The List for Nov. 15


Best Music

1. National Symphony Orchestra: Vasily Petrenko conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto performed by Sergey Khachatryan.

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: $10 to $85; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

2. The Washington Chorus: Julian Wachner conducts "The Essential Bernstein," featuring music from "Candide," "West Side Story," "Chichester Psalms" and more, with soprano Marie-Eve Munger.

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

When: 5 p.m. Sunday; from $15

Info: $15 to $65; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

3. Olivia Newton-John: The pop legend, who starred in the films "Grease" and "Xanadu" performs her hit songs and an eclectic repertoire.

Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Info: $38 to $78; 301-581-5100;

4. Linda Lavin: Barbara Cook's Spotlight shines on the Tony Award-winning actress performing in the cabaret series.

Where: Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Info: $45; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

5. Cantate Chamber Singers: Music Director Gisele Becker conducts "The Legacy of Fontainebleau," a tribute to musical mentors with works by Aaron Copland, Irving Fine, Adolphus Hailstork, Nicholas Maw and Russell Woollen and a world premiere by Robert Shafer.

Where: St. Paul's Parish, 2430 K St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Info: $30, students $15; 301-986-1799;

Best Gatherings

1. "The Dead": This musical adaptation is based on James Joyce's famous short story set at a Christmas party in 1904 Dublin. This intimate, understated work features music and dance and opera/cabaret singer Janice Hall.

Where: Quotidian Theatre, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda

When: Friday through Dec. 16

Info: $25 to $30; 301-816-1023;

2. Craig Ferguson: The "Late Late Show" host brings his piquant style of humor to D.C.

Where: Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW

When: 7 and 10 p.m. Friday

Info: $45.50; 202-783-4000;

3. Fuego Flamenco VIII: The mesmerizing Karen Lugo fuses traditional flamenco and modern dance as part of the Eighth Annual Flamenco Fest.

Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre, 1333 14th St. NW

When: Thursday to Sunday

Info: $18 to $30; 202-234-7174;

4. Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation: This Indonesian hip-hop and dance troupe promotes tolerance and pluralism with wit, melding together trance rhythms, Indonesian pop and gamelan music, ancient Javanese poetry and literature.

Where: The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW

When: 6 p.m. Nov. 20

Info: Free; 202-467-4600;

5. "A Christmas Carol": Join the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. This music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens' yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge.

Where: Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW

When: Friday through Dec. 30

Info: $67.50 to $97.50; 202-347-4833;

Best Brainfood

1. Stephen Landrigan & Qais Akbar Omar: "Shakespeare in Kabul": "Shakespeare in Kabul" chronicles a remarkable production of "Love's Labour's Lost" that was staged in the Dari language in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006. It provides a glimpse into the rich cultural life of Afghanistan as it describes the challenges faced by the actors on and off stage and the response they stirred.

Where: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SW

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Info: Free; reservations recommended; 202-544-7077;

2. ReDiscovery Reading: "Wild Oats": All the world's a stage in this comedy, which summons the spirit of Shakespeare. When Jack Rover, a wandering actor, decides to pose as a gentleman, he's forced to rely on his wits -- and his deep love of the Bard -- to find love and a new home. John O'Keeffe's play from 1791 is a treasure of the Georgian theater. Seating is on a first-come basis. Reservations are required.

Where: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Info: Free; 202-547-1122;

3. The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, this prize is awarded annually by Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry book. Chris Andrews is the 2011 recipient. He will be joined by prize judge Mark Strand for this paired reading. Reception and book signing to follow.

Where: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19

Info: $15; 202-544-7077;

4. "NEXT: Spain": Following last year's"NEXT: Israel," Paul Gordon Emerson returns with his new dance company, Company E, with"NEXT: Spain." Don't miss an electrifying evening of dance that celebrates the ingenuity, freshness and pure physicality of works celebrating the extraordinary dance tradition of Spain.

Where: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW

When: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday

Info: $27; 202-547-1122;

5. "Afoot in Vienna": This multimedia collaboration between Viennese composer/visual artist Wolfgang Seirl and Bowen McCauley Dance Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley is a study of movement "from the ground up."

Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Info: $20 to $75; 703-875-1100;

Best Family

1. "A Little House Christmas": The Ingall family is hosting some of its friends and relatives for a pre-Christmas dinner when a sudden storm threatens to cut off access to the town from which most of the guests have come. Come home for the holidays and learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Where: Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo

When: Friday through Dec. 31

Info: $19; 301-634-2270;

2. "Seussical":Svea Johnson and Simon Diesenhaus share the role of JoJo, a child from the land of Whoville, where every person is important and anything is possible. Based on the work of Dr. Seuss, the musical is best for ages 4 to 12.

Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda

When: Through Jan. 6

Info: $12 to $25; 301-280-1660;

3. "The Frog Prince": Baltimore's award-wining Black Cherry Puppet Theatre tells the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale about a beautiful princess, a talking frog and the importance of keeping one's promises. Beautiful handmade puppets and an original soundtrack tell the merry musical tale.

