Things to Do

What to Do This Week: December 5 to 8

Tori Amos at DAR, Ella-Rue celebrates its one-year anniversary, and opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.”

Tori Amos is performing at DAR Constitution Hall Monday night. Photograph courtesy of the artist’s Web site

Monday, December 5
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos is bringing her Night of Hunters tour to DAR Constitution Hall. “Every project she undertakes operates on a new governing principle, a formal or thematic innovation that helps Amos express her big ideas in ways that are both challenging and musically alluring,” says NPR. Tickets ($45) can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 8 PM.

Tuesday, December 6
For one night only, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will host a broadcast of the National Theatre’s The Kitchen. Set in a restaurant in 1950s London, the play follows a love affair between a young chef and a married waitress. Tickets ($20) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, December 7
One of our favorite Georgetown boutiques, Ella-Rue, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a fashionable affair. From 6 to 8 PM, shoppers can enjoy complimentary champagne and holiday treats, with 10 percent of purchases benefiting the Washington Humane Society. The festivities continue with an “Ella-Rue” $35 prix-fixe dinner party at Peacock Cafe. To make a reservation, call 202-333-1598.

Thursday, December 8
Don’t miss opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, the dance company “has a production like no other,” says the New York Times. “Made with complete theatrical authority from first to last, it shows many aspects of Mr. Ratmansky: satirist, storyteller, dramatist, poet.” The show runs through December 11. Tickets ($45 to $150) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7:30 PM.