I hope you all have recovered from another fabulous Brickies event at The Wharf. I do so love this annual recognition of the great neighbors we all have here. If you need ideas on how to keep those good vibes flowing, look no further.
Tonight, the Rock and Roll Hotel launches Boozy Bingo. Every Thursday from now through January, contestants can vie for the chance to win prizes like free tickets as well as food and drink vouchers. The first game begins at 8 p.m. and you must be 21 to play. Learn more here.
Friday evening, get foolish at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop with Faction of Fools. The four-person troupe brings to life a variety of fairy tales with their own unique spin. Friday’s show ia at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday’s shows are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Get your tickets here.
Slightly less foolish but still seasonal is the DC Strings Workshop performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Hill Center. Is it even Christmas if you haven’t heard the Hallelujah Chorus and/or Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You? The concert begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $18, which includes festive sparkling wine. Get your tickets here.
Saturday, bring the whole family to Stuart Hobson Middle School for a performance of Willy Wonka, Jr. This adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate factory includes some of the favorite tunes from the trippy 60s film starring the late Gene Wilder and the Candy Man himself. My favorite song is the spoiled Veruca Salt’s anthem of the indulged “I Want it Now.” Performances are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and tickets are $7 or 4 for $20. Get yours here.
If you are ready for some kid-free holiday entertainment (no, not Bad Santa) head to the Alas Performing Arts Center for Holiday Cheer: An Evening of Live Music, Champagne and Fun for Grown Ups. Hell. Yes. The Capital City Symphony and Congressional Chorus team up to perform holiday favorites and hopefully this means all will be spared a rendition of Rudolph or Frosty. Tickets are $50, which includes a drink voucher and both sweet and savory snacks. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets here.
Sunday, we recall the wisdom of a certain human raised by elves. “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.” Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) and Music on the Hill are hosting the first Capitol Hill Caroling Marathon: A full day of holiday singing, featuring choirs from all over the neighborhood and city. Groups s will leave from the intersection of 7th and C Streets SE beginning at 10 a.m. and will continue every hour to carol around the EMMS corridor. 2017 had been pretty rough, so we really need this extra boost of C-H-E-E-R.
Later in the day, catch Mosaic Theater’s latest offering, Draw the Circle at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlas. You can read Maria’s review here.
Monday, is another installment of Village Voices sponsored by Capitol Hill Village at the Northeast Library. Gary Albrecht, the former Chief of the US Capitol Police will speak with local author Stephanie Deutsch about issues facing contemporary policing such as deadly force, militarization and body cams in addition to the unique tasks of protecting Congress and securing the Capitol Christmas Tree. The program begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to all.