The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of Dec. 15-21



AFI Holiday Classics at AFI Silver Theatre: Vacation films have been flooding streaming providers for weeks, however there’s no substitute for seeing the classics — “It’s a Great Life,” “Miracle on thirty fourth Avenue,” “Elf,” “Die Arduous” — in a theater. The Vacation Classics collection on the Silver Theatre goes past the standard picks to incorporate the affecting 1952 drama “The Holly and the Ivy” and the newly restored director’s reduce of “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Via Dec. 25. $10-$13. $5 for kids ages 12 and youthful.

Library of Congress Holiday Celebration: The festively adorned Thomas Jefferson Constructing of the Library of Congress is internet hosting a vacation get together match for households. Anticipate musical performances, refreshments and a Christmas-themed story time with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. 4:30 to five:30 p.m. Free; reservation required.

The Do Good Can Can at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle: This long-running fundraiser for Martha’s Desk encapsulates the season of giving: Convey canned items to donate to the native nonprofit, and bartenders will commerce you canned beers from Aslin, Proper Correct and different native breweries. Midday to 9 p.m. Free.

Goldie at Flash: Goldie has all the time been considered one of digital music’s most charismatic personalities and most formidable skills. At his finest, he’s backed up the bluster: His 1995 debut “Timeless” has continued to dwell as much as its title by demonstrating each the bottomless depths and hovering heights of drum and bass music, and the label he co-founded, Metalheadz, is the defining imprint for the underground style. And even because the erstwhile graffiti artist has moved into performing and writing, he’s continued to observe his muse, teaming with engineer James Davidson as Subjective and releasing the genre-hopping “The Begin of No Remorse” earlier this yr. 10 p.m. $30.

‘The Spirit of Kwanzaa’ at Cramton Auditorium: The Dance Institute of Washington has been on the forefront of diversifying ballet in D.C., coaching and supporting the subsequent technology of “preprofessional” dancers. This yr’s manufacturing, “Celebrating Life and Concord,” makes use of dance, spoken phrase and music “to painting the struggles and creativity inside the Black expertise.” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. $15-$30.

Prince vs Beyoncé at the Black Cat: DJ Dredd has been spreading the gospel of Prince throughout D.C. for greater than twenty years. Whereas he’s spun at upscale lounges, frenzied weekend dance events and bar glad hours, Dredd actually made a reputation for himself with the Prince dance events on the Black Cat, the place he’d alternate classics and remixes by His Royal Badness with tunes from Michael Jackson, Madonna and different pop stars, creating battles royal by which the viewers had been the actual winners. This get together finds him returning to the Cat with a brand new mixture: Prince vs. Beyoncé. Get able to get all the way down to tracks from Prince and the Queen B all evening lengthy. 9:30 p.m. $15.

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon: George Washington’s property is aglow with lantern-lit festive decorations, and round 8 p.m., a fireworks show is about off, choreographed to Christmas music. A market options 18th-century crafts, and an encampment features a working blacksmith, Christmas carolers and a camel named Aladdin. Saturday is bought out, so that is your solely likelihood to see the fireworks this yr. 5:30 to eight:30 p.m. $26-$58.

Holiday Bingoat: As inconceivable because it appears, goat yoga happens with some frequency within the DMV. However how typically are you able to play bingo alongside ugly-Christmas-sweater-wearing goats? Yoga instructor Beth Wolfe is internet hosting Vacation Bingoat on the Religion Lutheran Church corridor in Arlington, which is strictly because it sounds: dressed-up goats assembly and greeting bingo gamers. Anticipate prizes and goat selfies, and people are invited to put on vacation sweaters to match the goats. 6 p.m. $40. Youngsters have to be 10 or older and accompanied by an grownup.

‘A Candlelight Christmas’ with the Washington Chorus: The 160-voice Washington Refrain returns to the Music Heart at Strathmore on Friday and the Kennedy Heart on Saturday and Sunday with conventional carols, vacation pop classics and a household singalong. It’s joined in festive celebration by two native highschool choirs and visitor musicians — and, maybe, a go to from a North Pole celeb. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. $19-$109.

