<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Events]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/the-scene/events http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:55:24 -0500 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:55:24 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Musical Titans Descend on Verizon Center ]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:57:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/VERIZON-weekend.jpg


The Verizon Center's booked for a hectic but promising stretch of high-profile concerts this weekend.
The festivities kick off Saturday when crooner Bruno Mars opens his worldwide Moonshine Jungle Tour in D.C. It will mark the first time that a tour has ever premiered at the Verizon Center.
Mars will be accompanied by Fitz and the Tantrums on this leg of the tour. (Ellie Goulding will open for him on some dates.) He will mostly be serenading audiences with his sophomore album “Unorthodox Jukebox,” although you can expect a few hits from its predecessor, “Doo-Wops and Hooligans.”
On Sunday, boy band One Direction will stop by on their Take Me Home tour. 
The lads of One Direction will also be mostly performing songs from their second album (which shares the tour name), though their recent set lists suggest there will be a lot of talking and tweeting between opportunities to make teenage girls swoon.

The three-day stretch will be capped off Monday by a performance from legendary rockers The Rolling Stones on their 50 & Counting Tour.

Yes, the "50" represents the half-century (and then some) that they've spent churning out hits like “Paint It Black” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Considering Katy Perry and Dave Grohl have joined them on stage already during this tour, we recommend you keep an eye out for suprise guests. 

There will be no rest for the weary, as the Verizon Centers hosts a WNBA matchup between the Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[So4Ward Hosting U Street Bar Crawl Saturday]]> Fri, 24 May 2013 14:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*160/9fa2ed60570211e2890222000a1fb0b27.jpg

Justify a few hours of drinking on U Street this weekend for the good of reSET, a District-based nonprofit that pairs scientists with school teachers to improve elementary education.

To participate, buy a ticket online for $20 and show up to Tabaq Bistro on 1336 U Street NW at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Once you present your ticket and a valid ID, you will receive a So4ward wristband, map of participating venues and full access to bar crawl drink specials. The crawl lasts four hours, and includes $3 domestic beers and happy hour cocktails.

The event is being put together by So4ward, which describes itself as a “social catalyst for small businesses, charities, artists, and community organizations” to connect and plan events.

Since So4Ward and reSET are being nice enough to provide you with deals on booze, return the favor by tweeting about the bar crawl with the handle #So4wardDC!

Photo Credit: neji512/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Your Outdoor Summer Movie Rundown]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:14:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DSC_0867.jpg Free outdoor movies abound from May into autumn. Make your plans!

Photo Credit: Jesse Rauch]]>
<![CDATA[Cinco de Mayo Event Roundup]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 09:02:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cinco_parade.jpg

A small dog race, free tacos and sizzling performances are a few of the things people can expect during this Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.

Cinco de Mayo is commonly known for enjoying discount margaritas at Happy Hour while eating delicious Mexican tamales.

But did you know there are tons of Cinco de Mayo events and activities around our area for the entire family to enjoy? Local businesses are also offering plenty of specials for people to enjoy.

We’ve compiled a list of the best events happening this weekend:

Running of the Chihuahuas: The second annual Running of the Chihuahuas is deemed “D.C.’s funniest Cinco de Mayo celebration.” The race benefit’s PAWS Southwest, a non-profit group building a dog park in Southwest. Besides the Chihuahua race this family friendly event will feature food trucks, contests for best-dressed dog and best trick, music, and a beer stand.

 Date and Time: Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: Kastles Stadium, 800 Water St. SW

National Cinco de Mayo Festival: The annual free festival explores the rich history of Latin American and features children’s arts and crafts workshops, live music and food. Hosted by the Maru Montero Dance Company, visitors can expect Mexican folk, salsa, and tango performances.

Date and Time: Sunday, May 5, noon-6 p.m.

Location: National Mall between 8th & 12th streets. Get off at Smithsonian Metro station.

