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Washingtonian Today: Everything Lit Including the Trees

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Good morning, my friends and some enemies. Welcome to Wednesday.

Deck Pennsylvania Avenue with boughs of holly: Today is the National Christmas Tree lighting at the White House. Special guests such as Dancing with the Stars Antonio Sabàto Jr. and Irish Tenors member Anthony Kearns are set to take the stage, ruin your commute, and perform as President Trump and the first lady move that bus! Sorry, wrong show. As they flip the power cord. Unfortunately, the tannenbaum is not one of the blood-red berry trees from that scary hallway.

Wondering about the (arguably superior) Capitol Christmas Tree? It, and possibly some guests, get #lit on December 5. I’ll get you more info as that date approaches.

Something you may have missed: Coach K is back on the court. According to the Washington Post, newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who testified that he was worried controversy would inhibit him from returning to everyday life, has resumed coaching girls’ CYO basketball.

And now for something completely different: Here’s just a really cringe-inducing advertisement for Dulles (which I refuse to call “IAD”) that I found on Reddit.

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What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

• What’s the reality for many of the senior citizens who live in Shaw?

• Read our food team’s explosive feature on Mike Isabella and have a ton of questions? Writers Anna Spiegel and Jessica Sidman join our food critic Ann Limpert for her weekly online chat Friday morning. Get your questions in now.

• Every day can (and should) be Giving Tuesday if you have the means. Here’s a list of a few local charities that make a huge difference.

Our pick for things to do around town:

THEATER The Kennedy Center presents Barber Shop Chronicles at its Eisenhower Theatre. Set in barbershops around the world—Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and London—the play celebrates this unique and universal venue that can be a meeting and discussion place for African men. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Through December 1. $29-$99.

Good reads:

• If you’re anything like me, you spend your lunch breaks in your office quietly watching YouTube videos from Bon Appétit‘s Test Kitchen. If not, I encourage you to read Louis Peitzman‘s ode to the food magazine’s glorious online presence and the stars who make its baking videos a must-watch. (BuzzFeed News)

Big events from Washingtonian

Every other dog but yours is ugly and you should prove it by submitting the pup for DC’s cutest dog contest.

If you have local friends/family with pets, please tell them to take our pet-care survey!

Every year, Washingtonian hosts several photo contests, and we’re looking to you to help determine which contest we host in 2019. Vote for the photo contest you’d like to participate in.

Did you miss drinking with me at our whiskey event? Don’t worry—let’s go for round two. Sip the night away at Washingtonian’s Winter Wine Classic at AJAX. The Après Ski-themed event features live music, light bites, and varietals from an array of winemakers including local favorites like City Winery, Summer Sessions, District Winery, and Grape Intentions. Get tickets here.

Staff Writer

Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.