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Friday December 19th, 2014

Xtreme Teens: Rolling into the Holidays

Date: December 19, 2014

Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Venue:

Address:

8601 Good Luck Road

Lanham, MD 20706

Website: Click to visit the site

Now, this is a fun way to enjoy winter break. Celebrate the close of the first half of the school year with a roller skating party.
Ages:  10 – 17 years
Cost:  Resident: $2; Non-Resident: $3

Xtreme Teens: Cookie Decorating

Date: December 19, 2014

Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3900 Sellman Road

Beltsville, MD 20704

Website: Click to visit the site

The holidays are upon us. Spend it baking holiday cookies with friends; don’t forget to bring your creative flair when decorating these delicious treats.
Ages: 10-17 years old
Cost:  Free with M-NCPPC Youth ID

Holiday Classics – The Muppet Christmas Carol

Date: December 19, 2014

Time: 3:30pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

The Muppets’ version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife Emily and Kermit’s nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min, DCP. RATED G

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Holiday Classics – It’s A Wonderful Life

Date: December 19, 2014

Time: 12:45pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

Guardian angel Clarence Odbody saves George Bailey (James Stewart) from a Christmas Eve suicide by showing him how dismal life in the small town of Bedford Falls would have been for his family and friends had he never been born. With Donna Reed as George’s adoring wife, Henry Travers as the angel hoping to get his wings and Lionel Barrymore as the villainous Mr. Potter, this all-time Christmas classic may be Frank Capra’s finest work. “The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” –Chicago Reader.

DIR/SCR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern, Michael Wilson. US, 1946, b&w, 130 min, DCP. NOT RATED

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Holiday Trains And Planes

Date: December 19, 2014

Venue:

Address:

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive

Berwyn Heights, MD 20740

Cost: Free

From: College Park Aviation Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

During the holiday season College Park Aviation Museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers will bring a fascinating, locomotive display of model railroads to the Museum.

Don Omar

Date: December 19, 2014

Venue:

Address:
2135 Queens Chapel Road
Washington, DC 20018
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Santa Photos at The Mall at Prince Georges

Date: December 19, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3500 East West Highway, (Route 410)

Hyattsville, MD 20781

Website: Click to visit the site

Take home a keepsake photo with our naturally-bearded Santa. Free gift for each child, while supplies last.

Location: Center Court

Exhibition – Lost And Found Laurel

Date: December to December 21st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Venue:

Address:
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707

From: History of The Laurel Historical Society

Website: Click to visit the site

The exhibit includes sections on schools, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, libraries, and festivals. A variety of objects ranging from trucks to high school football uniforms and varsity jackets to restaurant menus will be featured throughout. Highlights include a “Hershey” sign from Knapps News Service, a wall papered with matchbook covers from Laurel businesses, a “restaurant” area with tables and menus, and a school room. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help the Laurel Historical Society (LHS) identify unknown people and places that are part of its archives.
One section:  “The Good Old Days…?” is a sobering reminder that not all memories of the period were good ones.  The panel incorporates photos and newspaper stories from the 1960s. It reminds visitors that that Laurel citizens were struggling through integration efforts, KKK cross burnings and firebombs and that tensions between the black and white communities were high.

Exhibition – Alphabetilately

Date: December – January 31st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:
Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in philatelic fascination and designerly detail called, Alphabetilately!

ALPHABET + PHILATELY or Alphabetilately is the alphabet of philately.

Each of the 26 letters stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of mail. The stamps, ephemera, and artifacts exhibited in Alphabetilately graphically document the spectrum of the American experience, from historical subjects to popular culture, from actual events to important ideas.

Alphabetilately is a universally appealing exhibition and a lively educational experience for visitors of every age.

It provides an extraordinary showcase for selections from our unparalleled collection of American postal and philatelic history.

Exhibition – Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Today, China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.

Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.

Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.

The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.

