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Herndon: Classical Ballet Theatre to Present Classic Nutcracker

Classical Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker. Performed at the 520-seat Ernst Theater, this holiday classic includes all of the stunning costumes, dancing, and enchantment necessary to bring Clara’s dream to life. Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at Ernst Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

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Vienna: A True Adventure

James Madison High School’s production of ‘Deadwood Dick’ engages the audience.

Hop on your horses and gallop on over to James Madison High School, because a night of cowboys, card games, true love, and lively fun awaits at their production of “Deadwood Dick.” Based on a popular series of nineteenth century dime novels by Edward L. Wheeler, “Deadwood Dick” follows the tradition of old Western melodrama, filled with mustached villains, dashing heroes, and lovely, woe-ridden heroines.

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Vienna: Steven Gellman to Release Holiday Album at Jammin Java

Singer/songwriter Steven Gellman celebrates the holiday season at Jammin Java on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with the “Hearth & Home” album release concert. Jammin Java, named one of the best music venues in the country by Paste Magazine, is located at 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna.

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TheatreMcLean Presents ‘Don’t Drink the Water’

McLean High School's award-winning theatre company, TheatreMcLean, presents Woody Allen’s hilarious slapstick comedy “Don’t Drink the Water.” Playing for one weekend only, Nov. 18-20, at McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean.

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McLean: Joy, Tears and Laughter

“Broadway Bound” from Neil Simon at 1st Stage.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, “Broadway Bound” is a treasure from the fertile mind of Tony Award winning playwright Neil Simon. Under the fine, perceptive direction of Shirley Serotsky, “Broadway Bound” is a remarkable production full of family love and pain with plenty of humor.

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McLean: ‘John Eaton’s Holiday Songbook’ Comes to The Alden Dec. 17

‘John Eaton’s Holiday Songbook’ Comes to The Alden Dec. 17. Considered one of the foremost interpreters of American music, Eaton offers a combination of ultra-tasteful jazz, fascinating observations and humorous commentary. In a typical concert, he performs music from the vast treasure trove of American popular song and jazz. Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen are just a few of the great American composers he highlights.

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Week in Great Falls

Starshine Theater to Hold Auditions

Starshine Theater will present “Singin’ Our Lives !” ~ Your Story is Your Song ~ and will be holding auditions for ages 6 through 18 for actors, singers, dancers and musicians.

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Holiday Events at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls

Great Falls Church Announces Children’s Christmas Program

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, announces a free event on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m., open to the community, featuring the Christmas story told through narration, scripture and Christmas carols. The cast of children bring the Nativity scene to life with Mary, Joseph, animals, angels and shepherds.

Appetite: Three Beverages for a Wintertime Brunch

Amid the Thanksgiving prep work and holiday shopping sprees, sometimes it’s best to stop for brunch and order a beverage to treat yourself. Here are three great spots to visit.

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Fairfax: Paul VI Presents ‘Don’t Go Near the Water’

In an American embassy somewhere behind the Iron Curtain. The ambassador’s son, a bumbler, is running the embassy when three American tourists – parents and their 23-year-old daughter – run inside. They’re being chased by secret police who accuse them of spying and picture-taking. So they seek asylum and make plans to escape. Featuring a cast and crew of 50, Paul VI High presents the rollicking comedy, “Don’t Go Near the Water.” It takes the stage Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-20, in the school theater.

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Great Falls: ‘Breathtaking Navajo Lands and Beyond’ Photography Exhibit by Dee Leggett at the Great Falls Library

“Breathtaking Navajo Lands and Beyond" is an exhibit of photography capturing the beauty of the natural formations and historical sites on the Navajo lands in Arizona as well as some of the State Parks in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada taken during Great Falls photographer and author Dee Leggett’s tour to the area in May.

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Alexandria Film Festival: A Banquet of 40 Films

Alexandria Film Festival celebrates 10 years.

There are more independent film festivals in the Washington, D.C. metro area now than any other time in the area’s history, and that’s great for cinephiles.

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Fairies, Magical Spells and Swamp Monsters

Westfield High presents “The Tempest.”

Filled with fantasy, romance and adventure, “The Tempest” is Westfield High’s upcoming play. With a cast and crew of nearly 40, this Shakespeare comedy takes the stage Nov. 18-20.

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Living a Life in ‘A Delicate Balance’

Albee play at Congregation Har Shalom.

“A Delicate Balance” by Edward Albee is, as Director Laurie T. Freed says, a story of multiple themes: “man’s fear of taking risks in life; man’s inability to honestly communicate with family and friends; the loss of passion in one’s life; the fear of aging; the fear of the unknown.

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Getting into Holiday Spirit

Lord of Life Lutheran Church presents “White Christmas.”

With their former, WWII Army commander in danger of losing his country inn in Vermont, song-and-dance team Bob Wallace and Phil Davis come to the rescue.