, jewelry, and holiday ornaments.Glen Echo Pottery Gallery is extending its holiday shopping hours, opening on Black Friday, November 24 and Friday, December 22 from noon to 5 p.m., in addition to Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.  The Gallery will also be open until 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 during Glen Echo Park's Winter's Eve.The Gallery will close for the season at 3 p.m. on December 24. The Gallery will also be closed December 1-3 for the annual Glen Echo Potters Holiday Sale at GW University's Mt. Vernon campus. Holiday Sale hours are December 1 from 5-8 p.m., December 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale features the work of 50 local potters and will present more than 4,000 unique pots of all kinds. Information on location/free parking available on our website.See the full list of times below. [less-]
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Annual Friends of the Yellow Barn Art Show

12-17-2017

Presented by Friends of the Yellow Barn at Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm
Each December, emerging and professional artists who are members of the Friends of the Yellow Barn are invited to submit works to a juried show. This highly competitive... [more+]
Each December, emerging and professional artists who are members of the Friends of the Yellow Barn are invited to submit works to a juried show. This highly competitive and popular show features the best drawing and painting work of the Yellow Barn members. All works are for sale. The works selected by this year’s juror, Paul Spreiregen, an internationally known architect and author, will be shown in the Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park on Saturdays and Sundays, December 2 through 17, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit will close with a reception on Sunday, December 17, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., with an awards presentation beginning at 5:00 p.m. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, Maryland. [less-]
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Holly TrolleyFest

12-23-2017

Presented by National Capital Trolley Museum at National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm
Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa’s Garden.  Before Christmas, Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children... [more+]
Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa’s Garden.  Before Christmas, Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park.  Throughout December, visitors may enjoy Santa’s Garden in the Museum’s auditorium, tour Street Car Hall with a docent, learn about the role of street cars in developing communities, and see the antics of Harold Lloyd in silent film comedies featuring street cars. [less-]
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"between silences" by Loriann Signori

12-30-2017

Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership at Gallery B, Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm + 6 more dates and times

Fri, Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 12:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 12:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 12:00 pm - less dates and times

“between silences” will be on display from December 6-30, 2017 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD. Gallery hours for the show will... [more+]
“between silences” will be on display from December 6-30, 2017 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD. Gallery hours for the show will be Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm. A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, December 8 from 6-8pm and an artist demonstration will take place on Saturday, December 16 from 3-5 pm.This series of paintings on display demonstrate Signori’s deep understanding of the landscape through the use of color vibration. Her style is more interpretive than representational and allows the viewer to focus on the profound beauty of the landscape seen each day. Signori’s painted surfaces are covered with rich reds, burnt siennas, oranges, jewel-like blues and beautiful neutrals. Multiple glazes of pigment of varying opacity can make the picture’s surface feel flat, yet in the next moment it quivers. Her work, often times on copper, gold leaf or marble dust, show luminescent skies, water and deep probing fogs. [less-]
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The Nutcracker

12-26-2017

Presented by Maryland Youth Ballet at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm + 6 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 1:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 5:00 pm - less dates and times

Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s award winning production of... [more+]
Magical dolls, dancing snowflakes, and an enchanting kingdom of sweets return to the stage this holiday season for Maryland Youth Ballet’s award winning production of The Nutcracker. Join us for our 28th season of the full-length classic choreographed by Principal, Michelle Lees. Voted both Outstanding Production in Classical Dance and Outstanding Youth Performance by Dance Metro DC Awards, Lees’ version of the holiday classic is a metropolitan area family favorite.VIP Nutcracker Experience The VIP Nutcracker Experience is the perfect holiday gift for the most devoted Nutcracker fans! It offers an extra special experience to the award-winning production of Maryland Youth Ballet’s full length Nutcracker.VIP tickets include: A pre-performance reception and behind-the-scenes tour from 11:30-12:30 and premium reserved seats for the 1pm show. Available for the 1pm shows on December 17, 23, and 26. Children will have an exclusive meeting and picture with the Sugar Plum Fairy and a special Nutcracker gift. [less-]
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Emerging Writer Reading: Lindsey Royce and Jim Mattson

