Things to Do

What to Do This Week: December 12 to 15

A free screening of “White Christmas” at the National Theatre, opening night of “Billy Elliot” at the Kennedy Center, and an ugly sweater party at Cafe Saint-Ex.

Daniel Russell as Billy and Patti Perkins as Grandma. Photograph courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Monday, December 12
The National Theatre is hosting a screening of White Christmas tonight. The holiday classic stars Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen. Tickets are free and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available beginning at 6 PM, and the film begins at 6:30.

Tuesday, December 13
Don’t miss opening night of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Kennedy Center. The Tony Award–winning musical, which features music by Elton John, is about a working-class boy who discovers his affinity for ballet. The show runs through January 15. Tickets ($25 to $150) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, December 14
Break out the holiday garb for Cafe Saint-Ex’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Guests can sample complimentary desserts, groove to music by DJ Soul Call Paul, and sip $5 holiday drinks such as winter beer, eggnog, and hot buttered rum. Free. 8 PM to midnight.

Thursday, December 15
After last month’s successful concert, Listen Local First is hosting another showcase of up-and-coming artists at the Wonderland Ballroom. The “Holiday Jangle” lineup includes Taylor Carson, Second String Band, Birdlips, Ugly Purple Sweater, Bosley, and the Funk Ark. Plus, concertgoers can enjoy drink specials and on-site T-shirt printing ($20). Free. 6 to 11 PM. Read our interview with one of Listen Local First’s founders here.