Where: National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

When: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday

Info: Free; tickets required; 202-783-3372;

4. "The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg": This world premiere adaptation of acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick's witty and poignant novel follows young Homer P. Figg, an orphan who must journey into the thick of the Civil War to save his brother. Ages 8 and older.

Where: Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: Saturday through Dec. 9

Info: $18; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324;

5. "The Jungle Book": Learn the laws necessary for surviving the jungles of adolescence in this primal reimagining of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." Adapting the most beloved and fearsome characters of the classic stories, the members of the Synetic Teen Ensemble venture deep beneath the canopy to explore the trials, triumphs and rites of passage inherent to growing up in the jungles of the 21st century.

Where: Synetic Theatre, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington

When: Friday through Sunday

Info: $15, $12 students and seniors; 800-494-8497;

Best Outdoors

1. River Riders: Explore the Potomac River in a canoe and discover the abundant wildlife, plants and geology in this amazing ecosystem before winter sets in. Potomac River Float can be self-guided, or you may request a guide.

Where: Harper's Ferry, W.Va.

When: See website for times; through November

Info: See website for prices; 800-326-7238;

2. Live Action Game of Monopoly: Come secure some of the best property throughout our nation's capital. The winner will be the one who earns enough property by earning points through various challenges and collecting enough items that can be traded in for particular property.

Where: Meet outside Ben and Jerry's in Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

When: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Info: $25;

3. Adventures in Paintball with instruction, lunch and games: You'll begin the day with a thorough safety training class by an expert Paintball Safety Council certified instructor. Throughout the day, you'll have your own private referees and team coaches. Protective goggles and other safety equipment will be provided for all attendees. Army lunch is included: hot dogs, chips and soda (or bring your own). Feast by a private cabin on the lake.

Where: 20217 Hogback Mountain Road, Leesburg

When: 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Info: $65;

4. Deer Yards and Antler Tales: For the whole family. Gather at the Long Branch Amphitheater and enjoy lots of old-fashioned fun, including stories, animal guests, games, songs and, of course, s'mores. Information: 703-228-6535.

Where: Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington

When: 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Info: $5; registration required: 703-228-4747; Activity No. 612952-F

5. Gambrill State Park: Black Locust Trail: 3.3 miles roundtrip. Moderately difficult. Black Locust Trail invites the hiker as the trail opens to the northwest with a gentle rise, but this initial impression belies some of the rougher terrain that exists farther along the trail.

Where: Thurmont

When: Fall, spring, summer

Info: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: 301-271-7574;

Best Theater

1. "The Aliens": Annie Baker's drama takes place in the dingy back alley of a sleepy Vermont coffeehouse, where two affable slakers run into a new teenage employee, who attempts to evict them from their comfortable perch.

Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW

When: Through Dec. 23

Info: $39 to $72; 202-332-3300;

2. "Dreamgirls": This Broadway hit tells the story of Motown and a girl group from Chicago that makes it big, struggling to survive in a business controlled by men, fighting for recognition, fellowship and love.

Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington

When: Through Jan. 6

Info: $62 to $67; 703-820-9771;

3. "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart": A production of the National Theatre of Scotland, "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" is a dreamlike journey of self-discovery, magical moments, devilish encounters and wittily wild karaoke, performed in an actual pub.

Where: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW

When: Through Dec. 9

Info: $55; 202-547-1122;

4. International Festival of Hispanic Theatre: Teatro de la Luna presents theater from Argentina. "First Time Mother," a delightful one-woman show, takes a hilarious and irreverent look at Motherhood 101, the ultimate immersion course. In Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

Where: Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington

When: Thursday through Saturday

Info: $30 to $35; 703-548-3092;

Best Galleries

1. Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540: This is the first U.S. exhibition to assess Augsburg's artistic innovations of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, presenting a rich, well-curated selection from the NGA's holdings of German prints, drawings and illustrated books.

Where: National Gallery of Art, West Building, 7th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW

When: Through Dec. 31

Info: Free; 202-737-4215;

2. In Search of the Windhorse: Faces and Landscapes of Nepal: These photographs of Nepal, from Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev, pay skillful tribute to one of the Earth's most beautiful landscapes.

Where: Watergate Gallery and Frame Design, 2552 Virginia Ave. NW

When: Through Nov. 30

Info: Free; 202-338-4488;

3. Linling Lu: Lilac: Chinese painter Linling Lu moves in a direction of pure abstraction with this meditate series of "circle paintings."

Where: Hemphill, 1515 14th St. NW

When: Through Dec. 22

Info: Free; 202-234-5601;

4. Cold River: Andrew Zimmerman's stark, high-contrast, black-and-white photos of Colorado winter scenes reveal jaw-dropping clarity and detail, thanks to his process of using direct contact, 8-inch-by-10-inch negatives.

Where: The Art League Gallery, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

When: Through Dec. 3

Info: Free; 703-683-1780;

5. Earth in Beauty Dressed: This collection of new acrylics paintings from Pat Silbert was inspired by her 2011 trip to Ireland and the Gobi Desert.

Where: Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda

When: Through Dec. 1

Info: Free; 301-951-9441;

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