<cal1>Now Through Jan. 15

<cal2>"Night at the Wax Museum, The Musical." The hysterical meets the historical in this musical, comic romp through the wackiest wax museum in history! At the Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington.

Julia Nixon. Signature Theatre Cabaret Series. In the vein of Sarah Vaughan, this performer mixes jazz standards with R&B in an unforgettable act. At Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit http://www.signature-theatre.org

<cal1>Now Through Jan. 16

<cal2>The Nutcracker. Presented by the Synetic Family Theater. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Additional performances are: Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. Directed and adapted by Lilia Slavova. Tickets are $17.50/advance; $20/door. At Synetic Family Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington. Box Office: 800-494-8497 or www.classika.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 12

<cal2>Information Evening. 7:30 p.m. Join the faculty at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School for an evening to learn more about Waldorf education and the school. Then follow up with a morning visit to one of the classes to experience a bit of Waldorf Education for yourself. At 923 South 23rd St., Arlington. Call 703-486-1309.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 13

<cal2>Young People’s Poetry Marathon in Spanish. 10 a.m. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. Through its Experience Theatre program, Teatro de la Luna presents this event dedicated to promoting the beauty of Spanish and to awakening interest in poetry and literature among students from elementary schools. Participants recite original poems or those of their favorite authors in Spanish. At Rosslyn Spectrum @ Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington.

Fruits of Freedom: Celebrating South Africa Gala and Silent Auction. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50. To raise money to build homes for children in South Africa orphaned by AIDS. The honored guest and speaker is His Excellency, the South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool. Hosts: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in partnership with the St. Francis Trust of South Africa. At the NRECA Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit http://www.saint-peters.org/wp/ministries/mission-commission/south-africa-mission/ for more details on the project.

"Dude Fest" 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12. The Big Lebowski Movie & Music Night. Doors open at 7 p.m.; Themed music at 7:30 p.m.; Trivia, bowling and best costume awards at 8:40 p.m.; Feature presentation: "The Big Lebowski" at 9 p.m. Hosted by comedian Rob Maher. At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.

Choral Concert. 7 p.m. Free. Washington-Lee High School’s Choral Department is hosting a multiage "Pyramid Choral Concert." Students in grades 4-8 will join with Washington-Lee High School choral students for the evening’s performance. Attendees are encouraged to park in I-66 parking deck, at N. Stafford St. next to W-L and off of N. 15th St. and N. Quincy. Overflow parking is available at the Arlington Education Center, 1426 N. Quincy St. Call 703-228-6004.

<cal1>Jan. 13 and 15

<cal2>Comedian 'Bobcat' Goldthwait. Thursday and Friday at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $23. At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 14

<cal2>"Oliver." 8 p.m. Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Tickets are $25/person. At The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria. Contact Chris at 703-849-0077 or Roland at 703-625-3900.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 15

<cal2>Breakfast Reachout Meeting. 9:15 a.m. Sponsored by Arlington Aglow. The speaker will be Jane Hanson Hoyt on DVD. Breakfast is $3.25/donation. At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3439 Payne St., Bailey’s Crossroads. Call Betty Rose Forsell at 703-671-9264.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 16

<cal2>Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Keynote Speaker Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, founding member Congressional Black Caucus, former DC Delegate to the U.S. Congress, activist and friend to Dr. King. At Thomas Jefferson Community Center Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/prcr.

<cal1>Monday/Jan. 17

<cal2>Singer Chris Pureka. 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $13. At IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-522-2868 or visit www.iotaclubandcafe.com.

MLK Day Neighborhood & Stream Cleanup. 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer to clean up a section of Columbia Pike and Four Mile Run stream and keep trash out of Arlington County's largest watershed. Meet at the Arlington Mill Community Center, 4975 Columbia Pike, Arlington. To register, email volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org or call 703-228-6406.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 18

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Blue Sky 5. At Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Open Rehearsal. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. With the Encore Chorale for Singers 55-Plus. Calling all former high school and college choristers, church, synagogue and community choral singers! Come experience a rehearsal of the dynamic Encore Chorale conducted by Jeanne Kelly, past conductor of the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club, Georgetown University Concert Choir and Senior Singers’ Chorales of the Levine School of Music. At Langston Brown Senior Center, 2121 Culpeper Street, Arlington. Call Jeanne Kelly at 301-261-5747 or email Jeanne.kelly@encorecreativity.org.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 18

<cal2>J. Irvin Dally with Jacob Early. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10. At IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 19

<cal2>Lecture. 2 to 4 p.m. "Reformation of Islam: The Challenge and the Future." By Dr. Tawfik Hamid. At the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington. Reply to Laurie Kinney at lkinney@potomacinstitute.org.

<cal1>Jan. 20 to Jan. 22

<cal2>Lions, Arlington Northwest, Charity Fund-raising. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh Florida citrus and pure Vermont maple syrup for sale at the Overlee Pool, 6030 Lee Highway, lower parking lot. Call 703-243-7938.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 21

<cal2>John McClellan from Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker. 9:55 p.m. Admission is $15. At the Arlington Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 22

<cal2>Game Night. 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a board or strategy or kids game that you would like to play with friends, neighbors, or new friends. At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 415 South Lexington St., Arlington.

<cal1>Tuesday/Jan. 25

<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9 to 11 p.m. Admission is $10. With the band, Hot Buttered Nuggets. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 26

<cal2>Team in Training Party. 6:30 p.m. Team in Training is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s sports training program that trains beginner athletes to compete in marathons, half marathons, triathlons and 100-mile bike rides. At Whitlow’s on Wilson Bar & Grill, 2845 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. To R.S.V.P. call 703-399-2918 or email Shelby Gosnell at Shelby.Gosnell@lls.org or visit www.teamintraining.org/nca.

