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Wednesday, December 8

Learn about your candidates

DC for Democracy will host the DC Council Chair candidate forum with Phil Mendelson and Erin Palmer, as well as, Mayoral candidate forum with Robert White. (7pm)

Where painting meets collage

Uncover the raw talent behind the works of local DC artist’s Lex Marie and Melvin Nesbitt, where they’ll speak to their inspiration and mediums. (6:30pm)

Also || tunes: Allen Stone, tunes: Hiss Golden Messenger, donate: baldwin house nest egg, sierra club chapter party, queer trivia

Thursday, December 9

“That sounds so good”

Join Jessica Sidman, Food Editor at Washingtonian magazine, in conversation with New York Times bestselling cookbook author Carla Lalli Music for a unique Q&A experience at Foxtrol in Georgetown. Yes, there will be holiday samples, drinks, and plenty of cheer. (5pm)

“Bridging Ties: Like Lavender is to Purple”

Amber-Robles-Gordon’s latest work, Successions: Traversing US Colonialism, investigates oppression experienced by communities living on the margin. Parts of her work was inspired by her experience living in San Juan during the beginning of the pandemic. (6pm)

Also || Meredith Wohl (Capitol Sounds) DC9 takeover, comedy for community, tunes: Tal Sounds, Jeremy Ray, and Permanent Sigh, talk: Leo Kottke

Friday, December 10

Movie night with CapRiv

When it’s drive-in movie night on the riverfront, you need to go all out in comfort and style. Grab your cozy faux furs, fuzzy socks, and a warm blanket while you camp out in your car watching The Muppet Christmas Carol. (6:30pm)

Uh oh, it’s cuffing season

Before you hibernate for the rest of the year, head to metrobar for a night of icebreaker activities with other singles looking to mingle. (7pm)

If that sounds like your nightmare

Then, head to the Saloon on U st for comedy night. (7:30pm)

Also || paperjam 3 tunes w BRNDA, Spring Silver, queer caroling w Be Steadwell & the Drummer Bois, tunes: William Elliott Whitmore, an afternoon with bossa nova

Saturday, December 11

Shop for holiday gifts near you

“Food gifts are the only currency”

Bring your sourdough starter, spice mix, pickled veggies, and more to Slow Food’s holiday food and starter swap meet. Add a sweet label to show other home cooks what your products are all about. (2:30pm)

Also || candidates forum ward 5, natural wine party, hats of the silk road, ugly sweater karaoke, tunes: san holo, Capitol City Go-Go host last game of Showcase Cup

Sunday, December 12

Chalk-in for Allie

Pay tribute to Allie Hart, a 5 year-old killed while riding her bike, by filling the sidewalk with her favorite illustrations of flowers and hearts. Let this artistic demonstration on 14th and Irving St. NE be a call to action for safer, bike-friendly streets in DC. (10am)

But first, coffee

Some of our favorite local coffee shops are coming to National Landing for a peppermint mocha competition. You’ll have the opportunity to sample creations from Commonwealth Joe, The Freshman, and Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen. Then, you get to vote! (11am)

Also || tunes: The Joy Formidable, DIY pedal electronix, tunes: Pinkshift, coquito master class, DIY electronics workshop

Monday, December 13

Let’s get heavy

  • Heavier: Besuited GWAR (Gorillaz for heavy metal?) play at 9:30 Club with Napalm Death, who do have songs other than the two-to-three second “You Suffer,” Silicon Valley aside. (7 pm)
  • Heavy: Toronto punks METZ play hard and fast at Union Stage. (7:30 pm)
  • Even Heavier: “Write letters of compassion and solidarity to people in immigration detention and participate in a short learning session that reflects on issues facing refugees and asylum seekers.” (6:30 pm)
  • Heaviest: Join a DC Virtual Death Cafe to talk about death and dying with strangers who will also die some day. (7:30 pm)

Tuesday, December 14

Lights, Santa, Action

Talk: How did we go from the hearty ho, ho, ho of wholesome Santas past to Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa? It’ll take a trek across the cinematic Santa universe to find out! (6 pm)

Also || Action: Stop Enbridge pipeline


12/15: tunes: MisterWives, comedy: Camille Roberts

12/16-19: A Candelight Chorus

12/18: tunes: Hedge Rider, Heaven Forbid (mem Baby Bry Bry), tunes: The Revivalists

12/19: tunes: Mipso, Emergent Seed artist showcase, rock ‘n shop, shady pines tea dance

12/21: comedy: Megan Graves, Trish Smart

12/22: tunes: A Stan Kenton Christmas

12/26: comedy: The Constituent’s Holiday Hangover

12/28: John Oliver

12/29: tunes: Thursday w Laura Jane Grace

12/31: tunes: White Ford Bronco, tunes: !!!


1/19: tunes: Guster, tunes: Curtis Harding

1/21: tunes: the Wombats

1/22: tunes: Cat Power, tunes: Indigo de Souza

1/24: tunes: Fucked Up, tunes: the Black Angels


2/2: tunes: Courtney Barnett

2/4: tunes: Greensky Bluegrass

2/12: tunes: serpentwithfeet

2/18: tunes: Umphrey’s McGee

2/22: tunes: Illuminati Hotties


⅗: tunes: Deafheaven

3/9: tunes: Gang of Four, tunes: Los Pericos

3/13: tunes: Animal Collective

3/17: tunes: Cautious Clay

3/18: tunes: Touche Amore

3/19: tunes: BBNG, tunes: La Luz

3/26: tunes: Mitski


4/8: NSO at the Anthem

4/17: tunes: Hurray for the Riff Raff, tunes: Maude Latour

4/21: Big Thief

4/24: tunes: Matt Kearney

4/28-29: the Parable of the Sower


5/2: tunes: Born Ruffians

5/5: tunes: Destroyer

5/7: tunes: The Antlers

5/11: tunes: Brian Jonestown Massacre


6/11: tunes: Tigran Hamasayan

6/19: Kraftwerk 3-d


nouvelle vague


9/8: tunes: RHCP

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