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Trivia night at Bier Baron and plenty of New Year's Eve fun. By Jason Koebler
Bier Baron hosts District Trivia on Monday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, December 29

TRIVIA: Another pretty slow week here, as most bars are getting ready for New Year's Eve. That said, you can still check out Bier Baron for District Trivia, one of the city's better trivia nights. You get five rounds of four questions, with four worksheet rounds in between, some wagering going on, and the option of sipping one (or more) of hundreds of beers. Free. 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, December 30

MUSIC: Holy Ghost is one of the more exciting electrodance bands out there right now. They're not overly jarring and actually sound like, well, music, instead of robots or aliens. Catch them at 9:30 Club for a surprisingly not-sold-out-yet show. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

Wednesday, December 31

PARTY: It's New Year's Eve, duh—check out our roundup of parties for every type of celebration, whether you want no-cover and low-key or all-you-can-drink debauchery.

EAT: If you're planning on a meal at a restaurant, Best Bites Blog has some great advice for how to dine like a pro and make the most of the experience, plus a roundup of places serving their usual (delicious) menus on NYE.

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

Posted at 09:57 AM/ET, 12/29/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A punk documentary, a Christmas-day jazz concert, and more. By Jason Koebler
Check out the KenCen's annual free Christmas Day jazz concert. Image via Shutterstock.

Merry Christmas week, everyone. Lots of Washington venues take this time to rest and refuel before a big New Year’s Eve, so there aren't quite as many events this weekend. Maybe it’s a sign you should refuel a bit, as well. But if you’re adamant about being about town, here’s what’s going on.

Wednesday, December 24

FILM: Black Cat is screening Rye Coalition, a Behind the Music-esque documentary about the punk/hardcore band Hard Luck. It’s been winning documentary film festivals all over the mid-Atlantic, so it’s worth checking out. $5. 8 PM.

Thursday, December 25

BAR/FILM: It’s Christmas, so hopefully you're spending time with your family. If you need to get out of the house, Chief Ike’s opens at 7, and I suppose you could also be ultra-American and go see The Interview.

MUSIC: The Kennedy Center’s annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam is also happening on the Millennium Stage. As usual, it features some of the area’s best musicians playing Christmas classics. Free. 6 PM.

Friday, December 26

FILM: If you want to go out this weekend, Black Cat is your savior. The venue is screening Salad Days, a quite popular documentary that explores the beginnings of DC’s punk scene. We’ll get a look at Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Scream, Marginal Man, Government Issue, and more. Definitely a must-see if you plan on living here for any length of time. Tickets ($8) are available online. 9 PM.

DANCE: Afterward, you can head downstairs for Space Heater, a dance night focused on “futuristic dance jams,” which means new jazz and old-school disco and dance. Sounds groovy. Free. 10 PM.

Saturday, December 27

COMEDY: Chinese Menu is a mishmash of improv comedy people from all around the country. Basically, homegrown DC talent who have since moved on to major troupes like UCB and Groundlings in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, and Los Angeles are all back in town for the holidays, and they’ll be performing an all-star show at Mellow Mushroom. Drafts are just $4 all night. Tickets ($10) are available online. 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 PM.

Sunday, December 28

MUSIC: Gogol Bordello, crazy gypsy punks that they are, play the second of two shows at 9:30 Club. Saturday is all sold out, but there are still tickets for Sunday. Expect to dance and to feel like you’re at some weird religious experience—if klezmer music, accordions, and lots of yelling were a tenet of any sort of religion. Tickets ($35) are available online. 7 PM.

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

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See a star-studded tribute to Emmylou Harris, hear Patton Oswalt talk about his new book, and more. By Tanya Pai
Dr. Dog plays the 9:30 Club this month. Photograph courtesy of 9:30 Club.

The T Party

DC’s new congressional overseer may have argued against marriage equality, but all kinds of love flourish in this remounted Forum production from 2013, which explores gender variations through video, song and dance, and other performances—many of them based on real Washingtonians’ experiences. Natsu Onoda Power (creator of Studio Theatre’s Astro Boy and the God of Comics) directs. Forum Theatre; January 2 through 17; $30 to $35.