Exhibition – Home Sewn: Quilts From The Lower Mississippi Valley

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Exhibition – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork And The Art Of Independence

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Ndwango (means “cloth”) is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion.

Exhibition – Indelible: The Platinum Photographs Of Larry McNeil And Will Wilson

Date: December to January 5th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
Fourth Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20001
From: National Museum of The American Indian
Website: Click to visit the site

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers—valued for its permanence, wide tonal variation, and “fuzzy” aesthetic. Photographers such as Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and Joseph Keiley famously printed their photographs of North American Indians on platinum paper, using the prints’ highly romanticizing softness to represent the “Vanishing Race.”

Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge this visual ideology. McNeil uses the platinum process to topple expectations of what constitutes the Native portrait and, more generally, Western conceptions of portraiture. Wilson creates portraits of “today’s Indians” on metal plates, then digitizes the plates, makes large-scale digital negatives from the scanned images, and uses historic printing processes in a wet darkroom—calling attention to the manufactured nature of all photographic images.

Saturday December 20th, 2014

Holiday Trains And Planes

Date: December 20, 2014

Venue:

Address:

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive

Berwyn Heights, MD 20740

Cost: Free

From: College Park Aviation Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

During the holiday season College Park Aviation Museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers will bring a fascinating, locomotive display of model railroads to the Museum.

Holly TrolleyFest

Date: December 20, 2014

Time: 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Venue:

Address:

1313 Bonifant Road

Silver Spring, MD 20905

From: National Capital Trolley Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Celebrate the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars

Santa Photos at The Mall at Prince Georges

Date: December 20, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3500 East West Highway, (Route 410)

Hyattsville, MD 20781

Website: Click to visit the site

Take home a keepsake photo with our naturally-bearded Santa. Free gift for each child, while supplies last.

Location: Center Court

Xtreme Teens: Winter Festival of Lights

Date: December 20, 2014

Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Venue:
Address:
3900 Sellman Road
Beltsville, MD 20704
Website: Click to visit the site

Celebrate the holidays with your Xtreme Teens family with a trip to the Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Park! We will depart at 7 pm and will return by 10 pm. You must have your signed permission slip by a parent/guardian to attend this trip. Please bring money for food.
Ages: 10-17 years old
Cost:  Free with M-NCPPC Youth ID

Xtreme Teens: Pajama Holiday Movie Night

Date: December 20, 2014

Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Venue:

Address:

8601 Good Luck Road

Lanham, MD 20706

Website: Click to visit the site

Here’s a way to enjoy the holidays. Wear your pajamas and delight in a classic holiday movie, “The Christmas Story” with your Xtreme teens pals. Bring your sleeping bags and enjoy the refreshments provided.
Ages:  10 – 17 years
Cost:  Free with M-NCPPC Youth ID

Holiday Classics – The Muppet Christmas Carol

Date: December 21, 2014

Time: 11:00am

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

The Muppets’ version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife Emily and Kermit’s nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min, DCP. RATED G
Buy Tickets

Exhibition – Lost And Found Laurel

Date: December to December 21st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Venue:

Address:
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707

From: History of The Laurel Historical Society

Website: Click to visit the site

The exhibit includes sections on schools, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, libraries, and festivals. A variety of objects ranging from trucks to high school football uniforms and varsity jackets to restaurant menus will be featured throughout. Highlights include a “Hershey” sign from Knapps News Service, a wall papered with matchbook covers from Laurel businesses, a “restaurant” area with tables and menus, and a school room. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help the Laurel Historical Society (LHS) identify unknown people and places that are part of its archives.
One section:  “The Good Old Days…?” is a sobering reminder that not all memories of the period were good ones.  The panel incorporates photos and newspaper stories from the 1960s. It reminds visitors that that Laurel citizens were struggling through integration efforts, KKK cross burnings and firebombs and that tensions between the black and white communities were high.

Exhibition – Alphabetilately

Date: December – January 31st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:
Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in philatelic fascination and designerly detail called, Alphabetilately!

