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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

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It's December and the District is inundated with festive fare:

(Dec. 1) IVRI LIDER Israel's Ivri Lider lights the menorah at Washington's Sixth and I Historic Synagogue tonight at 8. The top-selling singer-songwriter helps bring in the first night of Chanukah with the best in Hebraic pop, and some new English jams, too.

(Dec. 2) 2010 KENNY G HOLIDAY SHOW Saxophonist Kenny G holds a world record for playing an E flat for 45 minutes using circular breathing, so there's no telling what he'll pull tomorrow night at The 2010 Kenny G Holiday Show at the Strathmore in North Bethesda. The Grammy winner will likely play some cuts from his holiday album, Miracles, which also holds a record: It's the best-selling Christmas album, ever.

(Dec. 4-12) CHRISTMAS REVELS Washington's annual Christmas Revels celebrates the Winter Solstice, life, death, and rebirth this coming weekend and the next at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. The rapturous musical-theater production draws on a number of wintery traditions and invites the audience to partake in song and dance on stage and in the aisles.

Background music: The Winter Solstice by Sufjan Stevens


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