Washington DC has plenty of great performances lined up this month and the beginning of next. Whether you’re hoping to see a new play or check out the museum circuit, you won’t be disappointed. See which upcoming events are happening in and around your neighborhood.
Upcoming Exhibitions in Washington DC
The American History Museum, about ten minutes from Dupont Circle’s Northumberland penthouse will present the exhibit Food: Transforming America’s Table 1950– 2000 on November 20. Learn about the innovations behind modern food processing, how America’s changing demographics have affected what we eat and a look at Julia Child influenced the American diet.
The American Indian Museum, not far from Capitol Hill, will feature the work of Native American artists December1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Winter Art Market. Browse through intricate beadwork, jewelry, pottery, paintings and more.
Washington DC Area Performances and Concerts
Jazz fans and folk lovers will be happy to learn of the upcoming concerts at The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, just fifteen minutes from Arlington. John Eaton, acclaimed jazz pianist, will perform November 24 at 7:30 p.m. Fiddle virtuoso Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, known for their blend of international, traditional and pop music, will perform November 30 at 8 p.m.
Jekyll and Hyde starring American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and Grammy nominated singer Deborah Cox will run from November 20 through November 25 at the Opera House in The Kennedy Center. Residents of The Watergate are only a short walk away from enjoying this stunning musical.
In addition, The Kennedy Center will also present Ballet West in their performance of The Nutcracker from December 5 through December 9 in the Opera House. The perfect show for the holiday season.
The Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage will feature the Opera House Orchestra on November 24. Listen to selections from The Barber of Seville, Six Trios for Three Bassoons and Braham’s Horn Trio for free at 6 p.m.
The National Theatre, just moments from The Artisan penthouses, will present The Les Miserables 25th Anniversary tour from December 13 through December 30. You won’t want to miss this spectacular play – be sure to order your tickets today.
If you’re unable to see The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center, you’re in luck. The Warner Theatre, a short walk from The Ventana, will present Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker from November 29 through December 23.
The Studio Theatre just around the corner from Lofts 14, is showing The Aliens until December 23. Written by Annie Baker, The Aliens portrays the relationship among two aimless coffee shop workers and an impressionable teenager, examining friendship, creativity and the poet Bukowski.
Get Ready to See the Washington Capitals in Action
Although postponed because of the NHL lockout, the updated season for the Washington Capitals starts December 1. Here’s the schedule for home games in the Verizon Center located near the Metro station at Gallery Place and Chinatown.
• Hurricanes vs. Capitals – December 1 at 7:00 p.m.
• Rangers vs. Capitals – December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
• Penguins vs. Capitals – December 11 at 7:30 p.m.
• Flyers vs. Capitals – December 13 at 7:00 p.m.
• Lightning vs. Capitals – December 15 at 7:00 p.m.
• Panthers vs. Capitals – December 17 at 7:00 p.m.
• Canadiens vs. Capitals – December 20 at 7:00 p.m.
• Capitals vs. Hurricanes – December 23 at 7:00 p.m.
• Islanders vs. Capitals – December 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Free Things to Do
• Check out the American Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition Nam June Paik: Global Visionary on December 13. Featuring nearly 70 of Paik’s most influential artwork, Global Visionary examines the effect her work has had on contemporary and international art.
• The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will perform at the American Holiday Festival at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, about five minutes from 22 West. You must pick up a free general admission ticket at these locations. The available concert dates are November 30 at 8:00 p.m. and December 1 at 8:00 p.m.
• William Neil of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Gabrieli’s Canzon a 12 and Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique on the Kennedy Center’s new organ November 27 at 6 p.m. Free tickets will be handed out at 5 p.m. at the Hall of Nations.