This has been Christie Dashiell’s year. The young jazz vocalist has been a visible and popular presence for quite a while, but she stepped up her game as a featured performer on D.C.’s two best 2014 jazz recordings: Reginald Cyntje’s Elements of Life and Mark Meadows’ Somethin’ Good. On top of that, she was an Artist In Residence at Strathmore, a program that’s quickly become a rite of passage for jazz musicians in the D.C. area. Clearly, Dashiell’s formidable singing talents struck as much awe in the folks at Strathmore as they have with everyone else, since they’ve awarded her the plum holiday slot for her AIR alumni concert. Read more >>> Christie Dashiell performs at 2 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $17. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Michael J. West)
Republic in Takoma Park is hosting an ugly sweater sing-along party tomorrow (Dec. 20) at 10 p.m. The event features live band holiday-themed karaoke with South Rail’s Lara Supan plus chef Danny Well’s “top secret” family egg nog recipe and mulled wine. The guest with the best sweater will win a $100 gift card. Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park. (301) 270-3000. republictakoma.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The local rockers of Give celebrate the release of their latest album with a performance at Comet Ping Pong featuring Red Hare and Big Mouth. 10:30 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.
Friday: The international burlesque game show and comedy act Grab My Junk comes to the Black Cat with a show focused on this past year’s regrets and next year’s resolutions. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Friday: Self described “space cowboy pop noir” artist Nicole Atkins plays Rock & Roll Hotel with folk-rock singer Anthony D’Amato. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: Sticking around D.C. for the holidays or waiting to jet at the last minute? Fortunately, some of D.C.’s brightest soul bands are still in town to take the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel. Big Country Express, a soul-rock quintet that’s been playing around the area since July 2013, headlines the show with bass-heavy songs about journeys and plenty of long jams. Read more >>> Big Country Express performs with Tomás Pagán Motta, Hello Dharma, and Aztec Sun at 7:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Mexican instrumental group the Pasatono Orchestra incorporates elements of dixieland jazz, rumba, and Hungarian gypsy music into their set at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Saturday: Celebrate the opening of Bump n Grind, Silver Spring’s newest coffee shop/cafe/vinyl record store, with live music from Jason Berto of Grand Ancestor, Frank Agfa Cueto of All Good Funk Alliance, and other local musicians. Find more details on Facebook. Noon at 1200 East West Highway, Silver Spring. Free.
Sunday: It’s nearly impossible to vanish into thin air when you want to, especially if you’re a celebrity. In the Greek film The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, fictional morning host Antonis Paraskevas tries to do just that: He fakes his own kidnapping. This film, by directors Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari, is equal parts absurdist comedy and dark farce and appears at the National Gallery as part of a series highlighting young Greek filmmakers. Read more >>> The film shows at 4:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Tim Regan)
Sunday: Close out the weekend with a dance party for adults at U Street Music Hall featuring DJ Native Sun, Finn & Mojo, and DJ Diem. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.
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