13 Dec

To Do

tree and menorahMorning folks, are you still enjoying the holiday season or does the rush of indulgent and festive events already have you pining for January’s penitential menus and forced hibernation? I’m almost ready for clear broths and early-morning workouts and I haven’t even started my baking yet.

Still, one must meet one’s social obligations. What else are we going to do this weekend?

Tonight Step Afrika! brings a new twist to the season with their holiday show. This world-traveling dance company dedicated to the art and tradition of stepping is home for the holidays with their one-of-a-kind approach. Stepping penguins and snowman DJ will surely blow some fresh air into your strictly old school Nutcracker/Rankin and Bass holiday entertainment. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) Step Afrika’s Magical, Musical Holiday Show runs through Sunday December 23rd.  atlasarts.org/events/2011/07/holidays-at-the-atlas/

Friday get in some shopping for yourself or some deserving lady-friend at the Shoe Hive Pop Up at Tabula Rasa. This Barracks Row event space has been teaming up with DC area retailers to give them a taste of the Hill. People it’s very important that we all shop.  Let’s give them a reason to move here. Because they sell shoes! Swoon. There is a cocktail reception Thursday evening from 7pm -9pm. You can shop The Shoe Hive Friday from 11am – 8pm, Saturday from 10am -8pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

Over at the Hill Center District Karaoke holds its first event on the Hill.  This is an Open Mike, Lame Duck session of karaoke.  District Karaoke’s usual way of operating is weekly competitions between teams of singers but this weekend’s event is open to all.  $5 or $15 for complimentary drinks from 7pm -8pm.  Smart tactic karaoke-gurus… After that there will be drinks and snacks available for purchase should one need a bit more liquid courage.  I know of a few THIH bloggers who enjoy a turn at the mike so maybe you’ll see us there…  http://hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/690

Did you miss Santa at Fragers or Tommy Claus at Eastern Market? Fear not you can still make an in-person ask to the big guy Saturday afternoon on Barracks Row. He’s arriving courtesy of the local Firehouse and will set up at the corner of 8th and G Streets SE. Kids and pets and anyone else who feels entitled chat with him between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Ted’s Bulletin will supply cookies, hot chocolate and coffee and there will be carolers from the HIll Center at 2:45.

Do you need even more caroling? The National Gallery of Art is hosting Caroling in the Rotunda this weekend. Guest choirs lead afternoon sing-along caroling at 1:30 and 2:30 on December 15, 16, 22, and 23. Singers and listeners of all ages are welcome.  On Saturday. December 15, Xaverian High School Chorus  from Brooklynperformas at 1:30 and  2:30 and on Sunday the 16th the performers will be Central Bucks High School West Choir Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Sunday at the Fridge, gallery owner Alex Goldstein will host a stenciling and spray paint workshop from 11am to 1pm.  The workshop is part of his exhibit Exclamation point. He currently has 100 stenciled paintings on view in the gallery. Bring any images you’re interested in making into stencils and any clothing or objects to paint. The cost is $20 which covers material and supplies. www.thefridgedc.com

Sunday afternoon at 4pm the Washington Youth Choir at Eastern (formerly the Eastern High School Choir) Holiday Concert with Special Guests, the Internationally Acclaimed Eastern High School Alumni Choir under the direction of Dr. Joyce Garrett will perform a holiday concert.  Their most recent appearance was on the nationally televised Christmas in Washington special. Tickets are $25 and 100% of the tickets sales will support the Washington Youth Choir Scholarship fund. http://hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/600