Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: December 4 to 7

World-premiere storytelling shows, the annual Repeal Day Ball, and lots more.

Try cocktails from some of Washington's top bartenders at the Repeal Day Ball. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, December 4
SHOP: The Cady’s Alley Holiday Bazaar opens today and runs through early January. Head to Georgetown to check out five online fashion and accessory brands, who will be selling their wares in real life. They’re having a party tonight, of which there aren’t many details, but I’d expect sales and for artists to be around to talk about their work. Free. 7 PM.

FILM: Diving Normal is a movie in which boy meets girls, then other boy meets girl, and boys (peacefully) engage in something of a battle to win her charm. It all takes place in modern-day hipster Brooklyn, so it’s got that quirky charm to it. There’s a screening at the Georgetown movie theater and a Q&A with the filmmaker afterwards. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8:30 PM.

Friday, December 5
PARTY: Brightest Young Things is throwing its annual holiday blowout, Homo for the Holidays, an LGBT-friendly/centric party featuring Le Tigre’s JD Samson, Carmen Carrera from RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Mixtape deejays, and lots more. It’s at the Howard Theatre. Tickets ($20) are available online. 9 PM.

BEER: Black Squirrel hosts the 12 Beers of Christmas, which is not a classic holiday song but rather an event in which you can try 12 holiday ales and beers (at market price), as well as some Christmas cookies (for free). 5 PM.

SHOPPING: Head to the Logan Circle/14th Street area for a shopping extravaganza and holiday lights decoration contest. Ted’s Bulletin, Logan Hardware, Cafe Saint-Ex, Bar Pilar, Matchbox, and lots of other places are participating with specials and various holiday cheer—check it out. Free. 5 PM.

Saturday, December 6
BURLESQUE: It’s not immediately clear to me why there needs to be a burlesque take on the first Christmas, but, hey, that’s the America we fought the British for, right? Bier Baron hosts the extravaganza, and has its usual beer selection to help you through the show. Tickets ($12) are available online. 8:30 PM.

CHRISTMAS: The Smithsonian’s holiday festival at its Castle features films such as The Muppet Christmas Carol, various chocolate demonstrations (which I assume means “chances to eat chocolate”), other food, a Christmas market, and lots more. Free. 10 AM to 4 PM.

MOVIES: Good news! It is now seasonally appropriate for your child (inner or otherwise) to watch Frozen yet another time. CityCenterDC is hosting a sing-along, which I assume is code for “elaborate play date.” Free. 10 AM.

COCKTAILS: The Carnegie Library is hosting its seventh annual Repeal Day Ball to celebrate the fact that on this day 81 years ago, Prohibition was abolished. Some of the nation’s best bartenders will stir up delicious cocktails for you to celebrate the occasion. Tickets ($80) are available online. 8 PM.

Sunday, December 7
STORYTELLING: If you’re a fan of DC’s storytelling scene, here’s your chance to see similar works in a longer format. Inga Brege and Keith Mellnick will each perform a 40-minute solo act at Speakeasy DC’s show at Woolly Mammoth. Both are world premieres. Tickets ($22) are available online. 5 PM.

MORE STORYTELLING: Story League takes over the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, presenting a lineup of storytellers talking about the holidays. You’ll get to see a bunch of people who have honed their craft in New York or on the radio, and best of all, the whole thing is free.

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