Photograph courtesy of DAR Constitution Hall.

The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris

More than 20 musical stars including Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt, Martina McBride, and Trampled by Turtles fete the alt-country goddess who started her career in Washington clubs. Harris herself also takes the stage throughout the night. Tickets aren’t cheap, but to see so many big names in one fell swoop, it’s quite the deal. DAR Constitution Hall; January 10; $73 to $223.

Patton Oswalt

The prolific comedian and actor—and Virginia native—is also the bestselling author of 2011’s Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Get a deeper look at his new book, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film, as he discusses it with Slate culture editor Dan Kois. Sixth & I; January 11; $35 (including book).

Dr. Dog

The ’60s-influenced band recorded its eighth album, 2013’s B-Room, live, nailing a stripped-down sound that still boasts the group’s rich harmonies. Get there early enough to catch the opener, DC indie rockers U.S. Royalty. 9:30 Club; January 22 (Dr. Dog also plays January 23, with Spirit Family Reunion); $30.

Photograph courtesy of Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Choreographers’ Showcase

Produced in conjunction with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, this annual event gives dance enthusiasts a look at the next generation of choreographers and performers to watch. Participants, selected by two judges, include Deviated Theatre cofounder Kimmie Dobbs Chan, University of Maryland MFA student Robin Neveu Brown, and African-fusion dancer Taurus Broadhurst. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center; January 24; $25.

Charles Ross’s One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

It’s no shock that this act found its way to several fringe festivals, including Edinburgh, Vancouver, and DC—but what might come as a surprise is how good Ross’s R2-D2 impression has gotten in the years since he first performed the show in 2002. True to the title, he runs through all three original Star Wars movies, taking on not just the characters but also sound effects, musical scores, and fight scenes, with trivia thrown in for good measure. Birchmere; January 31; $35.

This article appears in the January 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

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Watch local deejays spin and check out a falafel party at Howard Theatre. By Jason Koebler
Check out Falafel Frenzy at Howard Theatre on Wednesday. Photograph by Flickr user Ron Cogswell.

Monday, December 22

GIVE: ’Tis the season to think of others: Positive Force DC is hosting a coat drive at Black Cat, featuring two deejays spinning music from local indie label Cricket Cemetery. It’s the perfect place to take your out-of-town friends to prove to them DC still has a thriving music scene. Free. 8 PM.

Tuesday, December 23

SHOP: In a perfect world, you would have had all of you shopping done already. But you probably don’t. Run out to Waterfront Station for Fashion Trucks, which are just like food trucks except they sell clothes, jewelry, and other trinkets that generally make better Christmas gifts than mac and cheese or lobster rolls. There’ll also be music, face painters, balloon twisters, and more. Free. 11 AM to 7 PM.

Wednesday, December 24

DANCE: I don’t normally think of falafel as driving people to party, but what do I know? The Howard Theatre hosts Falafel Frenzy, a dance night featuring deejays, drink specials, and, well, falafel. Proceeds benefit charities that help Holocaust survivors who are living below the poverty line. Tickets ($30) are available online. 9 PM.

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

Posted at 11:02 AM/ET, 12/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A pop-up arcade at Blind Whino, a Roaring Twenties party, and even more holiday fun. By Jason Koebler
Blind Whino hosts a pop-up arcade on Sunday. Photograph via Wikimedia Commons.

Thursday, December 18

CATS: Rock & Roll Hotel is a bar, but it’s also, for one day only, a house for cats. The Washington Humane Society is hosting a Pop-up Christmas Cat Cafe, where you can play with and adopt cats. The bar will also still be a bar, thankfully. Free. 5 to 8 PM.

IMPROV: Washington Improv Theater continues its holiday madness with performances from four local improv troupes. I don’t know too much about Until One Day, Neighbors, Madeline, and We Should Talk, but I do know that they will make up their jokes on the fly, and their performances will probably be pretty funny. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8 PM.

Friday, December 19

DANCE: Little Miss Whiskey’s formula of no-frills dance music every weekend has been happening for years and still works wonders. Tonight you’ll hear from a brand new group of deejays called Citizen Select, who will be playing their first set at the bar. They spin disco, house, indie dance music, and everything in between. Free. 10 PM.

