FREEDOM ON DISPLAY
Have you ever seen the original Emancipation Proclamation? Like most of our country's sacred documents, it is only displayed for a limited time each year to preserve it for future generations. The National Archives, however, has decided to take one of Abraham Lincoln's most important accomplishments out of preservation and display it for the public in honor of the proclamation's 150th anniversary. It will be on display in the East Rotunda Gallery at the Archives (Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW) Sunday through Tuesday.
And it wouldn't be a celebration without a slew of special programs. The first festivity begins on New Year's Eve with a performance by the Washington Revels Heritage Voices at 11:30 p.m., followed by a midnight bell ringing by Harriet Tubman, portrayed by a historical re-enactor.
Go to archives.gov to see the program schedule and viewing times.
SKINS ON A BIGGER SCREEN
The Redskins are in the playoff hunt and lead the NFC East, and in their way are rival Dallas Cowboys. Cheer on a Washington victory Sunday night at the Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike as the Skins continue their drive to the playoffs! Projected onto the SupraMax screen with Dolby Surround Sound, the screening is free; just make sure to get their early for the tailgate and to grab a seat.
One of the best venues in the area for everything from movies to comedy performances, the Drafthouse boasts comfortable chairs, table-side service, premium and microbrewed beer, wine, fresh-dough pizza and more so you don't miss a play.
Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Hail to the Redskins. Hail victory!