Hey everyone! This week’s selection of events on D.C. BEST WEEKEND BETS are, as always, hand picked from our awesome AGENDA HOMEPAGE and carefully calibrated for maximum fun, minimum stress with pizza as our theme because, why not?
Can you even contain the excitement of things to come?
• Tis the season: Christmas in the District.
• Congrats to Meghan. Really. Always a Commoner, Never a Princess: I was ThisClose to Being Meghan Markle
• We shot St. Vincent at The Anthem. We’ve been covering Anne Clark since 2008.
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• Go see CupcakKe at U Hall so we can live vicariously through you.
• NUEX plays the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center.
• Postcards from the Vag brings Lizz Winstead, Aparna Nancherla, Leah Bonnema, Sriya Sarkar, Chelsea Shorte, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier to Black Cat.
• Marcella Kriebel’s second cookbook, Comida Cubana, has a book release party at Cotton & Reed. A cool, free, non holiday-y event.
• Drink some beer at BrewLights at the National Zoo.
• Catch an early evening showing of The Blue Angel at the National Portrait Gallery.
• JP Sears is at The Lincoln Theatre.
• Have you visited Miracle on 7th Street?
• Deer Tick is at 9:30 Club.
• Morrissey is at The Anthem. It’s not too late for him to cancel! Or some another asinine thing that makes it difficult to still listen to The Smiths.
• Time for the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at The White House. Hooray.
• You, Me, Them, Everybody Live turns 9 at The Wonderland Ballroom with guests Alexandra Petri, Kevin Tit, Haywood Turnipseed Jr and Cinema Hearts’ Caroline Weinroth.
• Bon Iver plays a sold out Anthem.
• Very good DJ night We Fought The Big One is at Marx Cafe.
• Priests are at 9:30 Club.
• Catch Trading Places at Suns.
• EU Film showcase kicks off at AFI Silver
• We like Lavender and QTY at DC9.
• Drink some Munich Dunkel at the release at Port City Brewing.
• Catch an early show with Puff Pieces, Snake Union, and Millionraces at Rhizome.
• The Wharf turns the lights on their Christmas Tree.
• Pokey LaFarge brings his good hair to Black Cat.
Do some daytime stuff:
• Winterfest at Wunder Garten has begun.
• The National Museum of American History is hosting a Holiday Festival with food, history demonstrations, book signings, and more.
• Visit LoLA Loves the Holidays at The Arts Walk at Monroe Market.
• The Smithsonian Holiday Festival begins at the National Museum of American History.
• Buy a gift from a local at the Christkindlmarkt at the Heurich House Museum.
• Buy a gift for someone in need at the Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair.
• Watch A Christmas Carol at National Harbor.
Go home, take a nap and regroup for the best evening:
• Nerd Nite celebrates 8 years at DC9 early in the evening.
• Make it a DC9 night and stay on and dance at MIXTAPE.
• Head to H Street for Krampusnacht. Watch the scary men scare the children.
• Rapsody is at Songbyrd. Read our interview with the Grammy nominated hip hop artist.
• Metric front woman Emily Haines is at Sixth and I.
• Dark Star Orchestra recreates The Grateful Dead’s 6/14/91 RFK Show at The Anthem. You most likely did not attend that show.
• We’re looking forward to ARTSHOW_17: Freaky Future – An Exploration of What Happens Next! at Hole in the Sky.
• Todd Glass continues his weekend at DC Improv.
• Lots of D.C. musicians are participating in the Tea and Oranges: Songs of Leonard Cohen 50th Tribute show at Slash Run.
• NPR Music’s 10th Anniversary Concert and Party is at 9:30 Club. It’s sold-out and the lineup is secret.
For your viewing pleasure:
• Spend your long weekend revisiting our always golden Murder Mystery Streaming Guide. Cold weather is perfect for murder.
• Not sure what to see in the theater? Check out our film section for reviews.
Leaving the house?
• Last day to see the Mean Girls musical in D.C.
• Buy some vinyl at the record fair at Right Proper.
• Reverend Horton Heat is at 9:30 Club.
• Go on the Embassy Row Chocolate Tour through Dupont.
• There’s a brewers brunch at Hellbender Brewing Company.
• Ten Tigers Parlour hosts Kids and Karaoke: A Fundraiser for Casa Ruby.
• Drive-By Trucker’s Patterson Hood is at Pearl Street Warehouse. Tickets are still available. His Saturday show is sold out.
• Lil Duval is at the DC Improv.
• The Wonderland Ballroom hosts their holiday party/disaster. Their description, not ours.
• Derek Brown has Miracle on 7th. Ivy and Coney has their Chai-vy and Cohen-y Hanukkah Bar.
And just like that, the weekend is over. How do you feel about that?
PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. BUT: THERE ARE A BAJILLION OTHER THINGS TO DO LISTED IN THE BYT AGENDA PAGES, so use it (to both post your events and search for them) and if you think we may have missed something, comment away–you know you want to. NO EXCUSES.
Till next time, keep up the good work.