Around D.C., it’s a weekend of snowmen, candy canes, candles and matchmakers. Roscoe Mitchell will musically celebrate the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s 50th anniversary and Emmylou Harris will sing for shelter-dogs. In Georgetown: a winter solstice concert by Helicon at Dumbarton Church and the music of Phish — Rock and Roll Playhouse style — at Gypsy Sally’s. For more December events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Final Performances: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Along with songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”), this new, Bartlett Sher-directed production of “Fiddler” features movement and dance by Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter based on Jerome Robbins’s original staging. The show is recommended for age 8 and up. The 1964 production, with a book by Joseph Stein adapting Sholem Aleichem tales, won nine Tony Awards. Final performances at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, are: Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $54 to $114. For details, visit thenationaldc.com or call 800-514-3849.
Author Talk: ‘Melania & Michelle’
In “Melania & Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era,” author Tammy R. Vigil explores how Melania Trump and Michelle Obama have each crafted a public image and used the first lady’s platform to influence the nation, while also serving as a paragon of fashion and American womanhood. Her talk — on Friday, Dec. 13, at noon at the National Archives, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW — will be followed by a book signing. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit archivesfoundation.org or call 202-357-5000.
Jazz at SandboX
On Friday, Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., as part of a jazz series in conjunction with the “Georgetown Glow” exhibition, bass clarinetist Todd Marcus will perform with his trio at SandboX, located behind Café Milano at 3251 Prospect St. NW. There is a $20 minimum for light fare and a one-beverage minimum. Walk-ins are welcome. For reservations, call 202-298-7887.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Participants in candlelit guided tours of George Washington’s estate — 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway in Mount Vernon, Virginia — on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, will learn about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. The tours, departing every quarter-hour in the evening (start and end times vary), will also be offered on Sunday, Dec. 22. Tickets are $26 for age 12 and up, $18 for ages 6 to 11 and free for age 5 and under. For details, visit mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000.
‘Frosty’ in McLean
Barter Players Encore Company will perform “Frosty” on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 and 4 p.m. in the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean, Virginia. When Billy places a stolen hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life. But can Frosty help Billy find his real family? Tickets are $15. For details, visit mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-0123.
Candy Cane Bar Crawl
Fifteen restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia, will participate in this year’s Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event benefits Community Lodgings, a nonprofit that works to lift families from homelessness. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Check-in is at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza, 401 E. Braddock Road, or RT’s Restaurant, 3804 Mount Vernon Ave. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Winter’s Eve at Glen Echo
At Glen Echo Park’s free Winter’s Eve celebration, on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., visitors of all ages can take part in holiday crafts, drink hot chocolate, see artist’s studios, shop at the Holiday Art Show & Sale, make a blown-glass ornament ($35) and sit for a Photoworks portrait ($25). The park is located at 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2222.
Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary
Newly announced NEA Jazz Master Roscoe Mitchell, saxophonist, composer and founder of the radically experimental Art Ensemble of Chicago, will mark the group’s 50th anniversary with performances featuring elaborate costumes, theater and dance on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $25 to $40. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Solstice Concert by Helicon
Led by Ken Kolodner on hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Helicon will perform a progressive fusion of seasonal Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, Appalachian, bluegrass and other world music at a Winter Solstice Concert on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Tickets are $43, $40 for seniors. For details, visit dumbartonconcerts.org or call 202-965-2000.
Music of Phish for Kids
On Sunday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 a.m., Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW, will host an all-ages performance by the Rock and Roll Playhouse of the music of famed jam band Phish. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 the day of the show. For details, visit gypsysallys.com or call 202-333-7700.
‘Light Up The Season’ at the Four Seasons
“Light Up The Season,” the annual community fundraising event benefiting Children’s National Hospital, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Georgetown. The Sunday event highlights creative collaborations between Children’s National patients and notable area artists. Their designed Christmas trees, mantelpieces, menorah and dollhouse are available for purchase, with proceeds directly supporting programs that improve the health and well-being of children across the Washington, D.C., region. Activities for all ages include holiday arts-and-crafts, ornament making, musical performances, pop-up shops and visits from Santa and Dr. Bear. For details, visit childrensnational.org/light-up-the-season
Art in Embassies Talk
Artist Tim Doud and Art in Embassies curator Sarah Tanguy will discuss a project commissioned for the U.S. embassy in Niamey, Niger, on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Avenue and 7th Street NW. Admission is free. Following the program, attendees are invited to visit Doud’s studio at Stable, 336 Randolph Place NE, to view the paintings to be installed at the embassy. For details, visit hirshhorn.si.edu.
Emmylou Harris at the Hamilton
This intimate performance at the Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW, by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. is a benefit for her shelter-dog rescue organization, Bonaparte’s Retreat. Bar-area tickets are $90, seated general admission tickets are $100 and VIP tickets are $250. For details, visit live.thehamiltondc.com or call 202-769-0122.