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Around this time each year, we carve a night out of our frantic schedules to attend our office holiday parties—because lord knows we don’t spend enough time already with our co-workers. We drunkenly weave through a conversational minefield with them and hope our desperate boredom isn’t apparent. We struggle in vain to remember the names of their spouses. Well, the cool breezes at the Black Cat are offering an alternative to those purgatorial affairs with their haughtily titled “Better Than Your Office Holiday Party” party. Various Black Cat employees will be spinning records that, at the very least, should sound better than your cubicle mate slogging through a karaoke version of “My Humps.” Plus, there will be a casual “reunion” of early D.C. punkers Gray Matter. Just don’t drink too much and say something as embarrassing as “Dudes, I thought you guys were straight-edge.” The party starts at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)