Thursday, December 20: The lovely Morrison-Clark Historic Inn and Restaurant tries to help you forget the cold with its weekly Thursday-night happy hour. The Big Chill, as it’s called, offers warming winter drinks and free appetizers. Get cozy and sip the night away.
Friday, December 21: To celebrate the holidays in a more . . . unorthodox manner, head to the Palace of Wonders (1210 H St., NE) tonight for its Sexy Santas striptease. Burlesque performers will be infusing their acts with a special holiday spirit. 10 pm; $10.
In the mood for the wacky and offbeat? Head to the Source Theatre (1835 14th St., NW) tonight, where Washington Improv Theater continues its holiday improv offering, Seasonal Disorder—some of the best local improv around. 8 pm; $12. Purchase tickets here.
Last Train Home kicks off its semiannual weekend of shows at Iota (2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-522-8340), where the band will be playing its signature country-rock tonight, Saturday night, and at an all-ages show Sunday at 2 pm. Tonight’s show is at 9; $13.
Saturday, December 22: The Friday-night show is sold out, but tickets are still available for tonight’s concert by crooner Rufus Wainwright. He plays orchestral piano pop, and his shows are always filled with charm and drama—and his unbelievable voice. 8 pm; $35. Buy tickets here.
Head to the Birchmere (3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-549-7500) tonight for Good for the Jews, the comedy and music duo of Rob Tannenbaum—founder of another musical comedy duo, What I Like About Jew—and David Fagin. (The show also takes place Friday night.) 7:30 pm; $19.50. Buy tickets here.
The Rock Bottom Brewery in Bethesda (7900 Norfolk Ave.; 301-652-1311) is holding a tapping party for its Atom Smasher beer. The party starts this evening at 7 at the bar—and from 7 to 8, the first pint is free.
Sunday, December 23: During the holidays, much of DC empties out, so you might actually be able to get into your favorite brunch spot without waiting in an eternal line. Have you seen our guide to bottomless brunches yet? If not, check out this list of brunches that serve endless mimosas, Champagne, and bloody Marys, and treat yourself to a proper Sunday holiday brunch.