Over-produced holiday music is at a premium this time of year, but it’s the classic, simple interpretations of Christmas standards by the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole that hold up year after year. In that case, Gypsy Sally’s is making a wise bet by featuring The Woodshedders at its Holiday Grass show. The West Virginia-based string band calls its genre of music “indie roots Americana” but its lush instrumentations and intricate fiddle work defy neat labelling. While the band frequently performs original folk tunes, Wednesday night’s performance will find them putting their unique spins on seasonal classics like “Silent Night” and “Away In a Manger.” Read more >>> The Woodshedders perform with The Plate Scrapers and Brandy Station Company at 8 p.m. at Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. $10. (202) 333-7700. gypsysallys.com. (Caroline Jones)


Soak up the funky joy of the holiday season at the Howard Theatre, where a variety of singers will perform at the “Motown Christmas” stage show. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$50.

Future Times hosts its annual holiday party at U Street Music Hall featuring sets by Beautiful Swimmers and Jack J. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.

Visit the Anacostia Arts Center to check out “Holiday Starkillers,” an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and photos by a variety of artists that comment on the phenomenon that is Star Wars. 10 a.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.

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