12-16-2017

Presented by The Writer's Center at The Writer's Center, Chevy Chase
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm
Our program features authors with first books. Lindsey Royce reads from Bare Hands, a collection of poems praised by Molly Peacock as a “virtuoso debut.” Novelist... [more+]
Our program features authors with first books. Lindsey Royce reads from Bare Hands, a collection of poems praised by Molly Peacock as a “virtuoso debut.” Novelist James Mattson reads from The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves. Both writers explore trauma and the struggle for redemption. Join us most Saturdays, 2 p.m., at The Writer’s Center for readings with emerging and established writers. Hear from major voices and come out to support rising talent! [less-]
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Girl Scouts at The Nutcracker

12-16-2017

Presented by Maryland Youth Ballet at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm
Join MYB for our award-winning production of The Nutcracker and stay after the performance to participate in a special question & answer session. Following the 1:00... [more+]
Join MYB for our award-winning production of The Nutcracker and stay after the performance to participate in a special question & answer session. Following the 1:00 pm performance on December 16, Girl Scouts are invited to remain in the theater to talk with the dancers and work towards earning their Nutcracker Fun Patch. Nutcracker patches will be available to purchase at the theater.Girls Scouts are welcome to join MYB for any of our performances of The Nutcracker but the Q & A will only be provided on December 16 following the 1pm show.  [less-]
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The Nutcracker Suite

12-17-2017

Presented by Metropolitan Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Studio Theater, Gaithersburg
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

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Please join us for a short-length version of the classic Nutcracker Ballet. This performance will be held in the intimate MBT Black Box Studio Theater, where children in... [more+]
Please join us for a short-length version of the classic Nutcracker Ballet. This performance will be held in the intimate MBT Black Box Studio Theater, where children in the audience can sit closer to the dancers than possible at the full-length Nutcracker MBT produces at Montgomery College. You’ll see Clara and her magical Nutcracker doll, enchanted dancing snowflakes, many characters from the Kingdom of Sweets, and the Sugar Plum Fairy! Stay after to meet the cast for photos!Sat., December 16 - 1pm & 4pm Sun., December 17 - 1pm & 4pmPlease call or click for tickets. Only 60 seats are available in this theater for each performance. These will sell out quickly!Each performance of The Nutcracker Suite will last under 45 minutes with no intermission. Patrons are invited to meet cast members for photos after the performance.For more information about MBT’s inaugural season of The Nutcracker Suite and MBT’s 29th annual season of The Nutcracker, please clickhttp://mbtdance.org/performances/nutcrackersuite/.NOTE: This production is held at the MBT Black Box Studio Theater. Online sales will close 1 hour prior to each performance time or as tickets sell out.About MBTs Black Box Studio Theater:-The lobby opens 30 minutes prior to performance time. -The theater doors open 15 minutes prior to performance time. -No food or drink is permitted into the theater, but refreshments are permitted in the lobby. -Every person (including infants) must have a ticket, per fire marshal regulations. -There is plenty of room in the lobby if your child needs a little break from the performance. -Seating is available for people with disabilities; please speak with an usher. -Our production of The Nutcracker Suite lasts under 45 minutes with no intermission. [less-]
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Charlotte's Web

01-07-2018

Presented by Imagination Stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm + 21 more dates and times

Sun, Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 4:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 11:00 am Tue, Dec 26 @ 1:30 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 11:00 am Wed, Dec 27 @ 1:30 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 11:00 am Thu, Dec 28 @ 1:30 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 11:00 am Fri, Dec 29 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm Sat, Jan 06 @ 1:30 pm Sat, Jan 06 @ 4:00 pm Sun, Jan 07 @ 1:30 pm Sun, Jan 07 @ 4:00 pm - less dates and times

Based on the Book by E. B. White Adapted by Joseph Robinette Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer Best for Ages 5+In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!),... [more+]
Based on the Book by E. B. White Adapted by Joseph Robinette Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer Best for Ages 5+In this beloved classic (now infused with live music!), Fern, a soft-hearted farm girl, forms an unlikely bond with Wilbur, a charismatic pig. At the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur meets a silly goose, a moody sheep, a selfish rat, and Charlotte, a clever spider. In an effort to save her friend, Charlotte weaves flattering messages about him into her web that cause a sensation in the small town. Fall in love with your favorite characters all over again as they bring this “radiant” tale from page to stage this holiday season! [less-]
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Annie

12-31-2017

Presented by Olney Theatre Center at Olney Theatre Center, Olney
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm + 15 more dates and times

Wed, Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm - less dates and times

From the director of last year's hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to...

