If you’ve checked out of Top 40 radio, then HOT 99.5’s Jingle Ball serves as an easy-to-swallow survey of the pop genre. On top of the bill is Fall Out Boy, the erstwhile emo band that since a four-year hiatus at the beginning of the decade has reinvented themselves as arena pop rockers. Then there’s Kesha, who returned with the triumphant Rainbows after a hiatus of her own, one that resulted from a series of lawsuits against the producer she accused of sexual and emotional abuse, Dr. Luke. There’s an EDM hitmaker (Zedd) and a pop songwriter finally working in front of the curtain (Julia Michaels, pictured), a pop singer attempting a solo breakout (Liam Payne of One Direction), an uber-earnest singer-songwriter (Charlie Puth), a boy band (Why Don’t We), and many more. But while the bill might please teeny boppers, there’s very little of the genre that is actually What The Kids Are Listening To: hip-hop. Unless you count Logic, the rapper perfectly suited for bubble gum audiences who listen to “everything except rap.” Read more>>> The Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball begins at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. $60–$200. (202) 628-3200. capitalonearena.monumentalsportsnetwork.com. (Chris Kelly)
Maybe you’ve sung the lyric, “chestnuts roasting over an open fire,” but have you ever actually tried chestnuts? Le DeSales is serving the wintery ingredient three ways in December. They include tagliatelle pasta with rabbit, pumpkin, and chestnut ($21), a dessert called clafoutis made from a combination of apple, eggs, chestnuts, and sour cream ($10), and a chestnut Old Fashioned with clove and chestnut rosemary simple syrup, KOVAL bourbon, angostura bitters, and chestnut smoke ($15). Try them through the end of the month. Le DeSales, 1725 DeSales St. NW. (202) 506-6856. ledesales.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The Kennedy Center presents the festive annual Merry Tuba Christmas concert, in which hundreds of local tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players perform classic holiday tunes. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
American folk band Hiss Golden Messenger performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $20.
With Jerusalem in the news this week, visit Tomb of Christ, an interactive exhibit at the National Geographic Museum that virtually transports viewers to the holy city to discover the history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 3D. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1145 17th St. NW. $10–$15.
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