Weekend Round Up December 6, 2018

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Family activities abound on Saturday, including the Postal Museum’s holiday card workshop, an In Series show about a famous Mexican cricket and, in Georgetown, Book Hill’s Winter Wonderland and Santa’s visit to Rose Park. Sounds of the season: “A Celtic Christmas” at Dumbarton Church, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at St. John’s and “Merry TubaChristmas!” at the Kennedy Center. For more December events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

‘Two Poets in Music’ at the French Embassy

On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW, the Russian Chamber Art Society presents “Two Poets in Music,” a program of songs by American and Russian composers set to poems by Walt Whitman and Alexander Pushkin. The performers are: soprano Shelley Jackson, second-prize winner at the 2017 Maria Callas Grand Prix; baritone Kevin Wetzel; and pianists Michael Sheppard and Vera Danchenko-Stern. Tickets are $55, including a post-concert reception. For details, visit thercas.com.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Friday, Dec. 7, there will be a noon wreath laying at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, and a ceremony from 12:53 to 2 p.m. at the World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues NW. For details, visit navymemorial.org and wwiimemorialfriends.networkforgood.com.

‘Glow All Night’ and Winter Art Walk

Also on Friday, Dec. 7, for “Glow All Night,” more than 50 Georgetown retailers will be open until 9 p.m., offering in-store promotions, trunk shows, pop-up shops and product launches. In addition, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Georgetown art galleries on Book Hill — Addison/Ripley, Artist’s Proof, Susan Calloway, Cross Mackenzie, Klagsbrun Studios, Via Umbria and Washington Printmakers — will host their Winter Art Walk, with each gallery featuring a neon or light-art piece in its window. “Glow” is Georgetown’s neighborhood-wide installation of site-specific light art, illuminated from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 6. For details, visit georgetownglowdc.com.

The Art League Ceramics Sale

The annual Holiday Ceramics Sale at the Art League’s ceramics studios, 305 Madison St. in Alexandria, Virginia, features one-of-a-kind ceramic vessels and sculptures created by students and associates. Hours are: Friday, Dec. 7, from noon to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit theartleague.org or call 703-683-5786.

Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar

Sponsored by Sons of Norway, Washington Lodge 3-428, this year’s Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at Christ Lutheran Church, 3810 Meredith Dr. in Fairfax, Virginia. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event features live music, a Norwegian café, craft and culinary demonstrations, imported foods, sweaters, linens, rosemaling, jewelry, books, CDs, a family of Lundehunds and, on Saturday, Nordic dancers and Norwegian Fjord Horses. For details, visit norwaydc.org or call 703-573-5943.

Holiday Card Workshop at the Postal Museum

On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, will host a free holiday card workshop. A variety of papers, vintage stamps from around the world and other supplies will be provided. Participants can mail the cards they create with a Postal Museum postmark. For details, visit postalmuseum.si.edu or call 202-633-5555.

Book Hill Winter Wonderland

Book Hill’s free Winter Wonderland, on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the TD Bank parking lot, 1611 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will feature photos with Santa, face painting, a Tunes 4 Tots music class, children’s choir performances and an ugly sweater competition. For details, visit georgetownglowdc.com.

‘Cri-Cri: The Mexican Singing Cricket’

In Series presents “Cri-Cri: The Mexican Singing Cricket” at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. In the Golden Age of Radio, Cri-Cri was Latin America’s favorite children’s program. At this interactive show, families can sing along with Cri-Cri’s irresistible songs in English and Spanish. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and children. For details, visit inseries.org or call 202-204-7763.

Santa Claus at Rose Park

Also on Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m., children can meet with Santa in a 2018 Corvette convertible in Rose Park, 26th and O Streets NW. This free Friends of Rose Park event also includes activities and light refreshments.

‘A Celtic Christmas’

Weaving together the delicate and timeless sounds of the Celtic harp, lute, pipes, bodhran, flutes and recorders with the poetry of Dylan Thomas, the Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort will perform traditional Christmas songs and dances at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW, on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $42 ($39 for seniors). For details, visit dumbartonconcerts.org or call 202-965-2000.

Bowen McCauley Dance Company

To celebrate Bowen McCauley Dance Company’s return to Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, Lucy Bowen McCauley presents a premiere and repertory works, including Ilana Goldman’s “Facile Manipulations,” featuring music by Steve Reich, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30. For details, visit danceplace.org or call 202-269-1600.

Linn Meyers at National Gallery

Artist Linn Meyers — who creates works that reveal the expansive potential of drawing, such as “Our View From Here,” which covered the inner-ring wall of the Hirshhorn Museum in 2017 — will engage in conversation with Columbus Museum curator Jonathan Frederick Walz on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Admission is free. A book signing of “Linn Meyers: Works 2004-2018” will follow. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. John’s

On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” the beloved candlelight service of readings and music in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge, will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. For details, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org or call 202-338-1796.

Bil Afrah Project

Also on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m., as part of the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage series, the Bil Afrah Project will perform one of the Middle East’s most popular albums, Ziad Rahbani’s 1975 masterpiece “Bil Afrah,” with Michel Merhej, the legendary percussionist who played on the original recording. For details, visit kennedy-center.org.

Merry TubaChristmas! at the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage series continues on Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., when the audience in the Concert Hall will be overpowered, emotionally and otherwise, by holiday favorites projected from the bells of hundreds of tubas, sousaphones and euphoniums (euphonia?). Up to two tickets per victim will be distributed in the Hall of Nations between 4 and 4:30 p.m. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.

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