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Gear up for a week of crafts, laughs and spooks.

By Helen Yoshida

"Head and Shoulders" by Nancy Kubale. (Photo courtesy of Washington Craft Show)

Support local artisans at a craft show or crack the case in “Bunnicula.” Share a laugh with D.C. comedians, celebrate the life and accomplishments of a twice-awarded Noble Prize winner and become immersed in the world of Hitchcock.

Culture Vultures

Washington Craft Show
Fri., Nov. 16, 10a.m.-8p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17, 10a.m.-6p.m.
Sun., Nov. 18, 11a.m.-5p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
202-249-3311;
$15

Dive into holiday shopping early and celebrate this craft show’s 25th anniversary, which features contemporary art pieces designed and made by master artisans across the nation. Meet the artisans who produce luxury wares in jewelry, basketry, glass, leather, wood and mixed media and attend special exhibitions, listen in on artists’ talks and mingle with other art enthusiasts at their fashion shows.

Family Friendly

Bunnicula
Sat., Nov. 17, 1 and 3p.m.
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown MD
301-528-2260
$14

Bring the whole family to this musical based on the classic children’s book by James and Deborah Howe and join Chester the cat and Harold the dog on a funny and mysterious adventure. When a certain rabbit joins the Monroe household and the all of the vegetables begin to lose their color, this cat and dog begin wonder if their new acquaintance has more to him than meets the eye.

Washingtonian Humor

D.C. Improv
Mon., Nov. 19, 6p.m.-7p.m.
Millennium Stage
The Kennedy Center
202-467-4600
Free but tickets are required.

Grab your friends for a night of laughs from these comedians and the comedy club that debuted 20 years ago with Ellen DeGeneres and Dave Chappelle.

The Radiant Love of Maria S.C.
Tues., Nov. 20, 12p.m.-1:30p.m.
Mary Pickford Theater
101 Independence Avenue SE 3rd Floor, James Madison Building
202-707-5677
Free

Celebrate Marie Sklodowska-Curie’s 145th birthday with this stage reading of a new play about the legendary scientist and Noble Prize winner. She was awarded the 1903 Noble Prize in Physics for her groundbreaking work on radioactivity and in 1911 was awarded the Noble Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements polonium and radium. This new play focuses on her love, scientific research and her fight for civil and women’s rights.

Judith Evelyn in "Rear Window." (Screen shot from Alfred Hitchcock's film)

Thrills and Chills
Rear Window
Wed., Nov. 21, 1p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 22, 3p.m.
American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD
301-495-6700
$8.50 General Admission Wednesday and Thursday;
$11.50General Admission Sunday

Gear up for the upcoming film “Hitchcock” by watching classics from the master of suspense himself. Nosh on popcorn, candy and your favorite soda pop in suspense while catching Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly in this tale of a photojournalist recovering from injury, the fighting couple in the opposite building and the crime that unravels through the photojournalist’s prying binoculars.

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