Things to Do

What to Do This Week: December 8 to 11

District Karaoke’s finals at Penn Social and an ugly sweater party at DC Reynolds.

District Karaoke holds its citywide finals at Penn Social Monday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, December 8

KARAOKE: For most people, singing karaoke is more of a drunken mess than a crowd-wowing performance, vocally speaking. That’s not the case at the District Karaoke citywide finals, where the competitors can both put on a show and have the pipes to back it up. Head over to Penn Social to see how it’s done, and sip $4 Heineken drafts and $16 pitchers all night. Free. 7 PM.

Tuesday, December 9

STORYTELLING: Back when we were kids, before we became the world-weary, cynical adults we are today, we believed all sorts of urban legends and other fantastical things. That’s the theme of SpeakeasyDC’s Childhood Beliefs storytelling night—expect tales about magical thinking, family myths, and things we once thought were true. I’m sure you all can relate. Tickets ($16) are available online. 8 PM at Town Danceboutique.

Wednesday, December 10

UGLY SWEATERS: It’s 2014, so your ugly Christmas sweater-game should be legendary by this point. Head to DC Reynolds for Yule-O Party Get Your Ugly Sweater On, a title I don’t really understand. The ugliest sweaters win prizes, and there’s buy-one-get-one-free drinks during the event (and, well during every happy hour at DC Reynolds). Knowledge Commons will also be taking donations. Free. 5 PM.

Thursday, December 11

GIVE: ’Tis the season for giving. Head to Irish Whiskey for Operation Social Santa, a toy drive that benefits Central Union Mission, which is trying to give 2,250 toys to underprivileged and homeless children in the area. Anyone who brings a toy will get $4 beer and wine during happy hour. Free. 6 PM.

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