Crossroads Reunion Weekend at Crossroads Two: Till its closure in 2013, the Crossroads nightclub was the epicenter of the native Caribbean music scene, and no venue has actually changed it. For individuals who miss the Bladensburg membership, or by no means skilled it, there’s an opportunity to listen to a few of the stars of the Crossroads on the Crossroads Reunion Weekend at Crossroads Two, a brand new identify for the previous Islands Lounge in Wheaton. The announcement guarantees Sprang Worldwide and DJ Ghost spinning reggae, soca and Afrobeats on Friday, alongside half-price rum punches. Saturday brings DJs Tremendous Slice, Fyah Oats and Cookie — acquainted names from the annual Carnival occasions — starting at 9 p.m. Sunday wraps up with Afro Dancehall Sundays, a brand new identify for the long-running reggae get together, which begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free for early arrivals every evening. Occasions range. Free-$20.

Holiday beer tasting and ugly sweater party at Valor Brewpub: For his first vacation providing at Valor Brewpub, Jeff Hancock — the co-founder and former brewer of DC Brau — determined to brew a basic Belgian vacation ale. He describes it as “in all probability a mixture of Affligem Vacation Ale and Gouden Carolus Noel,” which sounds, on paper, like a profitable mixture of power and warming spice. Strive Hancock’s beer on the Barracks Row brewpub’s Friday glad hour. Ugly vacation sweaters are inspired. 4:30 p.m. Free.

The Starting Line at the Fillmore Silver Spring: Adolescent romantic craving and shout-along choruses had been the dual engines of the Beginning Line’s sound in 2002, when the Philadelphia-area emo-punk band launched its completely titled debut album, “Say It Like You Imply It.” Two subsequent long-players confirmed little progress in themes and elegance, but in addition no flagging of ardour or melodic invention. It appeared that misplaced love, a mild acoustic-guitar intro and a surging chorus would maintain singer-bassist Kenny Vasoli and his cohorts ceaselessly. However in 2008, the quartet went on hiatus, taking part in solely the occasional reunion present till they reemerged in 2016 with a EP, “In any case.” The three-song comeback’s punchiest tune is defiantly titled “Quitter,” and doesn’t slack off in any respect. The band (now a quintet with the complete membership of longtime touring keyboardist Brian Schmutz) hasn’t launched any new materials since. However the newish stuff jibes neatly with the older materials, and each ought to sound shiny, joyous and — at the least for now — ceaselessly younger. 8 p.m. $32.50-$66.50.

Turnover at 9:30 Club: This Virginia Seashore-formed quartet debuted just a few years after the Beginning Line with an identical emo-punk model. A number of guitarists later, the band has shifted to a midtempo dream-pop model that’s more and more tempered by easygoing funk and disco. The band’s fifth album, “Myself within the Approach,” was launched final month. It mixes such divergent influences as Stylish and Pink Floyd whereas reflecting singer Austin Getz’s pandemic-era outlook: The title tune is about each making a long-term dedication to his fiancee and being extra appreciative of on a regular basis life. Different tracks embody “Pleasures Galore,” whose digitally altered vocals push the band removed from its roots, and “Queen within the River,” which layers jazzy leads over reggae-style rhythm guitar. There’s quite a bit occurring in Turnover’s present music, however the band mortars the items collectively skillfully. 8 p.m. (doorways open). $25.

Spoons, Toons and Booze Christmas Special at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse: Charlie Brown and the Grinch get all of the love presently of yr, however again within the Eighties and Nineties, it appeared like each Saturday morning cartoon franchise had a Very Particular Vacation Episode, from He-Man and the Smurfs to the X-Males and Robotech. The annual Spoons, Toons and Booze screening brings all of them collectively for a morning of basic cartoons, plus an all-you-can-eat “sugary cereal bar,” cereal-inspired cocktails, an unsightly sweater competitors and extra vacation enjoyable. Saturday and Sunday at midday. $15.

Winterfest at the Roost: The Roost’s vacation celebration affords sights for the entire household, beginning with visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 11 a.m. and costumed carolers singing acquainted songs at midday. In the meantime, adults can attempt eight seasonal beers on the Southeast meals corridor’s Shelter bar, together with Masthead’s Robotic Santa’s Christmas Ale, Fats Orange Cat’s Child Elves and DC Brau’s Vacation Ginger. Convey a canned good to donate to native nonprofit Martha’s Desk and commerce it for a free four-ounce pour of any of the particular drafts. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission; beer costs range.

