Food: R. House Opens
The long-anticipated Remington food hall opens to the public.
Free. All day at R. House.
Shopping: MICA Art Market
Looking for unique gifts? Look no further. Read more about some of the artists here.
Free. Dec. 7-10 at MICA’s Brown Center.
Theater: T’its a Wonderful Life!
Prepare to enter naughty-list territory as “Queen of Burlesque” Trixie Little and her merry band of exotic elves present “T’its a Wonderful Life!”, a bawdy take on traditional holiday tales.
Tickets: $25. Dec. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Creative Alliance.
In this holiday dramedy, the titular character—also known, fittingly, as Dotty—struggles to accept her worsening Alzheimer’s, even as her adult children make arrangements for her care while home for Christmas. The result? A show the New York Times calls both “uproariously funny” and “deeply moving.”
Tickets: $25 certain days, and $43-$49. Dec. 7-Jan. 8 at Everyman Theatre.
“Commodities: Children’s Stories,” conceived by the performance company The Oven, probes how an estimated 100,000 American kids are affected by predators who sell their young victims as sexual slaves. WYPR critic J. Wynn Rousuck calls the show “sensitive and theatrically arresting,” using “choral speech, movement and storytelling” to expose a “disturbing issue.”
Tickets: $13-$23. Dec. 8-18 at the Theatre Project.
Theater: A Christmas Story
You know the story, but now see it play out live in front of you, leg lamps, bb guns, tongues stuck to poles and all.
Tickets: $46-$122. Dec. 6-11 at the Hippodrome.
Theater: Swingin’ Nutcracker
Watch the incredible dance stylings of Step Afrika! as the BSO performs an Ellington-esque version of the Christmas classic.
Tickets: $12.50-$55. Dec. 9-11 at the Meyerhoff.
Art: Under $500
Do yourself, your friends and/or family members and, not incidentally, local and regional artists a favor by adding a painting, print, drawing or other piece of artwork to your holiday gift list when Maryland Art Place offers original works for Under $500 on a first-come/first-served basis.
Tickets: $25. 7 p.m. at Maryland Art Place.
Art: William A. Christenberry
Recently deceased D.C. artist Christenberry’s oeuvre is examined in “William A. Christenberry: Laying-by Time.” Don’t miss his stunning “Klan Room,” a multi-piece/multi-media evocation of this nation’s problematic racial hatred.
Free. Dec. 9-Mar. 12 at MICA’s Decker Gallery.
Festival: 3rd Annual Krampuslauf
Make Christmas a little creepier at this Krampus parade of sorts, held—where else?—in Hampden.
Free. 4 p.m., beginning at De Kleine Duivel.
Cinema: American Madness and It’s a Wonderful Life
Iconic filmmaker Frank Capra’s 1932 “American Madness,” released at the apogee of the Depression, depicts the trials and tribs of bank president Tom Dixon (Walter Huston) as he attempts to maintain his ingrained humanist approach to business amid a funds-draining run on his Union National Bank (a scene playing out nationwide in real time upon the film’s release). Sound familiar? Well, yes, because Capra returned to the theme more famously 15 years later with his “It’s a Wonderful Life,” now a holiday cinematic evergreen. See and discuss both Saturday.
Free. 12 p.m. at the Central Branch of the Pratt Library.
Sports: Army-Navy Game
Pick a side: In a spirit antithetical to that of unity and cheer, the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen return to Ravens stadium for their contentious yearly football matchup (simply called the Army-Navy Game).
Call for ticket prices. 3 p.m at M&T Bank Stadium.
Event: Storytelling Open House
Baltimore Youth Film Arts hosts a storytelling open house, with open booths intended to capture stories of people throughout Baltimore and the world.
Free. 1-5 p.m. at The Motor House.
Party: Harbor Point Winter Social
Get in the holiday spirit at this festive family-friendly event, featuring holiday treats, live music, cookie decorating and more.
Free. 4-6 p.m. at Harbor Point’s Center Plaza.
Run: 1st Annual Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5k
The JCC of Greater Baltimore and Hadassah Greater Baltimore have cooked up a recipe for a truly tasty community outreach event.
Registration: $18-$40. 9 a.m. at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC.
Event: Santa at Wee Chic
Santa’s skipping the sleigh and riding into Green Spring Station on a firetruck. Enjoy free photos, hot chocolate, cookies and more!
Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wee Chic.
Event: 31st Annual Union Square Cookie Tour
What could be better than a cookie tour?
Tickets: $15-$20. 12-4:30 p.m. at 1401 Hollins St.