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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Monday, December 21, 2009

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(Through December 24) AFI SPIRIT The AFI Silver Theatre and Culture Center features holiday classics and little-seen flicks this cinematic season in Silver Spring through Christmas Eve. The angel-filled It's a Wonderful Life makes several appearances, along with a return engagement of the Jim Henson gem Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Other treats include two zany Christmas comedies by the late John Hughes, Home Alone and Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase - the actor, not the neighborhood. For those feeling a bit naughty, the AFI risks a little coal in the stocking to show the cult classic Christmas Holiday, featuring Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin as two black-hearted betrayers.

(December 18-23) BSO FOR TOTS The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Spectacular, opening tonight at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and running through December 23rd. The American Diva, Ann Hampton Callaway, and symphonic pops-pro, conductor Jack Everly, host more than 100 singers, dancers and musicians, including a tap-dancing troupe of show-stopping Santas and special guests the Capitol Quartet.

(Through January 9) TRIPPIN' TO CHINA Not going anywhere for the holidays? Why not take a trip to China without leaving D.C. at the [Folger Shakespeare Library](<>< />

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