California Tortilla (multiple locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia): When you buy an entrée at California Tortilla May 3-5, you will get a coupon for a free taco to use on your next visit.

Wine-a-ritas at Veramar Vineyard: Close to the Shenandoah Valley? Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Veramar’s famous wine-a-ritas. The $16 admission fee also includes two tacos.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 4, Noon-4 p.m.

Location: 905 Quarry Road, Berryville, Va. Reservations required.

Guacamole Festival at El Centro D.F.: Taste regional guacamoles such as the tradicional (made with avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro and chile serrano) and the Baja (with kiwi, jicama, strawberry, mango, mint, chile arbol, lime and sea salt), plus cocktail specials.

Date and Time: Now through June 30, 5-11 p.m.
Location: 1819 14th St. NW

Cinco de Mayo at Dirty Martini: Go for drink specials (including $4 tequila shots; $5 margaritas and $4 coronas), DJ-spun tunes, $3 tacos and $6 quesadillas.

Date and Time: Sunday, May 5, 5 p.m.
Location: 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW

ALSO SEE: Photos from Cinco de Mayo at the White House

Photo Credit: flickr.com/Angela Radulescu ]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrities Toast Women in the Arts]]> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 14:27:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*241/ArtsinAmerica1.JPG Distinguished guests and celebrities gathered at Neyla in Georgetown for a dinner benefiting the Creative Coalition and honoring distinguished women in the arts

Photo Credit: Getty/Mike Coppola]]>
<![CDATA[Terpstock Music Festival 2013]]> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:16:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TerpstockThumb.jpg Shwayze, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Sid Sriram, Warden, and Admonic & Davies rocked the stage for University of Maryland students April 14. The free annual outdoor music festival Terpstock brought out hundreds to enjoy indie, rap, rock, and techno music.]]> <![CDATA[DC Restaurant Week Kicks Off]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:19:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/dining-shutterstock_83195005.jpg

Just as we're starting to get sick of winter, there's something to lure us our of our burrows: D.C. Restaurant Week began Monday, Feb. 4.

Dining deals are available at more than 240 local restaurants now through Sunday, Feb. 10.

As per usual, prices have skyrocketed another whole penny this year, with three-course lunches set at $20.13, and three-course dinners at $35.13.

Some restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus, while others will have their full menus available. Participating spots include 2100 Prime, Co Co. Sala, Indique, Poste and Zaytinya. See the full list here.

Reservations are recommended.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend Scene: 12/20/12]]> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/122119-waterski-santas.jpg Lavanya Ramanathan of The Washington Post has some good reasons to take a break from shopping and have a little fun this weekend.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Learn to Save Money, Energy at Zoolights]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:42:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/7059770_WEBWXZoolights_722x406_12574787715.jpg Zoolights partner Pepco is educating National Zoo visitors how to save money and energy.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Shobha]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:18:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/2012_08_Shobha_Columbus_Circle.jpg

What’s not to love about the Shobha? When you want to look your best and you need your eyebrows groomed as well as other parts of your body tended to, Shobha is the place to go. With over a decade of experience and excellence in hair removal, Shobha caters to a clientele that includes top beauty editors, A-list celebrities and busy New Yorkers.

Shobha is known for its consistent quality and client sensitivity embodied in its line of products and all-inclusive treatments for the brows, body and bikini area. Shobha herself, founder and entrepreneur extraordinaire, has fused her Indian cultural heritage with a high-powered business education and background (Harvard MBA, Fortune 500 work) to create a successful company infused with warmth and fantastic services and goods.

Good news for Washington, D.C.! !ith four upscale locations in NYC, Shobha will be opening its doors in spring 2013 in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. D.C. will soon see what Lucky magazine says about Shobha, “fast, efficient and ultra-hygienic!"

For more information, visit the website.