Nurture Shock. New Thinking About Children. 7:30 p.m. Author Ashley Merryman will speak, answer questions and sign books. A $10 donation requested with half the proceeds to benefit Arlington Food Assistance Center. At Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-892-3878 or visit www.aucpva.org.

<cal1>Wednesday/Jan. 26

<cal2>Brass Ensemble Night. 7:30 p.m. Featuring the U.S. Army Brass Quintet, the U.S. Army Field Band Brass Quintet and the Dominion Brass. At Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Arlington. Visit www.usarmyband.com.

<cal1>Thursday/Jan. 27

<cal2>U.S. Army Blues Featuring Wycliffe Gordon. 7:30 p.m. At Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Arlington. Visit www.usarmyband.com.

<cal1>Friday/Jan. 28

<cal2>Armed Forces Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble and the U.S. Army Orchestra and guests soloists. 7:30 p.m. At Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Arlington. Visit www.usarmyband.com.

<cal1>Saturday/Jan. 29

<cal2>Veronneau. Acoustic jazz band performs 7 p.m. At Cassatts Café, 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington. Call 703-527-3330 or visit www.cassattscafe.com.

Grand Concert: The U.S. Army Concert Band and Guest Soloists. 7:30 p.m. At Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Arlington. Visit www.usarmyband.com.

Ice Skating Gala. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. The ice-skating event will feature a musical performance by Fools & Horses, a photo booth, refreshments, strolling entertainment including a stilt walker, magician, ice queen, and juggler, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Capitol Chapter. Ice skating rates: $8/adults; $7/kids. At Pentagon Row Ice Rink, 1101 South Joyce Street, Arlington (Pentagon City Metro). Call 301-998-8100 or www.pentagonrow.com/events

<cal1>Jan. 29-30

<cal2>A Vivid Sense of Place. Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. A Vivid Sense of Place is a dynamic dance performance by the Jane Franklin Dance Group that engages the possibilities of wide-open spaces. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 children under 10 years. At the Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Visit www.janefranklin.com or phone 703-933-1111.

<cal1>Sunday/Jan. 30

<cal2>Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni Assoc. Meeting. 2 to 4 p.m. Three presentations: Historical Mansions on the Hudson River; From Surf to Sky: Exploring Florida's Space Coast with Granddaughter; and West Virginia Mountain Logging Trains and October Fall Color. At George Mason Public Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call Rebecca Prather on 703-534-2274.

<cal1>Feb. 1-5

<cal2>Crystal Couture. 6 to 10 p.m. nightly. Free. With a theme of "Exotic and Elegant to Everything Everyday," five nights of fashion, fun and festivities. Twenty fashion boutiques and designers each night, runway shows, local DJs, open bar, free snacks, free makeovers from makeup artists and hair stylists - and more!

Feb. 1 – Host, Phillipa Hughes, Pinkline Project - T-Shirt Contest;

Feb. 2 – Host, Bianca Chardei, America’s Next Top Model Contestant;

Feb. 3 – Host, Karen Sommer Shallett, DC Modern Luxury;

Feb. 4 – Host DJ Sarah Fraser from HOT 99.5 – Go Red for Women;

Feb. 5 – Closing bash hosted by BisNow – The Scene;

At 1750 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, Arlington. Visit www.crystalcity.org.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 5

<cal2>Broadway Desserts. 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $35. Broadway musical selections and desserts presented by the Bishop O’Connell High School Music Department. At Bishop O'Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Visit www.bishopoconnell.org/desserts or call 703-237-1462.

<cal1>Feb. 11 and 12

<cal1>Comedian Andy Kindler. Friday at 9:55 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Andy was a series judge on NBC’s "Last Comic Standing" this summer and voices Mort the mortician on the Fox animated series "Bob’s Burgers," after "The Simpsons." At the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Visit http://ArlingtonDrafthouse.com.

<cal1>Feb. 11 through Feb. 14

<cal2>Singing Valentines. A Women’s Quartet from the Potomac Harmony Chorus offers singing valentines. You may choose two of the following love songs: "Blueberry Hill," "Cuddle Up A Little Closer," "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do," "It Had To Be You," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," and "True Love." Valentines can also be sung via phone. For more information and to order Singing Valentines, email singingvalentines@potomacharmony.org or call 703-764-3896 or visit www.PotomacHarmony.org. Order by Feb. 8.

<cal1>Saturday/Feb. 26

<cal2>Crystal City 1K Wine Walk. 2 to 6 p.m. Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District in partnership with the Washington Wine Academy. 1K Wine Walk promises "racers" the opportunity to taste and learn about between 30-40 wines as they make their way through the shops and interior walkways of Crystal City. At the Crystal City Shops and Interior Walkways, 2200 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, Arlington. Tickets available at www.washingtonwineacademy.org. Contact Abbey Watson at awatson@scottcircle.com or at 202-207-3660.

<cal1>Sunday/March 13

<cal2>DC Antique Photo Show. Cost is $25 preview admission at 11 a.m.; then $10 public admission from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participating in the program will be members of The Daguerreain Society, National Stereoscopic Association, Photo Historical Societies of Canada and New England; and Magic Lantern Societies, both US and UK. At the Holiday Inn Rosslyn/Key Bridge, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Dr., Arlington. Visit AntiquePhotoShow.com or call 703-534-8220.