ALPHABET + PHILATELY or Alphabetilately is the alphabet of philately.

Each of the 26 letters stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of mail. The stamps, ephemera, and artifacts exhibited in Alphabetilately graphically document the spectrum of the American experience, from historical subjects to popular culture, from actual events to important ideas.

Alphabetilately is a universally appealing exhibition and a lively educational experience for visitors of every age.

It provides an extraordinary showcase for selections from our unparalleled collection of American postal and philatelic history.

Exhibition – Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Today, China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.

Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.

Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.

The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.

Exhibition – Home Sewn: Quilts From The Lower Mississippi Valley

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Exhibition – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork And The Art Of Independence

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Ndwango (means “cloth”) is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion.

Exhibition – Indelible: The Platinum Photographs Of Larry McNeil And Will Wilson

Date: December to January 5th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
Fourth Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20001
From: National Museum of The American Indian
Website: Click to visit the site

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers—valued for its permanence, wide tonal variation, and “fuzzy” aesthetic. Photographers such as Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and Joseph Keiley famously printed their photographs of North American Indians on platinum paper, using the prints’ highly romanticizing softness to represent the “Vanishing Race.”

Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge this visual ideology. McNeil uses the platinum process to topple expectations of what constitutes the Native portrait and, more generally, Western conceptions of portraiture. Wilson creates portraits of “today’s Indians” on metal plates, then digitizes the plates, makes large-scale digital negatives from the scanned images, and uses historic printing processes in a wet darkroom—calling attention to the manufactured nature of all photographic images.

Sunday December 21st, 2014

Holiday Classics – The Muppet Christmas Carol

Date: December 21, 2014

Time: 11:00am

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

The Muppets’ version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife Emily and Kermit’s nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min, DCP. RATED G
Buy Tickets

Holly TrolleyFest

Date: December 21, 2014

Time: 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Venue:

Address:

1313 Bonifant Road

Silver Spring, MD 20905

From: National Capital Trolley Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Celebrate the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars.

Santa Photos at The Mall at Prince Georges

Date: December 21, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3500 East West Highway, (Route 410)

Hyattsville, MD 20781

Website: Click to visit the site

Take home a keepsake photo with our naturally-bearded Santa. Free gift for each child, while supplies last.

Location: Center Court

The best camp with the best price in town!

Date: December 21, 2014 to December 23, 2014

Time: 9:00am

Venue:

Address:

5640 Sunnyside Avenue Suite E

Beltsville, MD 20704

From: Making Moves Dance Collective

Website: Click to visit the site

So, the kids have been out of school for almost 2 weeks now. How many times have they told you they’re bored? J Well, MMDC has the solution for you. Our Summer Day camp has kicked off and we still have space available.

Aside from Mr. Roddy and Miss Bri, keeping the kids active and working hard in Hip Hop, Jazz, Stretch and Tone, Creative Movement, Tap and soooo much more, we have decided each week will have a theme. More details for each week will be coming soon! Here are the themes for Summer Fest:

Week 1 (- “We’re Making Moves!” after a week of being couch potatoes, let’s get moving!

Week 2 – (June 30 – July 4) “Get Wild” – this will be an animal themed week.

Week 3 – (July 7 – July 11) “Water Works” – this one speaks for itself J

Week 4 – (July 14 – July 18) “Frozen” – ice skating, freeze dance, viewing the hit movie and so much more!

Week 5 – (July 21 – July 25) “Selfie week” – this week is about building our participants confidence and self-worth

Week 6 – (July 28 – Aug 1) “The Fame” – our final week the students will choreograph and shoot their own music video!

The details for Summer Fest are as follows:

June 23rd through August 1st

$175/per week
9am-4pm
Before and After available
Provides Breakfast and 2 Snacks
Ages 5-15
NOW Registering!!!!!
$40 Non Refundable Registration Fee (Includes a Tee Shirt)

Part Time Rate: $135 for 3 day per week
Daily Drop-In Rate: $50

 Please feel free to call 301-220-1500, text 240-602-0296 or email makingmovesdc@aol.com to get more information!