COMEDY: Don’t Block the Box is at Wonderland for its 38th show. The headliner of the long-running standup show is Subhah Agarwal, a New York comedian who has been on PBS and TruTV, and was featured on the New York Comedy Festival. You’ll also get performances from three other local comedians. $3. 7:30 PM.

BURLESQUE: Black Cat hosts Grab My Junk: Resolutions & Regrets, an end-of-the-year burlesque/game show that sounds quite out there. It’s part year-in-review and part looking forward to 2015, and it’s also, well, a burlesque show. Tickets ($12) are available online. 9 PM.

COMEDY: If that’s too weird for you, head upstairs to Black Cat’s mainstage for Church Night, which features comedy, music, and, okay, also burlesque. Tickets ($12) are available online. 9 PM.

Saturday, December 20

FITNESS: SoulCycle has a cult following, so if you’re into it already, you probably already know about the grand opening event in Bethesda. If not, maybe now’s your chance to drink the Kool-Aid. If you’re into spinning, the grand opening features a deejay, a photo booth, and food and drink from Sweetgreen. 8 AM to 6 PM.

BAR CRAWL: I have my doubts that it’s going to snow on Saturday, but the Snow Day Bar Crawl will go down regardless. It hits all the usual Dupont Circle bars (seriously, you can bar crawl in Dupont, like, every weekend), and starts at Front Page or BlackFinn. You’re supposed to wear a onesie, like you’re stuck at home on a snow day. But you’re bar crawling instead! Be safe and stay warm out there. Tickets ($15) are available online. 2 to 10 PM.

VARIETY: The DC Arts Center is hosting Christmahanakwanzakah, an artists night that, much like the made-up holiday of that name, features a little bit of everything. You’ll see comedy, music, and musical comedy from six performers. Tickets ($10) are available online. 7:30 PM.

1920s: Too many ’20s-themed parties happen in the middle of summer (I think it’s an excuse for people to use a parasol). The Great Roar, however, knows that people also had to stay warm back in the days of the flapper (probably with the help of some bootleg liquor). Head to the Manor for a little bit of fashion, a little bit of art, some drinks, and the chance to pretend you’re living in a bygone era. Tickets ($20) are available online. 8 PM.

DANCE: The No Scrubs ’90s dance party at 9:30 Club is an institution, and is deejayed by U Street Music Hall’s Will Eastman and Brian Billion. If you like dancing and you like the ’90s, go to it. Tickets ($15) are available online. 9 PM.

Sunday, December 21

HANUKKAH: It’s Hanukkah, and Bethesda Row is going to make sure you know it, with a giant techno menorah, musical performances from Hassidic groups, latkes, chocolates, jelly doughnuts, and free gifts for the kids. Free. 5:30 PM.

VIDEO GAMES: The Blind Whino arts space is hosting a pop-up arcade, which features lots of free video games dating all the way back to the NES, video game-inspired art, live paintings, a Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament ($10 entry, cash prize) and lots more. Free. Noon to 8 PM.

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

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Black Cat’s rock-and-roll garage sale and the ArtJamz holiday party. By Jason Koebler
ArtJamz throws a Christmas party on Thursday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, December 15

COMEDY: There are plenty of free open-mike nights in the city, but the shows that guarantee laughs usually cost you. That’s not the case tonight—the Kennedy Center hosts Mark Normand, who recently got a special on Comedy Central and regularly plays shows in New York City. Free. 6 PM.

MARKET: DC9 is hosting its Deck the Halls holiday market, where you’ll find vintage and new clothes, arts and crafts, food, jewelry, and other Christmasy things designed and sold by your neighbors. Except a bit of a punk rock flair, plus booze, of course. Free. 7 PM.

