(Preview Nov 28-29; festival Dec 4-Jan 2) WINTER LIGHTS
As the nights get longer, it's getting dark enough to enjoy Gaithersburg's Winter Lights Festival earlier and earlier. This strung-up extravaganza winds three and a half miles through Maryland's Seneca Creek State Park. The drive takes visitors on an illuminated journey past more than 380 scenes and 65 animated displays.
(Through November 28) THE REAL STORY OF THE SUPERHEROES
Photographer Dulce Pinzon draws inspiration from comics at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Columbia Heights, where "The Real Story of the Superheroes" is on display through Saturday. From a window-washing Spiderman to Superman-as-bike-courier, Pinzon's photos portray immigrants as heroes of the every day.
(November 24 - December 20) AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago brings August: Osage County to The Kennedy Center through December 20th. This gripping and funny play, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, centers around an Oklahoma matriarch whose family is on the verge of meltdown.