• AS NOTHING IS GOING ON, IT IS TIME FOR BEST OF LISTS: Ryan Little's list of his favorite songs by D.C.-area artists this year includes numbers by Meredith Bragg, Oddisee, others. Louis Jacobson's list of the best photos seen in D.C. this year includes works by Louise Rosskam, Kaitlin Jensco, and more. Allison Stewart on music's best and worst moments is really funny. Mark Athitakis wraps up his year with great economy. Carol Ross Joynt picks the year's best parties.
• Attn: Actors: Ty Unglebower suggests some questions you can ask yourself as you take an inventory of your 2011.
• Resturant Eve's Cathal Armstrong will write a book with the Post's David Hagedorn.
• D.C.'s storytelling scene gets a nice look-in from Robert Samuels.
REVIEWS: Kimberly Bender on Lily deSaussure's "Double Dare Ya" at Transformer. Kari Kitts Rothstein on "Hairspray" at Sig. Rachael Murray on "Parfumerie" at 1st Stage. Steve Hallex got to that show, too. THE BOSS BYLINES: Joel Markowitz on "Ann" at KenCen. Peter Marks got to "Ann," too.
THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA
Pop: Cobra Collective w/ Edgewood at Black Cat. The North Country w/ Ms. Fridrichs at DC9. Margot and Friends Holiday Party at Iota. Santa Jam XV at State Theatre. Nobody’s Business at Hill Country. Today and Everything After at Velvet Lounge. Chaise Lounge at Blues Alley. Hot Pink Delorean Album Release Party at U Hall. Modern Times Holiday Show at Rock & Roll Hotel.
Classical, jazz: National Philharmonic presents Holiday Celebration with the Washington Symphonic Brass at Strathmore. Sweet Heaven Kings at Millennium Stage.
What-have-you: Improv Thursdays with Third Beat at BloomBars. Ballet in Cinema: “The Nutcracker” at AFI Silver Theatre. Film: “The Turning Point” + Lecture: Degas’ Tiny Dancers at Phillips. Exhibit: “Red Hips” and “Ground Truth” at Dance Exchange.
Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has Washington Ballet's "Nutcracker," more.