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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/04/2011

Free and easy: Holiday markets, concerts and more

The holiday season gets into full swing this week, with concerts, markets and sales.

Monday

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

When Henry Louis Gates Jr. isn’t sipping beers with the president of the United States, he’s writing comprehensive histories of the African American population. He appears at Politics & Prose to talk about his new book, “Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008.”

Tuesday

Holiday market

Get something special for the women in your life at this year’s holiday market at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. You’ll find sparkly jewelry, accessories and other cute gifts, all handmade by female artists and artisans.

Wednesday

Merry TubaChristmas

The 28th annual TubaChristmas concert is a tribute to William J. Bell, a tubist and an educator who was born on Christmas Day, 1902. Once again this year, tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players from the area convene for a program of traditional holiday music.

Thursday

Washington Women’s Chorus at the Willard

This holiday season, the historic Willard Hotel is decked out in wreaths, trees and lights, just oozing holiday cheer. On top of all that, the hotel hosts daily holiday concerts in its lobby. The Washington Women’s Chorus perform today.

Friday

Taxi Driver

On Friday, take a break from everything holiday for a screening of “Taxi Driver,” Martin Scorsese’s iconic ’70s film starring Robert De Niro and Jody Foster.

Saturday

Winter’s Eve

Head to Glen Echo Park for performances, kids’ crafts and hot chocolate; browse the Holiday Art Show in the Popcorn Gallery; and check out shows in the other studios.

Sunday

Rock-n-Shop

The Black Cat’s annual holiday market is a must for those in need of something for their hipster buddies. You’ll have fun digging through CDs, vintage clothing and tons of funky knickknacks, regardless of what you end up buying.

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