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While summers are made for lounging outside listening to overly amplified rock bands, the approach of winter inspires quieter, more intimate concerts. This is the aim of Delta Rae, the North Carolina-based folk rock sextet who’ve launched a short winter acoustic tour that aims to deliver holiday cheer to cities up and down the East Coast. This being a holiday show, attendees can expect an Americana take on Christmas music, including Joni Mitchell’s “River,” a risk that few other than Mitchell should take. Based on the preview video Delta Rae has released to promote this tour, there’s no cause for alarm. Read more >>> Delta Rae performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Caroline Jones)


Mockingbird Hill has been transformed into a holiday-themed bar dubbed Miracle on Seventh Street for the month of December. Derek Brown and his team have decked out the sherry and ham bar with over-the-top Christmas decorations in the front and Hanukkah decorations in the back. Today through Dec. 24, the bar will serve ten holiday-themed cocktails and one shot. Drinks include “I Don’t Mind You Shooting Me, Frank, But Take It Easy on the Rum” with rum, creme de menthe, lime, and candy cane as well as a shot of Baltimore egg nog. Miracle on Seventh Street, 1843 7th St. NW. (202) 316-9396. miracleonseventhst.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Take in a variety of films from around the Continent at the AFI European Union Film Showcase, which begins tonight with a screening of A Perfect Day, a Spanish film about aid workers tackling a project in the Balkans. 7:15 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $18–$20.

Learn the story behind Berry Gordy‘s rise to fame and hear some fierce covers of your favorite R&B songs at the National Theatre, where the touring production of Motown: The Musical opens. 7:30 p.m. at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $48–$178.

Indie-pop trio BETTY brings its annual holiday show to The Hamilton. This year, the group is joined by local singer-songwriter Margot MacDonald, who opens the show. 7:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $20–$30.

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