Tuesday, December 16

FILM: In spite of—or maybe because of—their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, several soldiers have gone into the world of standup. For the documentary Comedy Warriors, John Wager paired five veterans with comedians such as Lewis Black, BJ Novak, Bob Saget, and Zach Galifianakis to teach them a bit about the craft. It’s not a competition, per se, but their improvement is quite impressive. The film will be screened at the DC Jewish Community Center, and Joe Kashnow, one of the veterans in the film, will do a quick Q&A and comedy set afterward. Tickets ($12.50) are available online. 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, December 17

FLEA MARKET: Black Cat is hosting Rock-N-Shop, which isn’t holiday-themed but is still a good place to find gifts. The “rock ’n’ roll” garage sale offers old flyers, vinyl, CDs, band shirts, and other music-related stuff, and there’s music and drinks all night. Free. 8 PM.

BURLESQUE: Rock & Roll Hotel hosts Toyland After Hours, which sounds like the Toy Story of burlesque—think, nutcracker dancers, sideshow and vaudeville performances, and that sort of thing. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9 PM.

Thursday, December 18

ART: ArtJamz is hosting its Christmas party, which will give you three hours of studio time to make some sort of masterpiece. The canvas and all paints are provided, as are two classes—Winter WonderLandscape and Ugly Sweater Patterns. You’ll also get a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine, and you’ll leave with one gift already crossed off your list. Tickets ($20 to $25) are available online. 5:30 or 8 PM.

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

Posted at 10:44 AM/ET, 12/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A Santa-themed bar crawl, Love Actually-themed improv, and holiday markets galore. By Jason Koebler
Break out your Santa suit for a Saturday bar crawl through Dupont. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, December 11

SCIENCE: The National Academy of Sciences is throwing its monthly Art Science Evening Rendezvous—this time, five scientists will be invited to speak about their work, all of which explores ecology and the environment. There’s a reception afterward. Free. 5:30 PM.

COMEDY: Chief Ike’s hosts Open M’Ike, a comedy night that, let’s face it, is probably kind of a dice roll. You’ll hear some lovely comedy, and you’ll hear some people bomb. It goes for four hours, so there’s plenty of time for both. Free. 8 PM.

Friday, December 12

HOLIDAY MARKET: Georgetown kicks off Georgetown Glow, a weekend-long Christmas festival featuring “modern light-art installations,” plus street performances, sidewalk sales, public art, and carolers. All weekend; lights on 6 to 10 PM.

MORE MARKETS: Yards Park is also featuring a Christmas market—all weekend, fashion trucks (which are like food trucks but for clothes and jewelry) take over the park. Meanwhile, the nearby Canal Park will feature a “parcel market,” which is more of your standard arts-and-crafts fair, with local retailers and artists, a dining lounge with food from Toki Underground and booze from Bluejacket, and live music. That also runs all weekend.

Fashion Trucks: 11 AM to 6 PM all weekend

Parcel Market: Friday 5 to 9 PM, Saturday noon to 9 PM, Sunday noon to 5 PM

SWEATERS: Ugly sweater parties have apparently gotten so popular that there’s now a National Ugly Sweater Day—or at least a hashtag for it. Head to 14K Lounge for happy hour with your fellow unfortunately dressed pals. Ugliest sweater wins its wearer a brunch for two. Free. 4 PM.

IMPROV: True story: I just saw Love Actually for the first time—what a good movie! Anyway, Washington Improv Theater hosts Improv Actually, which is just like the movie except there’s no Keira Knightley or Colin Firth or a script. The theater is also hosting a canned-food drive for Martha’s Table, so bring something to contribute. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8 and 10 PM.

DANCE: DJ lil’e puts on a Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. boy bands dance night at 9:30 Club. Expect the usual big pop hits and sweaty crowd. Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM.

Saturday, December 13

MARKET: At this point, you are totally out of excuses to procrastinate on your holiday gift-shopping. Yelp hosts its Totally Bazaar at the Monroe Street Market, featuring local artisans, pop-up shops, massages, photo booths, a DIY s’mores bar, ice sculptures, Christmas trees, and lots more. Free. 10 AM to 2 PM.

BAR CRAWL: Another Christmas tradition is the Santa (or otherwise Christmas-themed) bar crawl. The first one is the DC Santa Crawl, featuring several thousand debaucherous Santas. It’s not quite as off-the-rails as New York’s SantaCon, but it’ll probably still get wild. It starts at BlackFinn or Front Page (you choose) and heads to Rumors, Mad Hatter, Public, Irish Whiskey, and other bars in Dupont. Tickets ($15) are available online. 1 to 10 PM.

