It’s definitely the holiday season in D.C., and if you can’t tell just by walking outside, the arts will remind you: ‘Tis the season for Christmas-themed ballets, plays, and exploding pine trees. But anyone who wants to skirt holiday cheer needn’t stay at home.
Saturday, the Fridge’s owner and director Alex Goldstein unveils his first solo show, “Exclamation Point.” It’s a vehicle for 100 stencil and spray-painted works inspired by the artist’s graphic-design style and his years of making street art in D.C. and New York. “These are images of empowerment and rage,” says Goldstein. “I’m a staunch pacifist. I’m terrified of guns, but I’m obsessed with these images because of the part that they play in our society.” On Dec. 16, stop by to participate in a spray-paint and stencil workshop, and check out the new mural on the exterior of the gallery. Runs to Dec. 30 at The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. Free.
Erica Rebollar, the local choreographer City Paper contributor Amanda Abrams called “one of the most intriguing additions to the city’s dance scene,” premieres a postmodern dance Saturday. The show’s original score, according to press materials, incorporates “industrial, motorized sounds and unusual use of light and projection” to explore inner and outer space, and its title—- “Space Junk“—-serves as a metaphor for the “rubble that lives and dies in our minds.” Runs to Dec. 2 at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville. $17 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.
For those who just didn’t get enough skeletons during Halloween, an exhibit of Trudi Y. Ludwig’s spooky prints opened on Wednesday at Washington Printmakers Gallery in Silver Spring, Md. “Beneath the Old Masters: Evolution and Process“ features prints of skeletons, selected plates and rubbings, as well as a life-size print and plate titled “The Exposure of Luxury.” Ludwig’s work generally focuses on working with the human figure, incorporating art history into contemporary ideas, and grappling with societal and personal conundrums. Runs to Dec. 30 at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, 8230 Georgia Ave. Free.
And now for the holiday fare: “Wonderful Life,” a remount of The Hub’s 2011 one-man show, is a retelling of the classic film featuring actor Jason Lott. The collaboration between Theater Alliance and The Hub Theater features Lott playing all of the characters in Bedford Falls, while struggling to figure out why life is worth living. Runs to Dec. 30 at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $35 general admission.
The Washington Ballet opened its beloved annual production of The Nutcracker yesterday at the Warner Theater. The classic piece, choreographed by Artistic Director Septime Webre, is set in historic Washington, D.C., and features George Washington as the Nutcracker. Go for the swirling cherry blossoms and snowflakes, dancing sugar plums, or just to hear Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Runs to Dec. 23 at the Warner Theater, 13th and E streets NW. $34-$108.