Trapeze School: Acrobatics for All

Did you realize that you don’t have to run off and join the circus to experience the flying trapeze? Well, if flying through the air with the greatest of ease is on your bucket list, a visit to the Trapeze School’s indoor and outdoor instruction arena is a must! Whether you’re a first-timer or well on your way to becoming an expert, there is a program here for you. Rally a some of your friends for a group lesson, or book the entire school for an awesome party or memorable corporate event. Seasoned trapezers can even enroll in intensive workshops that help you to perfect your art – who knows, Cirque de Soleil might be hiring! Standard trapeze classes are $45 a piece, with discounts if you sign up for five or more. And, if you really want to perfect your circus skills, classes in juggling, aerial silks, acrobatics, balancing, and trampoline are also available.

Trapeze School
4th Street SE at N Street SE
Origins Union Station
Washington, DC 20001
(410) 459-6839

The Philips Collection: Masters of Art

At the Philips Collection, you can behold the famous Renoir painting "Luncheon of the Boating Party" — it’s worth the cost of admission just to gaze upon it! If sprawling museums feel a bit overwhelming, you're in luck, the Phillips is a modest size, and houses just under 3,000 works by the likes of Van Gogh, Picasso, Homer, O’Keefe, and Rothko, as well as many others. The museum was started in 1921 by Duncan Phillips, and it was the first modern art museum in the U.S. at the time. For a real treat, visit during one of the Phillips After Five events, held on the first Thursday of the month. These events feature live music, lectures, and a cash bar, and are a wonderful way to experience the museum. For the events, reservations are recommended, as they can get crowded. Museum admission is a steal at $12 for adults and free for kids under 18.

The Philips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
Dupont Circle Metro Station
Washington, DC 20009

Trouble on the Hill: Classic Movies Set in D.C.

Our nation's capital has long been an inspiration to filmmakers. Some of the stories they’ve produced concern politics; others transcend them. Here are some of the best movies set and shot in Washington, D.C.:

The Exorcist
The horror classic takes place and was mostly shot in Georgetown, where Linda Blair’s Regan is living temporarily with her mother. Most of the action centers around the house, but there are exterior shots aplenty on D.C. streets

Being There
Hal Ashby’s wry comedy takes a satirical stab at American politics in this tale of a simple-minded gardener who is adopted as a political guru by the Washington elite. Ashby is never broad or blatant, but nevertheless deftly skewers the truisms and empty phrases so often spouted by politicians.

The Day the Earth Stood Still 
Predating movies like Independence Day by more than 40 years, The Day the Earth Stood Still is the gold standard of “aliens invade DC” movies. Ever since Klaatu landed his ship on the White House lawn, aliens always seem to make a beeline for our nation’s capital.

Three Days of the Condor
Filmed in the wake of the Watergate scandal, this tense thriller features as Robert Redford’s hapless CIA translator who goes up against forces that seem to be coming from within the agency.

Born Yesterday
Judy Holliday, in her best known role, is hysterical as the ditzy mistress of a corrupt businessman, in Washington to buy a congressman. When her lover hires a journalist played by William Holden to teach her proper manners, a whirlwind romance set against the requisite D.C. landmarks ensues.

5 Exciting December Events in Washington, D.C.

During December, the nation’s capital is rife with holiday celebrations in just about every location you can imagine. To help you sort through all your options, here are some highlights of traditional along with quirky holiday festivities.

National Christmas Tree Lighting: 12/01/11, the Ellipse at The White House

Lucky winners of a lottery system can attend almost 100 yearlong tradition of lighting the beautiful National Christmas Tree by the White House.  Famous performers, a military band, and speech about peace by President Obama provide additional excitement.

National Cathedral Christmas Services

During December, the stately National Cathedral is open for tours, offers many holiday plays and choral shows, and hosts unique shopping.  Their Christmas Eve services are particularly elegant and awe-inspiring.

Santarchy: 12/17/11, various locations

All day crowds of Santas swarm major attractions and pose for pictures in this quirky celebration.  In years past, the Santas have shown up at the Capitol and Lincoln Memorial.

Hanukkah on Ice: date TBA, Pentagon Row Ice Rink

A family-friendly event featuring open skating along with an ice menorah carving show and menorah lighting (not of the ice sculptures).

Military Bowl: 12/28/11, RFK Stadium

If football is your religion, support Washington D.C.’s college football and the United Service Organization by getting rowdy at The Military Bowl.

As you can see, Washington D.C. is a get place to celebrate the holiday season with your family and the rest of the nation!