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What to Do This Week: December 3 to 6
See “The Nutcracker” in 3D, watch the tree lighting at the Capitol, and learn about the moon at DC’s first Encyclopedia Show.
Monday, December 3
BALLET ONSCREEN: Why see The Nutcracker live when you can enjoy it with 3D goggles while eating handfuls of popcorn and mainlining giant sodas? The classic will be screened at five movie theaters around town tonight. 7:30 PM.
Tuesday, December 4
LEARN (AND LAUGH): Ever want to know everything you possibly could about the word “moon?” You could Wiki it and read for hours, or you could head to the first-ever DC Encyclopedia Show at Woolly Mammoth, where a handful of comedians, experts, and slam poets dissect a different aspect of the word “moon.” Performers include Patrick Washington from Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry; Roger Launius, senior curator of space history at the Air and Space Museum; and Gayle Danley, who has won a bunch of national and international slam poetry competitions. Tickets ($15) are available through Woolly Mammoth’s website. 8 PM.
CHRISTMAS: It’s finally December, so you now have free rein to eat all the peppermint bark you want, hang mistletoe, and blast Mariah Carey Christmas songs all day. If John Boehner in a Santa suit (I don’t think this will actually happen) sounds like fun, head to the US Capitol tree-lighting ceremony right after work. Free. 5 PM.
Wednesday, December 5
CELEBRATE: Prohibition was repealed 79 years ago Wednesday. Celebrate the way they did back then: with lots of booze. Jack Rose will have Prohibition-priced cocktails (that means 50 cents) and a four-course tasting dinner for just $20. After that, head upstairs, where for another $20, you’ll also get bottomless Champagne and specials on cigars. Wear your flapper gear.
Dinner: 5 PM, $20
Repeal Day Party: 10 PM, $20
Thursday, December 6
PARTY: Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or your best hillbilly attire (preferably Christmas-themed) to the Georgia State Society’s Rednecks and Turtlenecks party, featuring a full open bar with specialty drinks from Georgia and North Carolina. Tickets ($15) are available through Eventbrite. 6 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler.