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These five holiday shows are slightly off-the-beaten path

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John Waters – Photo: Todd Franson/Metro Weekly

One could easily overindulge on culture this holiday season, with multiple takes on The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah and Charles Dickens on offer around town. Slightly off the beaten path, however, there are plenty of holiday shows and concerts worth seeking out, from the high-minded and serious to the lowbrow — or at least low-lying — and comical.

There couldn’t be a more glorious venue for a traditional celebration than the Washington National Cathedral, and the Cathedral Choral Society‘s Advent procession, the “Joy of Christmas,” takes full advantage of the Gothic edifice. J. Reilly Lewis leads the chorus in performances of beloved carols accompanied by the Washington Symphonic Brass as well as organist Todd Fickley. Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m., at the Washington National Cathedral. Tickets are $75. Call 202-537-2228.

Every year, the Folger Consort offers a more interesting, scholarly spin on the Christmas tradition, with this year’s program focusing on seasonal music from the imperial courts during the Italian Renaissance. Anna Marsh and Christa Patton join the Consort as guest artists playing the medieval wind instrument called the shawm, as well as the recorder. Mark Rimple also accompanies on lute for the concerts Tuesday, Dec. 16, through Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $50. Call 202-544-7077.

Few music genres capture the festive Christmas spirit better than jazz, and this year’s brassiest best comes courtesy of The Capitol Bones Big Band. This local, all-brass band stops by Blues Alley for two concerts featuring local jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly performing renditions of Christmas classics first popularized by the late big band jazz pioneer Stan Kenton. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $22, plus $10 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141.

Of all the theatrical variations on Dickens, MetroStage offers what is no doubt the most entertaining, at least to musical theater queens. Kathy Feininger’s A Broadway Christmas Carol spins its Dickensian tale by adapting lyrics from familiar Broadway tunes, 30 or so in all, including The Music Man, Sweeney Todd and Annie. Peter Boyer is Chief Bah Humbugger in a cast that also includes director and choreographer Michael Sharp as The Man Who Isn’t Scrooge. Now to Sunday, Dec. 28, at MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $50. Call 800-494-8497.

Last but not least is the Birchmere‘s yuk-fest featuring a certain Baltimore filmmaker. In A John Waters Christmas, the “Pope of Trash” explores the gay and sexual possibilities of the holiday, posing questions you’ve probably never pondered before, such as whether there is a “Santa hag” or a “flue queen.” Monday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $49.50. Call 703-549-7500.

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"Monuments by Night" Puts D.C. Landmarks on Display

at Smithsonian Metro Station, Washington
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See the majestic landmarks of Washington in a new light with the "Monuments by Night" tour. You'll get to skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around town in an electric roadster. And you won't miss ... [more+]

See the majestic landmarks of Washington in a new light with the "Monuments by Night" tour. You'll get to skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around town in an electric roadster. And you won't miss a thing -- this two-hour tour takes you past all the must-see locations in D.C. You'll check out the FDR, MLK and Lincoln memorials, and get the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol and Smithsonian buildings. You'll also get great tips on dining, drink and other awesome stops in the nation's capital. [less-]

Neil Gaiman's Urban Fantasy "Neverwhere"

at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
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Enter a hidden world that lurks below the London city streets, where fallen angels, monsters and magic are real and an ordinary businessman can become a hero. Based on the cult classic novel by sci-fi... [more+]

Enter a hidden world that lurks below the London city streets, where fallen angels, monsters and magic are real and an ordinary businessman can become a hero. Based on the cult classic novel by sci-fi and fantasy master Neil Gaiman, "Neverwhere" is the story of Richard Mayhew, whose mundane life is changed forever when he encounters a young woman in distress named Door. His attempt to help her leads him to the parallel world of London Below, where all kinds of fantastic creatures make their home. On the run from deadly assassins, Richard and Door must make their way across the deadly darkness of Night's Bridge and through the weird and wonderful communities of London Below in search of the Angel Islington, who will help them ... for a price. Rorschach Theatre's production brings Gaiman's metropolitan wonderland to brilliant and colorful life on stage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. [less-]

Get Entertained & Energized Against Gun Violence

at Keegan Theatre, Washington
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From "We Are the World" to LiveAid, Farm Aid, Hope for Haiti and beyond, the ability of live music to heal the heart, raise awareness and initiate action is undeniably powerful. The Concert Across Ame... [more+]

From "We Are the World" to LiveAid, Farm Aid, Hope for Haiti and beyond, the ability of live music to heal the heart, raise awareness and initiate action is undeniably powerful. The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence comes to DC's Keegan Theatre as one of dozens of events taking place around the country on the same night to support finding solutions to this epidemic. Be inspired and entertained by several of the city's finest theater artists-activists, including Ines Nassara ("110 in the Shade"), Bridget Linsenmeyer of the female-empowerment band Heroine and others. [less-]

"An English Garden": Songs of the Elizabethan Theater

at Folger Theatre, Washington
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Theater flourished in England during the time of William Shakespeare, but just as popular were the ballads and art songs that served as a soundtrack to the high dramas and low comedies of the time. "A... [more+]

Theater flourished in England during the time of William Shakespeare, but just as popular were the ballads and art songs that served as a soundtrack to the high dramas and low comedies of the time. "An English Garden" is a fertile mix of Elizabethan era tunes -- some associated with Shakespeare and his company and others from later plays -- paired with lively instrumental pieces fit for nobles and groundlings alike. Soprano Emily Noel and a selection of period instruments including fiddles, lutes and citterns bring the music of Elizabethan theater to life in this concert at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. [less-]

Ghosts of Georgetown Walking Tour -- A Haunted Trek Through DC

at The Old Stone House, Washington
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DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep... [more+]

DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt the nation's capital ... if you dare. You'll hear a historian's take on all of the curses, eerie coincidences and hauntings that make up the darker side of days gone by in this pre-Revolutionary town. [less-]

"Deathtrap": Killer Comedy Thriller

at Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring
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"Deathtrap", the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, slayed audiences for years with its masterful mix of razor-sharp wit and suspense, and now it'll be brought back to vibrant life by Silver... [more+]

"Deathtrap", the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, slayed audiences for years with its masterful mix of razor-sharp wit and suspense, and now it'll be brought back to vibrant life by Silver Spring Stage. In this diabolically-told tale by Ira Levin ("The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby"), a once-successful and now-desperate playwright embarks on a fateful collaboration with one of his college-seminar students in pursuit of a much needed hit. But their partnership kicks off a series of murderous plots and thrilling twists that'll keep you guessing "whodunit" right up to the final curtain. [less-]

Cruise Past the National Monuments: Candlelight Dinner & Dancing

at Nina's Dandy, Alexandria
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Cruise from historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums of DC, to Georgetown and back to Alexandria on Nina's Dandy Dinner Cruise. Soak in the sights, incl... [more+]

Cruise from historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums of DC, to Georgetown and back to Alexandria on Nina's Dandy Dinner Cruise. Soak in the sights, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials while enjoying a three-course meal by candlelight, served tableside, followed by dancing on the ship's elegant marble dance floor or under the stars on the upper deck. Live music welcomes you aboard and accompanies the dining experience. [less-]

Nina's Dandy Lunch and Brunch Cruises With National Monument Views

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Cruise from historic old town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums, to Georgetown and back on this relaxing midday 2 1/2-hour sail on the Potomac. Soak up the sights ... [more+]

Cruise from historic old town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums, to Georgetown and back on this relaxing midday 2 1/2-hour sail on the Potomac. Soak up the sights on this narrated tour, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Along the way, enjoy a three-course lunch with salad, entree and dessert served at your table. Or, set out for a champagne brunch cruise on Sunday, and you'll find a buffet filled with a variety of breakfast and lunch treats. [less-]

