While no one enjoys being deluged with Xmas-related subjects months beforehand, I don’t think anyone will object to choreographer Donald Byrd’s incredibly early holiday offering. Byrd and his veteran N.Y.C. dance company, the Group, will be presenting a workshop performance of The Harlem Nutcracker, which will meld the Ellington/ Strayhorn adaption of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Ellington-inspired sounds, and gospel with Byrd’s often amusing, occasionally outrageous, Balanchine-, Ailey-, and hiphop-derived stepping. Byrd’s unconventional take features Clara as an elderly black woman looking back at her life. The music will be played by a 15-piece group led by arranger David Berger, a former member of the Ellington orchestra. At 6 p.m. at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th St. & Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 783-0360. (Steve Kiviat)