All week long - Zoolights at the National Zoo. This kitsch festive light display captures my heart every year.
Mon 1st Dec - It's the monthly space cafe upstairs at Science Club. It's so cool there isn't a link. But show up at 7pm - this month's topic is astrobiology and they have speakers from NASA and the Planetary Society. Free.
Tue 2nd Dec - My favorite DC comedy night, the Capital City Showcase DMV Roast is back... and this week the comedians are roasting... Christmas!
Wed 3rd Dec - It's Perfect Liars Club! The highlight of everyone's calendar, this is the last story interrogation on 2014. As I write this, there are still tickets left. Get them now and start getting shrewd! (if tix sell out, there's a limited number available on the door). Or if you want to hear journalists being funny, you could do that instead. Though I'll be sad...
Thu 4th Dec - It's time to find out who DC's '50 on Fire' are - and your very own Brit About Town, Layla, has been shortlisted. The cocktail-fueled suspense! Or else go learn about cold weather beers.
Fri 5th Dec - Head to the very cool Folger Shakespeare Library (worth it for the venue alone) for a celebration of the short story by Penn Faulkner, with Lorrie Moore, Edward P Jones and Tobias Wolff. Or to the AFI to see The Imitation Game, about Alan Turing.
Sat 6th and Sun 7th Dec - SpeakeasyDC are putting a solo storytelling show featuring Perfect Liars Club favorite Keith Mellnick (most recently: the Panama-woman's-hair-backbend story) and Inga Brege (haven't encountered her before). When they did this format last year, it was fab. Definitely worth checking out... it's on next weekend too!
Sat 6th Dec - If you're ready to feel very festive indeed, it may be time for the Gay Men's Chorus Rockin' the Holidays show.
Sun 7th Dec - Story League is putting on a free show at 6pm on the Millennium Stage Theatre Lab at the Kennedy Center. And if you can't make that, they are having a pre-show at the Bier Baron at 3pm with the KenCen storytellers plus others. The theme: inappropriate holiday gifts. Very cool. Also cool is Upright Citizens Brigade bringing their latest improv show to Sixth and I. This always sells out but tickets are currently available as I write this... act fast.