Vacation markets: Time is working out for vacation buying, as that is the ultimate weekend with a number of markets with native small companies and makers. The one-day Procrastinator’s Holiday Market, now in its eighth yr, takes over a part of the Bryant Avenue improvement off Rhode Island Avenue with greater than 30 distributors providing a wide range of items, dwell music, free prepare rides and different actions for kids, and a vacation card-making station. (Midday to six p.m. Free.) All Souls is without doubt one of the finest nook bars in D.C., and the low-key Shaw hangout is now dipping its toe into the seasonal market scene, providing a small, curated number of makers and meals producers, together with textile artist An Made, Daring Fork Books, and sausage maker Meats and Meals. (1 to 4 p.m. Free.) That is additionally the second and last weekend for the Victura Park Winter Holiday Market on the Kennedy Heart, with greater than a dozen distributors — and s’mores stations, and heat drinks — outdoors on the performing arts venue’s Attain growth. (Saturday and Sunday from midday to six p.m. Free.)

Abbondanza! Minimal Intervention at Sonny’s Pizza: We’ve mentioned earlier than that the seasonal pure wine events at Sonny’s Pizza are a few of the finest tasting occasions in D.C., providing countless sips of bottles you haven’t heard of from Spain, France and different nations. However the last Abbondanza of the yr turns the main target again to the U.S., with producers of minimal intervention wine, laborious cider and beer discussing their methods whereas sharing samples. Friends embody Virginia’s Lightwell Survey and Midland wineries and Pen Druid brewery, North Carolina’s Pleb City Vineyard, and New York’s Greenpoint Cidery. Tickets embody three hours of limitless drinks and slices of pizza; VIP tickets permit entry one hour early. 1 to 4 p.m. $75-$85.

Takoma Park Book Fair at Busboys and Poets: If somebody in your reward record would favor a very good ebook to the same old vacation maker’s market fare, we recommend heading to the Takoma Busboys and Poets on Saturday afternoon. At the very least 30 native authors are slated to promote and signal books, and the cafe’s bookstore affords 10 p.c off chosen titles. Moreover, Busboys is a participant within the Takoma Cocoa Crawl, which finds eating places and companies providing sizzling cocoa and apple cider (common or spiked) all through the afternoon. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration at Dunbar High School: A century after Carter G. Woodson bought a house on Ninth Avenue in Shaw — a constructing now often known as the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site — the Nationwide Park Service is ending renovations on the property, with plans to reopen the positioning in 2023. The Park Service and companions honor the birthday of “The Father of African American Historical past” with a tribute on the close by Dunbar Excessive Faculty, that includes previews of forthcoming displays on the home, music from the DC Strings, poetry readings, and a panel of historians and students discussing “Woodson the educator.” 1 to three p.m. Free.

Roy Boys 4th Anniversary and Last Hoorah: It’s a bittersweet anniversary for Shaw chicken-and-cocktails sizzling spot Roy Boys, which is closing after one final weekend-long get together. Anticipate cocktails, ’90s jams, sizzling rooster — and crowds wanting an opportunity to say goodbye. Via Sunday. Free.

Alma Laprida at Rhizome: Final yr, as composer and improviser Alma Laprida ready to relocate from Buenos Aires to Bethesda, she got here throughout a bit of substances that had been sitting untouched in her closet for years. It was her custom-made trumpet marine: a stringed medieval instrument that, when bowed, generates an historic sigh. Within the D.C. space, Laprida shortly discovered her strategy to Rhizome — a venue that routinely hosts the realm’s most adventurous musicians and audiences — and he or she’s appeared there semi-regularly since, performing each composed and improvised items on her trumpet marine, typically working its two-stringed sound by means of amplifiers and results pedals, studying what it may do in actual time. “I don’t wish to dominate the instrument,” she says. “I wish to have a dialogue with it. That’s why I play in a really minimalistic approach. I’m attempting to play as little as I can and let the instrument do its factor. … Generally, I attempt to not management what I’m doing in any respect. Simply let your arm go a little bit unfastened and these harmonics will seem.” 7 p.m. $10-$20.

