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World AIDS Day was Dec. 1; it was founded in 1988, in the thick of the American AIDS crisis, to draw attention to the issue, support people with HIV, and celebrate lives lost to AIDS. It’s hard to imagine the scope of the devastation the disease wrought from a contemporary vantage point. Whole groups of friends, lovers, and families ceased to exist, and the suffering was compounded by active, virulent societal homophobia. Some of the best-known images and slogans from that period were created by visual artists, many of whom are now essential in the late-20th-century canon—Haring, González-Torres, Mapplethorpe, Wojnarowicz—and though their work is arresting on its own, their early deaths add a layer of myth to their artistic stature. But in the attempt to understand the devastation, it’s easy to forget that many people didsurvive, including many working artists. In 2015, the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, backed by the Keith Haring Foundation, began a wide-ranging oral history project, interviewing artists who lived through the epidemic about AIDS and American art, including their own practices. There are 40 interviews available online, including conversations with Nan Goldin, Zoe Leonard, and Avram Finkelstein. Take a listen sometime soon (preferably while remembering that about 770,000 people died of AIDS-related causes just last year). —Emma Sarappo
Georgetown GlowNow that Thanksgiving is over and bellies are full, it’s time to drag out the holiday lights. The oldest neighborhood in D.C. is doing just that with the sixth edition of Georgetown GLOW. Sponsored by the local business improvement district, GLOW outshines typical lawn décor with 11 carefully curated light installations. For a month, you’ll find a cloud swing, an illuminated poem, and suspended snow cones placed throughout Georgetown. Read more >>> The installations are on view to Jan. 5 in various locations in central Georgetown, Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW. Free. (202) 298-9222. georgetownglowdc.com. (Sarah Smith)
If you’re a history buff or looking to marvel in books about federal D.C., the White House Historical Association is holding its holiday book fair this week. 11 a.m. at the White House History Shop, 1610 H St. NW. Free.
The GRUMP alternative arts and crafts show will be outside the National Zoo’s ZooLights as a European-style holiday market through the weekend. 5 p.m. at the National Zoo’s Connecticut Avenue entrance, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Dark Star Orchestra celebrates 20 years of existence (and many decades more of The Grateful Dead). 7:30 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $40–$60.
Lucy DacusRaised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, rising star Lucy Dacus became involved with the Richmond music scene in high school and recorded her 2016 debut album No Burden as a friend’s college project. With almost immediate critical praise and nearly 20 record labels clamoring to sign her, Dacus was hailed as one of the most exciting new voices in indie rock for her guitar-based melodies and steadfast lyrics. Read more >>> Lucy Dacus performs at 10 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Mercedes Hesselroth)
Animal Collective frontman and Baltimorean Avey Tare plays solo material with bandmate Geologist. 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20.
Enjoy fika and glögg at the Swedish Holiday Market. 10 a.m. at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. $6–$10.
Or celebrate Christmas early with A Ho-Ho Honky Tonk Wharf Christmas, courtesy of The Wil Gravatt Band. 10 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. Free.
Bob DylanOver more than 50 years, Bob Dylan has done it all: folk, rock, contemporary gospel, and even tunes reminiscent of Frank Sinatra. In total, he’s produced 38 studio albums and played over 3,000 shows in his Never Ending Tour alone. It’s safe to say the singer-songwriter has had an amazing influence on American music as we know it, selling over 100 million records and winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. And now, wrapping up another year of international performances, he’ll command The Anthem’s stage Dec. 8 to close out his fall 2019 leg before heading to Japan. Read more >>> Bob Dylan performs at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $65-$165. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Sarah Smith)
The Children’s Chorus of Washington partners with a handbell ensemble for a festive night of singing and ringing. 5 p.m. at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. $10–$50.
Politically engaged musician Chadwick Stokes brings his solo act Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos to town. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. $25–$30.
“Suge”artist DaBaby—newly named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List—plays Echostage. 7 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $69.50.
