Things to Do in DC This Weekend (December 14-17): Metal at the 9:30 Club, Holiday Beers at ChurchKey, and Nationals Winterfest

Things to Do in DC This Weekend (December 14-17): Metal at the 9:30 Club, Holiday Beers at ChurchKey, and Nationals Winterfest
Meet your favorite Nats players at Nationals Winterfest on Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Convention Center. Photo courtesy Washington Nationals.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14

THEATRE An Irish Carol, an original work written by Keegan Theatre company member Matthew J. Keenan, is an homage to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol set in an Irish pub, where the pub’s owner comes to terms with his past, present, and future. Through December 31. $35-$50.

BEER If you didn’t get tickets to Star Wars’s opening night—or if you want to grab a beer before your screening—head over to ChurchKey for its seventh annual Holiday Tap Takeover, featuring 43 different holiday beers including two specialty casks. The event also doubles as a canned food drive to benefit Martha’s Table: Bring a canned good (or make a cash donation) and receive a free 4 oz taster of a beer on draft. Free to attend, 4 PM.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

MUSEUMS The National Portrait Gallery is launching a new series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the Gallery will showcase a portrait created by an international artist affiliated with a specific country. The inaugural exhibit, Portraits of the World: Switzerland, will feature Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi by the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler. The piece embodies the Swiss approach to expressing emotion through movement, a theory known as eurhythmics, which had an international impact. The exhibit will include eurhythmics-influenced portraits of American dancers from the Gallery’s collection. Through November 12.

MUSIC Ring in the holidays with The Washington Chorus, who is presenting its A Candlelight Christmas program at Strathmore. The group will perform audience favorites such as Hallelujah Chorus and The Dream Isaiah Saw and will also include the group’s candlelight processional. $33-$79, 8 PM.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

NATIONALS It can be a long, cold winter without baseball, but the home team is hosting the annual Nationals Winterfest this weekend at the Washington Convention Center. With a combination of holiday- and baseball-themed activities, visitors of all ages can meet and greet their favorite Nats players and coaches, take a photo with Santa, join in clinics, or play “video pitch”, where fans can give virtual batters their best pitch. There will even be story-time led by a Nationals player. Through Sunday. $39 (adults) or $29 (children), 11:30 AM to 4 PM both days.

WINE Want to be a wine pro? Sample wines from five different European countries at the Embassy of France. Learn about the preparation and tasting style of various European wines and get a crash course in wine-tasting lingo. $60, 3:30 PM.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

BOOKS Local author and physician-scientist Curtis Harris is one of three authors of the novel High Hand, a deeply-intertwined thriller about spies, journalists, and politicians. Harris will be at the International Spy Museum signing his book. Free to attend, 1 PM to 4 PM.

SHOPPING The Black Cat’s 20th annual Rock-n-Shop features local crafters and record dealers, all hawking their holiday deals with a punk-rock flare. It’s certainly one of the most eclectic mixes of vendors of any local holiday market. Free to attend, 7 PM.

MUSIC All the holiday music at this time of year can really be a drag—so get the antidote to holiday cheer with a metal show at the 9:30 Club. Headlining is Richmond’s party-thrash band Municipal Waste, but it’s worth showing up early for the openers too. California power-violence group Nails made waves with its 2016 breakout album You Will Never Be One Of Us, and Illinois murder-metal group Macabre sings about serial killers, complete with backstory and reenactments. $20, 7 PM.

BIKE The Hains Point 100 has been an annual event since a solo rider took on the feat in 2012 to raise awareness for the Washington Area Bicycling Association’s Women & Bicycles program. Join in the 100-mile ride—or ride any distance you’re comfortable with—and enjoy the giveaways for cyclists. Free (but donations and advanced registration are recommended), 8:45 AM.

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