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November

Poker. Kilroy's Restaurant offers Texas Hold 'Em tournaments Mondays at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 5250-A Port Royal Road, Springfield. 703-321-7733.

Karaoke. Kilroy's Restaurant hosts Karaoke Night every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at 5250-A Port Royal Road, Springfield. 703-321-7733.

Thursday/Nov. 30

Del McCoury Band. Bluegrass. 8 p.m., at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets: $30. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

Locals Only Live. Starryville and other bands perform 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $7 over 21, $10 under 21. 703-569-5940.

Cinema Series. See “The Devil Wears Prada” 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Johnson Center, George Mason University, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Call 703-993-1702 for cost.

December

Mount Vernon Holiday Tour. From Dec. 1-Jan. 6, visitors to Mount Vernon can walk through the mansion and see what the holidays were like at the estate of George Washington in the late 18th century. Mount Vernon by Candlelight tours are offered weekends beginning Nov. 24. Tickets for Mount Vernon By Candlelight are available at the Ticketmaster Web site, www.ticketmaster.com or between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Mount Vernon main gate. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under.

Friday/Dec. 1

Band Performance. Molly Hatchet, Roadducks, The Gypsy Sons and others perform 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 7 p.m. Ages 21 and up. $20/advance, $23/door. 703-569-5940.

Concert. Truocnateb, Fourth Element and Semantic perform 9:30 p.m. at T.T. Reynold’s, 10414 Main St., Fairfax. Ages 21 and up. 703-591-9292.

Opera. Virginia Opera presents Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah” 2 p.m. at the George Mason University Concert Hall, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Soprano Lillian Sengpiehl and tenor Patrick Miller debut. Friday: Free wine and cheese 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. $86, $72, $44. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. See www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Saturday/Dec. 2

Christmas in New York. Celebrate Christmas at the shopping capital of the world. Luxury coach departs, at 6 a.m., from Fairfax City Hall. Trip is $55. Restroom available on the bus. Personal articles, including food may be left on the bus while touring New York City. All food, place of interest and theater visits are included after a full day at the city the bus will leave New York City at 8 p.m. from the drop off. Use www.nycvisit.com for a self-guided trip before departure. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Festival of Lights and Carols. The annual festival begins with a celebration 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Kitty Pozer Garden in Old Town Fairfax. Holiday festivities include lunch with Santa in Old Town Hall, s'mores, Yule log, caroling, tree lighting, cider and more. Free, charge for lunch with Santa. For information, call 703-385-7858.

‘Nutcracker Suite.’ The Classical Ballet Theatre performs the classic ballet 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at NOVA, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $15/students and seniors, $20/adults. call 703-471-0750 or visit www.cbanva.com for more.

Clifton Candlelight Tour. Caroling on horseback parade in Historic Clifton at 2 p.m., followed by a candlelight tour of homes and historic churches 4-7:30 p.m. A carol sing-along, marshmallow roast and tree lighting follows at 7:30 p.m. in the town square. $15/adults, $5/children under 12, ages 3 and under free. Call 703-815-9480 to reserve tickets.

Hanukkah Happiness. Teens join the JCCNV to celebrate the holiday with a movie, latkas, donuts, and more, 9-11 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $5. For more, e-mail MeredithG@jccnv.org.

Band Performance. Hell’s Elite Fest, Recently Vacated Graves and others perform 2:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 2 p.m. $10/advance, $12/door. 703-569-5940.

Sunday/Dec. 3

Festival of Lights and Carols. The annual festival begins with a celebration 12-5 p.m. at the Kitty Pozer Garden in Old Town Fairfax. Holiday festivities include lunch with Santa in Old Town Hall, s'mores, Yule log, caroling, tree lighting, cider and more. Free, charge for lunch with Santa. For information, call 703-385-7858.

‘Nutcracker Suite.’ The Classical Ballet Theatre performs the classic ballet 2 p.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at NOVA, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $15/students and seniors, $20/adults. call 703-471-0750 or visit www.cbanva.com for more.

Band Performance. Ion Dissonance, As Blood Runs Black, Hippy Murder Machine and others perform 3:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 3 p.m. $10/advance, $12/door. 703-569-5940.

Art Reception. An open house reception for "Celebrate the Season," a show featuring holiday-themed work of 14 artists, is 1-4 p.m. at the Artists' Undertaking Gallery, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. The gallery is open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For information call 703-494-0584 or visit www.artistsundertaking.com.

Jewish Celebration. Klezmer bands, a capella groups, drumming workshops and more 1-5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. For more, contact Laurie Albert at 703-537-3064 or Laurie A@JCCNV.org.

Opera. Virginia Opera presents Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah” 2 p.m. at the George Mason University Concert Hall, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Soprano Lillian Sengpiehl and tenor Patrick Miller debut. $90, $76, $48. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. See www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Monday/Dec. 4

Lecture. Rainald Lohner presents “Computational Sciences: The Third Pillar of the Empirical Sciences” 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Part of the Vision Lecture Series. Free. Tickets required, visit www.gmu.edu/cfa/vision or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office. 703-993-8888.

