A Brighter Shade of Pale

Quick—name a famous cultural landmark in D.C. that is the color of snow. No, not the White House (though more about that later). We’re talking about the great white whale, otherwise known as Moby Dick, who is making an appearance at the Arena Stage this month in the Lookingglass Theatre Company’s acrobatic interpretation of Herman Melville’s great American novel. True, you might not think an obsessive search for a mystical, enormous, and rather angry cetacean would be a suitable topic for live drama. But thanks to director David Catlin (and some ingenious trapeze work), Captain Ahab’s hunt for his nemesis really takes off.

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Now, about that big mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue. Starting Thanksgiving day, volunteer elves at the White House will be putting up the Christmas decorations, getting the place ready for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 1. You might just be able to tour the decked-out halls yourself later in December, for free, but your only chance is to act quickly. The drill for getting tickets for the public, self-guided tours of the East Wing and the Residence remains the same: You make the request through your state’s Congressional representatives—tickets are distributed to constituents on a first-come, first-serve basis—and you have to ask your senator or representative for tickets at least 21 days and up to three months in advance. Obviously, earlier is better, but people’s travel plans do change, so it’s still worth putting a request in now. And if you don’t get lucky, you can check out the decorations on YouTube, which hosts a 360-degree view of the tree and its trimmings.
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