<![CDATA[Looking Back on 2012 with 1st Look]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:33:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LOOKINGBACK.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as we take a look back at the best of 2012. ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of Adventure 2012]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:33:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BESTOFADVENTURE.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as she takes a look back at some of 1st Look's most exciting adventures of 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Matisyahu Delivers D.C. a 9:30 Club Hanukkah Treat]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:06:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/matis+9.JPG As Hanukkah comes to a close, Reggae-Rock Star Matisyahu heated up the Jewish Holiday to a packed crowd at D.C.'s 9:30 Club. From lighting the menorah to stage diving, the sold out crowd left happy. ]]> <![CDATA[Matisyahu Rocks Hanukkah at the 9:30 Club]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/228*120/DSC_01623.JPG

As Hanukkah drew to a close, Matisyahu dropped by the 9:30 Club on his yearly Festival of Lights tour -- this time without his long beard and traditional Jewish attire. He explains that with an evolving musical sound, his appearance has evolved as well.

Accompanied by Israeli jazz artist Daniel Zamir and his Dub Trio band, Matisyahu brought his high-energy blend of hip-hop, rock and reggae to a sold-out venue Thursday, ending the show by stage-diving into the crowd, followed by an invitation to the audience to join him on stage for a spirited singing of his anthem and hit single “One Day.”

Before the show, Matisyahu met with online contributor Peter Kirchhausen to discuss his music, his faith, the direction of the music industry... and how to end the hockey lockout. 

Peter Kirchhausen: Happy Hanukkah. You're nearing the end of this year's tour so I wanted to ask you a question about faith. If you talk to a lot of rabbis, they will say that Judaism is a faith in crisis, with so many young people taking to the faith culturally but not religiously.  You got into Judaism after high school when you were a bit older, so what would you say to an 18-year-old who is struggling to find his or her faith?

Matisyahu: "Well, I think that being lost is an important part of life. I think the real scary part is when people are too found -- people who are too certain about something. I think I've been lost for most of my life. Even when I thought I found something, I was lost.

So thank God that I'm 33 now, and I feel that I'm just starting to find myself, but that is part of the journey -- that is life. But I am not of the school of telling people what they should or should not think or how they should live their lives or even advising people. That stuff is really personal."


PK: There has been a real evolution between your first album, "Youth," and your new album, "Spark Seeker." This album has a very electronic sound with produced beats and lots of Middle Eastern influences. What were your influences behind this latest album?

Matisyahu: "I've been influenced by a lot of different music. I was influenced by reggae music, live instrumental music like Phish, and by hip-hop, so I've tried in my past records to bring the different sounds that I like to create my sound.

As you said, my music is always changing based on music that I'm listening to, which is always changing as I listen and explore new things. But with this record I wanted a clean record with more of a hip-hop digital sound with programmed beats and with a big synthesizer sound with a lot of melody and a lot of hooks.

This record, working with producer Koool Kojak, happened very organically and he was the person who helped me make that kind of record. The majority of it was recorded in Los Angeles but we also spent two weeks in Israel where we incorporated more of a Middle Eastern instrumentation which is darker and more mysterious."


PK: You got into the business at the tail end of the time when people were still buying CD's -- I bought your first CD at my local record store, Area Records in Geneva, N.Y. The industry is changing and so it how to make a living in the music industry. For the 17-year-old who wants to tell their parents they hope to make music for a living, what would you tell them?

Matisyahu: "The way I approached it was not as a recording artist, but instead as a touring artist. I grew up listening to Phish and going to lots of concerts. And in hip-hop, the groups that I liked such as the Roots, had live instruments and that is what appealed to me. For me, it started with putting a band together, playing at coffee shops and open mics -- that is how I developed as a performer, but everyone is different.

I know kids who started in their bedroom making beats and recording all their own music and a label discovered them -- 'Wow, you did all this yourself?' -- but everyone is different. I would tell a 17-year-old who is trying to make a living by making music to focus on loving the music, but you don't tell someone that. It either is or it isn't.