Exhibition – Lost And Found Laurel

Date: December to December 21st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Venue:

Address:
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707

From: History of The Laurel Historical Society

Website: Click to visit the site

The exhibit includes sections on schools, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, libraries, and festivals. A variety of objects ranging from trucks to high school football uniforms and varsity jackets to restaurant menus will be featured throughout. Highlights include a “Hershey” sign from Knapps News Service, a wall papered with matchbook covers from Laurel businesses, a “restaurant” area with tables and menus, and a school room. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help the Laurel Historical Society (LHS) identify unknown people and places that are part of its archives.
One section:  “The Good Old Days…?” is a sobering reminder that not all memories of the period were good ones.  The panel incorporates photos and newspaper stories from the 1960s. It reminds visitors that that Laurel citizens were struggling through integration efforts, KKK cross burnings and firebombs and that tensions between the black and white communities were high.

Exhibition – Alphabetilately

Date: December – January 31st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:
Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in philatelic fascination and designerly detail called, Alphabetilately!

ALPHABET + PHILATELY or Alphabetilately is the alphabet of philately.

Each of the 26 letters stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of mail. The stamps, ephemera, and artifacts exhibited in Alphabetilately graphically document the spectrum of the American experience, from historical subjects to popular culture, from actual events to important ideas.

Alphabetilately is a universally appealing exhibition and a lively educational experience for visitors of every age.

It provides an extraordinary showcase for selections from our unparalleled collection of American postal and philatelic history.

Exhibition – Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Today, China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.

Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.

Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.

The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.

Exhibition – Home Sewn: Quilts From The Lower Mississippi Valley

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Exhibition – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork And The Art Of Independence

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Ndwango (means “cloth”) is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion.

Exhibition – Indelible: The Platinum Photographs Of Larry McNeil And Will Wilson

Date: December to January 5th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
Fourth Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20001
From: National Museum of The American Indian
Website: Click to visit the site

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers—valued for its permanence, wide tonal variation, and “fuzzy” aesthetic. Photographers such as Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and Joseph Keiley famously printed their photographs of North American Indians on platinum paper, using the prints’ highly romanticizing softness to represent the “Vanishing Race.”

Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge this visual ideology. McNeil uses the platinum process to topple expectations of what constitutes the Native portrait and, more generally, Western conceptions of portraiture. Wilson creates portraits of “today’s Indians” on metal plates, then digitizes the plates, makes large-scale digital negatives from the scanned images, and uses historic printing processes in a wet darkroom—calling attention to the manufactured nature of all photographic images.

Monday December 22nd, 2014

Holiday Classics – Die Hard

Date: December 22, 2014

Time: 9:45pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

In LA to visit his estranged wife, Bonnie Bedelia, tough-as-nails NY cop Bruce Willis barely has time to feel out of place at her company Christmas party before a band of terrorists takes the building hostage, demanding the $600M in the company vault. Masterminding the terror plot is sophisticated villain Alan Rickman; bumbling the response are the LAPD and the FBI. Willis is in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he’s the right man for the job, fighting his way through “forty stories of sheer adventure” in this supremely well-crafted, characterized, exciting and often hilarious thrill ride — much imitated, never equaled and still unsurpassed.
DIR John McTiernan; SCR Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza, from the novel “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp; PROD Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon. US, 1988, color, 131 min, DCP. RATED R
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Holiday Classics – A Christmas Story

 Date: December 22, 2014

Time: 4:30pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but the only response he gets from his mother is, “You’ll shoot your eye out.” For those who’ve experienced this film, it’s hard to imagine that phrase without hearing the voice of Jean Shepherd, the narrator and writer of this classic Christmas tale. No matter how many times audiences see it, they keep coming back for the brilliant comedic turns by Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin.
DIR/SCR/PROD Bob Clark; SCR Leigh Brown, Jean Shepherd, from his novel “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash;” PROD René Dupont. US/Canada, 1983, color, 94 min, 35mm. RATED PG
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Holiday Classics – It’s A Wonderful Life