OTHER BAR CRAWL: For a decidedly lower-key bar crawl, head to Adams Morgan for the Ugly Sweater Charity Bar Crawl, which hits Southern Hospitality, Carriage House, and one other bar that’s TBA. Proceeds benefit So Others May Eat and the Washington Animal Rescue League. Free. 2:30 to 9:30 PM.

DANCE: La Maison Française hosts its black-tie-optional holiday party, A Parisian Discotheque. Expect lots of music and dancing, an open bar for the first hour, and a ton of ridiculously good-sounding desserts. Tickets ($50) are available online. 9 PM.

Sunday, December 14

ARTS & CRAFTS: Last market of the weekend, I promise. Grump at Artisphere which might be the best market of the lot for: More than 75 artists show off their wares, and there’s a make-your-own crafts area and kids’ activities. Free. 11 AM to 5 PM.

IMPROV: A Hot & Sweaty Holiday 5 is an improv night featuring some of DC’s best troupes. As you might expect, the comedy will be holiday-themed. Tickets ($10) are available online. 6 and 8 PM.

STORYTELLING: SpeakeasyDC continues its experiment with longform storytelling. This week, freelance photographer Keith Mellnick presents “I’m Not Crazy,” a story about the two years he spent taking pictures in Kazakhstan. Then, Ina Brege talks about growing up in a family of artists and entertainers in “Off Script.” Tickets ($22) are available online. 5 PM at Woolly Mammoth.

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

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The production begins its world-premiere run at Signature Theatre December 9. By Tanya Pai

Made for $5 million by first-time director Barry Levinson, the 1982 comedy Diner introduced a loquacious, improvisational style that laid the groundwork for such successors as Seinfeld and Judd Apatow’s oeuvre. Now Levinson, with singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow and director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall, is reinventing the cult hit as a musical, which has its world premiere at Signature Theatre December 9 through January 25.

Photograph by Warner Bros./Everett Collection.

The story, about a group of twentysomething male friends in 1959 Baltimore who reunite for a wedding, has autobiographical elements—Levinson grew up in Baltimore—which helped keep the characters fresh in the writer/director’s mind. While the musical is largely faithful to the original, fans will notice differences, including more developed female characters. Levinson’s goal was to expand the film’s universe: “I’m not that interested in simply doing Diner, because I already did it. The challenge was to see if we could create something above and beyond what we did.”

He began discussing the musical with Crow and Marshall more than three years ago, and plans for a 2012 San Francisco premiere and a Broadway run last year were canceled. Still, Levinson has embraced the ups and downs of his first theatrical production, including ceding a movie director’s tight grip on every element. “With a film, you control it, period,” he says. “Onstage, you have other entities you work with, so it’s a different process.” On the plus side, “in a movie, once you finish a scene, you move on, but here I can keep revisiting certain things.”

Despite his Washington ties (he graduated from American University and worked at Channel 9 and Channel 5), he says premiering Diner at Signature is merely a coincidence. As for his hopes for the inaugural run: “The ideal reaction would be ‘Quick, get this to Broadway as fast as you can.’ We’ll play in Washington, do the tweaking and all the things that happen when a musical is getting up on its feet, and see where we go from there.”

Tickets ($40 to $105) are available online.

This article appears in the December 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

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District Karaoke’s finals at Penn Social and an ugly sweater party at DC Reynolds. By Jason Koebler
District Karaoke holds its citywide finals at Penn Social Monday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, December 8

KARAOKE: For most people, singing karaoke is more of a drunken mess than a crowd-wowing performance, vocally speaking. That’s not the case at the District Karaoke citywide finals, where the competitors can both put on a show and have the pipes to back it up. Head over to Penn Social to see how it’s done, and sip $4 Heineken drafts and $16 pitchers all night. Free. 7 PM.

Tuesday, December 9

STORYTELLING: Back when we were kids, before we became the world-weary, cynical adults we are today, we believed all sorts of urban legends and other fantastical things. That’s the theme of SpeakeasyDC’s Childhood Beliefs storytelling night—expect tales about magical thinking, family myths, and things we once thought were true. I’m sure you all can relate. Tickets ($16) are available online. 8 PM at Town Danceboutique.

