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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 12/ 1/2009

Up next: December arts

By Stephanie Merry

The Sackler celebrates the work of anime artist Osamu Tezuka. (Tezuka Productions)

There's a slew of events this month, from shows of album art to an anime-inspired family weekend.

After the success of the exhibition of rap album cover art in September, Art vs. Commerce, Smirnoff Vodka and The Source magazine are teaming up again, this time to pay reverence to the art of soul with "The Classics, Series 2: Soul." The art show party will include a display of album covers, music courtesy of Nick Da 1da, DJ 2-Tone Jones and DJ YZO and free vodka cocktails from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lounge of Three. (5-9 p.m. Dec. 2)

If you want real old-school art, head to the Walters Museum for some ancient holiday spirit with "The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts." The centerpiece of the show is the Cornaro Missal, an illuminated manuscript commissioned in the early 1500s. (Dec. 3-Feb. 28)

Zenith Community Arts Foundation is all about art for a good cause with its show at Woolly Mammoth, "Food Glorious Food." Range from a pear still life to an ice cream shop scene, the culinary-inspired works will be bound into a calendar; proceeds go to Capital Area Food Bank. (Dec. 3-Jan. 3)

Along with its celebration of anime artist Osamu Tezuka, the Freer and Sackler are hosting the Tezuka Family Weekend. Events include live performances, family theater workshops and film screenings. (Dec. 4-6)

Local artist Dana Ellyn will be showing her work at new H Street gallery Evolve this month. The appropriately titled "Divinely Irreverent" includes paintings of the Pope coming to town in a Santa sled, Jesus in an Easter Rabbit costume and an adoration scene featuring reduced-price high heels where you'd expect to see baby Jesus. (Dec. 5-Jan. 29)

The Freer has another draw this month with "Cornucopia: Ceramics from Southern Japan." Showcasing many pieces from the island of Kyushu, the exhibit gives insight into a period of amazing artistic productivity that started in the 17th century. (Dec. 19-Jan. 9, 2011)

Photographer Kerry Skarbakka has a knack for posing himself in the most precarious positions, whether falling down a flight of stairs or floating outside an office window. Irvine Contemporary shows a selection of his work, including a shot of the artist seemingly suspended underwater. (Dec. 19-Jan. 23)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | December 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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