Washington, DC

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Dave Bloom

MONDAY, DEC. 18

HOLD MY BEER, PROFESSOR: Take a class without the homework at tonight’s Profs and Pints event. Professor Philippa Rappoport of George Washington University is an expert on Slavic folklore, and she’ll be at Bier Baron tonight to discuss Snegurochka, aka the Snow Maiden of Russian holiday lore. You’ll learn about how the story arose from the intersections of several cultures and religions all over a few frosty pints. (Bier Baron, 6 p.m., $10)

FISHY: The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American tradition celebrated on Christmas Eve. It originates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from meat and dairy products before religious holidays. Iron Gate will host its own each evening from tonight until Dec. 23, so be sure to check it out. There’ll be tangier oysters, bay scallop crudo, lobster cappellacci, monkfish, and more. (Iron Gate, 5:30 p.m., $65 per guest)

FA LA LA: Warm up those vocal cords and head to the intersection of 14th and U Streets for some caroling. Lyric sheets will be available to print beforehand for those wanting extra practice time, and all participants are invited to hang out after at Busboys and Poets. If you’re feeling the spirit, consider bringing a donation for Bread for the City, too. (Reeves Center Municipal Building, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Library of Congress Pop-Up Concert (Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson Building, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Erin

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

STORY TIME: This Hanukkah, celebrate by coming together for an evening of epic storytelling. My So-Called Jewish Life is a Story District event that features several local speakers, all of whom will tell personal tales about Hanukkah, growing up Jewish, and more. Funny, thought-provoking, and moving, all the stories will remind us of the real reason for the season. (Sixth & I, 7:30 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 day of)

WHODUNIT: Die Laughing Productions puts on its Merry Murder Mystery show tonight. It takes place at an office holiday party and – you guessed it – someone ends up dead. Laugh at the ridiculousness while the improv actors solve the murder in front of you. Word on the street is audience members will be asked to play roles, too. (D.C. Improv Comedy Club, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., $17)

KENNEDY: MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is also a Kennedy expert, and tonight he’ll be speaking about his new book, “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.” The New York Times-bestseller draws on extensive research and interviews to provide a look at JFK’s younger brother and one-time attorney general. (Woman’s National Democratic Club, 6:30 – 8 p.m., $25)

MORE: Dover Quartet (Library of Congress – Coolidge Auditorium, 8 p.m., FREE, registration required), How She Got Here: An Evening with D.C. Female Entrepreneurs (General Assembly Washington, D.C., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), Ladies Who Cheer (Rent the Runway, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE), Drag Bingo: Holiday Edition (The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant, 7 – 9:30 p.m., FREE), Washington Wizards v. New Orleans Pelicans (Capital One Arena, 7 – 10 p.m., $7.88 – $475), How To Use Drywall Anchors (District Hardware and Bike, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m., FREE, registration required), Wilco Deluxe Reissue Listening Party (Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe, 6:30 – 9 p.m., FREE), Three Brothers Screening (Bistro Bohem, 7 – 9 p.m., FREE, registration required), Talk of the Hill (Hill Center, 7 – 8 p.m., $10), Bang: The Bert Berns Story (Washington Jewish Film Festival, 7:30 – 9 p.m., $13.50), Military Night at ZooLights (National Zoo, 5 – 9 p.m., FREE)

Photo by Ivan Sciupac

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

FEMME PHOTO: Femme Fatale D.C. is a womyn-only collective of creative and entrepreneurs that has a pop-up shop, too. Head there tonight to celebrate the release of Femme Fatale’s first photobook featuring the work of local womyn photographers. Get ready for music, refreshments, and plenty of art. (Femme Fatale D.C., 9 – 11 p.m., $5)

WORLD DANCE: “We Speak Dance” is a new Netflix series premiering Jan. 1 that follows Vandana Hart, a former United Nations advisor and Alvin Ailey-trained dancer, as she travels the world exploring the ways dance affects culture. Catch an episode screening tonight, followed by a Q&A with director Chris Keener and producer Iwonka Swenson. (The Lookout D.C., 7 – 10 p.m., $10 suggested donation)

LES MIZ: The epic musical Les Misérables will be in D.C. starting tonight. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, the saga examines French history, politics, love, sacrifice, and loss while providing some serious power ballads. If you don’t shed a tear to  “I Dreamed A Dream,” you’re not living. (National Theatre, times vary, $73.75 – $118.75)

MORE: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Comedy (Brass Monkey, 8 – 10 p.m., $5 – $30), New Balance Campfire Run (Potomac River Running Store, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required), Meet the Redskins Cheerleaders Happy Hour (Ivy City Smokehouse, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), Dwayne B. the Crochet Kingpin (Busboys and Poets, 8:30 – 11 p.m., FREE), McMillan Park Holiday Gathering (69 Bryant Street NW, 6 – 11 p.m., FREE)

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THURSDAY, DEC. 21

JINGLES: The 9 Songwriter Series is a rotating group of nine solo musicians who get together to play music as a group. As it’s rotating, you never know who you’re going to get, and a different sound emerges each time. The group pairs up with nonprofit Listen Local First D.C. tonight to perform holiday tunes at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. It’s bound to be a fresh take on old classics. (The Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)

KOREAN FILM: Get a dose of international entertainment tonight at the Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema screening. “Luck-Key” follows two men as one falls, loses his memory, and the other one steals his identity. Hilarity ensues, of course. The comedy was a hit last year in Korea, and earned several prizes and nominations. (Korean Cultural Center, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., FREE, registration required)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES: In the 90s, the famous humorist David Sedaris wrote a hilarious essay about working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s. It was developed into a one-man show, and it’s being performed tonight at Drafthouse Comedy. If you need a break from all things Christmas cliche, this irreverent comedy will do just the trick. (Drafthouse Comedy, 7:30 p.m., $5 – $10)

MORE: The BStreet Band (The Hamilton, 7:30 p.m., $15 – $25), Little Havana Party (The Alex Speakeasy, 7 – 10 p.m., FREE), Literary Cocktails: Charles Dickens (Petworth Citizen, 7:00 p.m., FREE), December Wine Dinner (The Coupe, 6 – 9 p.m., $20 – $50)

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