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5 family-friendly theater experiences in July

Shrek the Musical at Encore Stage & Studio

“Shrek the Musical” at Encore Stage & Studio. Photo by Larry McClemons.

By Micaela Williamson

Visit the theater this month to see these beloved live performances that will entertain the whole family.

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Illuminate Your Holiday with Lighting Extravaganza’s

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, December 3rd, 2012 PS

Gaylord National’s ICE!
Daily through Jan. 6
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in Alaska? Gaylord National’s popular ICE! winter holiday attraction returns with a nine-degree tour, so dress warmly!  This year’s ICE! features DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls. The DreamWorks animated holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and incredible 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from two million pounds of ice! Relive the heartwarming story as you stroll through this amazing attraction featuring your favorite movie characters. When Shrek tries to plan the “perfect Christmas” for Fiona and the kids, his plans are disrupted by chaos and commotion. But, in the end, Shrek learns the true meaning of the holiday. Pricing ranges from $15-$30

Meadowlarks Winter Walk of Lights
Daily through Jan. 16
Meadowlarks gardens, 7950 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna
Every day through Jan. 16 Winter Walk of Lights will be open from 5:30-10 p.m. Enjoy a half mile walk through the nature, gardens, and wildlife of lights. Then, on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. join Santa for a special dinner. Dinner will be buffet style with family friendly food such as Swedish meatballs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more! 

Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m.; Dec. 9, 3-6 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique  charm and history of Old Town at this popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and the historic Bank of Alexandria building by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. Special this year – a holiday taste of historic chocolate, co-sponsored by the Historic Division of Mars, Inc. Cost: More information on the holiday candlelight tours here. $20 adults/$15 seniors/$5 kids

Festival of Lights in Fairfax
Through Jan. 6 daily beginning at 5 p.m.
Kitty Pozer Garden’s in Old Town Fairfax
Ring in the holiday season at the illumination of the Kitty Pozer Garden in Old Town Fairfax. The lighting display is sponsored by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Bull Run Festival of Lights. Other events at the garden include lunch with Santa, candlelight tours, and live holiday music. For more information on the events click here.

Nov. 23 – 25, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Dec. 7 – 9, and every night beginning Dec. 14 – Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) from 5-9 p.m.
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington DC
The sixth annual Zoolights celebration will be held select nights in November and December. After dark, the Smithsonian National Zoo is brighter than ever! Animal zilhouettes will be lit up for a spectacular walk through the zoo at night. Not only stroll through the lighting design but you can also enjoy other attractions, exhibits and entertainment such as Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Apes House, Think Tank and Kids’ Farm will stay open late especially for ZooLights. Don’t forget to have your holiday photo and panda photo taken. The lighting exhibit is free!   

Bull Run Festival of Lights
Daily through Jan. 6
Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville
For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people!

Reduced Invents Fresh Sports Comedy Nightly

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, July 8th, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

To be fair, I must tell you that I once performed in “The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)” and I stayed after the performance to get Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Matt Rippy’s autographs.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company, made up of standout comedians Martin, Tichenor and Rippy, is performing “The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” at the Kennedy Center through July 24. Performing isn’t quite the right term for what I saw, though. It’s more like inventing. They’re a fast-talking group that delivers on the spot punch lines, some tailored specifically to our area. For instance, they joked about former Congressman Weiner, the Washington Redskins, even the state of Virginia itself.

Reduced Shakespeare Company's "Complete World of Sports (Abridged)." Photo by John Burgess

Some of the best moments happened at their so-called mess-ups. They improvise their way through a situation, always challenging each other to take it a step further, and watching them struggle, contend, and defeat themselves on stage is hilarious. It’s also the result of a group that knows each other so well they practically know what’s coming next.

Their show is family-friendly, but the Shrek kind, the one where it is appropriate for kids because the jokes that aren’t go right over their heads. To give you an example, but not to spoil the fun, Tichenor spotlights Tiger Woods in a Nike, Gatorade and McDonald’s sponsored ad. The Tiger Woods’s favorite punch lines, it’s called: “Just Do It,” “Is It in You?” and “I’m Lovin’ It.”

The RSC has more than just good jokes up their sleeve. The performance is also audience-participation, and involves some singing, both from them (which is excellent) and from us (which we all hope our spouses didn’t hear). But at least we weren’t lip syncing like the Chinese girl at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As the Kennedy Center’s Jeremy Birch writes, “Sports fans will like this show. Sports haters will love this show.” As the trio says, “What’s the most exciting thing that can happen in baseball?” “A no-hitter.” “The most exciting thing that can happen is when nothing happens.” And that’s the sort of insight that allows them to humorously make fun of American, and world, sports culture.

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–Clara Ritger