- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pick of the Pack

Event: Underwater Santa

Taking your child to the mall to pose with a Santa stand-in is as American as getting audited by the IRS, and can be about as enjoyable. If your offspring insist on plopping down on the big man’s lap yet again this year to rattle off a list of unattainable wants, consider mixing it up by taking your dear, sweet, delusional children to see Santa underwater at the Olney Swim Center. In exchange for bringing $5 worth of canned goods to the swim center, which will teach your young ones the value of giving to those who have even fewer toys than they do, kiddies will get a short lesson in scuba and a chance to pose for a picture with an underwater Santa. No, this isn’t an allusion to the North Pole melting and drowning Santa’s workshop, just the Olney Scuba Adventure Dive Club doing what it does best.

Dec. 4 at the Olney Indoor Swim Center, 16601 Georgia Ave., Olney, Md.

Phone: 301/938-6220

Tori Amos will feature selections from her most recent album — “Night ... more >

Web: www.olneyscubaadventure.pages.qpg.com

Concert: Tori Amos

Few American singer-songwriters have had as many second acts as Tori Amos. When she first came onto the scene in the mid-‘90s, she was classified as “just another New Age flower poet,” a label she all but endorsed when she told Spin in 1996, “The music is the magic carpet that other things take naps on.” In the late ‘90s, Miss Amos began experimenting with dark electronica melodies and even darker lyrics (1999’s “To Venus and Back” features a song about murdered female factory workers in the northern Mexico city of Juarez; a prescient track, considering that Juarez is now the most dangerous non-war zone in the world.) In September, Miss Amos released “Night of Hunters,” her best album since “To Venus and Back” (she has released six albums over the last decades, none of them quite as well received). “Night” features classical influences, a more mature lyrical style, and guest appearances by Miss Amos’s daughter, Natashya Hawley, who is shaping up to be one heck of a singer herself.

Dec. 5 at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW.

Phone: 202/628-4780

Web: www.dar.org/conthall

Event: Repeal Day celebration

On Dec. 5, 1933, Utah became the final state to ratify the constitutional amendment that made God’s gift to man - Ben Franklin said beer “is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” - legal once again in these United States. While this anniversary is not particularly special, the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild is right in celebrating it as if it were. After all, freedom commands its own celebration every time a person of legal drinking age puts stein to lips. That said, admission to the ball will run you between $100 and $150. Steep, yes, but that sum gets you unlimited cocktails by some of the country’s best mixologists (bartenders-cum-scientists, for the uninitiated), including D.C.’s own Gina Chersevani, of PS 7’s Restaurant; Chantal Tseng, of the Tabard Inn; and Owen Thomson, of Think Food Group.

Dec. 3 at Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect St. NW.

Phone: 202/338-3295

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