Being a musician isn't about being smart and making good decisions. It's about being creative and if you are a smart businessman, that will help you on the road and maybe you won't make some of the mistakes I've made."


PK: Are you worried about the direction the music industry is going?

Matisyahu: "It is what it is, people will always want to hear music. Whether or not we will all be multimillionaires making music, that is another story. Money isn't why I'm doing what I do. I do this to make music, and for me, a lot of it has to do with being on the road meeting people and being with people."


PK: I know Israel means a lot to you, and I'm not asking you what is going wrong in the Middle East because you are not a scholar -- but what element do you think is missing that is keeping both sides from making peace?

Matisyahu: "A lot of people try to ask what is missing on both sides, but it's not necessarily the same thing on both sides; it doesn't always work that way. As much as we would like to say that everyone needs to take responsibility for themselves, which is true... even though we would like to say they are doing the same thing, it's not the same thing.

The Arabs are p----d that the Jews are there and they are willing to kill. And the Jews feel that they were murdered for 3,000 years and they are not going to put up with it anymore. So that is the simple story, and there is no easy answer. You can trace it back biblically, between Abraham and two women, Hagar and Sarah. Sarah didn't want her son Issac playing with Ismael. It's kind of prophetic."


PK: I know you are a big hockey fan, growing up playing ice hockey as a Rangers fan and now rooting for the Kings since you moved to L.A.. If you had NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the leader of the players union together in one room, what you would tell them to end the lockout?

Marisyahu: "I would bring in some kid wearing his Rangers hat and have that kid look at them both and say 'Why can't my Ranger play hockey?' I want to take my kids to a hockey game. I'm sure most of the players are suffering -- I guess they're getting a little vacation from America and I bet the Europeans are happy."


PK: Tell me something fans don't know about you.

Matisyahu: "Hmm. I don't know what the fans know about me so that is tough. I have a Harley and I love riding my motorcycle."


PK: Do you ever ride up the coast to San Francisco?

Matisyahu: "Yeah, I do. That's something people don't know about me -- I spent the first four years of my life in California, and did preschool in Berkeley. My first concert was actually out there at the Oakland Coliseum in 1980. It was a Grateful Dead show."


PK: Your parents brought you to a Grateful Dead concert when you were two years old?

Matisyahu: "Yeah, we would always go to Dead shows; my parents were Deadheads."

PK: It's been about a year since you make a big change by shaving your beard, which was a part of your distinct Jewish look. In an industry where image means so much, have things started to settle? I know there was a pretty big backlash on the internet that you had to deal with.

Matisyahu: "Yeah, initially it was pretty bad. But people are adjusting and rolling with it. For me, it wasn't about a brand. For me it was a very personal thing.

It happens to be that people are going to see my face and it means something to people, and the look represented something to people. But for me it was an internal decision and it came from the inside out as does my music and my life. Like you said, in Hollywood and in the industry, the opposite is true and the outside matters more than the inside. There wasn't an incident that triggered the change, it was just an evolution. After years of struggling to fit into a mold, there were upsides and there were downsides to submitting yourself to a higher cause. You get out of yourself in a certain way."

Photo Credit: Peter Kirchhausen]]>
<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes: 'Pullman Porter Blues']]> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:58:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/228*120/11ampullman121412.jpg "Pullman Porter Blues" at the Arena Stage shares the historically significant story of three generations of Pullman porters in 1937.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of 2012]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/1LK_3191_WEB_PROMO.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky to take a look at the best "1st Look" moments of 2012, Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[Wash, Blow & Go]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:38:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DryBar_722x406_12023875614.jpg The new Drybar lets ladies get their locks blown out in 45 minutes.]]> <![CDATA[Merry Meltdowns]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:57:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/178*120/cms504.jpg Did your kids cry on Santa's lap? They're not alone...]]> <![CDATA[National Children's Museum Preview]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:27:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Childrens+Museum.jpg Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins gets a preview of the National Children's Museum' new facility at National Harbor.]]> <![CDATA[First Lady's "Night Before Christmas"]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/michelleobamareads.jpg First lady Michelle Obama teamed with actor Rico Rodriguez this year for the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Obamas Light National Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20121206NationalXmasTree.jpg Storm Team 4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer was at the Ellipse as the President Barack Obama and family lit the National Christmas Tree.

