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TOB’s 18th Anniversary, NYE, and More Best Bets for Dec. 22-31

Send 2022 off in style: TOB celebrate 18 years, a photography exhibit from Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi, Ukraine art offers insight, and the final Best Man installment.

It’s the last City Lights of 2022, and what a year it’s been. Without getting into the nitty gritty of it all, we invite you to close out the year in style—whether it’s celebrating TOB’s 18th anniversary on Dec. 23, Netflix and chillin’ with Regina Hall in The Best Man: Final Chapters, or enjoying one…

Pierre Kwenders, Batman Returns, and More Best Bets for Dec. 8–14

Plus, a winter festival at the National Arboretum, L.A.’s Surf Curse, classical Christmas concerts, and a new film from Lijo Jose Pellissery.

Saturday: Friends of the National Arboretum’s Winter Festival at the Arboretum Jump into the holiday season with the Friends of the National Arboretum’s Winter Festival. For an afternoon, you and your family can cozy up with hot drinks from Zeke’s Coffee and delicious bites from PhoWheels, purchase a Christmas tree and greenery, and stock up…

Laura Tsaggaris Kicks Off the Holiday Season and More Best Bets for Nov. 23–30

Also exciting: El Gran Combo at MGM, the return of GALA Film Fest, and two wow-worthy art shows that are not to be missed.

Friday: El Gran Combo at MGM National Harbor Sixty years after first forming, Puerto Rico’s El Gran Combo are still drawing large crowds eager to dance to the band’s powerful Afro-Caribbean sound. Nicknamed the University of Salsa due to the number of great musicians who’ve spent time in the ensemble, El Gran Combo can give…

The War and Treaty, Melissa Villaseñor, and More Best Bets for Nov. 10–16

Goblin live scores Suspiria, an SNL alum comes to D.C., JAB Arts puts on In the Cut at local breweries, Alex G plays 9:30 Club, and Studio Gallery’s annual group photography show wows.

The War and Treaty, an SNL alum in D.C., Alex G., and Studio Gallery’s annual group photography show are highlights this week.

Día de los Muertos, Plains, and More Best Bets for Nov. 3-9

Not to miss this week: Mexican classical classics and Paris at Midnight at the KenCen, Anacostia Community Museum’s Utopia Project, and An Artist in Greece.

Friday: Día de los Muertos at the Kennedy Center The results of a 2014 study on diversity in the country’s top orchestras should surprise nobody: There’s not much of it. In 2014, the League of American Orchestras found that in top ensembles, only 1.8 percent of players were Black and 2.5 percent Latinx. A 2021…

Diary of a Lost Girl, Watkins Family Hour, and More Best Bets for Oct. 20–26

Molly Smith’s last directorial venture for Arena Stage, Oktoberfest in Arlington, and a new exhibit at the Freer Gallery round out the week.

Thursday: My Body, No Choice at Arena Stage “In the early 1970s, my sister Bridget and I went to a women’s consciousness-raising session weekly in a friend’s living room near Catholic U. We talked about our bodies and read eye-opening books like Our Bodies, Ourselves as most of us already subscribed to Ms. Magazine and…

Regina Spektor, DC Record Fair, and More Best Bets for Oct. 13–20

Double Exposure Film Fest kicks off today, My Body, No Choice opens at Arena Stage, and Jonathan Richman brings childlike joy to D.C.

Editor’s Note: Regina Spektor’s show at the Warner Theatre has been postponed after the singer contracted COVID-19. We’ll share information about the rescheduled show when it’s available. Thursday through Sunday: Double Exposure Film Festival 2022 On Aug. 20, 2020, Russian anti-corruption activist and former presidential candidate Alexei Navalny was poisoned on his way to Siberia. The attempt on…

A World Premiere From Dance Theatre of Harlem and More Best Bets for Oct. 6–12

Not to miss: Washington Performing Arts hosts Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Garden and Tina Karol at the Howard, feminist art by Mary Kelly, and Capital Jewish Food Festival

Thursday: The Garden at Howard Theatre Looking for a high-energy, intense live show where you can live out your crowd-surfing, stage-diving dreams? Look no further. Twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears make up the Garden, known for their vaudeville-esque jesters-in-leather-jackets aesthetic that revived originality in Orange County. While their music is classified as punk in…

Divino Niño, Celebrating Dance and Tech, and More Best Bets for Sept. 29–Oct. 6

Stay dry this weekend with art exhibits, immersive displays of dance on the edge, AMARU at Pie Shop, and more

Thursday: AMARU at Pie Shop Uber talented vocalist and songwriter AMARU will perform at Pie Shop tonight. The event, titled The Warm Up, is a pop-up concert and open mic series featuring the local songwriter and friends. Born and raised in D.C., AMARU attended the SEED Public Charter High School, where he performed in musical theater…

DC JazzFest, the National Book Festival, Rema, and More Best Bets for Sept. 1–8

Two of the city’s most beloved festivals return this weekend, Georgetown Sunset Cinema ends with Knives Out, and Lupe Fiasco headlines two shows next week.

Two of the city’s most beloved festivals return this weekend, Georgetown Sunset Cinema ends with Knives Out, and Lupe Fiasco headlines two shows next week.

American Prophet Closes, Documenting the U.S., and More Best Bets Aug. 25–31

Don’t miss District Cinema’s screening, Dean “Ramblin’ Deano” Schlabowske performing a sneak peek of a new play, or Clint Coley at Miracle Theatre; plus The 50 States Project captures America through art.

Don’t miss District Cinema’s screening, Dean “Ramblin’ Deano” Schlabowske performing a sneak peak of a new play, or Clint Coley at Miracle Theatre; plus The 50 States Project captures America through art.

Unexpected Occurrences, Jackie Chan, and More Best Bets for Aug. 11–17

The Kreeger is filled with hidden gems, Listeso String Quartet performs Joe Hisaishi’s music, a rare Chan film screens, and the Sackler offers artistic sanctuary.

This week in City Lights, The Kreeger’s filled with hidden gems, Listeso String Quartet performs Joe Hisaishi’s music, a rare Chan film screens, and the Sackler offers artistic sanctuary.

Horror Movies, OutWrite 2022, and More Best Bets for Aug. 4–10

D.C.’s queer lit fest returns, AFI screens Lost Highway, Australia’s jangly rock band come to Black Cat, and Joe Feddersen’s art on display.

This week in City Lights, D.C.’s queer lit fest returns, AFI screens Lost Highway, Australia’s jangly rock band come to Black Cat, and Joe Feddersen’s art is on display.

Ian Sweet at Songbyrd, Jenny Wu’s Art at Touchstone, and More Best Bets for July 28-Aug. 3

Don’t miss “I Will Not Get Bit By Capitol Fox,” Fort Dupont’s 50th anniversary of summer concerts, timeless photos at Photoworks, and more.

Don’t miss “I Will Not Get Bit By Capitol Fox,” Fort Dupont’s 50th anniversary of summer concerts, and timeless photos at Photoworks. If you’re bored, well, that’s on you.

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