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From the director of last year's hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to develop a love of live theatre, with this 40th Anniversary production, a new generation gets its shot. It’s the middle of the Great Depression in New York City, and hard-knocks abound, especially for Annie and her friends at the orphanage run by the sinister Miss Hannigan. But when billionaire-celebrity Oliver Warbucks requires the presence of an orphan to soften his image, Annie unexpectedly finds a way into his heart. Along the way, Warbucks attempts to help Annie find her lost parents, prompting Miss Hannigan to concoct a scheme intended to get her hands on Annie and Warbucks’ cash. Featuring Patricia Hurley (Mary Poppins).

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The 35th Annual Christmas Revels

12-17-2017

Presented by Washington Revels at GW Lisner Auditorium
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm Sat, Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

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Take an enchanting journey to a charming Québec village and revel in the winter holidays. In the late December chill, the glow of hearth fires warms the spirits of the... [more+]
Take an enchanting journey to a charming Québec village and revel in the winter holidays. In the late December chill, the glow of hearth fires warms the spirits of the villagers as they prepare for the time of celebration—le temps des Fêtes!Amidst this holiday cheer, a group of young men prepares to set out after profit and adventure—to be voyageurs.  They paddle a huge canoe across rivers and lakes, deep into the wild Canadian woods—but not even rugged terrain can stop them from rejoining their loved ones in time for New Year’s Eve!This energetic Québécois winter celebration features joyous carols, toe-tapping dances, and foot-stomping instrumentals, blending old French traditions with New World ingenuity.  Be prepared for a mysterious bargain, a ride in a flying canoe, thrilling tales, and more. Join our cast of over 100, ages 8–80, to sing along and dance in the aisles. Welcome Yule! [less-]
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Holiday Book Fair

12-16-2017

Presented by The Writer's Center at The Writer's Center, Chevy Chase
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm
Our holiday book fair will feature local editors of literary journals and presses, as well as local organizations including Delmarva Review, Casa Mariposa Press, Baltimore... [more+]
Our holiday book fair will feature local editors of literary journals and presses, as well as local organizations including Delmarva Review, Casa Mariposa Press, Baltimore Review, Plamen Press, Iceland Writers Retreat, Chapters Literary Bookstore, Split this Rock, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, WWPH, and Poet Lore, published by The Writer's Center.At 4:00 p.m., we'll host our second annual Members-Only Editor Speed Dating. Members of The Writer's Center are invited to bring a poem or up to five pages of prose to be read by an editor and be given quick feedback and advice on where to submit. Members will spend ten minutes with the editor. Space is limited. Please RSVP to laura.spencer@writer.org. [less-]
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Garden of Lights

01-01-2018

Presented by Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm + 12 more dates and times

Tue, Dec 19 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm Tue, Dec 26 @ 5:30 pm Wed, Dec 27 @ 5:30 pm Thu, Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm Fri, Dec 29 @ 5:30 pm Sat, Dec 30 @ 5:30 pm Sun, Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm Mon, Jan 01 @ 5:30 pm - less dates and times

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and... [more+]
Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more.The night wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape. Afterward, warm up inside the Visitors Center while you sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances.  Isn’t it time you made the Garden of Lights your family’s holiday tradition?
Please note: Pedestrian admission is strictly prohibited for the safety of our visitors. All visitors drive to the Gardens and pay the admission fee per vehicle at the entrance gate. After driving into the parking lot, visitors park and walk through the Gardens to view the light show. It is suggested that visitors without vehicles arrive by taxi cab. Admission is paid per cab upon arrival. There is no charge for the return cab to pick up visitors who have already paid admission.
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