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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, December 24

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The cast of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess dance on stage.
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The cast of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess dance on stage.

Dec. 24-29: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess opens tomorrow at The National Theatre, where it will be on stage through Sunday. The play is set in the early 1920s in Catfish Row, a fictitious African-American neighborhood in Charleston. As a beautiful woman named Bess struggles to free herself from an abusive relationship, she finds hope in the unlikely form of Porgy, a physically disabled man who embraces her when others won’t. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, the show includes classic songs such as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

Dec. 24: Tony Craddock, Jr. and Cold Front
You can head to the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory tonight at 6 for a free holiday concert featuring Tony Craddock, Jr. and Cold Front. But as jazz music envelops the Garden, the seats might fill up too. Limited seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Music: “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” by Jazz Christmas

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