 Date: December 22, 2014

Time: 1:50pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

Guardian angel Clarence Odbody saves George Bailey (James Stewart) from a Christmas Eve suicide by showing him how dismal life in the small town of Bedford Falls would have been for his family and friends had he never been born. With Donna Reed as George’s adoring wife, Henry Travers as the angel hoping to get his wings and Lionel Barrymore as the villainous Mr. Potter, this all-time Christmas classic may be Frank Capra’s finest work. “The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” –Chicago Reader.
DIR/SCR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern, Michael Wilson. US, 1946, b&w, 130 min, DCP. NOT RATED
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Holiday Classics – Miracle On 34th Street

Date: December 22, 2014

Time: 12:10pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

Do you believe in Santa Claus? No-nonsense Macy’s exec and single mom Maureen O’Hara certainly doesn’t, and she won’t raise her daughter Natalie Wood to believe so, either. But Christmas is big business for Macy’s, and the store needs Santas. So when a funny old man named Kris Kringle shows up for the job — insisting he’s the real Santa Claus — O’Hara humors the old guy and hires him. But he’s so successful at spreading the spirit of Christmas, even O’Hara starts to wonder if he’s the real thing. Twinkle-eyed Supporting Actor Oscar® winner Edmund Gwenn shines as the jolly fellow in this Christmas classic.
DIR/SCR George Seaton; SCR from a story by Valentine Davies; PROD William Perlberg. US, 1947, b&w, 96 min, DCP. NOT RATED
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Holiday Classics – The Muppet Christmas Carol

Date: December 22, 2014

Time: 11:00am

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

The Muppets’ version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife Emily and Kermit’s nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min, DCP. RATED G
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Santa Photos at The Mall at Prince Georges

Date: December 22, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3500 East West Highway, (Route 410)

Hyattsville, MD 20781

Website: Click to visit the site

Take home a keepsake photo with our naturally-bearded Santa. Free gift for each child, while supplies last.

Location: Center Court

Exhibition – Alphabetilately

Date: December – January 31st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:
Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in philatelic fascination and designerly detail called, Alphabetilately!

ALPHABET + PHILATELY or Alphabetilately is the alphabet of philately.

Each of the 26 letters stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of mail. The stamps, ephemera, and artifacts exhibited in Alphabetilately graphically document the spectrum of the American experience, from historical subjects to popular culture, from actual events to important ideas.

Alphabetilately is a universally appealing exhibition and a lively educational experience for visitors of every age.

It provides an extraordinary showcase for selections from our unparalleled collection of American postal and philatelic history.

Exhibition – Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Today, China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.

Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.

Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.

The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.

Exhibition – Home Sewn: Quilts From The Lower Mississippi Valley

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Exhibition – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork And The Art Of Independence

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Ndwango (means “cloth”) is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion.

Exhibition – Indelible: The Platinum Photographs Of Larry McNeil And Will Wilson

Date: December to January 5th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
Fourth Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20001
From: National Museum of The American Indian
Website: Click to visit the site

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers—valued for its permanence, wide tonal variation, and “fuzzy” aesthetic. Photographers such as Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and Joseph Keiley famously printed their photographs of North American Indians on platinum paper, using the prints’ highly romanticizing softness to represent the “Vanishing Race.”

Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge this visual ideology. McNeil uses the platinum process to topple expectations of what constitutes the Native portrait and, more generally, Western conceptions of portraiture. Wilson creates portraits of “today’s Indians” on metal plates, then digitizes the plates, makes large-scale digital negatives from the scanned images, and uses historic printing processes in a wet darkroom—calling attention to the manufactured nature of all photographic images.

Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

Holiday Classics – Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Date: December 23, 2014

Time: 9:30pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

Die Hard 2 Aka Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Boy, does ex-NYC cop Bruce Willis have problems with Christmas! As wife Bonnie Bedelia is about to land at Dulles Airport for a holiday visit with relatives, a band of thugs trying to spring drug lord Franco Nero from the Feds shut the place down. Part 2 of the DIE HARD holiday thriller series — with snow this time.
DIR Renny Harlin; SCR Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson; PROD Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver. US, 1990, color, 124 min, DCP. RATED R

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Holiday Classics – It’s A Wonderful Life

Date: December 23, 2014

Time: 1:50pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

Guardian angel Clarence Odbody saves George Bailey (James Stewart) from a Christmas Eve suicide by showing him how dismal life in the small town of Bedford Falls would have been for his family and friends had he never been born. With Donna Reed as George’s adoring wife, Henry Travers as the angel hoping to get his wings and Lionel Barrymore as the villainous Mr. Potter, this all-time Christmas classic may be Frank Capra’s finest work. “The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” –Chicago Reader.
DIR/SCR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern, Michael Wilson. US, 1946, b&w, 130 min, DCP. NOT RATED

Time: 1:50, 6:45
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Holiday Classics – Miracle On 34th Street

Date: December 23, 2014

Time: 12:10pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

Do you believe in Santa Claus? No-nonsense Macy’s exec and single mom Maureen O’Hara certainly doesn’t, and she won’t raise her daughter Natalie Wood to believe so, either. But Christmas is big business for Macy’s, and the store needs Santas. So when a funny old man named Kris Kringle shows up for the job — insisting he’s the real Santa Claus — O’Hara humors the old guy and hires him. But he’s so successful at spreading the spirit of Christmas, even O’Hara starts to wonder if he’s the real thing. Twinkle-eyed Supporting Actor Oscar® winner Edmund Gwenn shines as the jolly fellow in this Christmas classic.
DIR/SCR George Seaton; SCR from a story by Valentine Davies; PROD William Perlberg. US, 1947, b&w, 96 min, DCP. NOT RATED
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Holiday Classics – The Muppet Christmas Carol

Date: December 23, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

The Muppets’ version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife Emily and Kermit’s nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min, DCP. RATED G
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Santa Photos at The Mall at Prince Georges

Date: December 16, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3500 East West Highway, (Route 410)

Hyattsville, MD 20785

Website: Click to visit the site

Take home a keepsake photo with our naturally-bearded Santa. Free gift for each child, while supplies last.

Location: Center Court

Exhibition – Alphabetilately

Date: December – January 31st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:
Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in philatelic fascination and designerly detail called, Alphabetilately!

ALPHABET + PHILATELY or Alphabetilately is the alphabet of philately.

Each of the 26 letters stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of mail. The stamps, ephemera, and artifacts exhibited in Alphabetilately graphically document the spectrum of the American experience, from historical subjects to popular culture, from actual events to important ideas.

Alphabetilately is a universally appealing exhibition and a lively educational experience for visitors of every age.

It provides an extraordinary showcase for selections from our unparalleled collection of American postal and philatelic history.

Exhibition – Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Today, China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.

Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.

Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.

The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.

Exhibition – Home Sewn: Quilts From The Lower Mississippi Valley

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Exhibition – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork And The Art Of Independence

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Ndwango (means “cloth”) is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion.

Exhibition – Indelible: The Platinum Photographs Of Larry McNeil And Will Wilson

Date: December to January 5th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
Fourth Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20001
From: National Museum of The American Indian
Website: Click to visit the site

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers—valued for its permanence, wide tonal variation, and “fuzzy” aesthetic. Photographers such as Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and Joseph Keiley famously printed their photographs of North American Indians on platinum paper, using the prints’ highly romanticizing softness to represent the “Vanishing Race.”

Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge this visual ideology. McNeil uses the platinum process to topple expectations of what constitutes the Native portrait and, more generally, Western conceptions of portraiture. Wilson creates portraits of “today’s Indians” on metal plates, then digitizes the plates, makes large-scale digital negatives from the scanned images, and uses historic printing processes in a wet darkroom—calling attention to the manufactured nature of all photographic images.

Wednesday December 24th, 2014

Holiday Classics – The Muppet Christmas Carol

Date: December 24, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

The Muppets’ version of the Charles Dickens classic ranks among the best. The always-game Michael Caine gives it his all as Ebenezer Scrooge, with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife Emily and Kermit’s nephew Robin as Tiny Tim, plus regulars Fozzie, Gonzo, Rizzo Rat and some truly awesome creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
DIR/PROD Brian Henson; SCR Jerry Juhl, from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens; PROD Martin G. Baker. US, 1992, color, 85 min, DCP. RATED G
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Santa Photos at The Mall at Prince Georges

Date: December 24, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3500 East West Highway, (Route 410)

Hyattsville, MD 20787

Website: Click to visit the site

Take home a keepsake photo with our naturally-bearded Santa. Free gift for each child, while supplies last.

Location: Center Court

Exhibition – Alphabetilately

Date: December – January 31st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:
Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in philatelic fascination and designerly detail called, Alphabetilately!

ALPHABET + PHILATELY or Alphabetilately is the alphabet of philately.

Each of the 26 letters stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of mail. The stamps, ephemera, and artifacts exhibited in Alphabetilately graphically document the spectrum of the American experience, from historical subjects to popular culture, from actual events to important ideas.

Alphabetilately is a universally appealing exhibition and a lively educational experience for visitors of every age.

It provides an extraordinary showcase for selections from our unparalleled collection of American postal and philatelic history.

Exhibition – Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Today, China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.

Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.

Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.

The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.

Exhibition – Home Sewn: Quilts From The Lower Mississippi Valley

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Exhibition – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork And The Art Of Independence

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Ndwango (means “cloth”) is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion.

Exhibition – Indelible: The Platinum Photographs Of Larry McNeil And Will Wilson

Date: December to January 5th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
Fourth Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20001
From: National Museum of The American Indian
Website: Click to visit the site

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers—valued for its permanence, wide tonal variation, and “fuzzy” aesthetic. Photographers such as Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and Joseph Keiley famously printed their photographs of North American Indians on platinum paper, using the prints’ highly romanticizing softness to represent the “Vanishing Race.”

Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge this visual ideology. McNeil uses the platinum process to topple expectations of what constitutes the Native portrait and, more generally, Western conceptions of portraiture. Wilson creates portraits of “today’s Indians” on metal plates, then digitizes the plates, makes large-scale digital negatives from the scanned images, and uses historic printing processes in a wet darkroom—calling attention to the manufactured nature of all photographic images.

Thursday December 25th 2014

Holiday Classics – White Christmas

Date: December 18, 2014

Time: 3:15pm

Venue:

Address:

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD 20901

From: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Website: Click to visit the site

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as army vets-cum-nightclub impresarios who fall for a beguiling sister act in the form of Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Smitten with the sisters, they follow them from Miami, Florida, to Pine Tree, Vermont, where they are booked to appear in a Christmas show. This Technicolor musical, the biggest box office hit of 1954 and the first film shot in VistaVision, includes Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” — already an Oscar®-winning song, from its screen introduction 12 years earlier in HOLIDAY INN — plus Oscar® nominee “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep),” “Sisters” and “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.”

DIR Michael Curtiz; SCR Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank; PROD Robert Emmett Dolan. US, 1954, color, 120 min, DCP. NOT RATED

Santa Photos at The Mall at Prince Georges

Date: December 18, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm

Venue:

Address:

3500 East West Highway, (Route 410)

Hyattsville, MD 20781

Website: Click to visit the site

Take home a keepsake photo with our naturally-bearded Santa. Free gift for each child, while supplies last.

