Things to Do

What to Do This Week: December 9 to 12

District Karaoke finals, discounted tickets to Shakespeare Theatre, and a very Cajun Christmas.

Load up on Cajun food at the Louisiana State Society's Cajun Christmas Party Thursday. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Monday, December 9

KARAOKE: Anyone can hop on stage with a group of friends and make their way through a passable version of “Livin’ on a Prayer” with the help of the whole bar singing along, but it takes someone special for a truly transcendent karaoke performance. District Karaoke contestants have been competing for months to make it to tonight’s finals at Penn Social, where one person will be named best karaoke-er in the city, which is kind of like being named the MVP in the Canadian Football League or something. Anyway, there’ll be $4 Peroni drafts, $16 pitchers, and you’ll have the chance to pretend like you’re an American Idol judge. Free. 7 PM.

Tuesday, December 10

STORYTELLING: Ever had a romcom-worthy chance encounter? Not all of us believe in fate, but sometimes the universe works in ways that make it hard to be a nonbeliever. Speakeasy DC takes over Town Danceboutique for a night of stories about coincidences and fate. Bring your own food and sit with a stranger as storytellers discuss some of their serendipitous stories—you might just have an unexpected happening of your own. $15. 6.30 PM.

Wednesday, December 11

THEATER: Tonight, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (read our review) is discounted for people 35 years old and younger and features a special pre-show happy hour to celebrate. Show up early for door prizes and discounted Blue Moon and Mouton Cadet wine. The musical has been staged on Broadway and all around the world and took home Best Musical at the 1962 Tony Awards. Use the promo code PROSE to get discounted tickets online. $20. 6 PM.

Thursday, December 12

CHRISTMAS: It may feel like the North Pole here, especially with yesterday’s snowstorm, but you can heat things up at the Louisiana State Society’s Cajun Christmas Party at Pennsylvania Avenue’s Bayou. Deck the halls with bourbon, crawfish, jambalaya, and po’ boys. Santa and his sleigh pulled by swamp alligators would be proud. Free. 6.30 PM.

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