Illustration by Hannah Good.
We’ve got Festivus, virtual concerts, and holiday yoga.
Here’s what you should check out this week:
Movie night: Head to Rockville for a drive-in screening of the classic Christmas comedy Elf. Wednesday 12/23; $12 per adult, buy tickets here.
Tune in: The U.S. Botanic Gardens are closed, but its annual free concert tradition will continue online. This week, see local singer-songwriter Chris Urquiaga, a.k.a. JChris, perform pop, R&B, and Latin songs in a variety of languages. Tuesday 12/22 at 5:30 PM; Free, watch it here.
Stretch out: Take a holiday-themed yoga class with Past Tense Yoga’s Jenna Grubman. She’ll lead a family-friendly “Jingle Bell” vinyasa flow. You can virtually invite a buddy with a complimentary pass, too. Thursday 12/24 at 10 AM; $18 (email [email protected] for the free pass) register here.
Sing along: The Kennedy Center is releasing a bunch of new music and video performances for the season. See a new concert every week day (now through January 1) from the center’s “Arts Across America: Winter Traditions” series. Tonight, catch an intimate show with Renée Fleming in her “Home for the Holidays” event. She’ll sing holiday classics with guitarist Dave Sanders. Monday 12/21 at 5 PM; Free, watch it here.
Calling Seinfeld stans: Celebrate Festivus with an online recreation of the 1997 Seinfeld episode that popularized the secular holiday. There will be time to air grievances and play trivia, and a portion of the profits will benefit the American Cancer Society. Wednesday 12/23 at 8:30 PM; $10, buy tickets here.
New: There’s a winter wonderland pop-up opening in Shaw from the HalfSmoke team. You can rent an igloo and sip on hot toddies. Read more here.
A flashback: On this day 50 years ago, Elvis dropped by the White House to visit President Richard Nixon. The two figures shook hands in an Oval Office photo that became the most popularly requested item from the U.S. National Archives. Revisit the story of this uniquely strange and funny encounter here.