- The Park at Fourteenth
After weeks of deadlines, wading through crowds at the mall, watching the bank accounts drain, wrapping gifts, packing the year's sentiments in handwritten cards, and still to come, all that good ol' family time ahead, we're more than ready for a drink, or two, or five, on this long weekend. As lovely as this time of year may be, the stress and reminders of how dysfunctional our lives and families are, are usually exacerbated around the holidays. Which is why we've compiled a party planner for you this weekend.
Party the nights away with some words of advice — don't drink and drive, if you're prone to losing things while drunk, have someone else hold onto your phone (this advice courtesy the girl who had her iPhone stolen last weekend), get on the guest list for clubs ahead of time, so you don't waste money on cover charges + you're not waiting in ridiculous lines (but it's Christmas, so the clubs probably won't be as crowded as other weekends), and last, but not least, make a point to be with those who matter to you. It is the holidays, after all.
• "We'll bring the mistletoe" Christmas Party at The Park. Fri.
• Hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan featuring RZA, Raekwon, Method Man, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, U-God and Inspectah Deck at State Theatre. If you're still having trouble with Christmas gifts for music lovers, RZA's developed a new headphone series that provides a listening experience where "you might actually orgasm." Fri. 8 p.m. $55.
• Bro Ho Ho: A Holiday Music Spectacular with Jesse Elliott (of These United States), Revival, John Bustine and Brandon Butler at Black Cat. The members of The Federal Reserve, a D.C. collective of like-minded musicians, come home for this special show. Fri. Mainstage. 9 p.m. $10.
• Toki Underground presents: VILLAINS DJ Xiao Yang at Rock & Roll Hotel. Fri. 9:30 p.m. Free.
• U Halliday Party at U Street Music Hall. A night of electronic dance music with King Tutt, Obeyah, Denman, Keenan Orr, 814ofCourse, John Johnson & 5kinAndBone5. A pho dog eating contest hosted by Marcus Dowling and Reed Rothchild as well as U Hall's new menu launch. Sat. 10 p.m. $10. 18-20 entry by advance tickets only. 21+ free all night.
• Richardson-Herrera bring The Night Before Christmas to Blues Alley. Sat. $18. 8 & 10 p.m.
• Good for the Jews: Putting the Ha! In Hannukkah Tour featuring Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin at Jammin' Java. Sat. 8 p.m. $20.
• DT Nation presents: Christmas Eve at Josephine. Sat.
• A night of house mixes at Ozio's Christmas Eve Party on the rooftop. Sat. RSVP. Gentlemen free before 11 p.m. and ladies free before midnight.
• DJ Pauly van Doorn at Fur Night Club. Sat. RSVP. Ladies free before midnight and gents reduced admission before 11 p.m.
• "Twas the Night Before Christmas" at The Park with DJ Chizzau. Sat. 10 p.m.
• James Brown Death-Mas Holiday Bash — a tribute to the late Godfather of Soul, who died on Christmas day, 2006 — with DJ Soul Call Paul at Black Cat. Sun. 9 p.m. $5.
• Dead Poet Productions presents: a night of electronic and hip hop with Scott Free & Sonny Gabriel, Squid and MK Skillz at the Historic Tally Ho Theatre. Mon. Free.
• Cotton Candy, the indie-experiemental pop duo featuring Mark Robinson and Evelyn Hurley, who rocked onto the indie music scene in the '90s as members of Unrest and Blast Off Country Style, respectively, perform with Alice Despard and Girl Choir at Galaxy Hut. Mon. 9 p.m. $5.