Weekend Events: Great Russian Nutcracker; ’80s vs. ’90s Dance Party

What’s happening Dec. 22-26


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker has shows scheduled Thursday and Friday

via Strathmore

With Christmas and Christmas Eve falling on Saturday and Sunday this year, many local residents will be gathering with families on the weekend. But if you’re looking to get out of the house before the holidays, there’s still plenty going on:

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Thursday and Friday nights – The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda

This show produced by the Russian ballet company includes a 60-foot “growing” Christmas tree and Russian-made costumes and sets. Shows will take place Thursday and Friday nights starting at 8. and tickets range from $48 to $88.


’80s vs ’90s Dance Party featuring Biz Markie – Friday night – The Fillmore Silver Spring

DJ Biz Markie hosts this event that occurs at The Fillmore a few times per year. The show features the cover bands Here’s To The Night and The New Romance, which  play hit pop songs from the 1980s and 1990s. The dance party starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.


Soul Crackers Holiday Party – Friday night – Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

Soul Crackers is hosting the band’s 42nd annual holiday party Friday at the Bethesda club and is planning a performance that features covers of songs by Al Green, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Otis Redding as well as Christmas music. The seven-member, D.C.-based band will take the stage at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Thursday and Saturday morning shows – Imagination Stage, Bethesda

In this stage version of the classic tale, the beautiful Belle contends with the bully Gaston only to later find herself imprisoned in the castle of the Beast. She becomes friends with a candlestick, clock and a tea pot and later falls in love with the Beast just as Gaston prepares to storm the castle to try to take Belle back. The show is recommended for children aged 4 or older. The children’s theater will host two shows this week, at 10:45 a.m. Thursday and at 11 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Tickets range from $15 to $30. The show runs through Jan. 15.

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