With limited skill on my Dragon, the list this week will be somewhat limited. I'll try to be a bit selective in suggesting a few unique programs for the season. Unfortunately I was unable to find a performance of a family favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors. It's a family favorite and I'd hoped to share it with blog readers. (My Dragon heard me say, all mall in the night visitors.) While I am not in the practice of promoting anyone religious faith, this story has been a family favorite for over 50 years - even in a family not known for its acceptance of traditional religious miracles. If you're unable to locate a live performance, I recommend your getting it on a DVD..
Enough advice giving and personal info, but the last month has heightened my appreciation of both science and a belief system. And I continue to be amazed, even in this busy holiday season, at the number of broad cultural events available to us all for free.
Concert: Jazz group "Cold Front" performs seasonal jazz selections – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 6- 8 PM
Organ concert: The King of Instruments and the Instrument of Kings - featuring the city's third largest organ and trumpeter Chuck Seipp - National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle NW - 12:15 PM
Opera for children: The Little Prince – excerpts presented by the Washington National Opera – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center 6 PM
Film: Goodbye South Goodbye – from southern Taiwan – English subtitles – Freer Gallery of Art – the mall – 7 PM
Holiday festival: Embassy of Italy and Smithsonian American Art Museum present an Italian holiday festival with performances, craft activities and children's activities –Kogod Auditorium - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 11:30 AM – 4 PM
Stage reading: Claire Frankel's Ethel and Ruthie"- the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg – Temple Micah – 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW – reservations required - templemmicah.org – 1:30 PM
Conservation demonstration - Reuse, Retouch, ReDutch - 50 examples of sustainable and social Dutch design – Royal Netherlands Embassy – for 200 Linnean Ave. NW – 11 AM – 4 PM
Film – T-shirt travels – Myers room – George Washington University Museum/textile Museum – 701 21st St. – noon
Jazz pianist: From the Conservatory of Amsterdam – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM