Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: December 26 to 29

Black Cat's White Elephant gift swap, U Street Music Hall's holiday party, and more festive fun.

Bring a gift to Black Cat’s White Elephant gift swap. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Thursday, December 26

KARAOKE: DC’s nightlife is still operating on a bit of a holiday hangover, so you might have to get creative this weekend if you want to spend a night on the town. But never fear, Sticky Rice’s weekly karaoke night is still happening, $2 PBRs and all. Free. 10 PM.

DANCE: DC’s most famous deejay, nationally at least, is home for the holidays: Tittsworth has come back from Los Angeles for a quick holiday show at U Street Music Hall. As with any winter show at U Hall, expect to walk in the door freezing and leave feeling like you’ve spent the day dancing in the desert. That goes double for Tittsworth shows, who normally sells out the venue. $10. 9 PM.

Friday, December 27

VARIETY: Christmas is over but you’d have to be a real Grinch to hold it against Black Cat and their Bah Humbug! sideshow and burlesque night. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Holiday-themed fun, featuring elves swallowing (candy cane?) swords and Ms. Claus dancing. $12. 9 PM.

COMEDY: Wonderland Ballroom’s Don’t Block the Box is back with a holiday show, featuring Romane & Lettuce, a musical comedy duo who will tell you all about Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and anything else you could possibly be celebrating this time of the year. Hampton Yount, who has been on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central and Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., of the Capital City Showcase, open up. $3. 7 PM.

MUSIC: Roger Waters’ The Wall tour a couple years ago is the closest you’ll probably ever get to a full Pink Floyd reunion, but the American Pink Floyd Symphonic probably a close second. They’ll be recreating the Wall complete with a light show and a live orchestra, featuring keyboards, saxophones, and other orchestra-y instruments. $38. 7 PM.

Saturday, December 28

DANCE: U Street Music Hall’s best dance night, Bliss, is back for its holiday party, featuring Eats Everything, Henry Krinkle (who we can only assume is Kris’ brother or cousin or something), and Jacques Renault. The best part, get there before midnight and you’ll get in for free. $12. 10 PM.

VARIETY: The Kennedy Center continues its annual tradition of holiday vaudeville, featuring Cajun cellist Sean Grissom and Alexandria Kleztet, a modern-Klezmer quartet. They’ll perform a mix of music and comedy for free on the Millennium Stage. Free. 6 PM.

THEATRE: Theatre J’s Our Suburb, which follows a Christian and a Jewish teen as they fall in love in Skokie, Illinois in the mid 1970s, when Nazi leaders were threatening to march on the city. The play is based on Thomas Wilder’s Town which won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and is directed by Tony-winning actress Judith Ivey. $25 to $50. 3 PM and 8 PM.

Sunday, December 29

PRESENTS: Hopefully Santa, both secret and otherwise, didn’t disappoint you this year. But if he did, there’s one last chance to get what you put on your list (a little thing that can turn into anything at any time?) at Black Cat’s White Elephant gift swap. Bring something to gift and enjoy the holiday’s most frustrating tradition as you watch what you wanted get taken at the last minute. Free. 8 PM.

FOOTBALL: It’s the last week of the NFL’s regular season. There’s a couple teams still fighting for their playoff lives. Head over to Penn Social, where Bud Light drafts are $3 and pitchers are $12 all day. If you get bored with football, you can play pool, foosball, ping pong, giant Jenga, and a whole bunch of board games, where the competition might be more intense than on the gridiron. Free. 1 PM.

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