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(Nov. 23-Dec. 19) DISTRICT CATALYSTS Washington Project for the Arts celebrates 35 years of experimental visual art in the District with Catalyst at American University's Katzen Museum in Northwest Washington. The output of over 100 local artists is woven into a narrative in three acts through Dec. 19.

(Nov. 23-Jan. 2) IT'S COMPLICATED Megan Marlatt is fascinated by toys, but not in the same way the young ones are. Over the past seven years, she's amassed an intimidating army of Happy Meal figurines from thrift stores and painted them. Her portraits are part consumer criticism, part appreciation. Molded From Complicated Mixtures is occupying wall space at Alexandria's Athenaeum through the end of the year.

(Nov. 24-28) THE NUTCRACKER COMETH And The Kennedy Center does its part to acknowledge the holidays on the horizon with its annual presentation of The Nutcracker tomorrow through Sunday. Chicago's Joffrey Ballet pirouettes to Tchaikovsky's compositions backed by several Washington choir groups.

And it will snow.

Background music: Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky

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