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Out & About: 9 events to make your work week more exciting

Monday, December 18

The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Christmas with Choral Arts: Capture the joy of the season with a beloved Washington tradition! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to join the Choral Arts Society of Washington for an evening of enchanting Christmas music that will fill you with the joy of the season. This performance features holiday carols, seasonal classics, and sing-alongs for the whole family to enjoy. Kennedy Center, tickets start at $15.

Busboys and Poets Open Mic Featuring Dave Harris: Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His poetry and essays have been featured at Huffington Post, Upworthy, Button Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly (nominated "Best of the Net"), BOAAT Press, Rattle, Winter Tangerine, FreezeRay, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, Black Napkin, Blueshift Journal and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette amongst others.

Tuesday, December 19

Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Head to the Capital One Arena to cheer on your Washington Wizards as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Tickets start at $8.

Amazing Grace The Musical at the Museum of Bible: As the first stop on its upcoming national tour, AMAZING GRACE, the inspirational Broadway musical will be the first production – of any kind – to inaugurate the new, state-of-the-art World Stage Theater at Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. Show starts at 7.30 p.m.

Twelfth Night at the Shakespeare Theatre Company: Stranded on the coast of Illyria, the quick-witted Viola assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines matching wits with a host of captivating characters—from the love-struck Olivia to the puritanical Malvolio. Shows start at 2 p.m. OR 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 20

Bruno Mars at MGM National Harbor: Due to popular demand, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars has added two performance dates at The Theater at MGM National Harbor (Dec 20 & Dec 21)! The 24K Magic World Tour is the third concert tour by American singer Bruno Mars, to support his album 24K Magic.

The 9 Songwriter Series Holiday Show at Pearl Street Warehouse: Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. The evening will feature, Justin Trawick, Brave Like Us, Julia Fanning w/ Eli Staples, Blue Plains, Jasmine Gillison, Chris Cassaday, Jarreau Williams, Louisa Hall, & Karla Chisholm.

Les Misérables at the National Theater: Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. (The musical will be at the National Theater from Dec 20 - Jan 7)

Thursday, December 21

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker features over the top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets Nesting Dolls and gloriously handcrafted costumes that bring the Christmas spirit to life. George Mason University's Center for the Arts.