Monday, December 10: Local band done good Le Loup has been touring tirelessly in support of its highly acclaimed first album, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium Assembly. Tonight it heads back to the Black Cat (1811 14th St., NW; 202-667-7960), and if you’re in the mood for a rollicking, nonstop energy show show filled with soaring, melodic tunes—and the occasional French horn—you should stop by. It’ll be just the shot of great music and euphoria you’ll need to jump-start your week. And for only $10, you’ll get the bonus of opening band Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, which turns out sweeping dance pop. 8 pm.
Tuesday, December 11: The hard-cider happy hour at Equinox (818 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-331-8118) is still taking place on Thursdays, but this Tuesday and next, the restaurant’s bar will be all about the nog. Tonight from 5 to 7, it kicks off its Egg 'n' Grog happy hour. For $10, you can sample the decadent holiday drink while nibbling complimentary winter-themed snacks created by chef Todd Gray.
Wednesday, December 12: Paintings by elephants? Sounds surprising, but the art exhibit at the newly opened Hotel Palomar Arlington in Rosslyn (1121 N. 19th St.; 703-351.9170) is by elephants who have actually been trained to create patterns and shapes—and some of the pieces are lovely. Stop by to see for yourself during the daily wine happy hour from 5 to 6.
Thursday, December 13: ZooLights, the larger-than-life-size animal holiday light display at the National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-633-4800), is a fun family outing. But tonight the zoo is making the evening a little more adult—the Mane Restaurant will be serving free microbrews. Tickets are $6 for FONZ and YB members and $10 for nonmembers; for a suggested $10 donation, you can also get a ZooLights mug. See photos and more information about ZooLights here.