Wednesday, December 10

UGLY SWEATERS: It’s 2014, so your ugly Christmas sweater-game should be legendary by this point. Head to DC Reynolds for Yule-O Party Get Your Ugly Sweater On, a title I don’t really understand. The ugliest sweaters win prizes, and there’s buy-one-get-one-free drinks during the event (and, well during every happy hour at DC Reynolds). Knowledge Commons will also be taking donations. Free. 5 PM.

Thursday, December 11

GIVE: ’Tis the season for giving. Head to Irish Whiskey for Operation Social Santa, a toy drive that benefits Central Union Mission, which is trying to give 2,250 toys to underprivileged and homeless children in the area. Anyone who brings a toy will get $4 beer and wine during happy hour. Free. 6 PM.

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

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World-premiere storytelling shows, the annual Repeal Day Ball, and lots more. By Jason Koebler
Try cocktails from some of Washington's top bartenders at the Repeal Day Ball. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, December 4
SHOP: The Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar opens today and runs through early January. Head to Georgetown to check out five online fashion and accessory brands, who will be selling their wares in real life. They’re having a party tonight, of which there aren’t many details, but I’d expect sales and for artists to be around to talk about their work. Free. 7 PM.

FILM: Diving Normal is a movie in which boy meets girls, then other boy meets girl, and boys (peacefully) engage in something of a battle to win her charm. It all takes place in modern-day hipster Brooklyn, so it’s got that quirky charm to it. There’s a screening at the Georgetown movie theater and a Q&A with the filmmaker afterwards. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8:30 PM.




Friday, December 5
PARTY: Brightest Young Things is throwing its annual holiday blowout, Homo for the Holidays, an LGBT-friendly/centric party featuring Le Tigre’s JD Samson, Carmen Carrera from RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Mixtape deejays, and lots more. It’s at the Howard Theatre. Tickets ($20) are available online. 9 PM.

BEER: Black Squirrel hosts the 12 Beers of Christmas, which is not a classic holiday song but rather an event in which you can try 12 holiday ales and beers (at market price), as well as some Christmas cookies (for free). 5 PM.

SHOPPING: Head to the Logan Circle/14th Street area for a shopping extravaganza and holiday lights decoration contest. Ted’s Bulletin, Logan Hardware, Cafe Saint-Ex, Bar Pilar, Matchbox, and lots of other places are participating with specials and various holiday cheer—check it out. Free. 5 PM.




Saturday, December 6
BURLESQUE: It’s not immediately clear to me why there needs to be a burlesque take on the first Christmas, but, hey, that’s the America we fought the British for, right? Bier Baron hosts the extravaganza, and has its usual beer selection to help you through the show. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8:30 PM.

CHRISTMAS: The Smithsonian’s holiday festival at its Castle features films such as The Muppet Christmas Carol, various chocolate demonstrations (which I assume means “chances to eat chocolate”), other food, a Christmas market, and lots more. Free. 10 AM to 4 PM.

MOVIES: Good news! It is now seasonally appropriate for your child (inner or otherwise) to watch Frozen yet another time. CityCenterDC is hosting a sing-along, which I assume is code for “elaborate play date.” Free. 10 AM.

COCKTAILS: The Carnegie Library is hosting its seventh annual Repeal Day Ball to celebrate the fact that on this day 81 years ago, Prohibition was abolished. Some of the nation’s best bartenders will stir up delicious cocktails for you to celebrate the occasion. Tickets ($80) are available online. 8 PM.




Sunday, December 7
STORYTELLING: If you’re a fan of DC’s storytelling scene, here’s your chance to see similar works in a longer format. Inga Brege and Keith Mellnick will each perform a 40-minute solo act at Speakeasy DC’s show at Woolly Mammoth. Both are world premieres. Tickets ($22) are available online. 5 PM.

MORE STORYTELLING: Story League takes over the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, presenting a lineup of storytellers talking about the holidays. You’ll get to see a bunch of people who have honed their craft in New York or on the radio, and best of all, the whole thing is free.




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

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