"The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith"

at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
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Iconic blues singer Bessie Smith's life was as large and outrageous as her talent. Live it with her as "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith" takes you back to a 1937 Memphis "buffet ... [more+]

Iconic blues singer Bessie Smith's life was as large and outrageous as her talent. Live it with her as "The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith" takes you back to a 1937 Memphis "buffet flat" where the partying, laughter and bawdiness reach a crescendo after Bessie and her band are turned away by a whites-only theater. Starring Miche Braden, reprising the role she originated off-Broadway, the musical is packed with a trove of Bessie's all-time hits, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues" and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Get rowdy with a musical legend when Mosaic Theater Company's production of "The Devil's Music" comes to D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center. [less-]

Fiery Comedy From "House of Cards" Writer

at Theatre on the Run, Arlington
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After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a superstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in... [more+]

After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a superstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life. Their burning envy sets off a dangerous game of musical chairs, with Gwen's husband as the prize. With searing insight and trademark wit, this Pulitzer-nominated comedy weaves an intimate tale of contemporary gender politics that illuminates our common struggle to achieve that ever-elusive goal called "happiness." Peter's Alley Theatre Productions presents a bold new production of this sharp look at how women -- and men -- find happiness and conquer disappointment at Arlington's Theatre on the Run. [less-]

"Julius Caesar": Updated Retelling Mirrors Modern Day

at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
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Senators Cassius and Brutus are suspicious of Caesar's growing power in the Republic. They fear he'll accept offers to become Emperor. Cassius is jealous, and he convinces Brutus to participate in ass... [more+]

Senators Cassius and Brutus are suspicious of Caesar's growing power in the Republic. They fear he'll accept offers to become Emperor. Cassius is jealous, and he convinces Brutus to participate in assassinating Caesar. The conspirators stab Caesar in a gruesome murder. Yet their troubles have just begun. Citizens unite and rebel. Unrest sweeps Rome. The rebels flee Greece and wage battle against Caesar-loyalist Mark Antony and his troops in a vain attempt to reclaim power. Political aspirations and the fate of Rome hang in the balance during this climactic battle. Scena Theatre's modern interpretation of "Julius Caesar" features an all-star cast from the D.C. area. Revel in this timeless tale as it unfolds on the stage of Atlas Performing Arts Center, and discover the parallels of modern Washington and ancient Rome. [less-]

Tour the Capital Sites on the Washington D.C. Unveiled Electric Roadster Tour

at L'Enfant Plaza, Washington
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If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sit... [more+]

If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sites on your list while getting first-class treatment as your Urban Adventures tour guide shuttles you between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln memorials, while providing the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museum. During your guided tour of just over two hours, you'll also get great tips on other things to see in D.C., plus suggestions for the best places to eat and drink in the capital. [less-]

Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Walking Tour

at US Capitol Building, Washington
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On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and le... [more+]

On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and learning fascinating history on this two-hour walking tour. Cap it all off by grabbing a drink in the city's oldest commercial district. [less-]

Two-Man Irish Comedy "Stones in His Pockets"

at Keegan Theatre, Washington
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In wicked tragicomedy "Stones in His Pockets", a big-budget Hollywood film descends upon a small village in Ireland and turns everything upside down. Two down-on-their-luck Irish 30-somethings become ... [more+]

In wicked tragicomedy "Stones in His Pockets", a big-budget Hollywood film descends upon a small village in Ireland and turns everything upside down. Two down-on-their-luck Irish 30-somethings become extras in the film, and the movie is a wonderful break from worrying about their futures. That is, until the harsh realities of rural life break through. The play offers a funny, dark and poignant look at the complicated relationship between Tinseltown and its subjects. Watch real life and the reel world collide when this Olivier Award-winning comedy by Irish playwright Marie Jones comes to D.C.'s Keegan Theatre. [less-]

Tour Beautiful & Historic Historic Georgetown on Foot

at Georgetown Harbour, Washington
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Washington, D.C. has some of the richest history of any city in America -- home to museums and monuments, architectural marvels and quaint neighborhoods that trace their roots back through 200 years o... [more+]