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<![CDATA[Obamas Light National Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:12:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20121206NationalXmasTree.jpg

The Obama family illuminated the National Christmas Tree Thursday night during a celebration on the White House's Ellipse.

The first family and Marian Robinson, the first lady's mother, were on stage to count down to the lighting and flip the switch. They stayed for the entertainment, which included The Fray, James Taylor, Ledisi, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

President Obama said in his remarks that the tree - which has been replaced twice after the long-standing National Christmas Tree was felled by high winds in February 2011 - was a symbol of rebuilding and strength as much of the East Coast continues to recover from Sandy.

"In times of war and peace, triumph and tragedy, we've always come together to rejoice in the Christmas miracle," Obama said. "But our tree has been having a hard time recently. ... Just goes to show, nobody's job is safe here in Washington."

Obama told a story from Midland Beach, NY, still devastated by Sandy. Despite the lingering damage, a group of friends who grew up in the neighborhood created a community Christmas tree.

"One local nursery donated the tree," Obama said. "Another chipped in for the lights and a star. And 70-year-old Tom Killeen and his longtime buddies from the area planted it at the end of the street overlooking the town beach.

"As Tom says, 'The tree has one message. It's Christmas time, not disaster time,' " Obama said.

Obama recognized service members, as did Taylor, who dedicated a poignant "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to them. Michelle Obama joined with "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez to read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

And the first family joined the performers, host Neil Patrick Harris and Santa on stage at the end of the show to sing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Changes to the annual celebration this year included a new stage location to better showcase the White House behind it, a new color scheme for the tree, as well as the tree itself.

After the National Christmas Tree was felled in February 2011, its replacement, a Colorado blue spruce, died of complications from "transplant shock," the National Park Service said.

More than 17,000 guests were on hand to see the new tree illuminated for the season on the Ellipse. Tickets were issued via an online lottery earlier in the season.

Obama himself was responsible for inviting The Fray to perform. Other musical guests included Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and "American Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.

"I was here for an event and met the president, and he was like, 'Hey man, we gotta get you up here to play a song'," said frontman Isaac Slade. "I was like, 'Uh... OK! My calendar's free!'"

Video from the lighting will also be available at thenationaltree.org and broadcast on WETA on Friday and periodically throughout the rest of the season (check your local listings).


Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: "The Dash Snow Initiative"]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:25:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/dash-snow-initiative.jpg

Among the glittering events happening in Miami for Art Basel is a private dinner and auction presented by Chanel and Paddle8.com to benefit the Henry Street Settlement’s Boys & Girls Republic (BGR) and the Dash Snow Initiative.

A group of Snow’s closest friends are honoring his memory by raising funds for an after-school program in his name, and the artists donating works include high-wattage names, such as Julian Schnabel, Ryan McGuinley, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Dan Colen, among many others.

This unique project honors Snow’s legacy by giving back to the most vulnerable youth in BGR's community, a neighborhood with significant meaning in Snow's life.

Bidding is open until tomorrow, December 5th at 12pm EST — please visit Paddle8.com for more information.

