11 things to do in the D.C. area the week of Dec. 4-8

Monday, 04 December 2017, 09:13:10 PM. Georgetown takes a modern approach to holiday lights with a month-long outdoor light-art exhibition that opens Friday.


Georgetown Glow in 2016. The outdoor light-art exhibition, which is free and open to the public, debuts Friday. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Monday, Dec. 4

Rapsody at Baltimore Soundstage: Hip-hop artist Rapsody got her start with North Carolina hip-hop collective Kooley High and was featured on Kendrick Lamar’s track “Complexion (A Zulu Love).” Her latest album, “Laila’s Wisdom,” was inspired by her late grandmother. Released in September, it features Kendrick Lamar, Black Thought and others. 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Repeal Day Party at Jack Rose Dining Saloon: Jack Rose celebrates the 84th anniversary of the end of Prohibition with a party in its speakeasy-inspired Dram and Grain bar. The mood is set with jazz, a menu of $10 period cocktails and burlesque dancers, with the option of $20 all-you-can-drink sparkling wine. The best-dressed guests win a cocktail tasting. Show up between 5 and 7:30 p.m. for “Pappy Hour,” with discounts on the ever-popular Pappy Van Winkle bourbons. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free admission, no reservations needed.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Winternational at the Ronald Reagan Building: The Winternational is an easy destination for anyone who wants to soak up Washington's international culture. More than three dozen embassies, from Afghanistan to Morocco to Vietnam, gather at the Ronald Reagan Building to show off their art and cuisine. It has the feel of a travel fair, with embassies handing out tourism and promotional material, but the music and dance performances, as well as the food and drink samples, make it an enjoyable way to spend a midweek lunch break. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Give a Can, Get a Can at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont Circle: This is one of the simplest and most effective holiday food drives around. Bring a canned good to Pizzeria Paradiso to donate to Martha’s Table and you can trade it for a can of craft beer. Bring two cans and you’ll get two beers, and so on. (Please skip the Chef Boyardee or clam chowder: The charity asks for low-sodium vegetables, fruit, and pasta and tomato sauce.) 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Pop's Winter Holiday Party at Pop’s Sea Bar: Christmas may be around the corner, but you can still pretend it’s summer at Pop’s Sea Bar. The Adams Morgan seafood shack is throwing a beach bash with a roast suckling pig, local oysters on the half shell, funnel cakes and special beers from Ballast Point. Tickets include food, two drinks and entry into a raffle. 6 to 9 p.m. $49.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet gives its final performances in a program titled “Forever Balanchine,” in honor of the acclaimed choreographer. Two programs of his works will be performed, including such gems as “Chaconne” and “Tzigane.” 7:30 p.m. Through Saturday. $29-$89.

'I am Vertical' at the National Portrait Gallery: Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company premieres “I Am Vertical,” based on the stormy life and works of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath. This piece is inspired by the exhibition “One Life: Sylvia Plath” at the National Portrait Gallery, where Burgess is resident choreographer. 6:30 p.m. Also on Sunday. Free.

Christkindlmarkt at the German Armed Forces Command: Did you know that the Bundeswehr — the German armed forces — have a headquarters in a Reston office park, complete with a chunk of the Berlin Wall outside? (If you had no idea, you’re not alone.) One of the benefits of having the Bundeswehr in your back yard is that the Germans host a Christmas market in their parking lot to raise money for local charities. In addition to stands selling crafts and ornaments, there’s German music by the Alte Kameraden band, bratwursts and a beer garden. 4 to 9 p.m. Free.

Friday, Dec. 8

Georgetown Glow: Georgetown looks even more charming than usual this time of year, with all its red and green decorations. But the District’s oldest neighborhood takes a modern approach to holiday lights: Georgetown Glow is a month-long outdoor light-art exhibition, inviting artists from around the world to illuminate entire blocks with neon installations. Through Jan. 7. 5 to 10 p.m. Free.

Zahav Shabbat at Station House: If you’ve ever tried to book a table at Zahav, Michael Solomonov’s acclaimed modern Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia, you know it can be nearly impossible. But Sixth and I Historic Synagogue is bringing Zahav to D.C. for one night. Their Zahav Shabbat, curated by Solomonov and Steven Cook, features a three-course dinner — meat or veggie options are available — plus a cocktail and wine for only $30. (Note: The dinner is at Station House in the H Street NE corridor, not at Sixth and I.) $30. 8 p.m.

Drink the District Wine Festival at the Park View: The holiday edition of the Drink the District Wine Festival is “Mistletoe  and Merlot”-themed, with unlimited samples of more than 100 wines. Sommeliers will roam the Petworth festival answering questions, and a chef will be demonstrating food and drink pairings. While you’re tasting your way through rosés or nibbling on cheese, get some shopping done, too. There will be a Drink the District retail store with bottles for sale and a  marketplace featuring gifts made by D.C. crafters and artisans. Through Saturday. Also on Dec. 15-16. Various times. $30-$99.

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