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• Urban folk singer Justin Trawick drops You and I, a 10-track album recorded live in front of an audience. On the record, Trawick tells Washingtonian, "I like to entertain for the ADD generation...You’ll see me do a bluegrass song, then a waltz, then a rocking kind of song....My biggest worry is that people will become bored.” With special guests pop-rock singer Andy Zipf and acoustic-pop singer Amanda Lee at Artisphere. 7:30 p.m. $12.
• D.C.-born EDM DJ's Benoit and Sergio end their 2011 tour at U Street Music Hall. The iTunes "Electronic Breakthrough Artist" of 2011 dropped Let Me Count the Ways early this year. The unlikely pair, Sergio from Iowa and Benoit from Berlin, met at a birthday party at Napoleon's in 2008. On their sound, Washington Post's Chris Richards writes, "LCD fans still mourning that band’s breakup will love this stuff. The melodies are consistently sweet, the textures are warm and the rhythms are water-bed comfortable. Over plush pulses, Myers sings about fast women, being on drugs, being with fast women who are on drugs — all in that funny-sad-totally-serious-just-kidding deadpan that descends from Jonathan Richman." With Solomon Sanchez. 10 p.m. $10.
• Dystopia: An artist talk and opening reception with artists Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow at The Dunes. The two-person exhibition features new works inspired by Dystopian films, novels and themes — some are images of a totalitarian future while others exist as social commentary on current plagues. 7 p.m.
• Holidays on Ice, a selection of holiday readings featuring essays by David Sedaris, opens at Rep Stage. The production runs until Monday.
• The 9:30 Club presents electronic-dance-pop musician Penguin Prison at U Street Music Hall. With Big/Bright. 7 p.m. $12.
• After Hours in the Cerebral Kitchen at National Gallery of Art. An artist talk with experimental filmmaker, Fred Worden, followed by a showing of one of his early 16 mm nonfiction films, How the Hell I Ripped Jack Goldstein's Painting in the Elevator, and a discussion of Worden's current work-in-progress titled, All or Nothing. 4:30 p.m.
• "Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah" and tasting at Busboys and Poets/Hyattsville. Begin the holiday celebrations with a beer tasting and reading with author and Schmaltz Brewing founder Jeremy Cowan. 6 p.m.
• Steve McQueen's provocatively enthralling film Shame opens at AFI Silver Theatre. Starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender, the film tells the story of a New York bachelor with a tumultuous past who avoids intimacy and deals with his desires with an addiction to sex and pornography. When his younger sister moves into his apartment, bringing back memories of the past, his life takes a turn.
• Love potatoes? Taste dish after dish made from potatoes — gnocchi, pommes frites, potato vodka, the possibilities are endless! Holy Chef: Battle of the Spuds at Sixth & I. 7 p.m. $12/$15.
• Story League Stands Up at Busboys and Poets/14th&V. Storytelling + comedians = a night of tales and laughter featuring stand-up comedians from Washington Improv Theater, the Food Network, SpeakeasyDC, and more! 8 p.m. $10.
• A night of jazz with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra at Strathmore Mansion. 5:30 p.m.