<![CDATA[Baby Elephant Plays with Mom]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:50:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BabyElephant1204.jpg The Oregon Zoo's new Asian elephant calf plays in wood shavings with her mom, Rose-Tu. The female calf was born at 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 30 and weighed 300 pounds. ]]> <![CDATA[Pyrotechnic Christmas Tree Lighting Outside Freer Gallery]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FireworksChristmasTree.jpg Chinese artist Cai Guo Quiang staged a pyrotechnic Christmas tree lighting outside the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art Friday. The smoke that cascaded around the 40-foot-tall tree afterward is meant to mimic the strokes of a traditional Chinese brush drawing.]]> <![CDATA[34th Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour This Sunday]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Logan+Circle+House+Tour.jpg A D.C. neighborhood with a deep history and a modern edge also has some of the coolest houses in the city, and this Sunday you get to go inside. News4's Wendy Rieger has a preview. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Photo Credit: NBCWashington.com]]>
<![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Rockefeller Tree-Lighting Time Lapse]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tree_add_P10.jpg A time-lapse video of the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Neil Patrick Harris To Host National Christmas Tree Lighting]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*129/141153003.jpg

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been named the host of the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, which takes place Dec. 6.

Harris has plenty of hosting experience, having filled that role at the Emmy Awards in 2009 and three Tony Awards. He will be joined by musical guests Jason Mraz, James Taylor, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Colbie Caillat and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.

The event, which originates from the Ellipse at President’s Park, begins Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. and can be streamed live on nbcwashington.com and at www.thenationaltree.org.

<![CDATA[The Meaning Behind Rockefeller Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/134312125.jpg This year's lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree represents joy and hope at the start of the Holiday season.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Carousel Opens at National Zoo]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:10:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/8221201763_4020b4dae6_h.jpg Ever wanted to ride a panda? Now you can!

Photo Credit: National Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Washington Ballet's Nutcracker Opening at Warner Theatre]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1127nutcrackermidday.jpg Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre has a preview of the Nutcracker, which opens this week at Warner Theatre.]]> <![CDATA[Rockin' with the Rockettes at Radio City]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:51:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/rockettes1stlook.jpg Join us for the Rockettes 85th celebration at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. ]]> <![CDATA[Kennedy Center: Jekyll & Hyde]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:23:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jekyll+and+Hyde.jpg Jekyll & Hyde stars Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox preview the musical at the Kennedy Center through Sunday.

Photo Credit: Kennedy Center]]>
<![CDATA[Free CrossFit Classes Friday]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:29:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/173*120/crossfit-141372584.jpg

We're all guilty of it...

Year after year, we promise ourselves that right after Thanksgiving we'll get into shape.

Then it becomes right after Christmas, and then it's our New Year's Resolution, which we always complete -- by the following year.

But this time it's different! Really! Because District CrossFit (1525 Half St. SW)) is offering two free post-Turkey Day workouts, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

Instead of attempting to burn calories (and cash) running through Tysons Corner on Black Friday, make up for your indulgences with District CrossFit's "Burn Off The Turkey" workout.

The classes work for both beginners and fitness fiends alike. Interested D.C. residents can sign up online here, but hurry, because there are only a limited number of spaces available.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Reebok]]>
<![CDATA[Join 1st Look for Game Night with a Twist]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:12:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/237*120/1stlookgamenight.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky and watch "1st Look" Saturdays after "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Tiger Euthanized at National Zoo]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:17:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*241/soyono+the+tiger.jpg

The Smithsonian National Zoo says Soyono, a 19-year-old Sumatran tiger, was euthanized Monday morning after battling health problems, including a degenerative spinal disorder.

Soy, as the tiger was affectionately called by zookeepers, started showing signs of problems with balance in early October, according to Smithsonian officials. Veterinarians discovered Soy had a condition called spondylosis, which can create abnormal pressure on the tiger's nerves.

Despite threatment, Soy's health and quality of life only got worse, which led animal care staff to make the decision to euthanize the tiger.

Soy was born at the Zoo in 1993 and gave birth to a total of seven cubs herself. She was part of a breeding and conservation program, as the Sumatran tiger species is endangered.

The Zoo says in the wild, the average Sumatran tiger lives to be about 15 years old. In the care of humans, they usually live into their late teens and early 20s.

