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Imaginary World of The Nutcracker at ARTECHOUSE (Photo credit Hasnain Bhatti)

Out & About: Here's what's happening around town this week

Monday, January 1 (New Year's Day)

Relax and enjoy brunch at one of the many places listed here.

Tuesday, January 2

Wes Swing at the Kennedy Center: Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Virginia. Swing’s style of composition draws on classical, folk and alternative rock influences to create a rich and lilting soundscape of beautifully swelling cello-folk. Swing's cello-looping is accompanied by Jeff Gregerson's minimal electronics and guitar, together creating warm and deeply enveloping string sections to which Swing demonstrates his vocal prowess with delicate intonation, delivering lyrics imbued with poetry. Show starts at 6 p.m.

Bruce Bartlett at Politics and Prose:(5015 Connecticut Avenue NW)Bartlett, who served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations and more recently has written for Forbes and The New York Times “Economix” blog, is uniquely positioned to advise readers on how to evaluate sources for accuracy and reliability. Using his inside knowledge of both government and the journalists who cover it, Bartlett offers clear and direct guidelines for assessing the truth value of what gets reported, how it’s reported, and where.

The Illusionists at the Kennedy Center: Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sell-out shows in 2015! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, January 3

Casablanca at Landmark's West End Cinema: Head to West End Cinema for a showing of the classic movie, Casablanca. Winner of three Academy Awards, include Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, Casablanca is the most popular and enduring screen romance of all time. Showings at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks: Head to the Capital One Arena to cheer on the Washington Wizards as they take on the New York Knicks!

Imaginary World of The Nutcracker at ARTECHOUSE: Inspired by the original story and powered by the latest projection technology - Imaginary World of The Nutcracker - will whisk you away to a magical kingdom where the Nutcracker and other characters come to life via projections and ARTECHOUSE Augmented Reality app. See it before it's gone! The exhibit's last day is January 7.

Lisa Gordon at Politics and Prose: (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW) The KKK was founded in 1865 by Confederate veterans. After a few turbulent years and federal efforts to outlaw it, it faded with Reconstruction. Then it rose again in the 1920s. This second incarnation flourished largely in the north, grounded in the same strains of racism, nativism, and Christian evangelicalism that had sparked the original group. In this detailed analysis of the new Klan’s agenda, strategies, and membership, Linda Gordon, two-time Bancroft Prize winner and author of Dorothea Lange, documents how these seemingly respectable, mostly middle-class white protestants used celebrations of “Americanism” combined with the perception of threats to white supremacy to gain control of 150 newspapers and usher in immigration restrictions and anti-miscegenation laws.

Thursday, January 4

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)