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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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Blues Alley: D.C.'s Premier Jazz & Supper Club

at Blues Alley, Washington
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Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation's oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washingto... [more+]

Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation's oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown in an 18th century red brick carriage house, Blues Alley offers a unique and intimate ambiance, reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920s and '30s. Go for just the music and drinks, or make it an evening and choose from authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes. [less-]

Speakeasies & Craft Cocktail Tour of the Capitol

at Temperance Fountain, Washington
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If there's one thing you'll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it's that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol's v... [more+]

If there's one thing you'll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it's that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol's vibing craft cocktail scene, where you'll sample sweet libations at hidden gems and even learn how to make your own drinks. Get a history lesson too on how prohibition shaped D.C., and discover the speakeasies that still thrive here today. [less-]

The Hypocrites' "Pirates of Penzance"

at Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney
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Chicago's most innovative theatre company, The Hypocrites, are back at the DC area's Olney Theatre Center with an encore engagement of their critically-acclaimed, inventively-immersive and family-frie... [more+]

Chicago's most innovative theatre company, The Hypocrites, are back at the DC area's Olney Theatre Center with an encore engagement of their critically-acclaimed, inventively-immersive and family-friendly version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance". This promenade-style production encourages you to follow the actors around the stage as they lead you on an 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates and grown men in remarkably short shorts. Great for your whole crew -- kids included -- The Hypocrites' take on the beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a pirate apprentice who expects to be released from servitude at the age of 21, so he can live happily ever after with the lovely young Mabel. But since his birthday falls on Leap Day, he learns he'll be sticking around a lot longer. It's a roller coaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General." [less-]

"Hello, Dolly!" Broadway's Award-Winning Hit Musical

at Upper Room Theatre, Manassas
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Considered one of the great American musicals, this family-friendly Broadway favorite features a cast of delightfully fun characters and a fabulous ensemble. With a record 10 Tony Awards, including Be... [more+]

Considered one of the great American musicals, this family-friendly Broadway favorite features a cast of delightfully fun characters and a fabulous ensemble. With a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it's currently one of the Top 20 all-time longest-running shows. You'll join the adventures (and misadventures) of the brassy, matchmaking widow Dolly Levi and her zany friends in New York, as this high-energy perennial favorite delivers a timeless message about how people are more important than material wants and money. Featuring a well-loved, joyful score and lyrics, as well as a highly comedic story, this enduring treasure has been mounted numerous times, including the Tony Award-winning revival currently on Broadway. But this summer you won't have to travel that far, because it's coming to the stage of the Upper Room Theatre in the DC area. [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-]

"Brahman/i": Indian-American Cultural Comedy

at 1st Stage Theater, Tysons
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Written by Aditi Brennan Kapil and featuring Aila Peck and bassist Thom Dunn, "Brahman/i" is "a layered, insightful consideration of Indian-American cultural identity, gender and colonialism that happ... [more+]

Written by Aditi Brennan Kapil and featuring Aila Peck and bassist Thom Dunn, "Brahman/i" is "a layered, insightful consideration of Indian-American cultural identity, gender and colonialism that happens to take the form of a stand-up comedy routine," says the "Hollywood Reporter", exploring everything from Indian heritage to history, mythology, gender roles and horrifying middle-school experiences. Catch it at 1st Stage Theater in Tysons. [less-]

UCB Improv Show "Damned If You Do"

at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington
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What if you finally try moonlight rock climbing? What if you call your Uncle Ted out on his awful toupee? What if you get up the courage to tell your mom you actually hate her meatloaf? How different ... [more+]

What if you finally try moonlight rock climbing? What if you call your Uncle Ted out on his awful toupee? What if you get up the courage to tell your mom you actually hate her meatloaf? How different could your life be because of one seemingly innocuous choice? Before you decide, let The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre -- the world's most audacious improv troupe that launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper and Bobby Moynihan -- play out your potential futures in front of your eyes... just to be sure it won't make your life a complete and total disaster. Witness a hilarious version of the future at Washington DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre. [less-]

