Freedom Friday


Hello Good People! 

It is the 11th day out from Christmas, and the pipers are piping  “ThatKellieGirl put up your tree!” 🙂  Yes, I have slowly moved into the holiday spirit.  But that’s ok.  I plan to accomplish putting up the tree as well as start making…yes I said it…start making my holiday gifts.  I decided that I wanted to give something unique and directly from me.  Besides, my wedding budget doesn’t have room for holiday gifts!  No seriously though, I want to do something special for my loved one, but I better move fast before the partridge in a pear tree arrives…sheesh! 🙂 

To get in the holiday spirit, check out the events below.

Peace and Blessings,

ThatKellieGirl 🙂  

And God bless the families recently affected by the mass shootings in Connecticut and Oregon.

For three days Dance Place will be ringing to the sounds of feet and drums as Coyaba Dance Theater, the students of the Coyaba Academy and guests Urban Artistry dance, sing and drum their way into the holiday season

December 14-16

Dance Place

3225 8th St SE

Click here for times and tickets



Who wants to sit still and be quiet for the holidays? Can Step Afrika! teach a polar bear to step? What about a penguin? This December, come make music with Step Afrika! and their furry friends from the Animal Kingdom in this new holiday tradition! Come ready to bring in the festive season with a bang featuring the electrifying artists from Step Afrika! and special guest DJ Frosty the Snowman. Will get you in the mood for the festive season

December 14-23

Atlas Performing Arts

1333 H St NE

Click here for tickets and times



Vocalist, multiple Grammy nominee, and frequent Billboard Jazz chart-topper Nnenna Freelon returns to the KC Jazz Club for a festive holiday performance. Last seen with Jon Faddis for A Jazz New Year’s Eve in 2010, Ms. Freelon “makes each song such a personal statement that they all seem fresh and new” (USA Today). She has performed with many major artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and George Benson.

Friday, December 14

Kennedy Center

2700 F Street NW

7:30PM & 9:30PM

Click here for tickets



The Jazz, Hip Hop Nutcracker is an original dance theater production created and developed by Momentum Dance Theatre featuring Duke Ellington’s musical version of the holiday classic. A fresh, urban take on the Nutcracker story! With Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite plus cool hip hop, funk, salsa and swing music and dance. The inspiring story of two unhappy kids who find each other and transform themselves through the arts! Local children join the professional dance company to retell the story with Ellington’s music mixed in with current tunes from soul and hip-hop artists.

December 15-16

Publick Playhouse

 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, MD

Gte times and tickets here



The National Children’s Museum  officially opened December 14 at National Harbor. The museum will be a world class cultural and educational center with exhibits and activities that focus on the arts, civic engagement, the environment, global citizenship, health and well-being, and play. On Saturday, master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram will be there to promote African and African-American cultural heritage through storytelling  Baba Jamal Koram encourages critical thinking, presents global perspectives, and stimulates imagination through participation and interaction.

Saturday, December 15

National Childern’s Museum

151 St. George Boulevard

National Harbor, MD 20745


$10 per child or adult


Santarchy takes place in major cities all over the world involving tens of thousands of Santas. It is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious & non-sensical celebration of holiday cheer, goodwill, and fun. There is no good reason to dress up in cheap Santa suits, run around town, give gifts, sing songs, have strangers sit on our laps, and decide who is naughty or nice — but it’s a lot of fun — so Santa does it anyway. Everyone loves Santa and Santa loves everyone! Santarchy is your chance to be Santa, so step up and be jolly.

Saturday, December 15

Rally on the “mall-side” steps of the National Museum of Natural History.
Madison Drive. and 9th St NW




For those looking for Afrocentric and ethnic gifts, check out the 22nd Annual BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show.

Saturday, December 15

Shiloh Baptist Church

1510 9th st NW



fall out

Mousai House Presents: The Fall Out w/ DJ Underdog & DJ Native Sun w/ Special Guest Dante Pope

Saturday, December 15


1920 9th St NW- Upstairs





The Saturday Society..Soul, Funk, Jazz, and everything in between. This is a salon for music lovers only.

Saturday, December 15

Chez Billy

3815 Georgia Ave NW





This holiday season, let’s celebrate the gift of giving! This weekend marketplace will feature handpicked vendors dedicated to eco-conscious art, craft and design, plus family-friendly activities, with a special focus on local artists, businesses and nonprofits that “give back” to the environment or the community.

Call to action: Bring a canned food item or clothing donation to support So Others Might Eat (SOME), the only interfaith, community-based organization in the District of Columbia that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the homeless and extremely poor citizens of our city.

December 15-16

Union Market

1309 5th Street NE




The good people at Planet Maud Vintage & Co. are making room for 2013.  They are proudly offering hand-selected vintage and pre-loved wares at UNBELIEVABLE prices. Prices slashed on ALL goodies in stock.

Sunday, December 16

Divinely Decadent Desserts

2701 12th Street, NE



Cash only please.



best in classic music: r&b dance, rarities, house, originals

Sunday, December 17


2001 11th St NW


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