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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, again! And it’s not really Christmas until The Washington Chorus serenades you with holiday classics. Led by newly appointed and acclaimed artistic director Christopher Bell, previously the conductor of Chicago’s Grant Park Chorus, the Washington Chorus will cover audience favorites like Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” and deeper holiday cuts like “The Dream Isaiah Saw,” all followed by a candlelight processional. If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I’m not sure what will. Escape from some of the shopping craze and spend a couple hours of your holidays with the Grammy-winning, 200-voice Washington Chorus, and participate in audience sing-alongs the entire family can enjoy. Because who doesn’t love a good sing-along? Read more>>> The Washington Chorus performs at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $33–$79. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Mikala Williams)
District Doughnut rolled out its winter flavors and they’re worth a try. Highlights at the sweet shop with locations on Barracks Row and Georgetown include a strawberry jam sufganiyot coated in cinnamon and sugar in celebration of Hanukkah; a peppermint patty made from chocolate cake batter and a peppermint chocolate glaze; and a doughnut that impersonates a cannoli with chocolate chip and amaretto-infused ricotta cream. Doughnuts cost between $2.50 and $3.50 and can be ordered for pick-up or delivery. District Doughnut, 749 8th St. SE and 3327 Cady’s Alley NW, districtdoughnut.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Hip-hop artists PnB Rock and YBS Skola perform at Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30–$60.
Friday: The Kennedy Center presents the National Symphony Orchestra performing Handel’s Messiah, in the festively decorated Concert Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15–$109.
Saturday: If you really want to feel the impact of performance art on social change, head to First Baptist Church in Petworth to hear six women share their experiences living in public housing and the threats public housing residents face as the city gentrifies. On My Mind/In My Heart: The Voices of Women in Public Housing, which is put on by grassroots organization Empower DC, will highlight the women’s encounters while navigating public housing, hoping to raise awareness about current issues facing residents like the redevelopment-related displacement in Barry Farm. Performers will touch on topics like housing conditions, the stigma surrounding residents, and engaging in community activism, backed by soundtrack from a DJ RBI. Following the performance, the audience can participate in a Q&A session with the women to learn even more about fighting displacement and working to make real change. Read more>>> The show begins at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 712 Randolph St. NW. Free. (202) 234-9119. empowerdc.org. (Jeanine Santucci)
Saturday: The Victor Wooten Trio brings its soulful rock to 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.
Saturday: The Washington National Opera performs a musical adaptation of the classic book The Little Prince at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. 2 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $45–$65.
Sunday: Metal heads come in roughly two varieties: the partying headbanger and the dour misanthrope. An ultra-heavy bill at the 9:30 Club perfectly encapsulates this division. Richmond’s Municipal Waste is the crossover thrash, a band whose obsession with horror movie imagery and getting wasted makes them the bastard child of Anthrax and Misfits. Oxnard, California’s NAILS is the yin to Municipal Waste’s yang, a band whose purpose can be summed up in a song title from its latest album, You Will Never Be One of Us: “Life Is a Death Sentence.” The band’s infinitely heavy mix of punk, grind, and death metal is aural brutality that rarely exceeds the two-minute mark. What happens when these worlds collide is anyone’s guess—maybe high fives and stage dives or maybe walls of death. But if I had to speculate, it might result in all members of the metal community calling in sick Monday morning. Read more>>> Municipal Waste plays with NAILS, Macabre, and Shitfucker at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. >(Matt Siblo)
Sunday: Arena Stage continues its run of its annual winter musical The Pajama Game, in which a workers’ strike pits laborers against management at a pajama factory. 7:30 p.m. at 1101 Sixth St. SW. $85–$100.
Sunday: Sweet Spot Aerial Productions performs the holiday aerial show A Circus Carol at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 6 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $15–$25.
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