I Take Your Hand in MineTaffety Punk is best known for reimagining major classics on a much smaller scale, most famously the Riot Grrrls Shakespeare productions, featuring women in every role. Artistic director Marcus Kyd is always on the lookout for canonical stories that will work well in a small space, plus appeal to the top D.C. actors who proudly call themselves Taffety Punkers. This December, Kyd looked to Canada to find a reimagined classical voice: I Take Your Hand in Mine is inspired by six years of love letters exchanged between playwright Anton Chekhov and actress Olga Knipper. Read more >>> The show runs to Dec. 13 at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $15. (202) 415-4838. taffetypunk.com. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Dave Koz is on his annual smooth jazz Christmas tour with some Friends. 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $54–$199.
Horse Jumper of Love‘s sophomore album is So Divine. 7 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$15.
The Atlantic hosts a discussion with editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and marquee writers Yoni Appelbaum, Caitlin Flanagan, and Adam Serwer. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $18–$20.
CherYou know her from just about everywhere, but the living pop icon is going at it again for her “Here We Go Again,” tour, bringing disco, super trouper spotlights, and armor-clad gladiators to center stage at Capital One Arena. Fresh off her 2018 role in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher’s latest tour promotes her 2018 ABBA-tribute album Dancing Queen. Fittingly, the show is set to feature both the classic ’70s and ’80s hits that made the Swedish pop group a cult classic before picking up mainstream adoration, as well as bits from her more recent sets, including 2013’s Closer to the Truth, an LP packed with dance and club anthems. Read more >>> Cher performs at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. $47.95–$829. (202) 628-3200. capitalonearena.viewlift.com. (Christian Paz)
Judith Finlayson will discuss her new book You Are What Your Grandparents Ate, an exploration of nutrition, chronic disease, and epigenetics. 7 p.m. at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free.
Jump, Little Children, because the famed alt-rock band is rolling through town. 7:30 p.m. at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. $28–$38.
Learn about busks—the flat, oblong items early American women stuffed in their stays—from Georgetown’s Cynthia E. Chin. Noon at the DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. Free.
Women Photojournalists of WashingtonIt’s not really a fair fight, but the videos—not the stills—stand out in the Women Photojournalists of Washington’s 13th annual juried show. The finest of the exhibit’s still photographs are those that capture charged moments: Deveney Williams’ joyous interaction between an old woman and a young model on a Portuguese street, for instance, or Erica T. Baker’s image of refugee kids energetically piling on each other on a soccer field. Read more >>> The show runs to Dec. 15 at IA&A at Hillyer, 9 Hillyer Court NW. Free. (202) 338-0325. athillyer.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Alexandra C. Klarén has the perfect book for Mr. Rogers fever, called On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers. 7 p.m. at Loyalty Bookstores, 823 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. Free.
Don’t miss the last 70th anniversary screening of Holiday Affair at AFI. 1:20 p.m. at AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $5–$11.
Ed Bassmaster, known for his comedic YouTube videos and prank show, has over a dozen recognizable characters. 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $25–$75.
Fantastic FungiThe psychedelic and the scientific entwine in Fantastic Fungi, the new documentary from Louie Schwartzberg. Schwartzberg, a filmmaker known for his macro-cinematography techniques and time lapse sequences, is also noted for his preoccupation with the interconnections in earth’s biosphere. Having already deployed his signature style on more outwardly aesthetic organisms (butterflies, for instance, in his Wings of Life documentary) the director’s latest confronts a new subject: kingdom fungi. Read more >>> The film screens at 7 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Will Lennon)
Taylor Mac—the actor, playwright, and MacArthur Foundation grant recipient known for a 24-hour-long survey of American popular music—presents Holiday Sauce, celebrating the holiday season’s dysfunction. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $39–$129.
Washington Improv Theater presents an encore performance and live filming of Capital Fringe hit Acuña Acuna. 8 p.m. at Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. $10–$13.
Zimmer plays his debut record with an immersive light installation. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10–$20.
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OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Cheap Trick at the Warner Theatre on Feb. 16. 7 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.
Tickets are on sale now for of Montreal at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Thundercat at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 28. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Ticket prices to be announced at time of sale.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for The Beach Boys at The Anthem on April 7. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $57.50–$127.50.