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Hanukkah celebrations: Probably the most distinguished occasion marking the start of the Pageant of Lights is the lighting of the National Menorah on the Ellipse. Attended in previous years by the president, vp (together with Joe Biden in 2014), and members of the Cupboard and Congress, this festive celebration contains performances by the U.S. Military Band and free latkes and doughnuts. (4 p.m. Free; reservation required.) Different Sunday evening occasions embody a “Glow within the Darkish” celebration at Bethesda Row with glowing jugglers, arts and crafts, and face portray, in addition to free doughnuts and latkes (4:30 p.m. Free); Chanukah on Ice on the Pentagon Row ice rink, with skating, refreshments on the market and the lighting of a six-foot menorah (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free admission; ice skating $13); and a First Evening of Hanukkah get together at Metrobar, the place friends can BYO menorahs and revel in vegan doughnuts and sizzling drinks (4:30 to eight:30 p.m. Free).

Hanukkah at Chai-vy and Cohen-y: At the moment of yr, Shaw neighborhood bar Ivy and Coney transforms into the Hanukkah-themed Chai-vy and Cohen-y, including latkes and Manischewitz to its common menu of sizzling canines and canned beer. Along with lighting candles at 7 p.m. every evening, the bar affords a Shotnorah — a menorah-shaped contraption that enables as much as eight individuals to take photographs concurrently. The blue-and-silver decorations keep up by means of the top of the yr, and on Dec. 25, the bar opens to have a good time “Chinese language Meals and Film Day.”

Latke Pop-Up at the Green Zone: The Green Zone in Adams Morgan is understood for its Center Japanese drinks, music and meals, exposing clients to all kinds of flavors from throughout the area. To mark the start of Hanukkah, these Lebanese gins and Iraqi sandwiches are joined by a particular one-night-only latke pop-up. No reservations can be found for the fifth annual occasion, so arrive early: We will inform you from private expertise that the standard potato latkes, zucchini fritters and sufganiyot are inclined to promote out. 5 p.m. Free.

Vacation markets: Because the early 2000s, the Black Cat’s Rock ’n’ Shop has been the place to choose up presents on your coolest/punkiest pal: Classic clothes and purses, secondhand vinyl, prints and posters, live performance T-shirts, and handmade knickknacks recurrently characteristic on the occasion, which is soundtracked this yr by DJs Sally Go Spherical and Les the DJ. (5 p.m. Free.) In the event you like to mix buying with a chilly, refreshing beer, there are two probabilities in Northeast Washington on Sunday: Red Bear’s Hoppy Holidays Market returns to the NoMa brewery with a lineup of native makers; earlier iterations included every thing from youngsters’s clothes to ornaments to candles. (Midday to six p.m. Free.) Atlas Brew Works is internet hosting a Festivus party in its Ivy Metropolis taproom — BYO grievances — that features a pop-up makers’ market. Ugly sweaters are inspired. (1 to five p.m. Free.)

Holiday Concert and Sing-Along with the Capital City Symphony at the Atlas Performing Arts Center: This singalong vacation present options the 55-year-old neighborhood orchestra on the H Avenue NE arts heart. In the event you missed an opportunity to get tickets for the sold-out Homosexual Males’s Refrain Vacation Present collection, don’t fret — the symphony will probably be joined by Potomac Fever, an a cappella group made up of members of the refrain. 3:30 p.m. $35; free for ages 16 and youthful.

Oddisee at 9:30 Club: D.C.-born, Brooklyn-based hip-hopper Oddisee established himself as a producer, then added his personal fast-paced raps to his intricate, subtle tracks. He’s nonetheless identified for typically making largely instrumental music reminiscent of “Rock Creek Park,” an album impressed by bike rides by means of the D.C.-to-Maryland slice of forest. After demonstrating his ability with synth beats and basic soul samples, the musician fashioned Good Compny, a jazzy trio that may again him at this present. Regardless of the underlying music, Oddisee affords sharp, wide-ranging observations that forgo gangsta posturing. As he places it in “Again of My Thoughts,” “negativity ain’t definitely worth the exertion.” 7 p.m. $30.

D.C. Holiday Cocktail Seminar at Last Call: In the event you’re planning to entertain throughout the vacation season, you could be questioning — or panicking — about what drinks to serve your friends. Making festive drinks for pals needn’t be probably the most hectic a part of the night. Let a few of D.C.’s most achieved mixologists, together with Todd Thrasher of Tiki TNT, Andra “AJ” Johnson of Serenata and Deke Dunne of Allegory, information you thru their favourite vacation cocktails at Final Name, throughout an annual occasion hosted by creator and historian Philip Greene. The seminar contains pattern drinks and lightweight bites. 6 to eight:30 p.m. $60.

