Things to Do

Ten Under $10

Local bands, Christmas movies, and soccer charities

The Washington-based band River James plays at Black Cat Thursday. It’s the four-piece folk group’s first performance, and Deleted Scenes is also on the bill. Click here to purchase tickets ($10). 9 PM.

Throughout the holiday season, the United States Botanic Garden is featuring festive musical performances. This week, the women of Silver Spring’s Capital Accord Chorus are singing in four-part a capella harmony. Thursday from 6 to 8; free.

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like Frank Capra’s Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Catch it Thursday at the National Portrait Gallery, where it’s screening as part of the on-going Rockwell Film Series. 6:30; free.

The goofily-named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.—also known as the pop duo Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott—are playing Thursday at the Red Palace. Their repertoire includes a cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” 8:30; $8.

Thursday night, the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Washington is hosting Christmas Carols and Stories by the Fire. Take in holiday tunes sung by local choirs as well as free hot chocolate and candy canes. 5:30 to 7:30; free.

Bellman Barker, who plays at the Rock & Roll Hotel Friday night, has drawn comparisons to Belle & Sebastian. The group is joined by Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, Alma Tropicalia, and Fort Washington Band. Tickets ($10) are available here. Doors open at 8.

Featuring both professional and amateur cellists, the Kindler Cello Society is performing its holiday program Friday at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 PM; free.

Saturday, the National Gallery’s Cin-Concert series features A Christmas Carol. A 1923 version of the Charles Dickens story is accompanied by strings, bells, and vocal stylings. 1 PM; free.

Head to Town Tavern Saturday night and check out Unite for the Holidays, a benefit for DC United’s charitable foundation. There’ll be drink specials, a light buffet, and a DJ. 6 to 9; $5 suggested donation.

Yaw Obuobi’s new exhibit, “Rhythmic Pulse,” opens at the International Visions gallery this weekend. There’ll be a reception Saturday evening, where you can have light refreshments and view the artist’s yarn collages. 6:30 to 9; free.

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Follow Washingtonian on Twitter

More>> After Hours Blog | Arts & Events | Happy Hour Finder | Calendar of Events

Don’t Miss Another Washingtonian Event—Get Our Newsletter

Don’t miss another great party.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.
We engage readers directly in their mailboxes with topics like Health, Things to Do, Best Brunches, Design & Shopping, and Real Estate. Get the latest from our editors today.
Get The Best Of Washingtonian In Your Inbox!