Band Performance. Blind Guardian and Leaves’ Eyes perform 9 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 8 p.m. $25/advance, $28/door. 703-569-5940.

Tuesday/Dec. 5

Band Performance. Diecast, Sepultura and others perform 7 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 6:30 p.m. $25/advance, $28/door. 703-569-5940.

Thursday/Dec. 7

Band Performance. Hardcore Promotions present Blue Collar War, below zero, Eastwind and King Giant 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 7:30 p.m. $7/ages 21 and up, $10/under 21. 703-569-5940.

Friday/Dec. 8

Band Performance. Funny Money, Bone Shaker and others perform 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 7:30 p.m. $10/advance, $15/door. Ages 21 and up. 703-569-5940.

German Music. Alte Kameraden German Band presents "An Old Country Christmas" as part of the Bonita Lestina Performance Series 8 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. doors 7:15 p.m. Free. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Christmas in the Americas. Voce Chamber Singers presents a program of seasonal music from the Western Hemisphere 8 p.m. at Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, Vienna. Directed by Dr. Kenneth Nafziger. Advance tickets: $23/adults, $18/seniors, $5/students. Door tickets: $25/adults, $20/seniors, $7/students. For tickets and information contact 703-277-7772 or VoceVA@hotmail.com.

Saturday/Dec. 9

Holiday Pops Concert. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents its annual holiday concert with the Fairfax Choral Society 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Bring a book, scarf, hat or gloves for needy children. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Boxing Match. Jimmy Lange battles Fontaine Cabell 7:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Center Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $25, $50, $75, $100, $300 (ringside) and $500 (VIP ringside). Visit Ticketmaster outlets, Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com or call 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Band Performance. Zebrahead, Authority Zero, Tokyo Rose and others perform 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 7 p.m. $14/advance, $17/door. 703-569-5940.

Holiday Pops Concert. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents its annual holiday concert with the Fairfax Choral Society 7 p.m. at the George Mason University Concert Hall, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Bring a book, scarf, hat or gloves for needy children. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Breakfast with Santa. Children can have breakfast with Santa, catered by Silver Diner, at the Springfield Mall. Tickets for the breakfast are $5 for adults and children ages 12 and under can eat for free. Visit Springfield Mall’s Web site, www.springfieldmall.com.

Carol Festival. Choirs, organs, strings perform 4:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5952 Franconia Road, Alexandria. Call 703-971-2210 for more.

Candlelight Tours of Sully Plantation. 5-8:15 p.m., 3601 Sully Road, Chantilly. Cookies and cider. Prepaid reservations required. Adults $10/Senior & Child $7. 703-437-1794

Christmas in the Americas. Voce Chamber Singers presents a program of seasonal music from the Western Hemisphere 8 p.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St., Herndon. Directed by Dr. Kenneth Nafziger. Advance tickets: $23/adults, $18/seniors, $5/students. Door tickets: $25/adults, $20/seniors, $7/students. For tickets and information contact 703-277-7772 or VoceVA@hotmail.com.

Collectors Showcase. The Art Under Construction Series begins with a showcase 12-6 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Free for Lorton residents and other invited guests. From 12-4:30 p.m., local artists will display their work, priced at $100 or less. A presentation is at 2 p.m. and a holiday concert begins at 4:30 p.m. Event concludes with a tree lighting ceremony. For more e-mail mmaree@cox.net.

Sunday/Dec. 10

Concert. The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic performs Handel’s Messiah with the NOVA Community Chorus 5 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15/general, 18 and under free. Visit www.wmpa.us for more.

Band Performance. Pictures in Pieces, Kenmore and others perform 3:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 3 p.m. $10/advance, $12/door. 703-569-5940.

Concert. “A Winter Wonderland,” concert of holiday favorites performed by The Annandale Brass and The Chris Johnston Trio, is 4 p.m. at the Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $10/adults, $7/seniors and teens, children 12 and under free. For advance tickets, call 703-569-0973. For information, call 703-323-3114, go online to www.reunionmusic.org or e-mail gwatkins@nvcc.edu.

Holiday Gifts from G.M.U. to Y.O.U. Jim Larranaga — and others — sing holiday tunes at GMU’s annual concert 7 p.m. at George Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. $15/adults, $8/students and seniors. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

Art Show Reception. Martha DD Brumbaugh has a reception for her show, “London and Paris in Winter,” 1-4 p.m. at the Loft Gallery, 313 Mill Street, Occoquan. Exhibit is from Dec. 5-March 4. 703-490-1117.

Concert. Pictures in Pieces, Kenmore and more perform 3:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 3 p.m. $10/advance, $12/door. 703-569-5940.

Candlelight Tours of Sully Plantation. 5-8:15 p.m., 3601 Sully Road, Chantilly. Cookies and cider. Prepaid reservations required. Adults $10/Senior & Child $7. 703-437-1794

Christmas in the Americas. Voce Chamber Singers presents a program of seasonal music from the Western Hemisphere 4 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Directed by Dr. Kenneth Nafziger. Advance tickets: $23/adults, $18/seniors, $5/students. Door tickets: $25/adults, $20/seniors, $7/students. For tickets and information contact 703-277-7772 or VoceVA@hotmail.com.

