I managed to dash off the plane just in time to catch the Washington Gay Men's Chorus, which I'd been excited about, but contrary to last year's charming, camp and witty dance and costume routines, and contrary to its 'Rockin' the Holidays' title, while beautifully sung, it couldn't have been more staid and serious. We chuckled at the 'dance captain' title in the program - there was almost zero movement on that stage.
We did enjoy Georgetown Glow, a cool weekend-long festival of light installations all over Georgetown. However, my lovely wife was deeply unimpressed by Pinstripes in Georgetown, where her office had planned their holiday party. Pinstripes told her they don't take reservations, but assured her and her team on several occasions that they'd be able to turn up and get some lanes - inexplicably failing to mention they'd hired out the entire place to another organization! The office turned up en masse, only to find that their party had to be cancelled. Pinstripes failed to remedy their error or try to find a solution. Unfortunately, this is where Pinstripes and Brit About Town part ways. Embarrassing, unacceptably poor service and regard for your customers, Pinstripes.
But onwards: what's cool to do in DC this week?
Thu 18 Dec - Be sure to get tickets for SpeakeasyDC's Jewish-themed show at Sixth and I, My So-Called Jewish Life. Your very own Brit About Town Layla will be telling a never-before-heard story about her experiences traveling to Israel with the Birthright Program! Expect amusement...
Fri 19th and Sat 20th Dec - If you haven't seen them yet, get tickets for Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue!
Sat 20 Dec - It's back to Sixth and I for Chanu-comedy - some Jewish-themed comedy by Rachel Bloom and Danny Jolles.
There's also a lot of festive improv on all this month. Details and tickets here.
What's on in DC for new year that discerning grown-ups like us might enjoy? Please comment below with your suggestions, to contribute to a Brit About Town New Year's Eve special! What are the most enjoyable, comfortable, interesting ways to spend New Year in DC this year? Tell me!
And don't forget Perfect Liars Club is back on Jan 7th. Tickets here!