Comic Mike E. Winfield ("The Office", Comedy Central)

at The Bier Baron Tavern, Washington
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Actor and comedian Mike E. Winfield is one of the most respected national headliners in the game and is currently touring in support of his first-ever comedy special, "My Side of The Story". Fans of N... [more+]

Actor and comedian Mike E. Winfield is one of the most respected national headliners in the game and is currently touring in support of his first-ever comedy special, "My Side of The Story". Fans of NBC's "The Office" know him from his recurring role on the hit show, and he's honed his stand-up chops to near perfection on "The Late Show with David Letterman", Showtime's "Comics Without Borders", Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham", and the "Arsenio Hall Show". But he most loves performing live, and now you can see him when he hits the stage at The Comedy Loft at The Bier Baron Tavern in D.C. [less-]

"On The Town": Classic WWII Musical

at Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, Olney
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As World War II rages overseas, three sailors on leave have 24 hours to spend in New York City in the classic musical "On the Town", coming to the Olney Theatre Center's Mainstage. Featuring a score b... [more+]

As World War II rages overseas, three sailors on leave have 24 hours to spend in New York City in the classic musical "On the Town", coming to the Olney Theatre Center's Mainstage. Featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein that includes the standard "New York, New York," this delightful romp follows Ozzie, Chip and Gabey as they meet up with three lively ladies for an adventure through the City That Never Sleeps. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly later made a film version, but there's nothing like catching a Broadway favorite on stage. [less-]

Improv Variety Show "Summer Escape"

at Source, Washington
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Step out of your everyday and into the world of "Summer Escape" -- the perfect antidote to sticky, monotonous summers full of traffic, pit stains and the dodging of tour groups. Washington Improv Thea... [more+]

Step out of your everyday and into the world of "Summer Escape" -- the perfect antidote to sticky, monotonous summers full of traffic, pit stains and the dodging of tour groups. Washington Improv Theater has a lineup that's hot in all the right ways, ranging from company ensembles like Madeline and Nox! to a reprise of the hit show, "In Lieu of Flowers". From improvised stories of rock bands, complete with live instruments, to improvised funerals based on the life stories of volunteers from the audience, and even improvised musicals about potential ways the world will end, the lineup for "Summer Escape" changes nightly -- but each performance is sure to make you laugh. Enjoy the show at Source in Washington, DC. [less-]

"Wild 'N Out"'s Karlous Miller and Chico Bean

at Baltimore Comedy Factory, Baltimore
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The only thing funnier than a hilarious comedian is when two hilarious comedian friends team up to raise each other's games. Karlous Miller and Chico Bean first cracked up audiences together on MTV's ... [more+]

The only thing funnier than a hilarious comedian is when two hilarious comedian friends team up to raise each other's games. Karlous Miller and Chico Bean first cracked up audiences together on MTV's "Wild 'N Out", and have continued to play off each other in their live wildstyle battles ever since. Now Miller and Bean are hitting the stage at the Baltimore Comedy Factory for a night of hilarious stand-up. A "Last Comic Standing" alum, Miller brings a rapid-fire, high-energy style to his riffs. His "85 South Show" podcast co-host, Chico Bean, wrote and acted on the sketch comedy series "The James Davis Project", in addition to bringing the funny on shows like MTV2's "Guy Court". Don't miss these two hilarious comics together again onstage. [less-]

Performance Art, Poetry & Theater Combined in "A New Nation"

at Anacostia Arts Center, Washington
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"A New Nation" is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre's Guerrilla Theatre Works model, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. "A New Na... [more+]

"A New Nation" is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre's Guerrilla Theatre Works model, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. "A New Nation" probes responses to the immigration crisis in the US and current perceptions of the stranger, amplifying diverse voices to challenge fear and strengthen our sense of home. The journey of an unaccompanied minor, a deportation notice and everyday life in a new land are glimpses of the narratives that move beyond the boundaries of the theatre itself. See it at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, D.C. [less-]

Discover D.C. On a Walking Foodie Tour of H Street

at Union Station - Main Lobby, Washington
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Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern... [more+]

Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern and American, on this Washington, D.C. food tour. A local guide will give you the inside scoop on the cuisines, the Corridor's sites, the juicy gossip of H Street and beyond. The fun begins at Union Station's Main Lobby. [less-]

"Absolute Brightness": One-Man Whodunit

at 1st Stage Theater, Tysons
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A brash New Jersey detective visits a vibrant seaside town to investigate the disappearance of a teenager in the one-man mystery "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey". Through interviews with a ... [more+]

A brash New Jersey detective visits a vibrant seaside town to investigate the disappearance of a teenager in the one-man mystery "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey". Through interviews with a withdrawn teenage girl, her abrasive but warmhearted hairdresser mom, the British proprietor of a dance-and-drama school and at least half-a-dozen other distinct characters, the truth of Leonard's disappearance unfolds to a luminous conclusion. "The New York Times" raved the play "leave[s] you beaming with joy" and "The New Yorker" proclaimed it "a whodunit with a heart of gold." See it at 1st Stage Theater in Tysons. [less-]

"#poolparty"

at Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier
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"#poolparty" is a thought-provoking play about the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of a private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. See Jennif... [more+]

"#poolparty" is a thought-provoking play about the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of a private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. See Jennifer Mendenhall's play at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier. [less-]

"Jokes That Give Back": A Standup Comedy Show

at Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Washington
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Thu, July 19
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Baltimore's Nicki Fuchs and Washington, D.C.'s Becca Lundberg bring you "Jokes That Give Back", a stand-up comedy show starring stellar comics dedicated to fundraising for charities in the community. ... [more+]

Baltimore's Nicki Fuchs and Washington, D.C.'s Becca Lundberg bring you "Jokes That Give Back", a stand-up comedy show starring stellar comics dedicated to fundraising for charities in the community. Laugh and support some good causes at Drafthouse Comedy Theater. [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-]

Capitol Hill Ghost Tour

at DC Metro Area, Washington
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Our newest addition to the dark side walking tours, explore Capitol Hill with your guide to talk about scandals and hauntings. DC By Foot's Capitol Hill Ghost Tour is a walking tour intended to provid... [more+]

Our newest addition to the dark side walking tours, explore Capitol Hill with your guide to talk about scandals and hauntings. DC By Foot's Capitol Hill Ghost Tour is a walking tour intended to provide guests with the history of the largest historic residential neighborhood in DC, with a dark twist. The guides will discuss the deaths, ghosts, curses and often violent figures and events of Capitol Hill. You'll hear about hauntings associated with the Capitol, the Library of Congress, Old Capitol Prison, historic homes and dark parks. [less-]

Quirky Comedy "Be a Good Little Widow"

at River Road Unitarian, Bethesda
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A quirky comedy by "This is Us" producer/writer Bekah Brunstetter, "Be a Good Little Widow" contemplates how devotion and hope can persevere in the midst of unexpected loss. Melody thought being a you... [more+]

A quirky comedy by "This is Us" producer/writer Bekah Brunstetter, "Be a Good Little Widow" contemplates how devotion and hope can persevere in the midst of unexpected loss. Melody thought being a young wife was hard, until she became a widow. As she contemplates the proper way to grieve, her mother-in-law is by her side with expert, never-ending, yet well-meaning, advice. From dutiful black dresses to inappropriate outbursts, Melody navigates an uncharted course towards understanding what it means to find someone through losing them. Take the journey at River Road Unitarian in Bethesda. [less-]

"Broad Way Show" Hosted by Franqi French

at Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Washington
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Thu, July 19
FULL PRICE: $5
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"Broad Way" is a new variety show featuring stand-up, music and sketches. This show provides some of the best entertainment offered in the DMV and it's all created by a diverse group of women, POC and... [more+]

"Broad Way" is a new variety show featuring stand-up, music and sketches. This show provides some of the best entertainment offered in the DMV and it's all created by a diverse group of women, POC and LGBTQ. So come out to Drafthouse Comedy Theater and enjoy this human-friendly comedy review coming to your ears. Best part? It's only $5 and they promise to make you laugh till you pee a little bit! [less-]

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