There’s plenty of unremarkable—-and certainly plenty of flat-out awful—-Christmas fare this month, but I suspect tonight’s “Holiday Special” by the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra will be worth your time. Earlier this year, WCP jazz critic Mike West praised the hell out of the big band on the occasion of its first anniversary; whatever the group is playing tonight, I bet it’ll be anything but standard. 8 p.m. at Bohemian Caverns. $15.
Washington Post critic Michael Dirda discusses On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling, his book about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s life and work beyond Sherlock Holmes. The event is RSVP only. Email email@example.com or call (202) 662-7523. 7 p.m. at the National Press Club.
Another cool PEN/Faulker mash-up: Novelists Gish Jen and Helen Simonson discuss what they do. 7:30 p.m. at Folger Shakespeare Library. $15.
Make your holiday season a little more fucked up. A Clockwork Orange screens tonight at the AFI Silver. 9 p.m. $11.