Newsletter for December 18 to December 24, 2020 Newsletter for December 18 to December 24, 2020


Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long From Home

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts continues the tradition of the Holiday Sing-A-Long with a virtual twist! Enjoy a festive pre-recorded instrumental performance by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band (USMB) and a sing-a-long led by 500 local singers. Join this experience from home on Saturday, December 19, at 4:00 pm. Sing on early to review and download the program book and song lyrics.

It is an incredibly quiet shopping season along the sidewalks this year. The online story is different. We've collected lots of online stores from arts and cultural organizations and others to provide you with a digital shopping mall. Browse the selections for creative, colorful gifts for loved ones. Make a gift to a theatre or museum in honor of someone or donate a gift card to a working artist. Every gesture is greatly appreciated. When you're done shopping, ask Alexa to play Silver Bells for you. 
Thank you to Silver Bells Songwriters Ray Evans & Jay Livingston.  Silver Bells lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.


Friday, December 18
Online Event -- Songs of Christmas Past

DAR Museum

Online Event -- Wine and the White House: A History
National Archives

Online Concert -- Stradivari Anniversary Concert
Library of Congress

Saturday, December 19
Online Exhibit -- The Art of Christmas Stamps

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Online Exhibit -- Soldiers on the Go
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Online Event -- A Family Christmas
The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Sunday, December 20
Online Tour -- Grounds and Garden

Franciscan Monastery

Online Exhibit -- Ha Ha! Ho Ho!
Zenith Gallery

Event -- Holiday Lights: A Photography Workshop at Van Ness/UDC
Washington Photo Safari

Monday, December 21
Online Event -- Transcendent Text: Exploring Universal Values Through Islamic Text
Qatar America Institute for Culture

Online Tour -- Cemetery Stroll
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Online Exhibit -- The Women of NASA
National Women's History Museum

Tuesday, December 22
Online Exhibit -- Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit -- Light of Hope: The Corrie ten Boom Story
Museum of the Bible

Online Exhibit -- A Mexican Portrait by Martha Gabriela Driessen
Mexican Cultural Institute

Wednesday, December 23
Online Tour -- Historic House
The Octagon Museum

Event -- Downtown Holiday Market
DowntownDC BID

Thursday, December 24

Online Event -- Cooking Demo: Decadent Desserts
U.S. Botanic Garden

Online Exhibit -- Instruments of Change
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Online Concert --  Christmas with the Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library


Newsletter for December 18 to December 24, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website



Located on 16th Street in northwest Washington, DC, the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda is headquarters for a staff that works to protect and promote Ugandan interests in the U.S. In addition to the traditional diplomatic work of a foreign embassy, this embassy and its ambassador, H.E. Mull Sebujja Katende, participate in local activities that attract area residents. This month, the embassy is taking part in the 9th Annual Winternational marketplace, which is virtual in 2020. Among the embassy's online market offerings is an app that teaches Ugandan languages through song, rhymes, and storytelling.

The Murals of India with Benoy Behl

The ancient murals in the Ajanta caves of Maharashtra in Western India are widely known. However, many do not know the long history of painting within India. Filmmaker and photographer Benoy K. Behl's photographs and documentaries of Asian art heritage sites and early Indian murals places the Indian tradition of paintings in a new perspective. On Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 am, visit the Gandhi Memorial Center online for a lecture with Behl as he shares about these historic murals. This event is free.

Kenny White Concert and Conversation

Join the Mansion on O Street on Sunday, December 20, for a pre-recorded concert with musician Kenny White. The concert includes never-before-seen footage of Kenny recorded at Hobo Sound in Weehawken, NJ. Between sets, Kenny shares his interest in music and songwriting, musical partnerships, and fun times at The Mansion with Ted Spero, president of the Mansion on O Street.

We Make Antiques!

In this film, a struggling antiques dealer and a failed potter team up to enact revenge on the appraiser and dealer who wronged them, using a fake fabled tea bowl. This comedy caper is in Japanese with English subtitles. Enjoy a free double feature screening of this movie and its sequel. Registration is required. The films are presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center.

Concert with Chris Urquiaga

Singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer Chris Urquiaga is lauded for his performance energy and smooth voice. This Latin pop virtuoso performs music in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts and the Montgomery County (MD) Hispanic Heritage Month Award for achievements in the performing arts, Chris will sing December 22, at 5:30 pm. See the concert on the U.S. Botanic Garden Facebook and YouTube channels.

January 7
Street Food: Arancini

Hill Center DC


January 8
Art Chat @ 5

National Museum of Women in the Arts

January 9
Kids Galette des Rois Party

Alliance Française DC

January 18
Not Just Another Day Off

Folger Shakespeare Library


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