Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thomas Circle Singers Holiday Performance

Song and service come together in an evening of holiday caroling by the charitable Thomas Circle Singers. First come, first-seated. Starts at 3:30 pm. Free admission. The National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court, 6th and Constitution Ave. NW; nga.gov

Mosaic District Holiday Festivities

Experience the holiday magic while enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride through the tree-lit streets of the Mosaic District. Afterwards, explore the many other seasonal festivities Mosaic has to offer including holiday shopping, live music and entertainment, and a meet and greet with Santa Claus! Fridays and Saturdays 2:00pm- 9:00pm. 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, 212-759-2800; mosaicdistrict.com

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Performance from The Alexandria Kletzet

The National Gallery of Art will host acclaimed klezmer band The Alexandria Kletzet this December. Winner of fifteen Washington Area Music Awards, The Kletzet combines traditional Eastern European-Jewish music with elements of jazz, classical, rock and other musical genres for a sound that is as unique as it is spirited. West Building, West Garden Court, 6th and Constitution Ave. NW; nga.gov

Italian Desserts Sampling with Via Umbria

Via Umbria invites guests to sample their holiday dessert selections and experience their last holiday gift basket demonstration at their "Italian Desserts Sampling" event. Starts at 4 p.m. 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-333-3904; viaumbria.com

Community Menorah Lighting at Mosaic District

Mosaic will host its annual Community Menorah Lighting Event at the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center. Guests will enjoy live music and crafts such as decorating handmade dreidels! Starts at 6 p.m. 8900 Little River Tpke., Fairfax, VA, 212-759-2800; mosaicdistrict.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Downtown Holiday Market

Poste Moderne Brasserie will be offering roast chestnuts at this year’s Downtown Holiday Market. Enjoy the warm snacks as you shop, stroll, and soak up the giving spirit. From 4 to 6 pm. Centered at Eighth and F St. NW, 202-215-6993; downtownholidaymarket.com

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Feast of Seven Fishes

Join The Grille at Morrison House and Chef Brian McPherson on Christmas Eve for a grand Feast of Seven Fishes. The quintessential Old Town eatery will amaze you with dishes such as Fruits de Mer with lobster, and Grilled Georges Bank Swordfish with saffron risotto and sauce imperial. $85. 116 S Alfred St., Alexandria; 703-838-8000; thegrillealexandria.com

Thursday, December 25, 2014

All-Day Christmas Brunch at The Grille and Morrison House

Looking to celebrate on Christmas Day? Celebrate Christmas Day with The Grille and Morrison House for an all-day brunch with Figgy Pudding Beignets, Buttermilk Huckleberry Pancakes, or over-easy eggs, has, and brioche toast. $50. 116 S Alfred St., Alexandria, VA; 703-838-8000; thegrillealexandria.com

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve Soiree

The JW Marriott will be hosting a New Years Eve party at the hotel, featuring popular DJs, drinks, and multiple rooms of entertainment. 151 West Adams St., chicagonewyearsparty.com

New Years Eve at the Drake Hotel

Celebrate the arrival of 2015 at the Drake Hotel, voted as one of the best parties for NYE in the past. There will be local DJs to provide music, a champagne toast and midnight, and over 45 fully staffed bars. 140 East Walton Place, drakehotelnewyearspartychicago.com

New Years Eve at Poste Moderne Brasserie

Kick off the New Year at Poste Moderne Brasserie as newly instated Executive Chef Kyoo Eom debuts his first New Year’s Eve Menu. $95 per person. 555 8th St. NW, 202-783-6060; postebrasserie.com

Jackson 20's NYE Party

Jackson 20 will kick off their New Year’s party with Swine N Shine, offering 14 pork dishes, house made moonshine cocktails, and a five piece band performance. New Year’s Eve dishes start at $13. Specialty moonshine cocktails start at $10. 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 703-842-2790; jackson20.com

New Years Eve Dinner at BRABO

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier will offer two dining options for New Year’s Eve: the $95 option features five courses per person while the $135 offers 7 courses per person. Must call in advance to reserve a table. 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 703-894-4330; braborestaurant.com

New Years Eve Dinner at America Eats Tavern

Ring in the New Year at American Eats Tavern with a dinner prepared by Head Chef Nate Waugaman. Choose between à la carte and special tasting options featuring José Andrés-styled spins on favorite American classics. Tasting menu $85. From 4:30pm – 10 pm. 1700 Tysons Blvd., Tysons Corner, VA, 703-744-3999; americaeatstavern.com

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ford's Theatre Presents "A Christmas Carol"

Celebrated Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the Ford’s Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Experience the holiday magic as the ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Tickets $32-95. 511 Tenth Street, NW, 202-347-4833; fords.org/event/christmas-carol

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Ying Quartet Performs at Classical Favorites

The Ying Quartet returns to The Barns at Wolf Trap’s distinguished stage with a richly romantic program of Schumann, Webern, and Brahms. For string and/or chamber music enthusiasts, a true cant-miss! Tickets are $35. Starts at 8 pm. 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 1-877-WOLFTRAP; wolftrap.org

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"The Internet’s Own Boy" Screening

The DC Library is hosting a free screening of The Internet’s Own Boy, a riveting documentary about the life and work of Internet activist Aaron Swartz. This project is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 8:00pm.1811 14th St NW, (202) 716-1953; dclibrary.org/1984

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1984 Readathon

Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for the live 1984 Readathon. Guest readers and members of the public will read aloud the George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, between 10am – 9pm. This program is the part of the Orwellian America series of events running between January 18 and January 31, 2015, and is made possible thanks to a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Studies. 901 G St. NW,(202) 716-1953; dclibrary.org/1984

Saturday, January 24, 2015

United States of Secrets, Part 1

Held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the screening of United States of Secrets, Part 1 explains the evolution of “The Program”: a top secret operation which started during the Bush administration and exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013. The event will be concluded by a discussion with the producer of the riveting series, Mike Wiser. 12pm. 901 G St. NW, (202) 716-1953; dclibrary.org/1984

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Anne Bouie Exhibition at Zenith Gallery

Zenith Gallery happily presents “Transformative Roots & Ritual Objects: The Art of Anne Bouie.” Drawing her inspiration from pre-conversation European, Native American, and African religious and spiritual traditions, Bouie transforms found relics into a pastiche collection of meaningful art that transcends place and time. Friday and Saturday 12 to 6 pm or by appointment. 1429 Iris St. NW, 202-783-2963; zenithgallery.com

Orwellian America: Government Transparency vs. National Security

Join representatives from the International Spy Museum and the Newseum for a fascinating conversation about the state of America’s national security and government transparency in Orwellian America: Government Transparency vs. National Security. 2pm. 555 Pennsylvania Ave., (202) 716-1953; dclibrary.org/1984

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