The year is wrapping up with gifts of virtual music and dance performances. Outdoors, you can head north to view lights in Anne Arundel or head west to count birds in Loudoun.
Art is on view and on sale at Washington Printmakers Gallery and Glen Echo Park. Streaming this weekend: virtual Christmas concerts.
“Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood” is due to open at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in January, and “The New Woman Behind the Camera” at the National Gallery of Art in February.
The National Building Museum, housed in the mammoth 1887 Pension Building at 401 F St. NW, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week with a number of free online programs.
Politics and Prose will host an online talk about the late, legendary Hoyas coach John Thompson’s new autobiography. Also book-related: Planet Word is calling all crossword lovers!
Neighborhoods had to get a bit more creative this year due to the pandemic. Here are some festive options at the Wharf and the Yards, along with a virtual “Celtic Christmas.”
The Washington Ballet will present a virtual Nutcracker Tea Party on Sunday. On Tuesday, a Phillips Collection curator will chat with activist projectionist Robin Bell.
Holiday programs are soon to begin at Tudor Place and Dumbarton House. In the meantime, there is streaming aplenty — including a pressed-plant demo.
Among the art exhibitions open for in-person visits is the first display of works by British artist Tacita Dean at Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland.
There is only so much you can see through a screen. Going to a museum right now and engaging with the depth and dimensionality of real-life art is a vital escape into beauty.