Photo Credit: Jon McRay, Smithsonian National Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Miss DC to Undergo Double Mastectomy]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:06:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Allyn-Rose-2011.jpg

Maryland native Allyn Rose, 24, is a familiar face in the pageant world. Prior to winning her current title of Miss District of Columbia 2012, she served as the very first  Miss Sinergy and represented her home state as Miss Maryland USA 2011.

During each of her reigns, Rose used her platform to speak out on a cause close to her heart: breast cancer prevention. At 16, she lost her mother to the disease, and now she's announced her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy.

Speaking to People magazine, Rose said her mother's own decision not to remove both breasts is what ultimately took her life. "My mom had her right breast removed at 27, but at 47 or 48, it came back in her left breast," she told People:

"She could have had that other breast removed, but I'm sure there was a part of her that thought she didn't want to give up this other part of herself.  My dad said he begged her for years and years to get it removed, but she said no. It's ultimately the thing that killed her."

Rose is the carrier of a gene that she says has a 75 percent chance of causing breast cancer in women who carry it. "It's a very strange change in our genetic code," she told People. "Almost all of the women in my family have passed away from it."

And at 24, just three years away from the age at which her mother was first diagnosed, Rose -- a graduate of University of Maryland College Park -- says she's not willing to take the risk. "Breasts don't define your life. I'm choosing life over beauty," she said.

Rose, who will be representing D.C. in the upcoming Miss America 2013 pageant, tells People that her surgery will take place in January 2014 if she takes home the crown, or if she loses, next June when her local obligations are finished.

Rose adds that she looks up to fellow Marylander and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic for inspiration and, like Rancic, plans to use this experience to educate others.

"Title holders across the country get an opportunity to speak to their generation and have something they can advocate," she said.

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<![CDATA[Make your Heart Sing at "Once"]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:03:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ONCE.jpg If you're looking to spend some time on the Great White Way, make sure check out "Once." Join Ali onstage as she grabs a beer from the Irish Bar set and see just what it takes to put on one of the most creative shows on Broadway! Once: A New Musical 242 West 45th St., New York, NY 10036 / 212- 239-6200]]> <![CDATA[See the Origin of the Universe at the Brooklyn Museum]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:33:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BROOKLYNMUSEUM.jpg Showcasing some of the best and most diverse talent in the city, the Brooklyn Museum should be on every visitor's radar. With the art of Mickalene Thomas on display, no self-respecting art lover should miss a trip to this museum. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 / 718-638-5000]]> <![CDATA[ Canal Park, Ice-Skating Rink Open in SE]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:00:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ice-skating-frisco.jpg

The neighborhood around Nationals Park in southeast Washington is one of the fastest-changing areas of the city. Another new development was unveiled Friday: Canal Park.

The outdoor space features fountains and sculptures. It also has a public ice-skating rink that will operate seven days a week. Skates can be rented for a small fee.

Canal Park is located at the intersection of Second and M streets near the Navy Yard Metro Station. It's named after a canal in the area that once connected the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. 

A restaurant with outdoor seating will open there in the next few weeks.

<![CDATA[Stephen Colbert's Wax Figure Unveiled]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:29:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/205*120/colber-main3photo.jpg

Finally, an award fit for a political comedy king.

D.C. native Stephen Colbert received a presidential honor in Washington Friday, taking his place among the 44 United States presidents at Madame Tussaud's D.C. wax museum.

Colbert himself was be at the museum to unveil the figure, which features his signature eyebrow arch.

More than 250 measurements and photographs were taken of "The Colbert Report" star at his studio in New York to ensure a precise re-creation of his likeness.

Colbert even donated his own clothes, a full suit, shirt and tie combination, complete with socks, shoes, cuff links and a lapel pin to dress the figure. His iconic eyeglasses were re-created to the exact specification and magnification by wax artists.

In addition to the wax figure, a full replica of the "Colbert Report" set is in the works, where guests can take photos sitting next to Colbert at his famous desk.

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