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This miniature mosaic of a Mayan noble wearing a sun god headdress is one of the many rare artifacts on view at the Heavenly Jade of the Maya exhibit.
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This miniature mosaic of a Mayan noble wearing a sun god headdress is one of the many rare artifacts on view at the Heavenly Jade of the Maya exhibit.

Dec. 19-Feb. 15: Heavenly Jade of the Maya
The world is scheduled to end this Friday, according to the Ancient Mayan calendar. But assuming we're not fighting off zombies or floating about in a D.C.-turned-Atlantis, you'll have plenty of time to see the rare Mayan artifacts that are being unveiled today at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center. The Heavenly Jade of the Maya exhibition, on loan from Guatemala's National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, includes many items that have never been seen outside Guatemala, where they were recently discovered. The collection features pieces from Mayan temples and tombs, including costumes, figurines, and jewelry.

Dec. 18-23: Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento
You can enjoy an Italian Christmas — without the seven fish — at Folger Shakespeare Library through December 23. Folger Consort's annual holiday concert, Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento, features Italian music and dance from the 14th century.

Music: "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by Barry Waldrep/Rick Carter/Stan Foster from Pickin' On R.E.M.: The Bluegrass Tribute

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