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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, December 10, 2009

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(December 11-13) SUGARLOAF SWEETS Sweet as sugar, the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals have been showcasing work from the finest artisans for 30 years. Opening tomorrow in Chantilly, Virginia, the festival provides a venue for exceptional local crafts at the Dulles Expo Center through Sunday. The eclectic mix of work attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and includes artists featured in fine galleries and museums.

(December 12-13) MESSIAH The National Philharmonic Singers present Handel's Messiah, straight up and stirring, not shaken, at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda Saturday and Sunday. The center's resident choral group shares the sounds of the season, applying its rich tones to one of the most popular choral works the world over. The doors are flung open for free to young people ages seven to 17.

(Dec 7-Jan 10) THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD "I think I can, I think I can..." If hectic holiday preparation has you nearly out of steam, The Little Engine that Could might provide some inspiration. The show is rolling along at Adventure Theatre in Maryland's Glen Echo Park through January 10th, hosting a pajama party tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and a children's book club next Saturday.


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