Hanukkah events: The Edlavitch DC JCC hosts a family-friendly party with dreidel video games, snacks, music and “enjoyable Chanukah-themed actions.” (7 to eight:30 p.m. $10.) In the meantime, a bunch of organizations for Jews of their 20s and 30s, together with the DCJCC’s EntryPointDC, are becoming a member of forces for the “Hora and Heat” glad hour at Franklin Corridor. Take Israeli dance classes, pattern spicy olive oil and sizzling sauces, sip Hanukkah-themed cocktails, or spin a dreidel. Friends are requested to convey winter socks or gloves for a clothes drive. (5:30 to 9 p.m. $5.)

‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker’ at Strathmore: There are lots of variations of “The Nutcracker” presently of yr, and “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” contains the acquainted melodies and leitmotifs from Tchaikovsky’s rating. Nevertheless it additionally encompasses a fashionable city setting and a crew of street-style dancers who windmill, helicopter and flip their approach throughout the stage whereas a DJ and violinist remix the music into one thing that feels remarkably contemporary. MC Kurtis Blow — creator of the groundbreaking “Christmas Rappin’” — is the host and opening act. Monday by means of Thursday at 8 p.m. $34-$68.

Yerin Baek at Fillmore Silver Spring: Like most merchandise of the Okay-pop meeting line, Yerin Baek started as an adolescent in a prefab group. However the limpid-toned soprano went solo at 19, pursuing her personal model of Western pop-soul, typically with English lyrics. (Her household moved to New York Metropolis when she was 15, which little question boosted her proficiency.) Baek is an Amy Winehouse and Avril Lavigne fan who typically sings and performs guitar with a rock-oriented facet challenge, the Volunteers. However the music she makes below her identify is gentler in sound, if not all the time in content material. Her second album, “Tellusboutyourself,” features a synth-pop shuffle, “Hate You,” that deploys a number of f-bombs above its tinkling piano. That was no company determination: Not like many Okay-poppers, Baek writes all her personal materials, which ought to give her endurance in a biz that’s normally prepared to maneuver on to the subsequent fairly face. 8 p.m. $40-$150.

Late-Night Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden: With the U.S. Botanic Backyard closed to the general public final winter, the wildly widespread mannequin prepare exhibit moved to the out of doors gardens, the place locomotives, together with Thomas the Tank Engine, chugged previous elaborate reproductions of agricultural scenes, with all constructions comprised of plant supplies. Whereas the buildings have reopened, the Botanic Backyard will hold the trains alfresco for an additional season. In the meantime, the annual show of poinsettias and well-known D.C. landmarks constructed with gourds, corn husks, bark and different pure supplies has moved again to its common place contained in the Conservatory. On Tuesday nights in December, each indoor and out of doors areas are open till 8 p.m. 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Free.

Holidays Cocktail Tasting: Eggnog is the drink of the season, however six Washington bars close to the Navy Yard are attempting to show that festive cocktails can transcend the classics. One ticket is sweet for a signature vacation drink from every location, together with a winter spiced palmer at Tap99, an apple cider margarita at Agua 301 and a creamy winter-chata at Silver Social. The bars will be visited in any order all through the evening. 6 to 10 p.m. $20.

Arlington holiday lights bike ride: With tons of elaborate (and costly) mild shows showing within the space, don’t miss the vacation lights round your personal neighborhood. Costume up your bike in Christmas garb and begin at Trek Bicycle in Clarendon for a 90-minute experience across the Arlington space. Helmets and lights are required (units will probably be available for individuals who don’t have them), and the tempo will probably be gradual and social. 6 to eight p.m. Free with reservation.

Winter Solstice Forest Bathing at Oxon Run Parkway: Mark the darkest day of the yr with a sundown stroll within the woods, courtesy of Ward 8 Woods Conservancy. This nonprofit devoted to serving to keep the greater than 500 acres of forest in D.C.’s Ward 8 is inviting the general public to take part in a contemplative stroll by means of Oxon Run Parkway. Forest bathing actions are supposed to join individuals with nature, and because the sky grows darkish, everybody will collect round a glowing campfire. 4 to six p.m. $10.

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