If a trip to Shakespeare’s homeland isn’t on your winter travel agenda, no big deal: Shakespeare Theatre Company will bring the Brits to you. As part of its National Theatre Live series, the organization hosts two big-screen showings of the London company’s Macbeth this month, granting theater fans an opportunity to see Kenneth Branagh play the villainous title role he must have waited decades to age into. Read more >>> The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $10. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. Also shows Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m.  (Caroline Jones)


Get in the holiday spirit by sampling more than 50 Christmas and winter beers tonight at ChurchKey from 4 to 9 p.m. The tap takeover will include some rarities from Finland, Norway, France, Italy, Germany, and Denmark, plus American, Belgian, and English ales. Among them: 10 different holiday brews from England-based Ridgeway (including Bad/Very Bad/Criminally Bad Elf) and American crafts like Great Lakes Christmas, Schlafly Christmas, and Troeg’s Mad Elf. Admission is free, with beers priced by the glass and in four-ounce pours. Guests that bring canned goods or make a cash donation for SOME (So Others Might Eat) will receive a free four ounce taster of a holiday beer priced $3 or less. ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. (202) 567-2576. churchkeydc.com(Jessica Sidman)


D.C. denizens tell their best stories about debauchery when Busboys & Poets and Story League team up to present a story contest tonight. 7:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. $10.

Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and other voices you’ve heard on pop radio play Hot 99.5’s Jingle Ball at Verizon Center. 7 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $50–$250.

The Moscow Ballet arrives at the Music Center at Strathmore to present its famous Great Russian Nutcracker. 7:30 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $28–$88.

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