Chicago City Limits, New York City’s longest-running comedy revue, will be in Washington for one night to let audiences imagine how annoying it must be to lug around some fat guy in a red suit who gets all the glory for altruistic services provided. The show, “Revenge of the Reindeer,” entertains with comedic sketches, audience-prompted improvisation routines and song parodies. Laugh out any pent-up hostility you may have this holiday season at 7:30 p.m. today at the Voice of America Auditorium, 330 Independence Ave. SW. Tickets are $18-$22. 202/357-3030.
If you don’t have time to take the trip to Manhattan to see Molly Ringwald on Broadway, consider stopping by the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday for “Cabaret Showcase: The Best Songs You Never Heard.” Four-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Award winner Rick Jensen will provide a sneak preview of his latest work, performed by himself and four Washington area vocalists. The Spectrum is at 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. Tickets are $28. 703/218-6500.
A picture says a thousand words, so if you need to allow some time for reflection this Christmas season, stop by the Kathleen Ewing Gallery at 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW to view the exhibit “A Christmas Show.” The show includes vintage classic and lesser known work by pictorialist A. Aubrey Bodine, Christopher Burkett’s contemporary landscapes and black and white photographs from John Reef’s latest series, “Oceans.” The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 202/328-0955.
Is greatness inherited? Here’s your chance to find out. Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens, comes to Washington to perform a one-man interpretation of his ancestor’s classic, using a variety of voices to play all 26 characters. “Mr. Dickens Comes to Washington” also happens to include lunch at The Fairmont. The performance begins at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. . The Fairmont is at 2401 M St. NW. Tickets are $50-$80. 202/416-8149.
Young and old alike will want to participate in the tour “Museums by Candlelight.” Twenty museums in Frederick County have opened their doors to the public, offering candlelight tours, costumed characters, storytellers, crafts and hearth cooking this Christmas season. The tour is from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday. The itinerary and offerings are quite expansive. Participants can obtain a map and information on each museum’s events at the Frederick Visitor Center, 19 E. Church St., Frederick, Md. Free. 301/228-2888.
Something old, something new
Two-time Grammy-award winner Kathy Mattea performs selections from her new album, “Roses,” at the U.S. Army Band’s Holiday Festival this weekend. Miss Mattea’s new album adds contemporary folk and Celtic influences to the artist’s country and gospel repertoire. Miss Mattea’s singing, combined with the 48-piece U.S. Army Orchestra, the Army Herald Trumpets, the Army Chorus and the Army Chorale make this an event you won’t want to miss. Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. It’s free. 202/685-2888.
Ado Annie and Scrooge
Broadway meets Scrooge in Round House Theatre’s production of “A Broadway Christmas Carol.” Kevin Reece and Linda Rose Payne play all the characters except Scrooge in this zany rendition of Dickens’ story and Broadway spoof. But get your tickets now some performances are already sold out. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday starting tomorrow through Dec. 29. The Round House Theatre is near the intersection of East-West Highway and Waverly Street in Bethesda. Tickets are $10 to $30. 240/644-1100.
Joy to the world
Celebrate this Christmas with the Cathedral Choral Society as it performs the traditional holiday fare as well as Steven Sametz’s previously unperformed piece “Angel Fire” at its annual holiday concert, “The Joy of Christmas.” The concert will be at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW, at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are $15 to $48. 202/537-6200.
Clara and the Mouse King
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that means it’s time for a Washington tradition. The Washington Ballet performs the family classic “The Nutcracker” once again at the grand Warner Theatre. Let visions of sugar plums dance in your head. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday through Dec. 22. The Warner Theatre is located at 13th and E streets NW. Tickets are $33 to $53. 202/432-SEAT.
Stephanie K. Taylor