Location: Center Court

Exhibition – Lost And Found Laurel

Date: December to December 21st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Venue:

Address:
817 Main Street
Laurel, MD 20707

From: History of The Laurel Historical Society

Website: Click to visit the site

The exhibit includes sections on schools, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, libraries, and festivals. A variety of objects ranging from trucks to high school football uniforms and varsity jackets to restaurant menus will be featured throughout. Highlights include a “Hershey” sign from Knapps News Service, a wall papered with matchbook covers from Laurel businesses, a “restaurant” area with tables and menus, and a school room. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help the Laurel Historical Society (LHS) identify unknown people and places that are part of its archives.
One section:  “The Good Old Days…?” is a sobering reminder that not all memories of the period were good ones.  The panel incorporates photos and newspaper stories from the 1960s. It reminds visitors that that Laurel citizens were struggling through integration efforts, KKK cross burnings and firebombs and that tensions between the black and white communities were high.

Exhibition – Alphabetilately

Date: December – January 31st, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:
Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors.

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in philatelic fascination and designerly detail called, Alphabetilately!

ALPHABET + PHILATELY or Alphabetilately is the alphabet of philately.

Each of the 26 letters stands for some aspect of the collecting of stamps or the sending of mail. The stamps, ephemera, and artifacts exhibited in Alphabetilately graphically document the spectrum of the American experience, from historical subjects to popular culture, from actual events to important ideas.

Alphabetilately is a universally appealing exhibition and a lively educational experience for visitors of every age.

It provides an extraordinary showcase for selections from our unparalleled collection of American postal and philatelic history.

Exhibition – Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
2 Massachusetts Avenue,North East
Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free

From: National Postal Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Today, China and the United States are the world’s two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals.

Using mail and stamps, Pacific Exchange brings a human scale to Chinese-U.S. relations in three areas: commerce, culture, and community. The exhibit focuses on the 1860s to the 1970s, a time of extraordinary change in China. It also explores Chinese immigration to the United States, now home to four million Chinese Americans.

Most Chinese names and locations in this exhibit are written in the modern pinyin style (for example, Beijing instead of Peking), with some exceptions.

The Chinese panels are written in simplified Chinese.

Exhibition – Home Sewn: Quilts From The Lower Mississippi Valley

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features quilts created by Annie Dennis (1904­­–1997) and Emma Russell (1909–2004). Quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examine the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

Exhibition – Ubuhle Women: Beadwork And The Art Of Independence

Date: December – January 4th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Venue:
Address:
1901 Fort Place Southeast
Washington, DC 20020

From: The Anacostia Community Museum

Website: Click to visit the site

Ndwango (means “cloth”) is a new form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Ubuhle (means “beautiful”) artists’ community was established in 1999 by local resident Bev Gibson and master beader Ntombephi Ntombela [En-Tom-be-Fi En-tom-bell-la] to empower local women with the means to provide for their families through their art. The flat surface of the textile onto which the Ubuhle women bead is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts that many of them grew up wearing. Using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression, the Ubuhle community has re-imagined the longstanding beading tradition as a contemporary art form. Twenty-nine works are featured, including The African Cruxifixion.

Exhibition – Indelible: The Platinum Photographs Of Larry McNeil And Will Wilson

Date: December to January 5th, 2014

Time: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Venue:

Address:
Fourth Street and Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20001
From: National Museum of The American Indian
Website: Click to visit the site

By the end of the 19th century, the platinum print process was of primary importance to art photographers—valued for its permanence, wide tonal variation, and “fuzzy” aesthetic. Photographers such as Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and Joseph Keiley famously printed their photographs of North American Indians on platinum paper, using the prints’ highly romanticizing softness to represent the “Vanishing Race.”

Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge this visual ideology. McNeil uses the platinum process to topple expectations of what constitutes the Native portrait and, more generally, Western conceptions of portraiture. Wilson creates portraits of “today’s Indians” on metal plates, then digitizes the plates, makes large-scale digital negatives from the scanned images, and uses historic printing processes in a wet darkroom—calling attention to the manufactured nature of all photographic images.

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