- Buddy the Elf
A weekend of clear skies and chilly temps. It's finally feeling a bit like the holidays. Whether you fancy depressingly enthralling Irish films, a booze-fest holiday soirée or the nostalgia of A Charlie Brown Christmas, here are our weekend picks.
• Ever wonder how the set design and wardrobe of Hollywood's greatest films come to life? Journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock, author of Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction, discusses the role production designers have played on films since the 1940s at Corcoran Gallery of Art. Followed by a book signing. 7 p.m. $12. $7.50 students.
• The 3rd Annual Turducken Feast! at Red Palace. A night of turducken and burlesque featuring the Blood Ballet Cabaret. 6:30 p.m. $15 advance. $20 door.
• Bittersweet Zine Release Party + Pop-up Shop at The Dunes. A vintage-hipster affair celebrating the zine's next issue focused on economic empowerment with a holiday pop-up shop featuring local goods, plus free copies of the winter zine. 8 p.m.
• As If I Am Not There film screening and Q&A with Juanita Wilson, director of this year's Irish Film and Television Awards 'Best Film' winner at Goethe-Institut. Wilson's debut feature film, based on Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulic's experiences at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague, tells the story of a young teacher from Sarajevo who travels to a remote village to teach at the beginning of the Bosnian War. Serbian soldiers raid the village, killing the men and taking the women captive. The film is an enthralling and moving examination into the lives of those who survived the war. Presented by the Capital Irish Film Festival. 8 p.m.
• Soapbox: Kool Raunch Collective examines "human limits and bodily excesses" in Work With an Odor Best Discerned By a Pig + a collaboration by Chanan Delivuk and Bradley Chriss titled Love to Love at Hillyer Art Space. 7 p.m. Suggested $5 donation.
• BYT + Kennedy Center Present: The Greatest Holiday Party of All at the Kennedy Center. Doll up and celebrate the wonderful holiday season with friends, booze, an interactive Christmas photo shoot, red + green decor, dance crews, ticket giveaways and more. Plus performances by The Dance Party, Niche, and Wrath of Borgnine. 9:30 p.m.
• Fat, one night only, at Theater J. Every women has times when she's felt fat — even when she looks like a twig. Joy Marie Conway is the 'skinny one' in a family of full-figured women. This is a story of courage, loss, celebration, and learning to be sexy, honoring The Body is Not an Apology. Come early for food by Everlasting Life Cafe + an introduction by poet, Sonya Renee. 6 p.m. $20.
• D.C.-based indie band Ra Ra Rasputin with Height with Friends and Small Reactions at Velvet Lounge. 9 p.m. $8.
• GRUMP Holiday Market at American Legion Hall. Online shopping is a bore + we're not crazy enough to wade through the hoards of shoppers at the mall. Shop local for winter gifts at Grump's holiday affair with 20 Crafty Bastards vendors, cupcakes, a DJ, booze and a fortune teller! 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Capital Irish Film Festival closing night party featuring a screening of Sensation, the Toronto International Film Festival's 2010 selection at Goethe-Institut. Directed by Tom Hall the film set in rural Ireland, stars Domhnall Gleeson, as Donal Durkan a 26-year-old socially awkward, sexually deprived farmer who inherits land after his father passes away. He seeks out a prostitute to deal with his virginity, and the two turn from lovers to business partners. 8 p.m.
• Virginia-based pop band The Love Light will make you nostalgic for your pop emo days (you know, way back in 2003). With Aim for the Weekend and Forever is Forever at Jammin' Java. 7 p.m. $10 advance. $13 door.
• Christmas Movie Festival at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. A comfy winter sweater, sipping hot chocolate with your favorite holiday movies — Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Scrooged and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. 12 p.m. $8.
• D.C. Jazz Loft presents a night of jazz, brotherly bop, and virtuoso guitar with Battle of the Saxes + Jolley Brothers Trio and Michelle Web at Red Door. $10 suggested donation.
• Focus-in! Film of December: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale at Busboys and Poets/14th&V.