December is always the busiest month in terms of all the awesome shit that’s happening in the city. And not even everything is Christmas music! (Spoiler alert: most of it’s Christmas music). So since we’re slowly creeping into making blog posts (!?!) again, here is what’s happening in the couple weekends of December. Music, black tie, galas, and more!
- Jukebox the Ghost plays at the 9:30 Club, and this show is inexplicably not even sold out!
- The National Christmas Tree Lighting starts at 5.
- The Freer-Sackler Gallery is throwing what promises to be an amazing shindig — Dress to Empress. Tickets are still available for this black tie affair, themed for the exhibitions Power|Play: China’s Empress Dowanger and Family Matters: Portraits from the Qing Court. The gallery talk will focus around Qing Dynasty fashion, including the Empress’ style and personal designs. The evening will also include a runway fashion show featuring Yeohlee Teng’s Fall 2011 collection. Her collections have exhibited around the globe, including a spot in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of art.
- DC’s Christmas Revels begin, performing this weekend and next in Lisner Auditorium. This year’s wintry traditions are Arab-Andalusian, Sephardic, and Spanish. Student tickets available.
- Kennedy Center Honoooors! While we’re not suggesting you attend the actual event (although if you are, send us photos), but it’s the closest DC gets to a Hollywood movie career — distinguished star after distinguished star walks the red carpet and if you get there early enough Alec Baldwin will sign something for you. Maybe. This year’s honorees are Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Meryl Streep.
- Merry TubaChristmas! comes to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Nothing says season’s greetings like a large assembly of local low brass players.
- The Nutcracker begins its annual run at the Kennedy Center!
- O Magnum Mysterium begins at the Folger Shakespeare Library, bringing DC Christmas music from 16th century Spain!
- Brightest Young Things & the Kennedy Center are teaming up for The Greatest Holiday Party of All. For $5!