- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas at the KC

It will be a busy Christmas weekend at the Kennedy Center. Apart from one of the Christmas season’s top draws — the “Messiah” Singalong (see page M14) — here are two events that are sure to bring holiday cheer.

Tomorrow afternoon, the 200-voice Choral Arts Society of Washington presents its final Christmas show of the year in the Concert Hall. This is the year’s last chance to hear soprano Arianna Zukerman, tenor Jose Sacin and the choir lift their voices in a host of Christmas classics. Showtime is 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $59.

On Christmas Day, even as most venues go dark, the Millennium Stage will keep the holiday alive with the “All Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam” starting at 6 p.m. Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Lenny Robinson, Delores Williams, Tom Williams and James King offer jazzy versions of Christmas tunes and a few of their favorite solo pieces. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Gliding on ice

Almost no other outdoor activity says “Christmas” as ice skating. One of the city’s most beautiful and centrally located rinks is at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. Patrons can marvel at the outdoor sculptures while listening to music and gliding on ice. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 to $6; skate rentals are $3. The rink is open through mid-March weather permitting. Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive at Ninth Street. 202/737-4215.

A Highlands holiday

U.S. Scottish fiddle champion Bonnie Rideout offers her version of Christmas songs tonight at the Strathmore Music Center. The evening includes plenty of music — traditional Celtic carols and wassail tunes — along with a few high kicks from professional Scottish dancers. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $55. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100

Bigger cast, bigger stage

After a sold-out show at Jammin’ Java last year, “What I like About Jew” is returning on Monday to the much-larger Birchmere Music Hall with all new material and a few special cast additions. Creators Sean Altman and Rob Tannenbaum will headline the show while singer-songwriters Adam Brodsky and Eric Schwartz contribute the musical accompaniment. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703/573-SEAT.

Kwanzaa celebration

Kwanzaa, the week-long celebration of black heritage, begins on Monday — and the Kennedy Center is hosting one of this year’s biggest Kwanzaa events, “The Spirit of Kwanzaa,” on Wednesday. The Washington Reflections Dance Company stages the elaborate presentation of dance, video and poetry in the Concert Hall for only two performances. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Dec. 29. Tickets are $12 to $25. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

Brown times 2

Musical legends collide on Wednesday at the 9:30 Club when the godfather of soul, James Brown, meets the godfather of go-go, Chuck Brown. Each performer will play from his vast catalog of hits while collaborating for a few tunes. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $55. 815 V St. NW. 202/393-0930.

Thomas Walter

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