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Five-piece Angolan dance troupe Os Kuduristas aims to bring kuduro—-an electronic genre that melds African polyrhythms with Caribbean soca and four-on-the-floor techno—-to the rest of the world. Tonight, after a demonstration and workshop, the Kuduristas take on D.C. hip-hop dance crews Urban Artistry and Lionz of Zionz, with music provided by D.C. DJs Sol Power and Underdog. Read more >>> The demonstration begins at 7 p.m. and Os Kuduristas perform at 8 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 629-4535. tropicaliadc.com. (Steve Kiviat)


End times are here. Or so say those who believe that when the Mayan calendar ends, so will the world. So you might as well splurge on an over-the-top meal, right? A bunch of restaurants are offering some decadent meals: Oyamel has tacos with seared foie gras or caviar-poached lobster from 5 p.m. to midnight. Plume at the Jefferson Hotel and Poste Moderne Brasserie are offering high-end tasting menus. Rustico in Alexandria has an “End of the World” draft list for its Festivus celebration. And even T.G.I. Friday’s is getting in on the action with a block party tonight at Union Station’s Columbus Club. Read more here. (Jessica Sidman)


Tonight: D.C.’s garage-punk scene has been steadily growing in size—-and talent—-the past few years. Tonight’s bill at Restaurant Judy serves as a kind of local showcase for the genre, when Passing Phases, Teen Liver, and The Doozies take over the restaurant’s concert room. There hasn’t been a D.C. rock scene as cohesive or promising as this one in a long time—-and you should be there to take part in it. More information on Facebook. 9 p.m. at Restaurant Judy, 2212 14th St. NW. $7. 18-plus.

Saturday: Thousands of dissertations could be written on the topics explored in “Macho: Considering Masculinity”—-and surely they have been. So a small gallery exhibit may barely scratch the surface of gender studies. But with help from a baker’s dozen of mostly local artists, Cross MacKenzie Gallery has made a game effort. (Louis Jacobson) Read more >>>

Sunday: The devil gets his due at the Lansburgh Theatre this week as the Fellowship for the Performing Arts’ theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters returns to D.C. for the holidays. But this isn’t anything like a short jaunt to Narnia. The play tells the story of the devil’s chief psychiatrist, Screwtape (Max McLean), who attempts to gently guide his human “patient” away from God into the hands of the devil. (Neda Semnani) Read more >>>

Sunday: Future Times Records has been one of the world’s favorite electronic-music labels for a couple of years now, but it’s remained under the radar in its birthplace, D.C. In town, the best opportunity to check out what the label has going on is to go to The Whale, a monthlyish night at U Street Music Hall hosted by Future Times’ Beautiful Swimmers. Sunday, the imprint invites house producer Steve Summers—-who’s put out music on another excellent underground East Coast label, L.I.E.S.—-to perform live after DJ sets by Beautiful Swimmers, Maxmillion Dunbar, and Protect-U’s Mondo. 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Free for 21-plus; $5 for 18-plus.

Monday: Most observers of the holiday get their Christmas hog in the form of a ham dinner, but AFI offers another porcine option today: Miss Piggy. As part of its annual series of holiday films, the theater is bringing back the family-friendly A Muppet Christmas Carol. (Cristina Kladis) Read more >>>

Tuesday: It’s Christmas Day, and you don’t celebrate. How will you spend the hours? Well, nature’s still open. (Katie Fiegenbaum) Read more >>>

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