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DESTINATIONS

December 30, 2012 12:10 am

Dates and times subject to change. Call before making travel plans.

WASHINGTON

American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW, Axelrod Quartet Concert, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., with pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m., $25-$31, 202/633-3030; Farm to Table Family Day, Jan. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pianist Quynh Nguyen, Jan. 13, 3 p.m.; Nam June Paik: Global Visionary, features work by "father of video art, " through Aug. 11. 202/633-1000, americanart .si.edu.

Corcoran Gallery of Art, 510 17th St. NW, Taryn Simon: Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. Through Feb. 24. 202/639-1700; corcoran.org.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Exhibition includes more than 280 objects, from Arabia's prehistory to early 20th century. Accompanying programs include classical Arab music performances, ImaginAsia children's activities, contemporary cinema, scholarly lectures, exhibition tours. Through Feb. 24. RoadsofArabia.com; asia.si.edu.

Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012, Through March 16. 202/707-5000; loc.gov.

National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, "Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective," through Jan. 13; "Shock of the News" examines newspaper phenomenon from 1909 to 2009, through Jan. 27; "Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540," through Dec. 31; Ellsworth Kelly: Colored Paper Images, through May 19. 202/737-4214; nga.gov.

National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution." Exhibit reveals all 39 species of these elusive birds for first time, highlighting groundbreaking research of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes. Through May. $4-$8. 202/857-7700; ngmuseum.org.

National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. Zoo Lights. See the zoo in a whole new light. Admission is free. Parking $9 for members, $16 for non-members. Dec. 30 and Jan. 1, 5-9 p.m. 202/633-2614

President Lincoln's Cottage, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW, Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit. Rare signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation on display through February. 202/829-0436.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW, Jayme Stone's Room of Wonders, award winning banjoist performs music inspired by folk traditions, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.; Adam Mansbach, best-selling author, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. 202/785-9727; wpas.org.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Historic Documents Display. Features George Washington's annotated copy of Acts of Congress. Through Feb. 18. 703/780-2000, mountvernon.org.

RICHMOND

Cat Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Road, Henrico, The 13th of Paris. Charming, theatrical romantic comedy. Jan. 18-Feb. 3. 804/262-9760; cattheatre .com.

Henley Street Theatre, Richmond Center Stage, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Through Dec. 31. 600 E. Grace St., 800/514-3949; henleystreetheatre .org.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Dominion GardenFest of Lights, through Jan. 7, 5-10 p.m., weekly activities include caroling, crafts, music; GardenFest for Fidos, Jan. 3, 5-10 p.m., leashed pet allowed, $2 admission benefits Richmond SPCA. 804/262-9887.

Maymont, 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours. Through Jan. 6. Noon to 5 p.m. $5. 804/358-7166, ext. 310.

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Polar Express, IMAX Film, through Jan. 23; Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World, through Jan. 6. 804/864-1400, smv.org.

Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard, An Artist's Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes, through Jan. 7; End of an Era: The Photography of Jack Jeffers, through Jan. 28; For the Love of Beauty: The Collection of Lora and Claiborne Robins, through Feb. 11. 804/358-4901; vahistorical.org.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Blvd., Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Features 3,000-lb. glass chandelier, more. Through Feb. 20. 804/340-1400; vmfa.museum.

ELSEWHERE

Petersburg

Petersburg National Battlefield, Eastern Front Visitor Center, Civil War Artillery Demonstration. Pegram's Company of Virginia Light Artillery will demonstrate firing of a reproduction 12-pounder Napoleon cannon. Dec. 30, 1-4:30 p.m. 804/732-3571; nps.gov/pete.

Petersburg National Battlefield, Gen. Grant's Headquarters Unit, 1001 Pecan Ave., Epps Plantation, 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Program features guided tours of Eppes Plantation, with focus on African-Americans who worked for the Eppes family. Visitors will also learn about role of U.S. Colored Troops and freed Blacks. Jan. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 804/732-3571; nps.gov/pete.

Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg's Holiday Season. Through Jan. 1. 800/HISTORY.

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, Colonial Parkway, A Colonial Christmas, features 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions, special tours, interpretive programs, music, gallery exhibits, more, through Dec. 31; A Colonial Christmas With Music, through Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 757/253-4838.

--Compiled by Peggy Carlson





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