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For many Americans, the phrase “worker cooperative” probably evokes vague notions of overseas communism, small-time craft vendors, or the organic grocery store around the corner. Underneath that cultural baggage, though, it’s a pretty simple idea: Whatever the enterprise, every employee who qualifies has a vote on business matters and is invested in the company. Shift Change, a new documentary that debuts in D.C. today, makes that point by just letting the workers talk—and by focusing on worker cooperatives in unexpected areas of the economy, from a linen service in Cleveland to a high-tech engineering company in Wisconsin. Read more >>> The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $10 suggested donation. (Joe Warminsky)


Bibiana is counting down to Christmas with seasonally inspired cocktails. Today’s drink: “Francesca” with Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, creme de violette, Luxardo Maraschino, and lemon. Beverage director Michael King will feature a different $12 cocktail every day up until Dec. 24. While you’re there, you might also want a sip of the house-made Rosolio, a traditional Italian liqueur distilled with lemon peel, mandarin, fennel, and other ingredients from the Amalfi Coast. Chef Nick Stefanelli also has a number of new bar snacks to go with the drinks, including black truffle pork skins and lamb ribs glazed with Sherry vinegar and soda. Bibiana, 1100 New York Ave. NW. (202) 216-9550. bibianadc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


If you’re running low on funds but don’t want to miss out on a memorable evening at the theater, you’re in luck: Theater J launches its production of Apples from the Desert with a pay-what-you-can preview tonight. 7:30 p.m. at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW.

Also happening tonight at the D.C. JCC, rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut tries to explain the Jewish response to Christmas and signs copies of his book, A Kosher Christmas. 7:30 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10.

Blues icon Memphis Gold brings some holiday cheer to Blues Alley for two shows this evening. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $18.

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