Thursday/Dec. 14

Children's Performance. Sesame Street Live presents "Elmo Makes Music," 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $15 and $18, with some $25 premium and $35 gold circle seats available. Opening night tickets $14. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster outlets, the Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com and 703-573-SEAT. Patrons with disabilities may call 703-993-3035. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Chanukah Happy Hour. Celebrate Chanukah with hors d’ouevres, wine and soft drinks 6:30 p.m. in the Adult Lounge at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $8/members, $10/non-members. Register by Dec. 11. Adults 18 and up. E-mail CarlaR@jccnv.org for more.

Friday/Dec. 15

First Night of Chanukah

Children's Performance. Sesame Street Live presents "Elmo Makes Music," 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $15 and $18, with some $25 premium and $35 gold circle seats available. Opening night tickets $14. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster outlets, the Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com and 703-573-SEAT. Patrons with disabilities may call 703-993-3035. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

Chanukah Celebration. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with dinner 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Adat Reyim, 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield. The Adat Reyim Choir sings at a service beginning 8 p.m. For more, call 703-569-7577.

An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas. Fiddler Eileen Ivers performs 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Concert Hall, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Tickets $42, $34, $21. For tickets, call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

Saturday/ Dec. 16

Children's Performance. Sesame Street Live presents "Elmo Makes Music," 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $15 and $18, with some $25 premium and $35 gold circle seats available. Opening night tickets $14. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster outlets, the Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com and 703-573-SEAT. Patrons with disabilities may call 703-993-3035. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

‘Nutcracker Suite.’ The Mia Saunders School of Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. at Centreville High School Theatre, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton. $12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/students. For tickets contact Stephanie O'Neill at 703-818-9854 or soneill80537@yahoo.com.

Canadian Brass Christmas. Canadian Brass performs 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Concert Hall, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. Tickets $50, $42, $25. For tickets, call 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

Holiday Dinner Dance. The Annandale Chamber of Commerce's annual event is 6-10 p.m., at Ossian Hall, 7128 Columbia Pike. The Virginia Music Adventures provide musical entertainment. Call the Annandale Chamber at 703-256-7232, or send an e-mail to info@annandalechamber.com.

Concert. Napalm Death, A Life Once Lost, Dead To Fall and more perform 6:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 6 p.m. $18/advance, $20/door. 703-569-5940.

Sunday/Dec. 17

Children's Performance. Sesame Street Live presents "Elmo Makes Music," 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Tickets $15 and $18, with some $25 premium and $35 gold circle seats available. Opening night tickets $14. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster outlets, the Patriot Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com and 703-573-SEAT. Patrons with disabilities may call 703-993-3035. Visit www.patriotcenter.com.

‘Nutcracker Suite.’ The Mia Saunders School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker 3 p.m. at Centreville High School Theatre, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton. $12/adults, $10/seniors, $8/students. For tickets contact Stephanie O'Neill at 703-818-9854 or soneill80537@yahoo.com.

Chanukah Service. 3 p.m. at Congregation Adat Reyim, 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield. For more, call 703-569-7577.

Tuesday/Dec. 19

Chanukah Celebration. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia hosts a celebration of the Festival of Lights 6-7:30 p.m. at the center, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $8/adults, $5/children. For more call 703-323-0880 or visit www.jccnv.org.

Friday/Dec. 22

Winter Solstice

Saturday/Dec. 23

Localpalooza. Local bands perform 2:15 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 2 p.m. $10/advance, $11/door. 703-569-5940.

Concert. Evick and Snatch perform 9 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Doors 8:30 p.m. $10/advance, $11/door. Ages 21 and up. 703-569-5940.

Sunday/Dec. 24

Christmas Eve

Monday/Dec. 25

Christmas Day

Wednesday/Dec. 27

Nutcracker Performance. The Virginia Ballet Company of Fairfax performs the Nutcracker 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $25/adults, $15/senior and children. Group rates available. For tickets, call the studio at 703-249-8227.

Thursday/Dec. 28

Nutcracker Performance. The Virginia Ballet Company of Fairfax performs the Nutcracker 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $25/adults, $15/senior and children. Group rates available. For tickets, call the studio at 703-249-8227.

Friday/Dec. 29

Nutcracker Performance. The Virginia Ballet Company of Fairfax performs the Nutcracker 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Cultural Center Theatre, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. $25/adults, $15/senior and children. Group rates available. For tickets, call the studio at 703-249-8227.

Sunday/Dec. 31

First Fairfax: A Night to Remember. Ring in the New Year in the City of Fairfax at a celebration 6 p.m.-12 a.m. in Old Town Fairfax. Activities include ice skating, carriage rides, swing dancing, comedy, bands and more. Call 703-385-7858 for more.