Washington, D.C. has some of the richest history of any city in America -- home to museums and monuments, architectural marvels and quaint neighborhoods that trace their roots back through 200 years of urban development. Visit DC Tours offers guided walking tours of neighborhoods like Georgetown to discover the homes of historic and contemporary rich and famous; from the people who built the port city to the Kennedys. [less-]

Absurdist Comedy "The Arsonists"

at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington
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You probably know the meme of the cartoon dog surrounded by flames and declaring: "This is fine." But you might not know this classic work that may as well have inspired it. Mild-mannered Mr. Biederma... [more+]

You probably know the meme of the cartoon dog surrounded by flames and declaring: "This is fine." But you might not know this classic work that may as well have inspired it. Mild-mannered Mr. Biederman tries to live a blameless life, refusing to acknowledge evil of any kind -- even as the world around him burns. The facade comes crashing down when he allows two smooth-talking guests to move in to his home and they start filling his attic with petrol drums. Part moral fable and part black farce, Alistair Beaton's "The Arsonists" is an elegant, witty translation of Max Frisch's 1958 absurdist comedy "The Firebugs", which was inspired by the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948 and satirizes the way in which people can be manipulated into accommodating their own destruction. [less-]

An Obsession Scares Up Vampires in "St. Nicholas"

at Writer's Center, Bethesda
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Now coming to the stage at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, this critically acclaimed one-man show asks the audience to question whether a Dublin theater critic really did run into vampires while chas... [more+]

Now coming to the stage at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, this critically acclaimed one-man show asks the audience to question whether a Dublin theater critic really did run into vampires while chasing a young actress in London. "St. Nicholas" springs from the brilliant mind of Irish playwright Conor McPherson ("The Weir", "The Night Alive") and stars master McPherson interpreter Steve Beall. [less-]

Georgetown Architecture Tour

at DC Design Tours - Baked & Wired, Washington
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Established 50 years before Washington DC itself, Georgetown originated as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River. Despite its modest beginnings, Georgetown eventually came to play host ... [more+]

Established 50 years before Washington DC itself, Georgetown originated as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River. Despite its modest beginnings, Georgetown eventually came to play host to some of the most expensive and desirable property in the District. Home to palatial mansions, elegant cemeteries, stately churches, and a world-class university, join DC Design Tours to explore the highlights of DC's most exclusive neighborhood, with a focus on architecture and urban planning. [less-]

International Spy Museum: Enter the World of Secret Agents

at International Spy Museum, Washington
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From real-life spy gadgets to the stories behind the coolest secret agents in movies, the International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the worl... [more+]

From real-life spy gadgets to the stories behind the coolest secret agents in movies, the International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the world of espionage. Upon arrival, you'll be given a secret identity, which you'll use to test your spy skills throughout the experience. Then, you'll explore a series of themed rooms, where you'll hear historic tales, examine artifacts and participate in activities. Get ready for exhibits like "Spies Among Us", which focuses on WWII-era German and Russian spy rings, and "Exquisitely Evil", a tribute to the villains of cinema's most famous spy -- James Bond. "Exquisitely Evil" features more than 100 film artifacts from both old and new Bond movies, plus interactive exhibits that allow you to take over the controls of a villain's lair, brave the depths of a virtual shark tank, play spy vs. spy with other visitors, disarm a missile before time runs out and more. [less-]

Workshop of the Powerful "Native Son"

at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington
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Chicago native Nambi E. Kelley's retelling of Richard Wright's landmark novel re-imagines the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas for a whole new generation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the ... [more+]

Chicago native Nambi E. Kelley's retelling of Richard Wright's landmark novel re-imagines the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas for a whole new generation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago, Bigger lands a job in the home of a wealthy white family. Struggling to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently seal his fate. Catch this workshop presentation of "Native Son" from Mosaic Theater Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC. [less-]

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.