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Christmas music, heavy metal, and the economy make for an eclectic start to the week

A Smooth Jazz Christmas at Strathmore combines the vocal and instrumental stylings of Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, and Candy Dulfer. They’ll each perform their solo work as well as high-energy holiday tunes. 8 PM; buy tickets ($35 to $65) here.

Don’t know what “retro-metal” is? You will after the Sword’s concert,tonight at the 9:30 Club. The band got rave reviews at Austin’s SXSW festival. 7 PM. Tickets ($20) are available here.

Get the scoop on the economy from Ezra Klein, economy-and-domestic-affairs columnist for Newsweek and the Washington Post, when he speaks at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (1441 Wiehle Ave., Reston). The title of the talk is “The Economic Recovery, Its Consequences and How They Will Alter Our Lives: A Post Election Analysis.” 8 PM.

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