What to Do This Weekend: December 20 to 23

End-of-the-world parties, a onesie ice-skating party, and the Kennedy Center’s “Messiah” sing-along.

By: Jason Koebler

Thursday, December 20

DRAW: The American Art Museum’s Take Five! is back with Brad Linde and Sarah Hughes’s jazz quartet, who will play holiday music as experts teach you how to draw, in case you missed that class in second grade. Free. 5 PM.

HAPPY HOUR: Masa 14 is hosting a holiday happy hour with $4 craft cocktails and $4 Latin-Asian small plates. It’s nice outside, so check out the roof. 5 to 7 PM.


Friday, December 21

RAWK: If we’re gonna go down, might as well do it in the most punk rock way possible at an, umm, punk rock concert. The Max Levine Ensemble, which is fronted by DC’s friendliest anarchist, and the considerably angrier A.K.s rock your faces off at Black Cat so the Mayans don’t have to. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9 PM.

END OF THE WORLD BASH: Brightest Young Things and All Things Go pretty much have the monopoly on hipsterpocalypse parties, so might as well go with it: They’re taking over the Submerge space on H Street, bringing you two giant floors of art, deejays, and bars. Tickets ($20) are available online. 8:30 PM.

ART: More than 20 artists made works for Artpocalypse, a more cultured take on what the end of the world might look like—there’s some thought-provoking stuff and plenty of parody. The show opens with a party at the Dunes starting at 7 PM and presumably ending with some sort of disaster a couple hours later (if the world somehow doesn’t end, it’ll stay open through the end of January). Free.


Saturday, December 22

DANCE: Assuming you’re not dead from either the Mayan apocalypse or an apocalyptic hangover, you should probably celebrate with another night out dancing. U Street Music Hall’s Bliss is always a good time, and Saturday’s holiday version should be no different. You’ll get Jacques Renault and U-Hall owner Will Eastman spinning house, drum and bass, and pop remixes. Probably a couple Christmas songs, too. Free before midnight, $10 after. 9 PM.

MORE DANCE: El Hamilton is having una Feliz Navidad Fiesta, featuring food, dancing, and lots of Latin music, with performances by the incredibly upbeat Empresarios, reggae rockers Nayas, and Congo Sanchez. Que divertido. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

SKATE: Who says onesies are just for toddlers? Find a bodysuit, grab a blankie, and head over to the Pentagon Row skating rink’s Onesie Ice-Skating Party for some drinks, music, and lots of people stuffed into too-small pajamas. $8. 7 PM.


Sunday, December 23

EAT: The Kennedy Center’s rooftop terrace has pulled some strings and gotten Santa to make a guest appearance at its Sunday brunch. You’ll get a complimentary mimosa, and there’ll be a live jazz band. 10 AM to 2 PM.

SING: Also at the Kennedy Center: the annual Messiah Sing-Along. Bring your family and your vocal cords: The KenCen house orchestra will play all your holiday favorites. Just think of it as a big ol’ group karaoke sesh. Free. 8 PM.


Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at jasontpkoebler@gmail.com, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler