Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (December 18-20): Les Misérables, A Sommelier Battle, and A Holiday Murder Mystery

Joshua Grosso as Marius in the new national tour of Les Misérables, which runs from December 20 to January 7 at the National Theatre. Photograph by Matthew Murphy.


WINE To celebrate the first anniversary of MGM National Harbor and the José Andrés restaurant Fish, the seafood spot will host an evening of food and wine pairings called Somms Uncorked. The event also features a competition among Sommeliers: Andy Myers (Master Sommelier for José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup) and Angelo Perez (Sommelier for Fish) will battle head-to-head with Jason Smith (Master Sommelier for MGM Resorts) and Mark Warren (MGM National Harbor Wine Manager and Sommelier). There will be a five-course dinner with ten wine pairings. $150, 6:30 PM.

PODCAST The hit podcast Up and Vanished’s first ever live tour is stopping at the 9:30 Club. Host Payne Lindsey will discuss the investigation into the disappearance of Georgia beauty queen Tara Grinstead, who has been missing since 2005. The tour will include never-before-seen footage and exclusive audio. Lindsey and other Up and Vanished contributors will also answer audience questions. $30, 7 PM.


MUSIC Crossover violinist Damien Escobar is wrapping up his “Heart & Soul” tour at Lisner Auditorium. He’ll feature songs from his new album Boundless as well as his other hip-hop/classical tunes. $45-$85, 8 PM.

MYSTERY At Die Laughing Productions’ Merry Murder Mystery, the audience solves a murder that plays out on stage. Get in the macabre holiday spirit at the DC Improv. $17, 7:30.


THEATRE The National Theatre presents a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Les Misérables, after a two and a half year run on Broadway. The production features new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo alongside classic Les Miz songs “On My Own” and “I Dreamed A Dream.” Through January 7. $63.75-$118.75.

FILM In the 2016 Belgian-French drama The Unknown Girl, a young doctor ignores the doorbell at her small clinic, only to find that the woman ringing the buzzer was later found dead. Driven by her guilt, the doctor then investigates the woman’s identity and works to ensure that she is not forgotten. The film screens at The Avalon. $12.50, 8 PM.